Ultimate Accounting Fundamentals Online Bundle, 10 Certificate Courses

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Build a Strong Foundation of Accounting Skills  - 10 Courses in this Bundle

  1. Accounting Fundamentals

  2.  Accounting Fundamentals II

  3.  Introduction to QuickBooks

  4.  Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables

  5.  Keys to Successful Money Management

  6.  Personal Finance

  7.  Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My!

  8.  The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks

  9.  Mastering Business Fundamentals

  10.  Starting Your Own Small Business

1. Accounting Fundamentals :  Build a Strong Foundation of Accounting Skills

Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You'll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You'll get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities. We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period.

Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this course will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.

2. Accounting Fundamentals II :  Start Now To Learn Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals II Online Course

While it is true that accounting professionals are scarce, those with corporate accounting experience are even more rare. This course will build on the knowledge you gained in Charlene Messier's online Accounting Fundamentals course (or another introductory accounting course) to provide you with a solid understanding of corporate accounting practices.

In Accounting Fundamentals II, you'll explore such topics as special journals, uncollectible accounts receivable, plant assets, depreciation, notes and interest, accrued revenue and expenses, dividends, retained earnings, and various financial reports for corporations.

If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness and accountability while also gaining a marketable skill, this is the course for you.

3. Introduction to QuickBooks :  Learn to Manage the Financial Aspects of your Small Business Quickly and Efficiently Using QuickBooks Online

This powerful accounting software program has helped thousands of business owners just like you manage their finances. With the online version, you also gain all the advantage of computing in the cloud, so that your files will be available to you virtually anytime, anywhere.

As we explore the pros and cons of online accounting, you'll soon see how easy it is to use the navigation features of QuickBooks Online. Then you'll gain hands-on experience as you learn all the ways this well-designed accounting program makes it a snap to manage your business' finances—from recording income and expenses, to entering checks and bank transfer entries, to setting up a chart of accounts. You'll see how to reconcile your checking account and manage credit card and loan payments; create and print invoices, receipts, and statements; track your payables, inventory, and receivables; create estimates; generate reports; and much more.

Whether you're new to QuickBooks or have already used other versions of this software program, this course will empower you to take control of the financial accounting for your business, all with the ease and convenience of an online platform.

4. Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables :  Learn How to Maximize Microsoft Excel's Functions and Capabilities

Most organizations rely heavily on Microsoft Excel pivot tables to analyze and report financial information. Your company is probably no exception. By learning these advanced techniques, you can become more valuable to your organization. 

You'll see how to work with the numerous pivot table options and system settings to become skilled in developing useful analysis models and reports within your company. Impress your coworkers by learning how to create functional and eye-catching interactive dashboards using a combination of pivot tables, Pivot Charts, and Slicers. You'll discover advanced techniques for pivot tables, like creating Timelines, calculated fields, and calculated items. You'll learn how to use Excel's Table function to efficiently manage changes to the pivot table's source data in order to avoid reporting mistakes when data is added or deleted.

Whether you're new to pivot tables, need a refresher, or want to become the pivot table guru within your organization, this course is for you!

5. Keys to Successful Money Management :  Start Now To Learn Keys to Successful Money Management

If you're interested in discovering how most wealthy people amassed their fortunes, this is the course for you. Contrary to popular opinion, most of us don't achieve true wealth through luck or an accident of fate. Just about anybody can build wealth. All it takes is organization, discipline, and a firm knowledge of how to proceed. If you're serious about accumulating a sizable nest egg and living the life of your dreams, this course will supply you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed.

You've probably heard amazing stories of people amassing untold fortunes with seemingly little effort, finding financial freedom through the magic of day trading, shorting stocks, buying and selling commodities, playing the slots, flipping real estate, or some other fad of the moment. These stories sound too good to be true, and that's because they are. All of those get-rich-quick schemes have three things in common: they're unsafe, they're unpredictable, and they tend to produce far more losers than they do winners. 

The truly wealthy do not rely on risky games of chance and raw luck to build their fortunes--they focus on creating wealth out of what they already have. If you're serious about living a better life by tapping into your unfulfilled potential, we'll show you the way.

In this course, a certified financial planner will walk you through the steps you need to take in order to achieve true financial success. You'll become comfortable with the broad array of investment choices available to you right now, and you'll discover the best ways to acquire and accumulate both cash and real property. We'll also discuss the tax implications of your investment decisions, along with steps you can take to protect any wealth you acquire.

6. Personal Finance :  Start Now To Learn Personal Finance

Do you have clear financial goals? Do you know if you have enough money to buy a car or house, if you can afford to take a cut in pay in order to go back to school, if you will have enough money to retire? 

Do you know how much tax you will be expected to pay this year and next, or what you might be able to do right now that will lower your tax long into the future? Do you have enough insurance? Have you developed a household budget and are you sticking to it? 

Will your assets be passed to your chosen heirs when you die? Do you know how your creditors judge you and do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? 

Are you confident you can choose stocks and mutual funds wisely and do you know how to decide how much money you should allocate to these types of investments? Do you know how to keep good financial records and do you know which types of records you should keep and for how long? 

If your answer to any of these questions is "No," you need this course. This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning. The tools you will learn are useful, realistic, and easy to work into your regular routine. They will help you gain control over the financial impact of the choices you make. 

You'll learn to create and use a budget, borrow and invest wisely, make intelligent decisions about insurance, and plan for your financial future. You'll develop a retirement savings plan, and you'll be better prepared to make large purchases and plan for taxes. You'll learn the essentials of household bookkeeping, record-keeping requirements, and much, much more.

7. Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! :  Start Now To Learn Certificate in Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! 

Looking for a good solid class in the basics of stocks, bonds, finance, and investing? Haven't the slightest clue how to prepare for retirement, pay for college, or even manage your personal finances? Wish you had some guidance to put your finances into clear and understandable perspective? And do you wish you could do it all without having to pay a broker or a financial advisor? Well, look no further. The class you need is right here! 

Stocks, Bonds, and Investing; Oh My! is an enjoyable class that walks you through the fundamentals of investing. The course will not only teach you about the stock markets, 401k plans, and retirement, but it will also address personal financial issues that are often ignored, but absolutely essential, to your success as an investor. 

This course won't just throw a bunch of terms at you, expecting you to memorize everything. The instructor takes the time to explain concepts in detail so you understand how and why things work in the investment world. You'll leave this course with a comprehensive and thorough education in personal finance and investment. And you will have provided yourself with the independence, confidence, and peace of mind you'll need to make your own investment decisions. 

Full of solid advice and good common sense, this course is bound to make life just a little easier for you.

8. The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks :  Start Now To Learn The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks

The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks is a comprehensive course designed to provide you with conventional and advanced techniques in researching and valuing stocks. Starting off with the basics, you will learn how to read financial statements and calculate financial ratios, and then move on to perform industrial comparisons, value stocks, and conduct economic and industrial research. 

This course is taught in a manner that uses everyday language, simple, yet insightful analogies, and a just the facts attitude that you will understand and appreciate. By the end of this course, you will have a strong foundation in the analysis and valuation of stocks.

9. Mastering Business Fundamentals :  Master the Fundamentals of Accounting

You'll learn about various organizational structures and determine how to use leadership, motivation, and control for maximum impact. You'll understand how successful organizations use performance measurements to stay on track. 

You'll also master the fundamentals of accounting and increase your knowledge about key financial terms, cash flow management, financial statements, and cost control. You'll learn the difference between financial and cost accounting. 

You'll discover various financial investment models and you'll learn the basics of financial planning and budgeting methods. You'll even gain an understanding of the basic principles of business law, contracts, and the principal-agency relationship. And you'll explore the forms of business organization and learn about ethics and organizational politics.

PMBOK® Guide, PMI®, PMP®, CAPM®, and the PMI R.E.P. logo are either marks or registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

10. Starting Your Own Small Business : Learn Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Business

In this Certificate in Starting Your Own Small Business Online Course, you'll learn everything you need to know about starting a business. You'll begin by discovering the tricks to picking the right opportunity for you. Next, you'll learn how to develop proven marketing techniques to easily build sales. Since every business needs money, we'll discuss traditional and nontraditional financing options. Finally, you'll learn easy-to-implement employee-management procedures and how to write business policies that help you build your business.

You, as a business owner, need to manage all your limited resources. One resource that often gets overlooked is your time. In the final lesson, you'll learn time-management techniques especially for entrepreneurs. While taking this course, you'll discover the secrets that separate the successful entrepreneurs from the struggling ones.

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This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Accounting Fundamentals 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals Online Course

Account Classifications, Account Titles, T Accounts, and the Accounting Equation

Welcome to Accounting Fundamentals! In this first lesson, you'll learn all about account classifications, debits, credits, and T accounts. You'll learn the difference between a liability and an asset, and you'll find out how to determine an owner’s equity.

