Personal Finance For Beginners In 30 Minutes, Vol. 2: How to build savings and investments to secure your future financial health

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(Updated with new information and a new look) Five years from now, what are you going to do when a major expense pops up? In ten years, will you still be renting an apartment? Thirty years from now, will you have enough money for retirement? Planning your current finances is hard enough, but looking ahead to the future can be downright frightening! PERSONAL FINANCE FOR BEGINNERS IN 30 MINUTES, VOL. 2, is here to help. In 30 short minutes, you’ll get a quick but solid lesson on planning your financial future. Using plain English and lots of examples, the book explains:

* How to fund a special savings account for emergencies and other unexpected costs 

* Compound interest and how it can help you save more

* Tips for buying a home

* Mortgage basics, from ARMs to points

* IRA and 401(k) retirement accounts

* How to fund retirement accounts, with examples

* The pros and cons of mutual funds

* Low-risk mutual funds for your retirement portfolio

* Disability and life insurance basics

* Four types of legal documents you should prepare now

If you've been delaying planning your future finances, now is the time to get started on the practical steps that can put real money in your pocket when you need it most. Years from now, you'll thank yourself for taking some of the practical steps described in this guide. But it now!

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About the author

Ian Lamont is an award-winning business and technology journalist. He has written for more than a dozen online and print publications, and served as the managing editor of The Industry Standard. His writing and editorial work has garnered industry awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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Publisher
i30 Media Corporation
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Published on
Jul 24, 2014
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Pages
72
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ISBN
9781939924551
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / Investing
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / Money Management
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / Retirement Planning
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This content is DRM free.
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* Excel screen layout, cells, and terminology

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• Give presentations 

• Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues

• Convert Microsoft Office documents to Google formats, and vice versa  

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• Export PDFs 

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• Converting files between Microsoft Office and Google formats.

• Best practices for organizing files in Google Drive.

• What to expect with collaboration and sharing.

• The pros and cons of Google’s mobile apps for Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

• Accessing older versions of files.

• How to publish your documents to the Web for colleagues or members of the public to view.

• Functions, sorting and filtering in Google Sheets (with examples).

• Using Google Forms to gather data.

• Google Slides: Is it a suitable alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint?

• Working with offline files.

• Downloading third-party apps.

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“I am so glad this was made! I've been using Google Docs for a while now and have been encouraging my teacher colleagues to do so as well to facilitate collaboration. It has become my go-to text book to help new users understand quickly. If you're new to Google Drive or Google Documents, this will help you. If you're experienced, and want something to help those who come to you with questions, this is a nice tool to help them remember what you show them. I highly recommend it.”

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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

* AutoFill

* 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.

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