Are you enrolled in a managerial accounting class and findingyourself struggling? Fear not! Managerial Accounting ForDummies is the go-to study guide to help you easily master theconcepts of this challenging course. You'll discover the basicconcepts, terminology, and methods to identify, measure, analyze,interpret, and communicate information in the pursuit of anorganization's goals.
Tracking to a typical managerial accounting course and packedwith easy-to-understand explanations and real-life examples,Managerial Accounting For Dummies explores cost behavior,cost analysis, profit planning and control measures, accounting fordecentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, ethicalchallenges in managerial accounting, and much more.Covers the key concepts and tools needed to communicateaccounting information for managerial decision-making within anorganizationPlain-English explanations of managerial accounting terminologyand methodsTracks to a typical college-level managerial accountingcourse
Managerial Accounting For Dummies makes it fast and easyto grasp the concepts needed to score your highest in a managerialaccounting course.
Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is written in plain English, with lots of step-by-step instructions and screenshots that demonstrate exactly what to do. This MS Excel tutorial references Excel 2016, but most of the step-by-step instructions apply to earlier versions of MS Excel released as part of the Microsoft Office and Office 365 suites, including Excel 2013 and Excel 2010. If you don't own Excel, the book explains how to use two free online spreadsheets programs: Excel Online and Google Sheets (part of the Google Drive online office suite). The book also covers the Excel mobile apps: Excel for Android and Excel for iOS.
Topics in this top-selling Excel book include:
* Excel screen layout, cells, and terminology
* Excel 2016 vs. Excel Online vs. Google Sheets
* Basic Excel formatting
* Excel formulas and functions
* How to make charts in Excel
* Sorting and filtering
* Collaboration and sharing
* Exporting PDF, CSV, and other forms
* Printing tips
* Excel import and export formats (PDF, .CSV, .TSV, text, etc.)
This is not an Excel bible, but rather a basic Excel tutorial and reference that answers the core questions that any new Excel user will have:
* What is a spreadsheet?
* What are cells?
* What is the button with the Greek letter for?
* How can Excel spreadsheets create basic financial projections?
* How can certain data in a worksheet be highlighted?
* How can data be alphabetized or ranked?
* How to edit a chart in Excel
* How to print an Excel spreadsheet without cutting off columns
The second edition is up-to-date with new instructions and high-resolution screenshots of Excel 2016, Excel Online, and the new Google Sheets. It includes new sections about collaboration, OneDrive, and other features.
Here are some real reader reviews of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes:
“Fast and easy, this book is everything it claims to be. The material presented is very basic but it is also incredibly accessible with step-by- step screenshots and a friendly tone more like a friend or co-worker explaining how to use Excel than a technical manual.”
"One thing I particularly liked about 'Excel Basics in 30 minutes' is that it covers BOTH the MS Excel basics and the Google version basics. Explaining anything this intricate in 30 minutes is a challenge. (Can it be read in 30 minutes? Yes, I could do it, but I am not a typical user, I did not need to stop and practice the examples.) I was impressed that the book does go into some of the ‘meat’ of Excel while still being a book that someone with NO previous exposure to a spreadsheet can grasp.”
Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology writer and author of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Dropbox In 30 Minutes.
"Mr. Anand's book is a practical study of the complicated issuessurrounding the world of corporate governance. He includesexcellent case studies and best practice solutions for improvinggovernance programs within all types of organizations."
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"This book is a highly practical, accessible guide to post-Enronreforms and an essential resource for managers who want more thanjust to comply with SOX; this book will help them benefit fromit."
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The Corporate Library
Written by Sanjay Anand, one of the world's leading corporategovernance, risk management, and regulatory compliance experts,this simple-to-use book is designed with appreciation for demandingprofessional obligations, with information easy to find and at yourfingertips. This professional guide's nuts-and-bolts presentationexamines why corporate governance is important, to put you in abetter position to understand its successful implementation foryour organization.
Essentials of Corporate Governance will challenge your concept ofcorporate governance and provide you with an understandingof:
The concept of governance
The competing goals that corporations may have
Why there is a call for corporations to be more ethical
The various forms of corporate structure
Corporate governance in emerging markets
Corporate governance within nonprofit organizations
Communicating the idea of corporate governance as a process and anideal rather than a set of criteria, this accessible and relevantbook is the resource and reference guide you will turn to time andagain for the knowledge you need to make corporate governance workfor your corporation.