General Ledger Accounts and the Balance Sheet

Here's where you'll begin your hands-on accounting practice: You'll start by creating an imaginary company for which you'll be the accountant. You'll learn how to analyze your company's transactions to determine which amounts go into which accounts, then you'll create your company's own General Ledger forms and post a few transactions into those accounts. You'll also prepare a Balance Sheet to prove your accounting equations.

Journalizing Transactions and Posting to the General Ledger

Now that you have an understanding of the functions of the General Ledger, you're ready to move on to the next phase of recording transactions: the Journal. In this lesson, you'll learn how to enter transactions into an 11-column journal and then post or transfer those amounts into appropriate General Ledger accounts.

Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Purchases and Payments on Account

In this lesson, you'll learn all about Accounts Payable--money that you owe your vendors and suppliers. You'll practice journalizing cash purchases and purchases on account, and you'll get hands-on practice transferring those purchases to their corresponding Accounts Payable Ledger accounts.

Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Sales and Cash Received on Account

In this lesson, you'll learn about Accounts Receivable, which is another name for money owed to your company by its customers. You'll learn how to journalize and post those sales on account, how to enter charge sales into the journal, and how to transfer the information into an Accounts Receivable Ledger.

Payroll and Various Deductions

It's payday! This lesson will teach you how to determine gross pay, deductions, and net pay. You'll learn how to prepare a payroll, write payroll checks, and how to prepare and maintain accurate payroll records

Banking Services and Reports

In this lesson, you'll learn all about banks and banking services: You'll learn the proper way to write checks, make out deposit tickets, and reconcile your company's checking account with the bank statement--skills you'll find valuable in both your business and personal life!

Posting Journal Totals to the General Ledger and Schedule of Accounts Payable and Schedule of Accounts Receivable

This lesson will teach you how to prepare a Schedule of Accounts Payable and a Schedule of Accounts Receivable. These reports can be used to compare the amount of money your business owes its creditors with the amount of money your customers owe your business

End-of-Year Worksheet

In this lesson, you'll prepare a worksheet showing the net income or net loss for the fiscal period. The worksheet will show all income and expenses for the fiscal period as well as the assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity account balances

End-of-Year Financial Reports

In this lessn, you will learn how to prepare various reports that are vital to the well-being of your company. You'll learn how these reports can be used to make sound financial decisions in the next fiscal period. You will discover how to put together an Owner’s Equity Statement, an Income Statement, and a Distribution of Net Income.

Journalizing and Posting Adjusting Entries

In this lesson, you'll prepare for the end of the fiscal period by adjusting your asset account balances to accurately reflect the assets remaining at the end of the year. You will also find out how to journalize and post adjusting and closing entries to bring your company's General Ledger up to date.

Journalizing and Posting Closing Entries and Preparing a Post Closing Trial Balance

In our final lesson, we will prepare a Post Closing Trial Balance report to ensure that all of our debits and credits in the General Ledger balance out in preparation for the new fiscal period.

Course 2 - Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals II Online Course

Accounts Payable
In this lesson, you'll learn all about accounts payable, which is a group of accounts that shows how much your business owes its vendors. You'll be journalizing and posting your company's purchases and preparing a Schedule of Accounts Payable. Keeping track of what your company owes others is a vital part of operating a business. This lesson will give you the tools you'll need to successfully track those accounts.

Accounts Receivable
We'll take a close look at accounts receivable in this lesson. This is the money that your customers owe your business. After completing this lesson, you'll know how to enter charge sales into your Sales Journal and then post them to your General Ledger. Knowing what your customers owe you can make the difference between your company's success or failure.

Uncollectible Accounts Receivable
Today, we'll be dealing with uncollectible accounts receivable. While we'd all like to think that our customers will pay what they owe, it's not always the case. You'll learn how to account for long overdue receivables that probably won't ever be paid. While this doesn't happen often, it's a fact of business, so you'll need to know how to account for it in your company's books.

Plant Assets and Depreciation
In this lesson, we'll look at plant assets and depreciation. Most all businesses have assets they use to determine their income. Just like your car, business assets depreciate over time, so you'll need to know how to account for that expense in your records. And you'll need to record these assets and calculate their depreciation in a timely manner to keep accurate records for your business.

Notes Payable and Notes Receivable
This lesson is all about notes payable and notes receivable. A business might need a little extra time to pay a bill beyond the usual terms offered by the vendor. Or a customer may need an extension of credit beyond what your business usually offers its charge customers. You'll find out all you need to know about accounting for these situations as we look at how to record the issuance and payment of these notes payables and notes receivables.

Accrued Income and Accrued Expenses
Today, you'll learn how to deal with accrued income and accrued expenses. Accrued income is money that the company earns in one fiscal period that it doesn't receive until after another fiscal period begins. Similarly, accrued expenses are expenses that are incurred during one fiscal period that aren't paid until the next period. To get a true picture of the net income or net loss of your business, you'll need to account for the accrued income and accrued expenses within the period they're incurred.

Dividends and Starting the Year-End Worksheet
In this lesson, we'll be dealing with dividends, which is money paid to the company's stockholders on their investment. You'll learn how the business accounts for the dividends it pays to its stockholders. We'll also look at retained earnings, or the amount of profit the corporation retains for future use. Then we'll begin to prepare the worksheet, possibly the most important financial report a business compiles each year.

Complete Year-End Worksheet with Adjustments
Today, we'll determine if our business has a net income or a net loss by completing the worksheet we started in the previous lesson. And because many General Ledger accounts change throughout the fiscal period—supplies are used, insurance premiums are depleted—we'll need to bring these accounts up to date to reflect their current values. So we'll also take a close look at how to make adjusting entries to update our General Ledger accounts for the beginning of the new fiscal period

End-of-Fiscal-Period Financial Reports
It's time to begin wrapping up our books for the end of the fiscal period. In this lesson, you'll learn how to compile most of the various financial reports a corporation needs to complete at the end of the fiscal period. You'll prepare an Income Statement, Stockholders' Equity Statement, Balance Sheet, and more. These are the reports that really demonstrate the success of a business.

Adjusting and Closing Entries and Post Closing Trial Balance
In this lesson, we'll get the books all caught up and ready for the next fiscal period. You'll go back and journalize those adjusting entries you entered into your worksheet, then you'll enter closing entries into your journal. Finally, you'll post these journal entries to the General Ledger to prepare it for the new fiscal period.

Preparing a Payroll
Today, we'll cover every employee's favorite subject: Payroll! You'll learn about various mandatory and voluntary deductions from employees' pay, as well as how to journalize and post an entire payroll. As an added bonus, after this lesson, you'll be able to check the accuracy of your own paycheck.

Preparing Federal Tax Deposits and Year-End Tax Reports
We'll finish up by preparing a variety of end-of-year tax reports. Here's your chance to go step-by-step through a multitude of IRS forms with instructions that are much easier to understand! You'll fill out the federal Form 941, then learn how to make federal income tax deposits. Then we'll look closely at Form W-2s and Form W-3s. Finally, we'll look at how to calculate and report the company's Federal Unemployment Tax payment. This lesson is jam packed with valuable tax information!

Course 3 - Certificate in Introduction to QuickBooks Online Course

Getting Started
In our first lesson, you'll get familiar with the QuickBooks Online interface and explore the pros and cons of working with your accounting information online. We'll discuss the various subscription packages available, and you'll get to practice using some of the navigation and interactive features that allow you to quickly get around in the program.
    
The Chart of Accounts
The Chart of Accounts is the heart and soul of QuickBooks. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to take full advantage of this powerful tool to add, edit, and access accounts that you can use to track the value of your business or monitor your income and expenses.

Centers and Lists
Today, you'll learn how to use centers and lists in QuickBooks to gather and organize all of the information you'll need to properly conduct business with customers and vendors. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll know how to store and edit various types of information, such as addresses and payment terms, for your customers and vendors. You'll also learn how to process Form 1099 to give to your vendors at the end of the year.
    
Bank Accounts
Today, you'll get comfortable working with bank accounts in QuickBooks Online. You'll learn how to create a new bank account, connect it online, and download, match, and add transactions. Then you'll learn how to reconcile your checking account with your monthly bank statement to make sure that neither you nor the bank made any errors.

Recording Expenses—Part 1
Keeping track of the checks and other expense transactions your business incurs is one of the most critical aspects of your daily operations. In this lesson, you'll learn how to utilize QuickBooks' built-in features to enter check transactions and bank transfers like a pro. You'll also learn how to record expense transactions where you may have utilized your debit card as payment or paid the amount online. You'll even learn how to label an expense as billable so that you can later request reimbursement from a customer. Finally, you'll practice with creating a recurring transaction template that may help save you some valuable data entry time!

Recording Expenses—Part 2
Without an organized system for managing all the bills your business receives, they can really start to stack up. And when bills pile up, it isn't hard to overlook one or two from time to time. That, of course, can result in late fees and credit difficulties. Today, you'll learn how to enter, edit, and pay all of your bills right on time. You'll also learn how to enter and apply vendor credits to an existing or future bill.

