The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote: "The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book"
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Often it is much easier to see trends in your business by looking at graphs of your sales by over time. Doing this, you can quickly see how you are travelling. You’ll know where you are going went up and down. You can determine what effect the measures you took helped you meet your goals.
And it is effortless to do, and you can do it in seconds!
Go to your reports> Sales> Dissection Monthly Sales Trend (Graph)
Now there are many options here, but I am going to keep it quick and straightforward, and you can build up from there.
Put in a very long time; in this case, I will pick seven years because I am looking at a long term trend.
I decided to look at giftware products, so I picked selected and highlighted giftware.
Now out popped this graph.
I can certainly see a long-term pattern up. The last few years which I highlighted in yellow are up, notice that the Christmas peaks are higher too. Overall this department has gone from a 20K to 50K a month to a 30K to 80K, making it a very pleasing department. We can see that something here is working.
I am sure you will agree that it is much easier to see that, then a report with lots of numbers.
Have a go and let me know how it went.