Single Point of Failure: The 10 Essential Laws of SupplyChain Risk Management uses analogies and dozens of casehistories to describe the risk parasite that infectsall supply chains while revealing methods to neutralize thatparasite. The book addresses the questions: What are the "singlepoints of failure"? How exposed are customers, investors, otherstakeholders and ultimately the organization? What is themeasurable impact (i.e. brand, financial, strategic, andnon-compliance)? Who establishes the "risk paradigm"? How does theorganization efficiently and effectively allocate preciousresources - time, people, management attention, and capital? How issuccess measured? This book is both technically powerful andeffectively realistic, based on today's complex global economy.
Mergers and Acquisitions Playbook provides the practicaltricks of the trade on how to get maximum value for a middle-marketbusiness. This book uniquely covers how to prepare for a sale, howto present the business most positively, and how to control thesale timetable.Written in a straight-talking styleProvides the tricks of the trade on how to get maximum valuefor a middle-market businessShows how the sellers can take capitalize their inherent"unfair advantages"Examines the differences between "value" and "currency"Explains how to handle bankruptcy and distress companysalesOffers tips on managing your lawyers in the documentationprocess
Filled with empirical examples of successful-andunsuccessful-techniques, this practical guide takes you throughevery step of the M&A process, from how to manageconfidentiality, how to create competition (or the impression ofcompetition), to what to do once the deal is closed.
A Radical Business Model for Professional Firms
"Ron Baker is the most prolific and best writer when it comes to pricing services. This is a must-read for executives and partners in small to large firms. Ron provides the basics, the advanced ideas, the workbooks, the case studies—everything. This is a must-have and a terrific book."—Reed K. Holden founder and CEO, Holden Advisors, Corp., Associate Professor, Columbia University www.holdenadvisors.com
"We've known through Ron Baker's earlier books that he's not just an extraordinary thinker and truly brilliant writer—he's a mover and a shaker on a mission. This is the End of Time! Brilliant."—Paul Dunn Chairman, B1G1® www.b1g1.com
"Implementing Value Pricing is a powerful blend of theory, strategy, and tactics. Ron Baker's most recent offering is ambitious in scope, exploring topics that include economic theory, customer orientation, value identification, service positioning, and pricing strategy. He weaves all of them together seamlessly, and includes numerous examples to illustrate his primary points. I have applied the knowledge I've gained from his body of work, and the benefits to me—and to my customers—have been immediate, significant, and ongoing."—Brent Uren Principal, Valuation & Business Modeling Ernst & Young® www.ey.com
"Ron Baker is a revolutionary. He is on a radical crusade to align the interests of service providers with those of their customers by having lawyers, accountants, and consultants charge based on the value they provide, rather than the effort it takes. Implementing Value Pricing is a manifesto that establishes a clear case for the revolution. It provides detailed guidance that includes not only strategies and tactics, but key predictive indicators for success. It is richly illustrated by the successes of firms that have embraced value-based pricing to make their services not only more cost-effective for their customers, but more profitable as well. The hallmark of a manifesto is an unyielding sense of purpose and a call to action. Let the revolution begin."—Robert G. Cross, Chairman and CEO, Revenue Analytics, Inc. Author, Revenue Management: Hard-Core Tactics for Market Domination
Learn about the functions that work together to automate many of the processes involved in Management Reporting. See how to take advantage of the many new features of Excel 2007 and 2010. Find out how to build validation structures into your spreadsheet reports. Discover how to identify missing or new codes, either in the creation process or in the day-to-day running of the reports. Do it all with Advanced Excel Reporting for Management Accountants.Explore the structures that simplify the report creation process and make the reports more maintainableLearn techniques to "cleanse" data so that it is ready for use in Pivot Tables and formula-based reportsFind out the tips and tricks that can make the creation process quicker and easierDiscover all you need to know about Excel's summing functions and how versatile they can be
Written in a hands-on style that works towards the completion of two reporting case studies, Advanced Excel Reporting for Management Accountants explains and demonstrates techniques so that Management Accountants can learn how to automate many aspects of the reporting process.
