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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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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Available on Android devices
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UPDATED IN 2018! Here's your chance to finally learn how to use Microsoft Excel! In a single sitting, this quick and easy user guide will help you learn MS Excel basics, from navigating the home screen to working with formulas and charts. It’s a great Excel tutorial that will help you in the office, at school, or even at home. 

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.

New York Times best seller! More than five million copies sold!*

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Updated in 2018! The top-selling guide to Google’s free online office suite is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thirty minutes is all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, the free online productivity suite and alternative to Microsoft Office. Millions of people use the software every day. You can use Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides to perform the following tasks: 

• Write letters and reports

• Crunch numbers and create online data entry forms 

• Give presentations 

• Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues

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

• Print documents, drawings, and spreadsheets

• Export PDFs 

• Make pie charts, bar charts, and simple tables

• Publish documents and spreadsheets online using the new Google Sites

After covering registration, file creation and other basics, Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition) zeroes in on the most important time-saving tips and productivity tools. Highlights include:

• 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.

The tone of Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and examples. The guide can be used by anyone with a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. It also includes instructions for using Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android and iOS phones and tablets. 

Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology and business journalist. He has written several books in the "In 30 Minutes" series, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.

Here's what readers are saying about Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes:

“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.”

“I just got a new position that requires record keeping. Having used Google Docs in the past, I decided to update my knowledge. I googled "Docs for dummies" and this was one of the results. I liked the concept that the title implies - a concise guide that will distill what I need and allow me to complete a task quickly”

“A clear and concise explanation of how to navigate your way through google docs.”

“Excellent introduction to Google drive. Well researched, easy to read, nicely organized.”

Updated in 2018! The top-selling guide to Google’s free online office suite is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thirty minutes is all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, the free online productivity suite and alternative to Microsoft Office. Millions of people use the software every day. You can use Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides to perform the following tasks: 

• Write letters and reports

• Crunch numbers and create online data entry forms 

• Give presentations 

• Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues

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

• Print documents, drawings, and spreadsheets

• Export PDFs 

• Make pie charts, bar charts, and simple tables

• Publish documents and spreadsheets online using the new Google Sites

After covering registration, file creation and other basics, Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition) zeroes in on the most important time-saving tips and productivity tools. Highlights include:

• 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.

The tone of Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and examples. The guide can be used by anyone with a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. It also includes instructions for using Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android and iOS phones and tablets. 

Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology and business journalist. He has written several books in the "In 30 Minutes" series, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.

Here's what readers are saying about Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes:

“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.”

“I just got a new position that requires record keeping. Having used Google Docs in the past, I decided to update my knowledge. I googled "Docs for dummies" and this was one of the results. I liked the concept that the title implies - a concise guide that will distill what I need and allow me to complete a task quickly”

“A clear and concise explanation of how to navigate your way through google docs.”

“Excellent introduction to Google drive. Well researched, easy to read, nicely organized.”

Updated in 2017 to cover the new Dropbox interface and features! What is Dropbox, and how can you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet? In Dropbox In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition), award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont uses step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and a touch of humor to explain everything from basic Dropbox installation steps to best practices for Dropbox sharing. In a single sitting, this quick and easy guide will help you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet.

The second edition of this popular Dropbox book includes updated chapters as well as additional sections describing new Dropbox features of the Dropbox application for Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, the Dropbox app for iOS devices (including the Dropbox app for iPhones and iPads), and the Dropbox app for Android phones and tablets. The Dropbox manual also covers many useful features of Dropbox.com for backing up, sharing, and recovering files. In addition, the book's popular Dropbox FAQ has been expanded.

