While my business, The Shared Finance Center provides bookkeeping, finance and Quickbooks Proadvisor services to small and mid sized businesses, I have a strong interest in helping businesses strengthen their operations as well. Last week I was looking at the Franchise Networking Group on LinkedIn and saw that someone was asking the group for a software that could map demographic data into territories. In the past I used to do some fun things optimizing territories in Microsoft MapPoint so I shared my experiences with the group. Over the next couple of days, we went back and forth and this past weekend I saw a post that he made sharing the following video as his thanks to those of us who had helped him out: Microsoft MapPoint – Total Population by Territory
How great is this? Greg took the time to pay it forward and create a super detailed tutorial on how to create territories with data that can then be used for creating sales territories, identifying market opportunities, supporting business plans and so on. While I was willing to pass along my experience and was even hoping to share some old documentation that I had in my archives, I didn’t have the experience to create this type of documentation. Now I have it and can also share it with you. If this isn’t a great illustration of the benefits of paying it forward I don’t know what is.
If you all have an interest or need for help with MapPoint, take a look and give the video a thumbs up. If you know someone who could use the information please share this post with them, you never know what will happen!