Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling;
a Practical Guide
A hands-on guide to using Excel in the business context
Danielle has done an incredible job of explaining all the component parts of financial modelling and demystifying what is often seen as a complex and difficult area. Her book contains useful insights of benefit to everyone performing business analysis in Excel – regardless of their level of experience. It’s the book I wish had been available when I started my career.
Highly recommended. I wish I had this book when I was learning Excel! This handy guide covers everything you need to know about modeling business problems and analyzing data.
Danielle’s expertise and experience shines through in a very readable book, introducing the key concepts and considerations inherent in financial modelling. From novice to advanced modeller alike, readers are presented with many useful tips. tools, techniques and pragmatic examples to refer to time and time again. Readily digestible, this book plugs a gaping academic hold that illustrates the risks and rewards of taking a spreadsheet by the throat and converting it into a robust, transparent, and flexible decision-making device. It will help you to “Excel”.
About this book
First published in 2012, Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling contains step-by-step instructions of how to solve common business problems using financial models, including downloadable Excel templates, a list of shortcuts and tons of practical tips and techniques you can apply straight away.
Whilst there are many hundreds of tools, features and functions in Excel, this book focuses on the topics most relevant to finance professionals. It covers these features in detail from a practical perspective, but also puts them in context by applying them to practical examples in the real world. Learn to create financial models to help make business decisions whilst applying modelling best practice methodology, tools and techniques.
- Provides the perfect mix of practice and theory
- Helps you become a DIY Excel modelling specialist
- Includes updates for Excel 2019/365 and Excel for Mac
- May be used as an accompaniment to the author’s online and face-to-face training courses
Many people are often overwhelmed by the hundreds of tools in Excel, and this book gives clarity to the ones you need to know in order to perform your job more efficiently. This book also demystifies the technical, design, logic and financial skills you need for business and financial modelling.
How to get your copy of “Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling”
Order directly from the publisher
What’s in the Book?
An easy reference guide for those who need to build financial models to solve business problems for their organisations.
The book is organised into twelve chapters, arranged in order based on different aspects of Excel modelling. There are step-by-step instructions for how to use each feature, but these are detailed in a practical example, and the live models are provided for the reader to build it on their own. For example, the book explains what a Goal Seek is, and why one would use it. It then takes the reader through a practical example of needing to work backwards to calculate the maximum interest that be paid before exceeding the repayment capacity, using a goal seek.
About the Author
Danielle Stein Fairhurst,
AFM, MBA, CDAF ACCA, BaIBR
With over fourteen years’ experience as an analyst, Danielle Stein Fairhurst helps her clients create meaningful models in the form of business cases, pricing models and management reports. She is the Principal of Plum Solutions, a Sydney-based consultancy specialising in Financial Modelling & Analysis. She has hands-on experience in a number of industry sectors, including telecoms, information systems, manufacturing and financial services.
Danielle is the author of several books on financial modelling and is a judge for the Financial Modelling Innovation Awards. She has been featured on Excel TV as well as many industry podcasts. She has regular engagements around Australia and globally as a speaker, course facilitator, consultant and analyst. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and has taught management accounting subjects at Sydney University.
Access the Supplementary Content
Download the supplementary online materials and templates
The supplementary content for this book consists of several documents which supplement the information in the book, including additional instructions, materials, downloads, and models. Each chapter (except chapter 1) has its own Excel file which contains a soft copy of the many screenshots shown throughout the book, and their applicable page numbers. Using these files, you’ll be able to recreate many of the modelling situations, tools and functions described in the book. Several Excel model exercises and sample models have also been included.
Get a copy of both books
Purchase a bundle of all three Financial Modelling online training courses with Danielle Stein Fairhurst and receive a copy of both of her current books “Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling” and “Financial Modeling in Excel for Dummies”.
Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling
is written for finance professionals who want to use the power of Excel to do their jobs faster, more efficiently and with fewer errors. The book is an invaluable reference guide for finance staff wanting to improve their marketability and value to their organisation by working on their Excel modelling skills. It contains all the critical how-to and step by step instructions of how to use Excel for business modelling.
Also written by Danielle Stein Fairhurst and published by Wiley Finance in 2015, this is the previous edition of the book “Using Excel for Business and Financial Modelling”.
If you have a copy of this book, you can download the supplementary files.