Hello! I’m Ben Collins, educator, writer, developer and founder of The Collins School of Data.
I create online courses and write about Google Workspace tools. I focus on data analysis and automation, using Google Sheets and Apps Script.
Since 2017 I’ve released 10 online courses teaching professional spreadsheet techniques, including a live, online training program called Pro Sheets Accelerator.
I love building lightweight, data-driven applications for the Google stack: Google Sheets, Google Data Studio, Google Apps Script, Google Docs, Gmail, etc.
In 2019, I became a Google Developer Expert for Google Workspace Technology, one of only about 30 worldwide for the Google Workspace Technology branch. The GDE award is given out by Google to experienced, recognized developers of Google technologies (learn more about the program in this short film).
In 2020, I launched a new website, Excel To Sheets (to help you migrate from Excel to Sheets) and created the online conference SheetsCon.
In 2021, I became a Google Cloud Champion Innovator.
When not crunching data, I love to spend time with my beautiful wife, Lexi, our two sons, my family and friends. We’re avid outdoors people, and get out hiking, cycling, traveling, cooking and eating outside as often as possible.
I’m a dedicated hiker, cyclist, paddle-boarder, and climber. I also enjoy digital photography and documenting adventures in far-flung places.
More at bencollinsoutdoors.com
If you’re interested, here’s a long story of How I Left My Corporate Accounting Job 7 Years Ago And Built A Career As An Educational Entrepreneur.
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If you’re curious what tools I use to run my business, have a read of this page (some affiliate links).
How I used my spreadsheet skills to build a career I’m passionate about: a guest post for Teachable about my experience turning my skillset into a career that I’m passionate about.
Episode 06 of The Career Climb: An interview with Jamie Dru on his career podcast about the various twists and turns I’ve taken in my own career, and how I ended up teaching online courses.
Google Sheets and Apps Script educator helps others take their data to the next level using Supermetrics: a partner case study with Supermetrics
How to Use Google Sheets To Run Your Small Business: workshop as part of Teachable’s Discover Fest 2021
How I built a Google Sheets blog with 400k views per month, with Simon Owens of the Creator Collab House
Interview with Noah Lerner and Jordan Choo on Agency Automators YouTube channel
Totally Unscripted: New workflow solutions with Tables and Google Apps Script
A Conversation with Ann Emery of Depict Data Studio
Becoming Location Independent on the How I Built It Podcast
How I Email with the Gmail Genius
Podcast with Ryan Robinson about how I built my business
Get Automated podcast about Google Sheets automation
Learn To Code With Me podcast about how to get started in Data Analytics
Simon Owens interview about online courses
Totally Unscripted 16: Data Studio Community Connectors
If you have a question for me, get in touch here.