Business Charts for Excel Professionals

Excel Business Charts

Below are key business charts that you may use in a professional work environment. When you download them, make sure you study how the data is arranged. After that, you can examine the chart. Overall, these charts will help you greatly in your work.

Requirements for Business Charts

Microsoft Excel 2007 or higher or compatible.

The Business Charts for Excel

Here are all the business charts we have for you to use.

Area Difference Chart

Business charts - Area Difference
As you see, this is kind of an unique chart. Generally, it compares two similar items and shades in the area of difference.

Bar with Average Line Chart

In a bar chart, the categories are shown from top to bottom or vice versa. Overall, it is not that difficult to create. However, when you try to add an average line, that is when things get tricky. Also, notice how we have the categories in descending order. Now, if we were dealing with dates or categories that present a certain order, then we could not do that.

Basic Column Chart

Business Charts - Basic Column Chart
The basic column chart is a very common chart. It compares data across various categories.

Bubble Chart

Business Charts - Bubble Chart
Of course, you will need to compare data with a size component. In a bubble chart, you need to specify the horizontal position, the vertical position, and the size. Moreover, this chart contains a trend line that extends across the entire plot area. And, we include the equation of the line and the R-squared value. As always, download the chart, look at the data, and learn.

Butterfly Chart

Well, this is perhaps one of the most fun charts to look at. Basically, a butterfly chart compares two opposing groups within the same category. It is so much fun! In all, you can compare teams, election results, or anything pertaining to a competition or race. Now, you want to see how we did it? Download it and study it for yourself.

Clustered Column and Scatter Line Chart

Cluster Column and Scatter Line
Firstly, you do not always get data labels with these types of charts. Secondly, we scaled the number of columns down a bit. Basically, with this chart, you can look at certain periods to form an analysis.

Clustered Column on Two Axes Chart

Clustered Column on Two Axes
When you want to compare two different metrics, you may need to place them on different axes. This allows you to see more of the smaller item, as you can adjust the scale.

Clustered High-Low Chart

Clustered High Low
Compares high and low values. Now, you can also adjust the color based on a positive or negative change. Of course, you want to make that automatic. Right now, you cannot tell if it started off high or ended low. At the bottom, the labels are text box links. However, they are part of the chart.

Clustered High-Low with Average Lines Chart

Clustered High and Low with Average Lines
By now, you have seen the clustered high-low chart. And, it is amazing. Well, this chart takes it to another level. Meaning, we include average lines for each series. And, these lines are actually trend lines of the original average lines. Therefore, this allows us to extend the line to the edge. Otherwise, we would have to put it on the secondary axis. Study it.

Clustered Stacked Column

Business Charts - Clustered Stacked Column
As you see, putting two columns together forms a cluster. In this case, we have two stacked columns. This allows us to compare data with the same descriptions across multiple categories.

Clustered Stacked Column and Column Chart

Business Charts - Clustered Stacked Column and Column Chart
In this chart, the first column shows two similar items stacked on top of each other. While, the other column shows one contrasting item in the same category.

Clustered Stacked Column with Enhanced Axis

Business Charts - Clustered Stacked Column with Enhanced Axis
Now, this chart is similar to the clustered stacked column chart. However, this chart contains multi-row category labels. Similarly, you can call it an enhanced axis. In any case, it helps group related data into separate categories.

Column and Scatter Line Chart

Column Line
In some cases, this type of chart is called a price-volume chart. However, there is generally an equal number of columns to line values in a price-volume chart.

Column with Average Line Chart

Clustered Column and Average Line
Overall, this chart is widely used in many companies. Basically, it shows data across categories. In addition, the average line shows the central tendency of the values. Moreover, you can visually view which categories are above or below average.

Exploding Pie Chart

An exploding pie chart is very similar to a regular pie. However, it extends a focal piece beyond the other categories. Similarly, this chart is widely popular in many businesses. Moreover, when you combine other create elements, you can do great things with this chart.

Football with Average Line Chart

In short, the football chart is similar to a high-low chart, except it is flipped. Of course, if you look at this chart, it kind of looks like a football field. However, to complicate things a little, we include an average line.

Pie Chart

Besides being easy to create, pie charts are very common in most businesses. In fact, when done the right way and with the right colors, the audience can get a good understanding of what is going on. Although not shown, you can also display an actual number for the label, such as 79 or 86.

Sales Chart with Quarterly Dividers

Business chart - Sales Chart with Quarterly Dividers
Before you even get busy with the sales chart with quarterly dividers, just realize it is all Excel. This means, every element of this graph is an Excel element.


So, the scatter chart allows you to visually analyze two variables. In financial companies, they tend to compare money. However, you can also compare height-to-weight, age and smoking, or almost any other combo. Notice how we include a trend line, along with the equation of the line and the R-squared value. Good stuff!

Scatter Line with Average, Min, and Max Lines Chart

Scatter Line with Average, Min, and Max Lines Chart
Now, the scatter line itself represents a learning curve. Hopefully, we will get the chance to show you how to set-up the date ranges on the x-axis. In addition, we include an average line, min line, and max line. In any case, for the business charts arena, it is a very important chart to study.

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