Credit Cards and Loans
In this lesson, you'll learn how to effectively manage Credit Card accounts in QuickBooks Online. We'll explore how to create a new Credit Card account and enter charges to that account as they occur. You'll also learn how to enter a full or partial payment of the credit card balance when it comes time for payment. Finally, you'll get the chance to create and enter a new loan balance resulting from the purchase of a long-term asset such as a vehicle or piece of equipment.

Recording Income—Part 1
You'll find today's lesson useful if your business ever sells a product or service and collects payment on the sale immediately. Today is the day you'll get some hands-on experience with creating products and services. Then you'll find out how to create multiple Sales Receipts and make the necessary deposit to your bank.
    
Recording Income—Part 2
In order to evaluate just how well your company is performing, you'll need to learn how to enter estimates, invoices, and customer payments. You'll do just that in this lesson. You'll also learn how to group multiple customer payments and record those deposits to the bank.

Recording Income—Part 3
Today, you're going to explore how to bill a customer for an expense incurred on a project or job. You'll even see how you can add a markup percentage to the amount you include on the customer invoice. Also, you'll examine the steps needed to enter credit memos, delayed credits, and refunds.
    
Customizing Sales Forms and Recording Fixed Assets
Today, you're going to learn how to customize your QuickBooks sales forms to give them a more professional look. You'll also learn how to record long-term fixed assets and record depreciation on those assets.

Sales Taxes and Reports
In our final lesson, you'll learn how to work with the sales tax features in the program to collect and remit taxes you collect from customers. You'll also find out how to create, use, and customize a wide variety of useful reports that can help you locate, organize, sort, total, summarize, and otherwise make sense of all those transactions you've painstakingly entered into QuickBooks Online.

Course 4 - Certificate in Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables Online Course

Lesson 01 - Pivot Table Concepts
In our first lesson, you'll develop a solid understanding of the requirements to use pivot tables. We'll go over the foundational elements you need to understand to get the most out of pivot tables, and we'll take a peek into the sometimes-intimidating Pivot Table Fields task pane and pivot table-specific Ribbon tabs.

Lesson 02 - Creating a Pivot Table
Not all data is created equal. In this lesson, you'll learn what's required to make sure your data is organized well enough to be used in a pivot table. I'll give you an example of a very common issue that occurs when the source data changes or expands, and I'll show you how to easily eliminate that issue in just a few quick clicks of the mouse.

Lesson 03 - Pivot Table Analyze and Design Tabs
Working efficiently with pivot tables requires knowing where to find the proper pivot table feature without searching high and low for it. Most pivot table features reside on one of the two pivot table-specific Ribbon tabs. Knowing how the different features are grouped and what each one provides is a must if you want to consider yourself a master pivot table user, so we'll explore all of it in today's lesson.

Lesson 04 - Pivot Table Formatting Inside and Out
Formatting a pivot table report can be challenging if you don't know all the secrets. In this lesson, you'll learn how to format cells and numbers, as well as how to handle empty cells or errors in your source data. In addition, you'll get some exposure to renaming fields and how to sort and filter data within your pivot table report.

Lesson 05 - Pivot Table Options and Field Settings
Most users aren't aware there are certain options and settings that provide little-known but extremely useful features. Most of these features are accessed through the pivot table Ribbon tabs, but some aren't. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use some of the more obscure settings in the Pivot Table Options and Field Settings dialog boxes.

Lesson 06 - Value Field Settings
Similar to the Field Settings, the Values section of a pivot table report have unique settings and summarization options. For most people, simply summing or counting the data within the Values section is enough. But once you learn how to use these lesser-known settings, you'll go from an average pivot table user to an expert.

Lesson 07 - Grouping Pivot Table Fields
A pivot table is ideal for analyzing and summarizing data. By default, the table does an excellent job at summarizing the data within the various fields, but there is a way to summarize the data even further. In this lesson, we'll group ordinary pivot table fields, which will create new fields that you can use within the pivot table or as a Slicer. In addition, you'll learn how to expand and collapse fields to help in summarizing the pivot table data.

Lesson 08 - Data-Integrity Checks and Report Filters
A pivot table is a great way to locate data anomalies in large data sets that would otherwise be hard to find scanning through the source table. In addition, the proper use of report filters can assist in any data investigation, as well as providing a great tool to create multiple reports from a single pivot table report. You'll learn all about these tools in today's lesson.

Lesson 09 - Cloning a Pivot Table and the Wonderful World of Slicers
Pivot tables are extremely useful and flexible for data analysis and reporting. It's easy to add, remove, or simply move fields to create different-looking reports from the same source data. Routinely, it's necessary to create different versions of reports, but the best way to do so isn't as straightforward as you might think. You'll see what I mean in this lesson.

Lesson 10 - Calculated Fields and Items
Pivot tables are great for analyzing and reporting information, but they're limited in their functionality when your source data is missing needed information. Or, perhaps the information isn't needed in the source data and is only needed for analysis for a short time. Using Excel's Calculated Items and Fields feature provides you with a way to create items that are missing from the source data or that you need for a one-time analysis. You'll see what I mean when we practice using it in today's lesson.

Lesson 11 - Working With Slicers and Pivot Charts
Your pivot table isn't complete without a Slicer and pivot chart. In order to create an effective dashboard, a pivot table and pivot chart controlled by multiple Slicers is a must. Creating and managing Slicers and Pivot Charts is really quite simple and a lot of fun. You'll see what I mean in today's lesson.

Lesson 12 - Timelines and Dashboard Development
There are many interactive tools and techniques available to make pivot tables and pivot charts fun to use, and we'll go over some of my favorites in this, our final lesson. Similar to a Slicer, Excel offers a tool called Timelines. Timelines are available when a field available in your pivot table or chart is a date. Within a dashboard, using the Timeline feature can be useful and eye catching to the users.

Course 5 - Certificate in Keys to Successful Money Management Online Course

Introduction to the Financial Planning Process

In this course, you'll discover the keys to achieving financial freedom steadily and successfully. You'll learn how to make financial discipline and wise financial choices a natural part of your life. Our journey begins today with an overview of the five steps of financial planning.

Organize Your Finances

How much money do you actually have and where is it all going? You have to be able to answer these questions before you can create a financial plan. So, in this lesson, we'll work on organizing your financial life. You'll create an organized filing system, get a handle on your spending, and learn how valuable cash flow statements, budgets, and balance sheets are to financial success. Don't worry; it's not as hard as it sounds!

Short- Term Investments : Building Cash Assets

There are three types of investment money: short-term, intermediate, and long-term. We'll start this lesson with a look at short-term money and the purpose it serves. This is money you would set aside for something specific in the near future like buying a car, making a down payment on a house, or paying off interest-free debt. You'll learn the trade-off between investment risk and investment reward and see why it takes more than putting your money in a savings account to get rich.

Bonds, Stocks, and Mutual Funds

In this lesson, you'll learn how a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds will help you build wealth. You'll also see how investment risk correlates with investment return. Then you'll discover how time mitigates higher-risk investments, making them an excellent choice if you've got enough time and want to see double-digit returns.

Education Accounts

Saving money to fund a college education is a common financial goal. So, today we'll talk about the pros and cons of the different education savings plans that are out there. By the end of this lesson, you'll be the neighborhood expert on saving for college!

Retirement Savings

Most people's number-one financial goal is saving for retirement. Social Security alone won't cover the bills. Some of us have employer pension plans, but many of us have to figure out how we'll make up the shortage once we stop working. This lesson is about taking care of yourself in retirement. We'll examine retirement savings plans and discover why they're a great place for your cash investments.

Real Property Assets

Up to now, this course has been about accumulating cash assets. Today we'll learn how real property assets complement your wealth. Real property assets are things you can feel, see, and touch (such as land or precious metals). When you complete this lesson, you'll know the challenges and benefits of owning real property.

Understanding Mortgages

Since most of us don't have enough to buy a house with cash, we need someone to lend us money. Going to the bank for a loan isn't as simple as walking in and filling out an application. Completing an extensive questionnaire about your income, debts, and job history is part of the loan process, but there's more. You need to decide which kind of mortgage to apply for. Just like there are a number of ways to order coffee from your favorite barista, there are a number of ways to finance a house. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different loan types, understand why some cost more (or less) than others, and figure out which loan program is best for you.

Other Financing

Almost all of us have credit cards in our wallets. And most of us are plagued by consumer debt. Credit cards, car loans, car leases, and in-store financing are where consumer debt builds up. But today you'll learn how to use these forms of financing to maximize your wealth.

Risk Management

As you accumulate wealth, it's important to protect it against loss. We buy car insurance in case of car crashes, homeowners insurance in case of damage or destruction to our houses, and health insurance to help with the rising cost of medical care. These are obvious assets to protect, but what about your most valuable asset: your ability to earn an income? If you have people depending on your paycheck to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, then you need to protect your income. So in this lesson, we'll talk about life and disability insurance and when you should get them.

Build Your Team of Professionals

Today, we'll talk about the professionals who can help you on your journey toward wealth. You'll learn the areas of expertise for an attorney, CPA, financial advisor, and insurance agent. You'll also get a sense of when is the right time to call on each of these professionals.