As a follow-up to their book Enterprising Nonprofits, the authorsof Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs provide a full set ofpractical tools for putting the lessons of businessentrepreneurship to work in your nonprofit. The book offershands-on guidance that helps social sector leaders hone theirentrepreneurial skills and carry out their social missions moreeffectively than ever before. This practical and easy-to-use bookis filled with examples, exercises, checklists, and action stepsthat bring the concepts, frameworks, and tools to life. Detailedexplanations of all the tools and techniques will help youpersonalize and apply them to your nonprofit organization-making itstronger, healthier, and better able to serve the needs of ourcommunities.
Praise for Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs
"I search constantly for resources that can help provide insightand guidance to take Teach For America to a higher level; StrategicTools for Social Entrepreneurs does this and more. The book takesthe best practices of for-profits and social enterprises and adaptsthem to the needs of entrepreneurial, mission-driven nonprofits.Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs is a tremendouscontribution to social entrepreneurs and to the nonprofitsector-many thanks to the authors for identifying this need andfilling it!"
Founder and President, Teach For America
All of the royalties from this book will be used by the EwingMarion Kauffman Foundation to support continuing work on socialentrepreneurship.
The math, formulas, and problems associated with corporate finance can be daunting to the uninitiated. Corporate Finance For Dummies introduces you to the practices of determining an operating budget, calculating future cash flow, and scenario analysis in a friendly, un-intimidating way that makes comprehension easy.
Corporate Finance For Dummies covers everything you'll encounter in a course on corporate finance, including accounting statements, cash flow, raising and managing capital, choosing investments; managing risk; determining dividends; mergers and acquisitions; and valuation.Serves as an excellent resource to supplement coursework related to corporate financeGives you the tools and advice you need to understand corporate finance principles and strategiesProvides information on the risks and rewards associated with corporate finance and lending
With easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Corporate Finance For Dummies is a helpful study guide to accompany your coursework, explaining the tough stuff in a way you can understand.
This book focuses on 'Driver-Based' budgeting (ie using external and internal non-financial drivers to predict live item expenses). The book shows the benefits that Driver-Based Budgeting brings and as such is a 'tool kit for change'. Case studies and worked examples are used throughout to ensure understanding, as well as checklists on implementation issues.
• Transform the process of implementing new budgeting software with Driver-Based Budgeting
• Shows how organizations can slash the time and cost involved in preparing their annual budget
• Accountants learn how to manage uncertainty and quickly assess the impact of both internal and external changes
Today's accounting staffs are called on to work magic: process transactions, write reports, improve efficiency, create new processes—all at the lowest possible cost, using an ever-shrinking proportion of total corporate expenses. Sound impossible? Not if your staff is using the best practices for accounting.
Fully updated in a new edition, Accounting Best Practices, Seventh Edition draws from renowned accounting leader Steven Bragg's extensive experience in successfully developing, operating, and consulting various accounting departments. This invaluable resource has the at-your-fingertips information you need, whether you've been searching for ways to cut costs in your accounting department, or just want to offer more services without the added expense.
The best practices featured in this excellent step-by-step manual constitute need-to-know information concerning the most advanced techniques and strategies for increasing productivity, reducing costs, and monitoring existing accounting systems. This new edition boasts over 400 best practices, with fifty new to this edition in the areas of taxation, finance, collections, general ledger, accounts payable, and billing.
Now featuring a corresponding seven-minute podcast for each chapter found on the book's companion website, Accounting Best Practices is the perfect, do-it-yourself book for the manager who wants to significantly boost their accounting department.
This book shows you how to implement time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC), an easier and more powerful way to implement ABC. You can now estimate directly the resource demands imposed by each business transaction, product, or customer. The payoff? You spend less time and money obtaining and maintaining TDABC data—and more time addressing problems that TDABC reveals, such as inefficient processes, unprofitable products and customers, and excess capacity. The authors also show how to use TDABC to link strategic planning to operational budgeting, to enhance the due diligence process for mergers and acquisitions, and to support continuous improvement activities such as lean management and benchmarking.
In presenting their model, the authors define the two questions required to build TDABC:
1) How much does it cost per time unit to supply resource capacity for each business process?
2) How much resource capacity (time) is required to perform work for a company’s many transactions, products, and customers?
The book demonstrates how to develop simple, valid answers to these two questions.
Kaplan and Anderson illustrate the TDABC approach with a wealth of case studies, in diverse settings, based on actual implementations.
