My academic background is in Mathematics and Education; with nearly two decades of professional experience dedicated to teaching mathematics in junior high and high school. Always an enthusiast of technology, I rarely wasted an opportunity to learn about new digital tools.
Parallel to teaching, I was dedicated to learn how to use different types of software, online applications, and platforms in our ever-growing technological world. While teaching, I often applied the new things I learned to help students integrate mathematical concepts and real-life problems so they could develop their skills set.
After I moved to Canada from Portugal in 2013, I began using the specialized tools in my belt, along with new ones, to build a new career path.
All the pieces of my personal ‘What should I do next?’ puzzle came together when, in two different job positions, I was presented with challenges to design and implement new work systems that would improve the organization’s productivity level.
By developing tools in Excel, Word, and Outlook, I helped those organizations improve their services and profit by considerably reducing time spent on administrative and operational tasks and creating more efficient operational procedures. It was at that moment when I discovered the joy of helping entrepreneurs and professionals make the best use of their time!
Over the past few years, I have specialized in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications – a standard feature of Microsoft Office products) to automate procedures in Excel and other Microsoft Office apps like Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. More recently I have also specialized in Power Query and Power Pivot (two Excel built-in tools) that allow automation of data importing and analysis.
I now devote my time and expertise to building custom tools and work systems for a variety of businesses and industries.
Furthermore, all businesses have data that can be utilized to help its executive teams make timely and informed decisions. I can create interactive dashboards that allow decision-makers immediate access to the business’ key performance indicators.
My mission is to help people save time on routine tasks that can be automated, so they can focus on value-added activities that allow them to grow their companies and have more time to spend with the people they love, doing the things they enjoy most…
Project: Big Dog Containers – Excel systems automation
Advantages and outcomes: It is time-saving, It simplifies our workflow, It is easy to use, It avoids data entry errors, It produces professional and accurate reports/documents, It provides me with fundamental insights about my business KPIs
Celia is the ideal professional to streamline your business processes. She is a creative problem-solver with a relentless attention to detail.
This lady is an absolute genius with Excel. And not only does is Celia able to create the desired data outcome, she styles everything so beautifully making it easy for me and my team to use.
Celia’s communication is outstanding, to the point where she gives us a gentle nudge if we haven’t followed up with feedback. I’ve used a lot of freelancers on Upwork and elsewhere at all price points – Celia is up there with the very best.
We have a complicated scheduling system and we needed someone to take the time to listen to our needs when scheduling 70 staff who work all different jobs and sign in times.
After the work was completed, it takes a lot less time do to the schedule now and the staff love it that they can see the whole month of the dates they are scheduled to work. Working on the schedule in this new format is so much easier for us to schedule and review. Now there are a lot less mistakes in assigning staff for their shifts and less time to schedule.
We had Celia work on our schedule for two different cites, similar but a little bit different in each city. Always patient with us on our many changes as we started working on this and had many suggestions that we didn’t even know about. We were very excited when we saw what excel could do for us. Once we started working the new program Celia would reply to our emails quickly and was available to answer our questions. Was a joy to work with.