Put Your Plan into Action

In this, our final lesson, we'll talk about the most challenging part of the financial planning process: implementation. We will go over a technique that's very helpful in getting you and keeping you moving on your journey toward wealth. You'll leave this course knowing what you need to do to reach your goals and how to do it. You'll have everything it takes to achieve financial freedom!

Course 6 - Certificate in Personal Finance Online Course

Your Financial Situation

Throughout this course, you'll learn how to use basic financial planning tools that you can work into your everyday routine. In this first lesson, you'll examine your personal finances as they are today, set some basic financial goals, learn how to keep track of your finances, and gain some knowledge of record-keeping requirements. You'll learn how to assess your current financial position. The information you compile during this lesson, and the methods you use to retain and store that information, can set the tone of your financial record-keeping for the rest of your life.

The Daily Grind: Earnings, Bills, and Taxes

If you think about your cash flow in terms of how to best control the money that comes in and goes out of your life, you may discover that you have many opportunities to improve your financial situation. In this lesson, you'll learn how you can control certain aspects of your income collection and disbursement through daily financial events. We'll talk about methods for increasing the amount of money at your disposal, saving money when paying your bills, and reducing your tax burden. You'll learn many ways to save money with your day-to-day financial activities.

Your Credit

Don't be discouraged if your credit history is marred. Despite what you might think, you can establish good credit, control your credit rating so it remains positive, and repair a bad credit rating. Today, you'll learn how to read your credit history, correct errors in your credit reports, and improve your credit so that you're a good risk to potential lenders. Find out what creditors look at when they judge your credit, and how you can check your own credit rating for free.

The Art of Borrowing

Whether you intend to borrow money for a long term (as you might with a mortgage on a house), a medium term (such as a loan for a car or a college education), or a short term (such as using a credit card to pay for a dinner at a restaurant or your weekly groceries), there are factors about borrowing that you should consider. In this lesson, you'll get the tools to make informed decisions about borrowing. You'll learn about the concept of points or loan origination fees, as well as what loan-related items you can negotiate. Discover the concept of compound interest, and understand that the interest rate you see on advertised loans is not always the interest rate you pay. You'll also learn about where you can go to borrow money and how you can use the Internet to find out more about borrowing. Finally, you'll find out how borrowing money can actually benefit you when tax time comes.

Creating and Living with a Budget

In the most popular lesson of the course, you'll learn how you can create a workable budget and, more importantly, how you can make it stick. A budget is not difficult to make, and it's not difficult to follow. In fact, people who use budgets find they can talk about their finances and their financial goals more comfortably because they have a thorough knowledge of what they can actually achieve. A budget is like a playbook for the future. Today, you'll learn how to create a budget that's flexible enough to meet the changes you encounter in life, and durable enough to help you achieve a lifetime of financial goals.

Investing in Mutual Funds

In this lesson, you'll learn about the different types of mutual funds, criteria for choosing a fund, how much to invest, the importance of timing your investments, when to sell, and the tax effects of your investment. You'll find out the advantages to investing in mutual funds, including diversification, the opportunity to take advantage of a fund manager and a research team's expertise, the small minimum investment required to enter a fund, and the ease with which you can make regular investments. We'll also talk about what you need to watch out for when investing in mutual funds.

Investing in Stocks

Today, you'll learn how to choose a financial advisor. You'll find out why it's so important to follow the performance of your investments, and you'll discover how to manage your portfolio. In addition, we'll talk about the tax effects of buying and selling investments and how you can manage the amount of tax you pay on those transactions. You'll also learn how to compare companies that you want to invest in.

Other Types of Investing

If you want to invest, there are several different types of opportunities available to you. In this lesson, you'll explore some of the places beyond stocks and mutual funds where you can invest your money, including interest-bearing accounts, bonds, commodities, precious metals, and collectibles. You'll discover that you can begin investing with a very small amount of money, and you'll find out how to familiarize yourself with different types of investments before putting your money at risk.

Insurance Considerations

Today, you'll get acquainted with the many types of insurance and how the purchase of insurance should fit into your overall financial plan. We'll discuss life, health, automobile, and property insurance. Your needs for insurance change throughout your life, so you'll learn how and when to reassess your insurance coverage. I'll give you some tips on dealing with insurance agents and shopping around for the best value and the best coverage. You'll also learn how to save money on existing insurance policies.

Planning for Your Retirement

Retirement might seem like it's a long way off, but it's never too early to start thinking about it. In this lesson, you'll get familiar with the various types of retirement funds available to employees, business owners, and individuals; and you'll learn about putting money into retirement funds, overseeing the investments in those funds, and when and how to take money out of your funds. You'll also find out how the Social Security system works, and we'll discuss the tax effects of retirement contributions and distributions.

Life's Big Expenses

There are certain occasions in life that require a major cash outlay. Events like weddings, purchasing a house or a car, or going to college require planning and saving. In this lesson, I'll give you tips for estimating the costs of major purchases, as well as techniques for saving and borrowing to finance these expenses. You'll also see what tax benefits are available when you incur these large expenses. You'll learn about some of the different options for parents and students who are planning on, or are already attending, college. And you'll discover what factors to consider when deciding whether to purchase or lease a vehicle.

Estate Planning

In the final lesson of the course, you'll learn about estate planning and some of the basic rules that will guide you in making important decisions. We'll talk about the legal fees associated with the preparation of a will, and you'll get some pointers for choosing the right lawyer for the job. In addition, you'll get an introduction to inheritance and estate taxes, trusts, and other means of protecting your assets, as well as information about the duties of an executor for your estate.

Course 7 - Certificate in Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! Online Course

Overview of Class

Welcome! In this first lesson, you'll get to know a little about me, but more importantly, I'll get to hear from all of you. I like it when people post messages, so don't feel shy about posting any comments or questions you have! This is also the lesson where we'll set forth our game plan, reviewing what we'll cover and putting things in context so you can get your bearings and get the most out of the class.

The Theory and Importance of Investing

Hold on, there—we can't have you just running around, investing randomly in different investments! You need to fully and fundamentally understand the theories, laws, and concepts that govern investing. In this lesson, you'll learn what really gives money its value, how to increase that value, the power of compounding, and how much money you'll need to save for retirement. Then we'll look at how all of this pertains to the three most important investments you'll make: retirement, education, and housing.

First Things First

With a solid understanding of investing, we'll then apply a timeline or a schedule. Which investments should you make first? Would it be more beneficial to invest in an IRA or should you be thinking about college? Or might this perhaps be a good time for you to invest in rental property? We'll explore all of the benefits and drawbacks of these options to help you decide when to incorporate which investments into your lifetime plan.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds - Part I

Mutual funds, IRA accounts, 401k plans, and most other investments are primarily composed of two simple building blocks: stocks and bonds. So before we get too far along, we'll need to take a closer look at them. In this lesson, we'll go into intricate detail about stocks and bonds, discussing exactly what they are, what gives them value, how to look up their prices, and much more.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds - Part II

Understanding stocks and bonds allows us to understand a whole new set of securities and investments that are available to us. Things like mutual funds, options, ADRs, ETFs, REITs, and much more. Today we'll discuss these different investments, how they work, why you might want to invest in them, as well as any pros and cons to investing in them.

The Markets and Exchanges

But where do you purchase said stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments? Never fear—there are many different exchanges throughout the world that are here to serve your trading needs. Need to purchase an indexed mutual fund? The AMEX is more than happy to help you. Looking for a tech stock with a promising future? You'll find tech stocks aplenty at the NASDAQ. In this lesson, I'll help you get familiar with all the major (and perhaps a bit more obscure) markets and exchanges throughout the world. If you're already investing, chances are you've been making purchases within one or more of these exchanges.

Processes, Players and Operations

In this lesson, you'll meet all the different people and visit the institutions involved in trading and investing. Brokers, brokerages, traders, routers, etc., as well as the different types of brokerages you may want to choose from—traditional, discount, or online. You'll also learn more about the roles they play in getting your trade through. Perhaps most important, you'll learn what these people's real incentive is in trading for you: it isn't charity!

Trades and the Trading Process

How are all these different stocks, bonds, and mutual funds traded? How does everything come together with the traders, brokers, and processes? And how do you know you're getting the best deal from your broker? You'll need an intricate understanding of the trading process, traders, brokers, and their incentives, not just in order to make investments, but to know when you're getting a good deal. In this lesson, you'll learn how to tell if you made a good trade or not.

Retirement Programs

While we briefly touched on the topic of retirement programs in our first lesson, the options are so varied, detailed, and important that they deserve a lesson all to themselves. So here we'll take a detailed look at the operations, contribution limits, tax advantages, and withdrawal requirements of IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEP Plans, 401ks, 403bs, 529 plans and many other plans.