Filled with pragmatic insights and proactive strategies, TheNew CFO Financial Leadership Manual, Third Edition is destinedto become your essential desktop companion. This thorough guidebookis filled with best practices to help you, as CFO, to improveefficiency, mitigate risks, and keep your organizationcompetitive.Includes updated information on the relationship of the CFOwith the Treasurer, registration statements and Fedwire payments,acquisitions integration, legal types of acquisitions, andgovernment regulationsContains control flowcharts for the main accounting cyclesProvides new chapters on Investor Relations and Risk Managementfor Foreign Exchange and Interest RatesFeatures an itemized list of the key tasks every new CFO shouldcomplete when first entering the position, a checklist of 100performance measures, and a detailed discussion of employeecompensation plans
The reference CFOs and other financial managers can turn to forquick answers to questions they have as well as to help them plantheir financial strategy, The New CFO Financial LeadershipManual, Third Edition is mandatory reading for every CFOwanting to play a strategic role in their organization.
"Effective SOX programs enlist the entire organization to buildand monitor a compliant control environment. However, even the bestSOX programs are inefficient at best, ineffective at worst, ifthere is a lack of informed, competent finance and IT personnel tosupport the effort. This book provides these importantprofessionals a needed resource for and road map towardsuccessfully implementing their SOX initiative."
—Scott Green Chief Administrative Officer, Weil, Gotshal& Manges LLP and author, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Board ofDirectors
"As a former CFO and CIO, I found this book to be an excellentsynopsis of SOX, with impressive implementation summaries andchecklists."
—Michael P. Cangemi CISA, Editor in Chief, InformationSystems Control Journal and author, Managing the AuditFunction
"An excellent introduction to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act from theperspective of the financial and IT professionals that are on thefront lines of establishing compliance in their organizations. Theauthor walks through many areas by asking 'what can go wrong' typesof questions, and then outlines actions that should be taken aswell as the consequences of noncompliance. This is a good book toadd to one's professional library!"
—Robert R. Moeller Author, Sarbanes-Oxley and the NewInternal Auditing Rules
"Mr. Anand has compiled a solid overview of the control systemsneeded for not only accounting systems, but also the informationtechnologies that support those systems. Among the Sarbanes bookson the market, his coverage of both topics is unique."
—Steven M. Bragg Author, Accounting Best Practices
"An excellent overview of the compliance process. A must-readfor anyone who needs to get up to speed quickly withSarbanes-Oxley."
—Jack Martin Publisher, Sarbanes-Oxley ComplianceJournal
"An excellent reference tool on how to manage the accountsreceivable process for any company. The use of real-life examplesmakes the concepts easy to understand. I recommend the book toanyone who wants to improve cash flow and reduce bad debtloss."
—Michael E. Beaulieu, Senior Vice President, Finance CardinalHealth
"Rather than simply explaining how to get the greatest returnfrom an investment in accounts receivable, John G. Salek revealshow companies shoot themselves in the foot when management setspolicies and procedures without consideration of the impact on cashflow. Accounts Receivable Management Best Practices isn't just forcredit and collection professionals who often spend more timecleaning up process errors and other corporate 'garbage,' insteadof managing risk. It should be required reading for C-levelexecutives, the sales staff, operations managers, and anybody elsewhose job impacts the order-to-cash cycle."
—David Schmidt, Principal, A2 Resources Coauthor of PowerCollecting: Automation for Effective Asset Management
"Enhancing a company's competitive profile is all about givingenough customers the right product, at the right price, at theright time. This author's real-world approach to accomplishing thisgoal through the prism of receivables management makes this book amust-read for those companies looking to make their mark as anorganization that cares about its customers as well as their ownneed to produce financial results."
—Bruce C. Lynn, Managing Director The Financial ExecutivesConsulting Group, LLC
"I have worked with John Salek since 1992, both as his clientand as a project manager working with his organization. Hisknowledge of receivables management . . . the technology, theprocesses, and the formula for success . . . are unsurpassed in thefield."
—Stephen L. Watts, Manager, Global Receivables (retired)General Electric Medical Systems
"Mr. Salek has written a masterpiece on the intricacies andmanagement of the accounts receivable portfolio. I would recommendthis book to CFOs, controllers, treasurers, credit managers, andsmall business owners."
—Steve Kozack, Credit Manager Lennox Hearth Products
"Written by an author who has been in the trenches and citesactual examples. This is not written in theory, but frompractice."
—Milt Dardis, Collection Consultant Dardis &Associates