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Finance Skills Book in PDF Format


This eBook explains all of the basic accounting concepts and terminology you will need to understand the three primary financial statements that appear in every organization's annual report and most internal monthly reports as well. You should make sure that you know the basic concepts and terminology needed to understand income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow as these are widely used, even by nonprofit organizations.

Finance Principles

In this eBook, you will learn: the precise meaning of the essential accounting terms, the purpose of the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement, the differences between cash based and accrual based accounting, the 'revenue recognition' principle and the 'matching' principle, and how depreciation, prepayments and bad debt are allowed for.

  • An Introduction to Accounting Principles
  • Basic Accounting Concepts
  • The Limitations of Cash Accounting
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Basic Financial Terms
  • The Revenue Recognition Principle
  • The Matching Principle
  • A Sample Income Statement

"This short book told me just enough to understand what the bean-counters are talking about without boring me too much."

Henry Fielding
Software Engineer

This finance skills book is available for download in PDF, Kindle and ePub format.

Finance Skills (Balance Sheet) Book in PDF Format


The ability to understand a balance sheet is a key management skill that you will use more and more as your career progresses and you need to make decisions based on financial information. The balance sheet, together with the income statement and cash flow statement, make up the cornerstone of any organization's financial statements.

Finance Balance Sheet

The main concept of a balance sheet is that total assets must equal the liabilities plus the equity of the company at a specified time. A balance sheet shows what tools are available to an organization to remain profitable. It is the only financial statement that relates to specific point in time and not a period of time. It can be presented either in Report or Account format.

In this eBook, you will learn: exactly how assets, liabilities and equity are defined and documented, how to use a balance sheet to determine an organization's liquidity and solvency, how the balance sheet and other key financial documents fit together, how to perform a vertical and horizontal common size analyses to detect changes in an organization's financial status, and how to assess the ability of an organization's management by using key financial ratios.

  • Reading a Balance Sheet
  • Assets, Liabilities, and Equity
  • Understanding Assets
  • Understanding Liabilities
  • Understanding Equity
  • What a Balance Sheet Tells You
  • Performing a Common-Size Analysis

"I would recommend this to anyone who has not studied finance but wants to know how a balance sheet is made up and what it can tell you."

Sarah Holland
IT Manager

This finance skills book is available for download in PDF format.

Finance Skills (Income Statement) Book in PDF Format


The primary purpose of the income statement is to report an organization's earnings to investors over a specific period of time. It can also be used to judge how well the organization is managed financially; decide the type of investment opportunity it presents; make comparisons with its competitors; and assess its operating performance.

Finance Income Statements

In this eBook you will learn: how an income statement is prepared and what it can tell you, the importance of transaction timing and how it influences the income statement totals, how to use accounting standards to help you define operating and non-operating expenses, how to use income statements to measure financial performance against expectations, and how to compare income statements for different sized organizations. 

  • Introduction to Income Statements
  • Income Statement Formats
  • Multiple-Step Income Statements
  • Importance of Transaction Timing
  • Operating Expenses
  • Using Income Statements Effectively
  • Common-Size Statements
  • Performing a Common-Size Analysis
  • Comparison with Cash Flow Statements

"If you are a beginner, you should be able to read this book and have a good understanding of income statements by the time you finish."

Betty Harman
Manager UPS

This finance skills book is available for download in PDF format.

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