Picking Stocks

Eat healthy, don't smoke, don't drink, get plenty of exercise, get an education, get a house, invest in your 401k, invest in a 529 plan, and get a good night's sleep. Who are we kidding? Almost everyone has that itch to go to Vegas, stay up all night, bet a grand on blackjack, have a martini, have a steak, and maybe even smoke a cigar. Lots of people have the same itch to invest in an unknown stock, make a fortune on it, and then retire in the Bahamas. While investing in your 401k may be good for your long-term investment plan, sometimes risk is a good thing. In this lesson, we'll look at stock valuation and analysis, and we'll review some of the basics of taking calculated investment risks.

Types and the Importance of Research

In this continuation of Lesson 10, you'll discover research techniques that you can use to analyze and pick stocks, such as fundamental analysis and technical analysis, as well as valuation techniques used to price stocks. You'll also learn how to read a company's annual report, then you'll gain some insight into the details of stock analysis and research. This is required reading if you plan to make it big by investing in stocks!

Researching Resources

We've covered a lot of ground thus far, and it wouldn't be fair to expect you to commit all of it to memory. That's why we'll spend some time here in Lesson 12 researching resources, looking at a vast array of Web sites, publications and other sources of information that will help guide your future investments.

Course 8 - Certificate in The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks Online Course

Lesson 01
Introduction and Welcome

Lesson 02
Introduction to Annual and Quarterly Reports

Lesson 03
Financial Statements—Part I

Lesson 04
Financial Statements—Part II

 Lesson 05
Financial Ratios—Part I

Lesson 06
Financial Ratios—Part II

Lesson 07
Case Studies and Industrial Comparisons

Lesson 08
The Value of a Stock

Lesson 09
Valuation Techniques

Lesson 10
Economics and the Outside Environment

Lesson 11
Researching Resources

Lesson 12
Hodgepodge

Course 9 - Certificate in Mastering Business Fundamentals Online Course

The Basics of Strategic Planning

In our first lesson, you'll learn the ins and outs of strategic planning. You'll find out why you need to define your business in terms of the customer and why you must have the right ingredients in place to meet customer demands. We'll discuss how environmental factors, such as technology and economics, shape your company. You'll also see how the internal environment determines how well your organization responds to opportunities and threats.

Strategic Plan Implementation

I believe strongly in the phrase, "Plan your work and work your plan" because it has great applicability to strategic planning. We'll begin this lesson by discussing the elements you must use to effectively implement your strategic plan. We'll study vision statements, move on to purpose and mission statements, and discuss goals, objectives, strategies, policies, and procedures. Next, we'll focus on company culture and you'll find out why planning is beneficial. Finally, we'll look at the major strategic choices that you can choose from, ranging from core business focus to insolvency.

Organizational Concepts

Organizing is a critical topic that many companies struggle with. Once you have a good idea of how to develop and implement a strategic plan, you need to take the next step. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to organize resources so employees can perform job duties and relate to one another in the most effective way possible. I'll share the purpose of organization and present several coordinating principles, including authority, power, and span of control. We'll also spend time exploring the staffing function and evaluate the elements—recruitment, selection, appraisal, and development—and study six different forms of organizational charts.

Motivation, Leadership, and Control

Today we'll discuss three key management principles: motivation, leadership, and control. Motivation and leadership, as compared to control, represent a more subtle side of business. While control focuses on concrete things such as analysis and procedures, motivation and leadership rely on less tangible factors. We'll begin the lesson by defining motivation, exploring four theories of motivation, and then moving into leadership. You'll learn about the types of leadership and see how delegation and empowerment differs. We'll finish up by investigating control and learning how to effectively use three different control processes.

Overview of Accounting

In this lesson and the next four to follow, I'll help you increase your mastery of financial fundamentals. It's important that you increase your readiness to use financial information to identify and understand problems and opportunities, and also make decisions. We'll discuss the elements of the general ledger, explore a few key accounting terms, contrast accounting and bookkeeping, and investigate the different types of accounting. You'll learn about vital accounting concepts, such as the accounting equation, debits and credits, and the cost principle.

Statements and Cash Flow

Now that you have the basics of accounting safely under your belt, it's time to start looking at how to apply financial information. We'll start off by reviewing two financial statements that you find at nearly every organization—the balance sheet and the income statement. Without these two documents, it's impossible to determine how a firm is performing. After we cover the balance sheet and the income statement, you'll learn how to account for inventories and understand about the significance of cash flow. I'll explain why sound cash management helps any company stay on the right path.

Cost Concepts

Cost is the price you pay to acquire, maintain, produce, or use materials or services. Since most firms account for their operations at cost, it's essential that you understand how costs are determined and used. In today's lesson, we'll discuss the nature of discretionary, relevant, sunk, and variable costs, and many more. You'll also discover how managerial accounting differs from financial accounting.

Financial Planning and Investing

The largest investment that many businesses make is in their land and buildings. Firms also make smaller, more frequent investment decisions for items such as equipment and fixture purchase and replacement. Today you'll learn about the different types of investment decision-making models, including average rate of return (ARR), payback period, discounted cash flow (DCF), net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR). We'll also examine the nuts and bolts of financial planning.

Budgeting

In our last lesson about financial matters, we'll wrap things up by examining budgeting. In order to be successful and make meaningful decisions about the future, you must look ahead. One way to do this is by preparing budgets. Accounting, as a major organizational function, supports a number of different types of budgets. I'll show you how to use the major budgets, including the department administration budget (also known as an expense budget), the production materials budget, the maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) budget, the capital budget, and zero-based budgeting.

Performance Measurements

Today we'll examine performance measurements as a way to keep track of progress. Studies reveal that if you don't measure a process, you can’t properly manage it. We'll begin the lesson with a discussion on how human nature affects performance measurements. You'll learn about the attributes of effective performance measurements and see how traditional and progressive performance measurements differ.

Business Law and Contracts

The topic for this lesson is business law. Our objective is to help you develop a good overview of business law and also learn about some important concepts, such as the principal-agency relationship and the basics of contracts. We'll begin by talking about the nature of laws, move on to explore the basics of a legal system, and then discuss the essence of commercial law.

Forms of Organization, Politics, and Ethics

Now that you have a basic understanding of business law, we'll take a look at the four most popular organizational forms: sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, and corporation. We'll spend some time in our final lesson talking about organization politics. Wherever people work together, you'll find politics. We'll go over "good" and "bad" politics and discuss how ethics relates to politics.

Course 10 - Certificate in Starting Your Own Small Business Online Course

Starting Your Dream
If you've dreamed about starting a small business but didn't know where to start, you've come to the right place! In this first lesson, you'll learn why you should start a business, why now might be the perfect time to do it, and what separates successful business owners from those who remain dreamers.

Find Your Perfect Business Opportunity
Today, you'll find out about the three different ways to start a business. We'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchise, buying a business, and starting a business from scratch. 

Creating a Truly Unique Business
No matter what business option you're leaning toward, you must find and exploit your unique selling proposition (USP). Your USP is the reason a customer would do business with you instead of someone else. In this lesson, you'll develop your USP. Then you'll discover the single most valuable asset in your business and how it can create all the wealth you'll ever want. 

Developing Your Business Plan
Alan Lakein, a leading expert on time management, says, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Today, you'll learn all the advantages of having a written business plan. You'll see how it helps you take advantage of more opportunities and keeps you focused on achieving your goals. If you need to find financing for your business, having a business plan becomes twice as important. 

How to Legally Set Up Your Company
Once you've chosen the business opportunity you're going to pursue, you'll need to legally set up your company. To do that, you'll have to choose whether to be an S-corporation, a corporation, or a limited liability company. Each of these structures has advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, you'll find out how to decide which one would work best for you.

Power Marketing for Business Owners
Unless you have your own vault of money for marketing, you'll need to know the best way to spend limited resources to create the most sales. As a future business owner, you need to understand the importance of direct-response marketing along with tracking and testing. You'll learn about those things today as you discover how to expand marketing efforts that work and cut or improve those that are ineffective. 

Advertising and Publicity to Skyrocket Your Business
In this lesson, we'll continue discussing marketing as we explore the pros and cons of two main forms of it: advertising and publicity. We'll take a detailed look at free publicity because it's one of the most cost-effective ways to market your business. 

The Report Card for Your Business
No one can run a business effectively without proper accounting and financial statements. But few business owners take the time to understand the basics of bookkeeping. Today, we'll walk hand-in-hand with an actual business owner as she sets up her accounting records. By the end of this lesson, you'll know the basics of accounting and be able to analyze and develop your own financial statements. 

Finding Money for Your Business
Most new business owners need to find money to start their business. In this lesson, you'll find out the most common, traditional ways to fund a business and a few nontraditional ways as well. Whichever method you choose, your desire to get your company going is what will make the difference. Many people give up too soon or don't use the feedback from a funding source to improve their plan. You don't have to be one of them! 

Hiring, Motivating, and Parting With Employees
Employees can make or break a business. Just think about businesses you wouldn't use again because of the service the employees provided. Bad employees can cost a company thousands of dollars, and you, as an owner, won't have the luxury of hiring and training employees on an ongoing basis. Hiring, training, motivating, and parting with employees are all complex processes. Today, you'll learn tips that make them easier. 

