When VisiCalc hit the scene back in the eighties (in the last century), the relatively small group of Apple II users went crazy. It was like manna from heaven for the poor accountants, scientists and engineers who were used to filling in enormous analysis sheets with a pencil. Now, they could use VisiCalc to do the same task, AND calculate the result automatically.
Spreadsheet applications are useful for home and small businesses. Some people keep a home inventory list on a spreadsheet and others use spreadsheets for a variety of applications. Creating your budget and maintaining it is easy when you use budgeting spreadsheets. These are also easy to print out if you desire.
Many spreadsheet applications nowadays have functionality above and beyond the traditional, offering a variety of charts, look-up tables, databases and more functionality than can be mentioned here.
By choosing ready-made spreadsheet solutions instead of using spreadsheet-generating programs, business owners can economize time and also reduce costs substantially. Ready-made spreadsheet solutions are available in a wide range of formats, serving for a variety of predefined purposes.