What's inside

* Dropbox system requirements

* How Dropbox works in the cloud

* Installing Dropbox on Windows PCs (Dropbox on Windows 7 and earlier, Dropbox on Windows 10 and Windows 8)

* Installing Dropbox on Macs (macOS), iOS and Android

* Saving files to Dropbox

* Working with Dropbox folders and files

* Dropbox preferences and Selective Sync

* Opening a file or folder from a second computer

* Dropbox mobile app: Downloading/uploading files

* Dropbox Camera Upload for backing up and transferring photos from your mobile phone

* Dropbox sharing via links

* Dropbox collaboration

Dropbox In 30 Minutes also includes an unofficial FAQ that answers the following questions:

* How can I get free space on Dropbox?

* How secure is Dropbox?

* How do I delete Dropbox?

* Why is Dropbox taking so long to sync?

* Are Dropbox Business and Dropbox Pro accounts worth the extra cost?

* How can I recover deleted Dropbox files?

* What is Dropbox Paper and is it a substitute for Microsoft Word or Google Docs?

* What are Dropbox comments?

* What happens when the same file is opened simultaneously on more than one computer?

* What are third-party Dropbox apps?

What readers are saying about this Dropbox book

Thousands of satisfied readers have purchased this Dropbox book or downloaded the Dropbox ebook edition. While Dropbox In 30 Minutes is intended for beginners, even experienced users will discover a few new Dropbox tricks. Here's what real readers are saying:

"This was truly a 30-minute Dropbox tutorial. I have mastered the basics without bugging my 20-year-old son! Yahoo!"

"I have read Ian's books on Dropbox and Google Drive/Docs. He's an excellent writer, and the books are highly worthwhile, especially for people new to these applications."

"A short but thorough introduction to Dropbox. In my opinion, this is highly recommendable book for those who are approaching Dropbox or who need it for work and cooperative projects."

"I didn't know how to use Dropbox when I bought this book, and after reading it, I was able to set up my account and to use it with my students. It is short and to the point. I am a beginner and much of these online storage options are new to me, but I was able to read the book and to then use the app."

Buy your copy today!

Note: Dropbox In 30 Minutes is not affiliated with "For Dummies" books, Dropbox, or other services referenced in the guide. In 30 Minutes® is a registered trademark of publisher i30 Media Corp. All rights reserved.


UPDATED IN 2018! Here's your chance to finally learn how to use Microsoft Excel! In a single sitting, this quick and easy user guide will help you learn MS Excel basics, from navigating the home screen to working with formulas and charts. It’s a great Excel tutorial that will help you in the office, at school, or even at home. 

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.

Have you ever wanted to get a website for your business, but were worried about the cost and complexity? Worry no longer! There is a cheap, easy solution, explained in the revised and expanded edition of Google Blogger For Small Businesses In 30 Minutes.

In just 30 minutes, this book will show you how to set up a static website or blog with its own .com domain. Whether you own a shop, restaurant, consultancy, professional services firm, LLC, or other small business, this book will help your company establish an official online presence. Customers will be able to more easily learn about your business and the products and services it offers, at a cost that's far less than newspaper or Yellow Pages advertising.

Google Blogger For Small Businesses In 30 Minutes uses step-by-step instructions, dozens of screenshots, and many examples to show how to leverage Google's Blogger service for your small business. The book cuts through the confusion when it comes to choosing designs, fonts, links, and other features, helping you identify exactly what you need to do to get your small business website up and running.

Google Blogger For Small Businesses In 30 Minutes covers the following topics:

* What type of small business website should you build?

* The Five-Minute Website Marketing Framework

* Creating a site and registering a domain

* Choosing a great-looking template (with samples to view!)

* Customizing the site’s appearance

* Creating homepage content

* Adding photos, videos, and maps

* Small business sites on mobile devices

* Choosing the right domain for your business

* Using Google Domains to register a .com domain for your small business

* Case Study: Main Street Treats

* Creating a product page

* Creating a page that links to a business Twitter account

* Small business blogs

Google Blogger For Small Businesses In 30 Minutes is an In 30 Minutes guide. Other books in the series include Dropbox In 30 Minutes, LinkedIn In 30 Minutes, Google Drive And Docs In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes. 

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