Business Policies
Having effective business policies in place helps your business run efficiently. It also gives your employees a framework for knowing what's expected of them. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to develop your own business policies, including sexual harassment and ethics policies. We'll also discuss creating an employee manual. 

Managing You
To ensure success, business owners need to be able to use limited resources efficiently. In this final lesson, we'll focus on how best to manage your time, relationships, and personal financial position. You'll leave this course knowing you've done all the preliminary groundwork to get your business off to a good start.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Build a Strong Foundation of Accounting Skills  - 10 Courses in this Bundle

  1. Accounting Fundamentals

  2.  Accounting Fundamentals II

  3.  Introduction to QuickBooks

  4.  Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables

  5.  Keys to Successful Money Management

  6.  Personal Finance

  7.  Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My!

  8.  The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks

  9.  Mastering Business Fundamentals

  10.  Starting Your Own Small Business

1. Accounting Fundamentals :  Build a Strong Foundation of Accounting Skills

Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You'll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You'll get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities. We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period.

Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this course will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.

2. Accounting Fundamentals II :  Start Now To Learn Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals II Online Course

While it is true that accounting professionals are scarce, those with corporate accounting experience are even more rare. This course will build on the knowledge you gained in Charlene Messier's online Accounting Fundamentals course (or another introductory accounting course) to provide you with a solid understanding of corporate accounting practices.

In Accounting Fundamentals II, you'll explore such topics as special journals, uncollectible accounts receivable, plant assets, depreciation, notes and interest, accrued revenue and expenses, dividends, retained earnings, and various financial reports for corporations.

If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness and accountability while also gaining a marketable skill, this is the course for you.

3. Introduction to QuickBooks :  Learn to Manage the Financial Aspects of your Small Business Quickly and Efficiently Using QuickBooks Online

This powerful accounting software program has helped thousands of business owners just like you manage their finances. With the online version, you also gain all the advantage of computing in the cloud, so that your files will be available to you virtually anytime, anywhere.

As we explore the pros and cons of online accounting, you'll soon see how easy it is to use the navigation features of QuickBooks Online. Then you'll gain hands-on experience as you learn all the ways this well-designed accounting program makes it a snap to manage your business' finances—from recording income and expenses, to entering checks and bank transfer entries, to setting up a chart of accounts. You'll see how to reconcile your checking account and manage credit card and loan payments; create and print invoices, receipts, and statements; track your payables, inventory, and receivables; create estimates; generate reports; and much more.

Whether you're new to QuickBooks or have already used other versions of this software program, this course will empower you to take control of the financial accounting for your business, all with the ease and convenience of an online platform.

4. Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables :  Learn How to Maximize Microsoft Excel's Functions and Capabilities

Most organizations rely heavily on Microsoft Excel pivot tables to analyze and report financial information. Your company is probably no exception. By learning these advanced techniques, you can become more valuable to your organization. 

You'll see how to work with the numerous pivot table options and system settings to become skilled in developing useful analysis models and reports within your company. Impress your coworkers by learning how to create functional and eye-catching interactive dashboards using a combination of pivot tables, Pivot Charts, and Slicers. You'll discover advanced techniques for pivot tables, like creating Timelines, calculated fields, and calculated items. You'll learn how to use Excel's Table function to efficiently manage changes to the pivot table's source data in order to avoid reporting mistakes when data is added or deleted.

Whether you're new to pivot tables, need a refresher, or want to become the pivot table guru within your organization, this course is for you!

5. Keys to Successful Money Management :  Start Now To Learn Keys to Successful Money Management

If you're interested in discovering how most wealthy people amassed their fortunes, this is the course for you. Contrary to popular opinion, most of us don't achieve true wealth through luck or an accident of fate. Just about anybody can build wealth. All it takes is organization, discipline, and a firm knowledge of how to proceed. If you're serious about accumulating a sizable nest egg and living the life of your dreams, this course will supply you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed.

You've probably heard amazing stories of people amassing untold fortunes with seemingly little effort, finding financial freedom through the magic of day trading, shorting stocks, buying and selling commodities, playing the slots, flipping real estate, or some other fad of the moment. These stories sound too good to be true, and that's because they are. All of those get-rich-quick schemes have three things in common: they're unsafe, they're unpredictable, and they tend to produce far more losers than they do winners. 

The truly wealthy do not rely on risky games of chance and raw luck to build their fortunes--they focus on creating wealth out of what they already have. If you're serious about living a better life by tapping into your unfulfilled potential, we'll show you the way.

In this course, a certified financial planner will walk you through the steps you need to take in order to achieve true financial success. You'll become comfortable with the broad array of investment choices available to you right now, and you'll discover the best ways to acquire and accumulate both cash and real property. We'll also discuss the tax implications of your investment decisions, along with steps you can take to protect any wealth you acquire.

6. Personal Finance :  Start Now To Learn Personal Finance

Do you have clear financial goals? Do you know if you have enough money to buy a car or house, if you can afford to take a cut in pay in order to go back to school, if you will have enough money to retire? 

Do you know how much tax you will be expected to pay this year and next, or what you might be able to do right now that will lower your tax long into the future? Do you have enough insurance? Have you developed a household budget and are you sticking to it? 

Will your assets be passed to your chosen heirs when you die? Do you know how your creditors judge you and do you know how to change your credit report to reduce your expenses and increase your financial security? 

Are you confident you can choose stocks and mutual funds wisely and do you know how to decide how much money you should allocate to these types of investments? Do you know how to keep good financial records and do you know which types of records you should keep and for how long? 

If your answer to any of these questions is "No," you need this course. This course will prepare you for a lifetime of worthwhile personal financial planning. The tools you will learn are useful, realistic, and easy to work into your regular routine. They will help you gain control over the financial impact of the choices you make. 

You'll learn to create and use a budget, borrow and invest wisely, make intelligent decisions about insurance, and plan for your financial future. You'll develop a retirement savings plan, and you'll be better prepared to make large purchases and plan for taxes. You'll learn the essentials of household bookkeeping, record-keeping requirements, and much, much more.

7. Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! :  Start Now To Learn Certificate in Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! 

Looking for a good solid class in the basics of stocks, bonds, finance, and investing? Haven't the slightest clue how to prepare for retirement, pay for college, or even manage your personal finances? Wish you had some guidance to put your finances into clear and understandable perspective? And do you wish you could do it all without having to pay a broker or a financial advisor? Well, look no further. The class you need is right here! 

Stocks, Bonds, and Investing; Oh My! is an enjoyable class that walks you through the fundamentals of investing. The course will not only teach you about the stock markets, 401k plans, and retirement, but it will also address personal financial issues that are often ignored, but absolutely essential, to your success as an investor. 

This course won't just throw a bunch of terms at you, expecting you to memorize everything. The instructor takes the time to explain concepts in detail so you understand how and why things work in the investment world. You'll leave this course with a comprehensive and thorough education in personal finance and investment. And you will have provided yourself with the independence, confidence, and peace of mind you'll need to make your own investment decisions. 

Full of solid advice and good common sense, this course is bound to make life just a little easier for you.

8. The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks :  Start Now To Learn The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks

The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks is a comprehensive course designed to provide you with conventional and advanced techniques in researching and valuing stocks. Starting off with the basics, you will learn how to read financial statements and calculate financial ratios, and then move on to perform industrial comparisons, value stocks, and conduct economic and industrial research. 

This course is taught in a manner that uses everyday language, simple, yet insightful analogies, and a just the facts attitude that you will understand and appreciate. By the end of this course, you will have a strong foundation in the analysis and valuation of stocks.

9. Mastering Business Fundamentals :  Master the Fundamentals of Accounting

You'll learn about various organizational structures and determine how to use leadership, motivation, and control for maximum impact. You'll understand how successful organizations use performance measurements to stay on track. 

You'll also master the fundamentals of accounting and increase your knowledge about key financial terms, cash flow management, financial statements, and cost control. You'll learn the difference between financial and cost accounting. 

You'll discover various financial investment models and you'll learn the basics of financial planning and budgeting methods. You'll even gain an understanding of the basic principles of business law, contracts, and the principal-agency relationship. And you'll explore the forms of business organization and learn about ethics and organizational politics.

PMBOK® Guide, PMI®, PMP®, CAPM®, and the PMI R.E.P. logo are either marks or registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

10. Starting Your Own Small Business : Learn Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Business

In this Certificate in Starting Your Own Small Business Online Course, you'll learn everything you need to know about starting a business. You'll begin by discovering the tricks to picking the right opportunity for you. Next, you'll learn how to develop proven marketing techniques to easily build sales. Since every business needs money, we'll discuss traditional and nontraditional financing options. Finally, you'll learn easy-to-implement employee-management procedures and how to write business policies that help you build your business.

You, as a business owner, need to manage all your limited resources. One resource that often gets overlooked is your time. In the final lesson, you'll learn time-management techniques especially for entrepreneurs. While taking this course, you'll discover the secrets that separate the successful entrepreneurs from the struggling ones.

