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Finance for Non-Finance: Learn Quick and Easy

Obtain Suplemental Skills to Get a Raise, Better Job or Improve Your Own Business
Anthony Jameson
14,187 students enrolled
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Identify problems in your company
Improve performance of your business
Understand the economic substance of projects you are engaged in
Make well-informed economic decisions
Able to weigh benefits against costs.
Understand the numbers in the financial statements of any company
Have more complete picture of your company and its competitors

Do you want to master finance concepts without spending a lot of your time on books, web search and long-hour boring courses?

Are you a non-financial manager who wants a raise, better job or to open a new business? 

Or maybe you are a small business owner who wants to measure and improve your business performance?

You have come to the right place! 

  • It will take only 4-5 hours to complete the course 
  • 30 lectures and 2.5 hours of high quality animated video content
  • Practical exercises with explanations and quizzes
  • Discover and analyze financials of Apple, Facebook and Ford
  • Full and responsive support
  • Handouts of all course materials that make it easy to study and remember
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Jump in to this course now and I guarantee that your learning will be informative, dynamic and fun.

FREE preview of lectures 1, 2, 3, 6, 21 and 23.


Invest your time in financial education. It will be fun, interesting and very useful.

This course is easy to understand and it’s designed in explainer video format to convey financial fundamentals in a way that makes everything clear and
understandable. You will receive detailed explanations, practical cases and quizzes.

Within 4-5 hours
you’ll obtain all the essentials of basic finance and budgeting. It will boost your
business and financial literacy, resulting in well-informed economic decisions.

The course starts by introducing accounting basics and then teaches you to understand financial statements.

Then you will learn about financial reports including the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow. These are the things you must know to succeed in a new business or make your current business more profitable.

We will even have fun analyzing the financial statements of corporate giants like Apple, Facebook, and Ford.

Along the way, you will learn how to make your own financial statements, create a great budget, and how to run your business. We’ll even get a bit advanced and explore Zero-Based-Budgeting and Cost Management.

Course Introduction

Aknowledge the course objectives, goals and structure

Introduction to Finance

The Benefits of Financial Literacy

Do you know the benefits of financial literacy?

Whether you are a business owner, startupper, non-financial manager or some one else the benefits of being financially literate are obvious - your decisions will be economically reasonable

What is Finance

Let's discuss the substance of finance and what categories of finance are there.

Accounting and Financial Statements

Every Business Has to Account for Its Operations
  • Discover why every business needs accounting and financial reporting
  • What types of reports exist
  • Dive deep into the structure of financial reports
Financial Statements: the Balance Sheet
  • Learn what the Balance Sheet is and how it works
  • Discover the structure of the Balance Sheet
Business Start-Up

Lets make a business start-up to see how operations are reflected in the Balance Sheet

Practical Task 1

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Practical Task 1: Explanation

Let's solve and discuss the first practical task

Financial Statements: the Income Statement
  • Learn what the Income Statement is and how it works
  • Discover the structure of the Income Statement
Business Start-Up (continued)

We continue to operate our business to discover how operations are reflected in the Income Statement

Does Profit = Money?

Discover the fundamental difference between the Income Statement and the Cash Flow

Financial Statements: the Cash Flow
  • Learn what the Cash Flow is and how it works
  • Discover the structure of the Cash Flow
Business Start-Up (continued)
  • We make the Cash Flow for our business, and
  • See how the Balance Sheet has changed over 5 years
Practical Task 2

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Practical Task 2: Explanation

Let's solve and discuss the second practical task

Test 1: Accounting and Financial Statements

Test your knowledge of Accounting and Financial Statements

Financial Analysis (Ratios)

Financial Ratios

Discover the key financial ratios that are used to analyze the company's financial performance:

  • Profit Margin
  • ROE
  • Free Cash Flow
  • Asset Turnover
  • Interest Coverage
  • Debt Ratio
Practical Task 3

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Practical Task 3: Explanation (+Business Start-Up continued)

Let's solve and discuss the third practical task and analyze how our business has performed over 5 years

Lender vs. Equity Investor: Risks and Rewards Rule

Compare Lender and Equity Investor to learn Risk and Reward Rule every investor should know

Analyze the Financial Statements of Apple, Facebook and Ford
  • At last we can apply our knowledge to dive deep into the financials of corporate giants
  • Calculate financial ratios, analyze and make conclusion on financial health of Apple, Facebbok and Ford
More Financial Ratios

Three more useful ratios:

  • Current Liquidity
  • Receivables Days
  • Payables Days
Stock Market Valuation Analysis (Apple, Facebook and Ford)
  • Let's see what market tells about Apple, Facebook and Ford
  • Discover market capitalization, price-to-book and price-to-earnings ratio
Test 2: Financial Analysis


Discovering Budget: Substance and Purpose

Identify what Budget is

Learn the main purposes of budget:

  • Planning
  • Control
  • Communication and Co-ordination
  • Evaluation
  • Motivation
Budget Types: Incremental, Zero-Based, Rolling

There are three main types of budget:

  • Incremental
  • Zero-Based
  • Rolling
Budgeting Process: From Goal to Budget Approval

Go through the budgeting process:

  1. Identify the goals of the business
  2. Identify limiting factor
  3. Prepare sales budget
  4. Prepare departmental budgets
  5. Negotiate
  6. Consolidate
  7. Approve
Budgetary Control: What To Do After the Budget is Finalized

Budget at work!

Discover what to do after the budget is approved

Cost Management: Direct vs. Overhead
  • Learn different types of costs: direct and overhead
  • Learn how to allocate overhead costs to recieve complete cost of a product
Cost Management: Fixed vs. Variable
  • Learn different types of costs: direct and overhead
  • See the examples of direct and overhead costs
  • Discover why is it critical for any business to keep its fixed costs as low as possible
Test 3: Budgeting

This course was narrated by Mike Norgaard

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