Top 10 Google Sheets add-ons for improving workflows

by Jul 31, 2018

Spreadsheets are not just for storing data. They are powerful tools that can transform the way you complete daily tasks and the way you operate your entire business.

People often see spreadsheet use as tedious and daunting work. And, they are usually right. People tend to use spreadsheets in outdated ways that unnecessarily complicate things. Spreadsheets should be working for you, not against you. It’s time to improve your workflows with Google Sheets add-ons and change the way you use spreadsheets.

What are workflows?

  • A sequence of steps performed to process data from raw to processed.
  • Workflows exist in all ecosystems, going from operations, production, and even human interactions.
  • Workflows are the visual representation of the tasks performed to conclude this process.

What is workflow automation?

Workflow automation is the process of automatical data flow between the several steps of the workflow. If your data flows automatically, your productivity level increases and you can conclude the tasks smoothly.

How to access Google add-ons?

It is really simple to get add-ons for Sheets. The easiest way is to click on the link for the add-on, this will take you to the Google web store,  just click the Install button, and the add-on will be added to your Sheets account. Alternatively, you can get the add-on by following these steps:

  1. Open a spreadsheet
  2. Click the Add-ons button in the navigation menu
  3. Click the Get Add-ons button
  4. A window will pop up for you to browse
  5. Click on any add-on to get more details about it
  6. Click the Install button to install the Add-on

Which are the top add-ons for improving workflows?

1. Sheetgo

Sheetgo allows you to connect multiple sheets from different files. You can append or merge data once, or schedule regular updates hourly, weekly, or whenever you need it. Sheetgo allows you to create entire workflows from scratch or use one of the ready-made templates.

2. ProjectSheet Planning

Use ProjectSheet Planning to create a schedule and plan for your important projects. You can create and assign tasks and milestones, track progress, and link and chain tasks. You can also allocate resources and a budget. There is a paid and a free version.

3. Yet Another Mail Merge

As the name suggests, there are many mail merge tools out there. So why use Yet Another Mail Merge? They have more than one million active users and are one of the highest rated add-ons in the Chrome store. So what exactly can you do with this add-on? Send bulk emails from right within a spreadsheet! Whether it’s a customer mailing list or notices for employees, automating the way you send out emails will save you time and give you insights. YAMM tracks email receipts and opens, they are displayed on an intuitive dashboard within your sheet.

4. Power Tools

Power Tools is a popular add-on that allows you to quickly and efficiently transform the look and functionality of your spreadsheets. The add-on has a powerful toolbar with formatting and formula features. You can quickly alter text, numbers or dates. You can also merge, compare, or combine different sheets. They have a great community with plenty of advice on how to get the most out of this add-on.

5. Time Study – BPI Tools

Use Time Study to track your time. This add-on provides three great benefits. You can use it for keeping time sheets and reporting, but you can also use it to help your business processes and workflows. Learn how long tasks really take your employees and schedule projects, milestones, and tasks accordingly.

6. AppSheet

AppSheet allows users to create their own app from within a spreadsheet. Users create custom apps for their teams with a variety of functions. The number of business processes you can improve are limitless. Just check out some common solutions AppSheet provides for its users.

7. Form Workflow Plus Add-on

Another add-on with an awesome dashboard to do work differently. Use this add-on to manage workplace approvals and validations. With this add-on, you combine Sheets and Forms to create approval processes for things like purchase approvals, payment requests, vacation or time-off requests. This is an add-on for users who work with the G Suite, so it is available for business or education.

8. AutoCrat

This add-on allows you to merge Sheets into Docs. You can create templates and merge certain data fields into a Doc to create customized documents. You can automate the process by telling the add-on to run and certain time intervals, or when new data is added by a Form submission.

9. Email Scheduler

This is another add-on that lets you control your outgoing mail from a spreadsheet. There is a free and paid version of this add-on. The free version allows you to schedule emails for a later date or a recurring date. The paid version also tracks receives, opens, and clicks. Use Email Scheduler to automate more of your workflows.

10. Bkper Sheets

Bkper allows companies to manage finance workflows in a cloud-based, centralized platform. It integrates with Google Forms to input data into your sheets, as well as Paypal and Stripe to send out payments. Bkper is a powerful tool you can use to automate and improve invoice workflows.

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