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Accounting Fundamentals 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals Online Course

Account Classifications, Account Titles, T Accounts, and the Accounting Equation

Welcome to Accounting Fundamentals! In this first lesson, you'll learn all about account classifications, debits, credits, and T accounts. You'll learn the difference between a liability and an asset, and you'll find out how to determine an owner’s equity.

General Ledger Accounts and the Balance Sheet

Here's where you'll begin your hands-on accounting practice: You'll start by creating an imaginary company for which you'll be the accountant. You'll learn how to analyze your company's transactions to determine which amounts go into which accounts, then you'll create your company's own General Ledger forms and post a few transactions into those accounts. You'll also prepare a Balance Sheet to prove your accounting equations.

Journalizing Transactions and Posting to the General Ledger

Now that you have an understanding of the functions of the General Ledger, you're ready to move on to the next phase of recording transactions: the Journal. In this lesson, you'll learn how to enter transactions into an 11-column journal and then post or transfer those amounts into appropriate General Ledger accounts.

Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Purchases and Payments on Account

In this lesson, you'll learn all about Accounts Payable--money that you owe your vendors and suppliers. You'll practice journalizing cash purchases and purchases on account, and you'll get hands-on practice transferring those purchases to their corresponding Accounts Payable Ledger accounts.

Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Sales and Cash Received on Account

In this lesson, you'll learn about Accounts Receivable, which is another name for money owed to your company by its customers. You'll learn how to journalize and post those sales on account, how to enter charge sales into the journal, and how to transfer the information into an Accounts Receivable Ledger.

Payroll and Various Deductions

It's payday! This lesson will teach you how to determine gross pay, deductions, and net pay. You'll learn how to prepare a payroll, write payroll checks, and how to prepare and maintain accurate payroll records

Banking Services and Reports

In this lesson, you'll learn all about banks and banking services: You'll learn the proper way to write checks, make out deposit tickets, and reconcile your company's checking account with the bank statement--skills you'll find valuable in both your business and personal life!

Posting Journal Totals to the General Ledger and Schedule of Accounts Payable and Schedule of Accounts Receivable

This lesson will teach you how to prepare a Schedule of Accounts Payable and a Schedule of Accounts Receivable. These reports can be used to compare the amount of money your business owes its creditors with the amount of money your customers owe your business

End-of-Year Worksheet

In this lesson, you'll prepare a worksheet showing the net income or net loss for the fiscal period. The worksheet will show all income and expenses for the fiscal period as well as the assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity account balances

End-of-Year Financial Reports

In this lessn, you will learn how to prepare various reports that are vital to the well-being of your company. You'll learn how these reports can be used to make sound financial decisions in the next fiscal period. You will discover how to put together an Owner’s Equity Statement, an Income Statement, and a Distribution of Net Income.

Journalizing and Posting Adjusting Entries

In this lesson, you'll prepare for the end of the fiscal period by adjusting your asset account balances to accurately reflect the assets remaining at the end of the year. You will also find out how to journalize and post adjusting and closing entries to bring your company's General Ledger up to date.

Journalizing and Posting Closing Entries and Preparing a Post Closing Trial Balance

In our final lesson, we will prepare a Post Closing Trial Balance report to ensure that all of our debits and credits in the General Ledger balance out in preparation for the new fiscal period.

Course 2 - Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals II Online Course

Accounts Payable
In this lesson, you'll learn all about accounts payable, which is a group of accounts that shows how much your business owes its vendors. You'll be journalizing and posting your company's purchases and preparing a Schedule of Accounts Payable. Keeping track of what your company owes others is a vital part of operating a business. This lesson will give you the tools you'll need to successfully track those accounts.

Accounts Receivable
We'll take a close look at accounts receivable in this lesson. This is the money that your customers owe your business. After completing this lesson, you'll know how to enter charge sales into your Sales Journal and then post them to your General Ledger. Knowing what your customers owe you can make the difference between your company's success or failure.

Uncollectible Accounts Receivable
Today, we'll be dealing with uncollectible accounts receivable. While we'd all like to think that our customers will pay what they owe, it's not always the case. You'll learn how to account for long overdue receivables that probably won't ever be paid. While this doesn't happen often, it's a fact of business, so you'll need to know how to account for it in your company's books.

Plant Assets and Depreciation
In this lesson, we'll look at plant assets and depreciation. Most all businesses have assets they use to determine their income. Just like your car, business assets depreciate over time, so you'll need to know how to account for that expense in your records. And you'll need to record these assets and calculate their depreciation in a timely manner to keep accurate records for your business.

Notes Payable and Notes Receivable
This lesson is all about notes payable and notes receivable. A business might need a little extra time to pay a bill beyond the usual terms offered by the vendor. Or a customer may need an extension of credit beyond what your business usually offers its charge customers. You'll find out all you need to know about accounting for these situations as we look at how to record the issuance and payment of these notes payables and notes receivables.

Accrued Income and Accrued Expenses
Today, you'll learn how to deal with accrued income and accrued expenses. Accrued income is money that the company earns in one fiscal period that it doesn't receive until after another fiscal period begins. Similarly, accrued expenses are expenses that are incurred during one fiscal period that aren't paid until the next period. To get a true picture of the net income or net loss of your business, you'll need to account for the accrued income and accrued expenses within the period they're incurred.

Dividends and Starting the Year-End Worksheet
In this lesson, we'll be dealing with dividends, which is money paid to the company's stockholders on their investment. You'll learn how the business accounts for the dividends it pays to its stockholders. We'll also look at retained earnings, or the amount of profit the corporation retains for future use. Then we'll begin to prepare the worksheet, possibly the most important financial report a business compiles each year.

Complete Year-End Worksheet with Adjustments
Today, we'll determine if our business has a net income or a net loss by completing the worksheet we started in the previous lesson. And because many General Ledger accounts change throughout the fiscal period—supplies are used, insurance premiums are depleted—we'll need to bring these accounts up to date to reflect their current values. So we'll also take a close look at how to make adjusting entries to update our General Ledger accounts for the beginning of the new fiscal period

End-of-Fiscal-Period Financial Reports
It's time to begin wrapping up our books for the end of the fiscal period. In this lesson, you'll learn how to compile most of the various financial reports a corporation needs to complete at the end of the fiscal period. You'll prepare an Income Statement, Stockholders' Equity Statement, Balance Sheet, and more. These are the reports that really demonstrate the success of a business.

Adjusting and Closing Entries and Post Closing Trial Balance
In this lesson, we'll get the books all caught up and ready for the next fiscal period. You'll go back and journalize those adjusting entries you entered into your worksheet, then you'll enter closing entries into your journal. Finally, you'll post these journal entries to the General Ledger to prepare it for the new fiscal period.

Preparing a Payroll
Today, we'll cover every employee's favorite subject: Payroll! You'll learn about various mandatory and voluntary deductions from employees' pay, as well as how to journalize and post an entire payroll. As an added bonus, after this lesson, you'll be able to check the accuracy of your own paycheck.

Preparing Federal Tax Deposits and Year-End Tax Reports
We'll finish up by preparing a variety of end-of-year tax reports. Here's your chance to go step-by-step through a multitude of IRS forms with instructions that are much easier to understand! You'll fill out the federal Form 941, then learn how to make federal income tax deposits. Then we'll look closely at Form W-2s and Form W-3s. Finally, we'll look at how to calculate and report the company's Federal Unemployment Tax payment. This lesson is jam packed with valuable tax information!

Course 3 - Certificate in Introduction to QuickBooks Online Course

Getting Started
In our first lesson, you'll get familiar with the QuickBooks Online interface and explore the pros and cons of working with your accounting information online. We'll discuss the various subscription packages available, and you'll get to practice using some of the navigation and interactive features that allow you to quickly get around in the program.
    
The Chart of Accounts
The Chart of Accounts is the heart and soul of QuickBooks. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to take full advantage of this powerful tool to add, edit, and access accounts that you can use to track the value of your business or monitor your income and expenses.

Centers and Lists
Today, you'll learn how to use centers and lists in QuickBooks to gather and organize all of the information you'll need to properly conduct business with customers and vendors. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll know how to store and edit various types of information, such as addresses and payment terms, for your customers and vendors. You'll also learn how to process Form 1099 to give to your vendors at the end of the year.
    
Bank Accounts
Today, you'll get comfortable working with bank accounts in QuickBooks Online. You'll learn how to create a new bank account, connect it online, and download, match, and add transactions. Then you'll learn how to reconcile your checking account with your monthly bank statement to make sure that neither you nor the bank made any errors.

Recording Expenses—Part 1
Keeping track of the checks and other expense transactions your business incurs is one of the most critical aspects of your daily operations. In this lesson, you'll learn how to utilize QuickBooks' built-in features to enter check transactions and bank transfers like a pro. You'll also learn how to record expense transactions where you may have utilized your debit card as payment or paid the amount online. You'll even learn how to label an expense as billable so that you can later request reimbursement from a customer. Finally, you'll practice with creating a recurring transaction template that may help save you some valuable data entry time!

Recording Expenses—Part 2
Without an organized system for managing all the bills your business receives, they can really start to stack up. And when bills pile up, it isn't hard to overlook one or two from time to time. That, of course, can result in late fees and credit difficulties. Today, you'll learn how to enter, edit, and pay all of your bills right on time. You'll also learn how to enter and apply vendor credits to an existing or future bill.

Credit Cards and Loans
In this lesson, you'll learn how to effectively manage Credit Card accounts in QuickBooks Online. We'll explore how to create a new Credit Card account and enter charges to that account as they occur. You'll also learn how to enter a full or partial payment of the credit card balance when it comes time for payment. Finally, you'll get the chance to create and enter a new loan balance resulting from the purchase of a long-term asset such as a vehicle or piece of equipment.

Recording Income—Part 1
You'll find today's lesson useful if your business ever sells a product or service and collects payment on the sale immediately. Today is the day you'll get some hands-on experience with creating products and services. Then you'll find out how to create multiple Sales Receipts and make the necessary deposit to your bank.
    
Recording Income—Part 2
In order to evaluate just how well your company is performing, you'll need to learn how to enter estimates, invoices, and customer payments. You'll do just that in this lesson. You'll also learn how to group multiple customer payments and record those deposits to the bank.

Recording Income—Part 3
Today, you're going to explore how to bill a customer for an expense incurred on a project or job. You'll even see how you can add a markup percentage to the amount you include on the customer invoice. Also, you'll examine the steps needed to enter credit memos, delayed credits, and refunds.
    
Customizing Sales Forms and Recording Fixed Assets
Today, you're going to learn how to customize your QuickBooks sales forms to give them a more professional look. You'll also learn how to record long-term fixed assets and record depreciation on those assets.

Sales Taxes and Reports
In our final lesson, you'll learn how to work with the sales tax features in the program to collect and remit taxes you collect from customers. You'll also find out how to create, use, and customize a wide variety of useful reports that can help you locate, organize, sort, total, summarize, and otherwise make sense of all those transactions you've painstakingly entered into QuickBooks Online.

Course 4 - Certificate in Microsoft Excel - Pivot Tables Online Course

Lesson 01 - Pivot Table Concepts
In our first lesson, you'll develop a solid understanding of the requirements to use pivot tables. We'll go over the foundational elements you need to understand to get the most out of pivot tables, and we'll take a peek into the sometimes-intimidating Pivot Table Fields task pane and pivot table-specific Ribbon tabs.

Lesson 02 - Creating a Pivot Table
Not all data is created equal. In this lesson, you'll learn what's required to make sure your data is organized well enough to be used in a pivot table. I'll give you an example of a very common issue that occurs when the source data changes or expands, and I'll show you how to easily eliminate that issue in just a few quick clicks of the mouse.

Lesson 03 - Pivot Table Analyze and Design Tabs
Working efficiently with pivot tables requires knowing where to find the proper pivot table feature without searching high and low for it. Most pivot table features reside on one of the two pivot table-specific Ribbon tabs. Knowing how the different features are grouped and what each one provides is a must if you want to consider yourself a master pivot table user, so we'll explore all of it in today's lesson.

Lesson 04 - Pivot Table Formatting Inside and Out
Formatting a pivot table report can be challenging if you don't know all the secrets. In this lesson, you'll learn how to format cells and numbers, as well as how to handle empty cells or errors in your source data. In addition, you'll get some exposure to renaming fields and how to sort and filter data within your pivot table report.

Lesson 05 - Pivot Table Options and Field Settings
Most users aren't aware there are certain options and settings that provide little-known but extremely useful features. Most of these features are accessed through the pivot table Ribbon tabs, but some aren't. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use some of the more obscure settings in the Pivot Table Options and Field Settings dialog boxes.

Lesson 06 - Value Field Settings
Similar to the Field Settings, the Values section of a pivot table report have unique settings and summarization options. For most people, simply summing or counting the data within the Values section is enough. But once you learn how to use these lesser-known settings, you'll go from an average pivot table user to an expert.

Lesson 07 - Grouping Pivot Table Fields
A pivot table is ideal for analyzing and summarizing data. By default, the table does an excellent job at summarizing the data within the various fields, but there is a way to summarize the data even further. In this lesson, we'll group ordinary pivot table fields, which will create new fields that you can use within the pivot table or as a Slicer. In addition, you'll learn how to expand and collapse fields to help in summarizing the pivot table data.

Lesson 08 - Data-Integrity Checks and Report Filters
A pivot table is a great way to locate data anomalies in large data sets that would otherwise be hard to find scanning through the source table. In addition, the proper use of report filters can assist in any data investigation, as well as providing a great tool to create multiple reports from a single pivot table report. You'll learn all about these tools in today's lesson.

Lesson 09 - Cloning a Pivot Table and the Wonderful World of Slicers
Pivot tables are extremely useful and flexible for data analysis and reporting. It's easy to add, remove, or simply move fields to create different-looking reports from the same source data. Routinely, it's necessary to create different versions of reports, but the best way to do so isn't as straightforward as you might think. You'll see what I mean in this lesson.

Lesson 10 - Calculated Fields and Items
Pivot tables are great for analyzing and reporting information, but they're limited in their functionality when your source data is missing needed information. Or, perhaps the information isn't needed in the source data and is only needed for analysis for a short time. Using Excel's Calculated Items and Fields feature provides you with a way to create items that are missing from the source data or that you need for a one-time analysis. You'll see what I mean when we practice using it in today's lesson.

Lesson 11 - Working With Slicers and Pivot Charts
Your pivot table isn't complete without a Slicer and pivot chart. In order to create an effective dashboard, a pivot table and pivot chart controlled by multiple Slicers is a must. Creating and managing Slicers and Pivot Charts is really quite simple and a lot of fun. You'll see what I mean in today's lesson.

Lesson 12 - Timelines and Dashboard Development
There are many interactive tools and techniques available to make pivot tables and pivot charts fun to use, and we'll go over some of my favorites in this, our final lesson. Similar to a Slicer, Excel offers a tool called Timelines. Timelines are available when a field available in your pivot table or chart is a date. Within a dashboard, using the Timeline feature can be useful and eye catching to the users.

Course 5 - Certificate in Keys to Successful Money Management Online Course

Introduction to the Financial Planning Process

In this course, you'll discover the keys to achieving financial freedom steadily and successfully. You'll learn how to make financial discipline and wise financial choices a natural part of your life. Our journey begins today with an overview of the five steps of financial planning.

Organize Your Finances

How much money do you actually have and where is it all going? You have to be able to answer these questions before you can create a financial plan. So, in this lesson, we'll work on organizing your financial life. You'll create an organized filing system, get a handle on your spending, and learn how valuable cash flow statements, budgets, and balance sheets are to financial success. Don't worry; it's not as hard as it sounds!

Short- Term Investments : Building Cash Assets

There are three types of investment money: short-term, intermediate, and long-term. We'll start this lesson with a look at short-term money and the purpose it serves. This is money you would set aside for something specific in the near future like buying a car, making a down payment on a house, or paying off interest-free debt. You'll learn the trade-off between investment risk and investment reward and see why it takes more than putting your money in a savings account to get rich.

Bonds, Stocks, and Mutual Funds

In this lesson, you'll learn how a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds will help you build wealth. You'll also see how investment risk correlates with investment return. Then you'll discover how time mitigates higher-risk investments, making them an excellent choice if you've got enough time and want to see double-digit returns.

Education Accounts

Saving money to fund a college education is a common financial goal. So, today we'll talk about the pros and cons of the different education savings plans that are out there. By the end of this lesson, you'll be the neighborhood expert on saving for college!

Retirement Savings

Most people's number-one financial goal is saving for retirement. Social Security alone won't cover the bills. Some of us have employer pension plans, but many of us have to figure out how we'll make up the shortage once we stop working. This lesson is about taking care of yourself in retirement. We'll examine retirement savings plans and discover why they're a great place for your cash investments.

Real Property Assets

Up to now, this course has been about accumulating cash assets. Today we'll learn how real property assets complement your wealth. Real property assets are things you can feel, see, and touch (such as land or precious metals). When you complete this lesson, you'll know the challenges and benefits of owning real property.

Understanding Mortgages

Since most of us don't have enough to buy a house with cash, we need someone to lend us money. Going to the bank for a loan isn't as simple as walking in and filling out an application. Completing an extensive questionnaire about your income, debts, and job history is part of the loan process, but there's more. You need to decide which kind of mortgage to apply for. Just like there are a number of ways to order coffee from your favorite barista, there are a number of ways to finance a house. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different loan types, understand why some cost more (or less) than others, and figure out which loan program is best for you.

Other Financing

Almost all of us have credit cards in our wallets. And most of us are plagued by consumer debt. Credit cards, car loans, car leases, and in-store financing are where consumer debt builds up. But today you'll learn how to use these forms of financing to maximize your wealth.

Risk Management

As you accumulate wealth, it's important to protect it against loss. We buy car insurance in case of car crashes, homeowners insurance in case of damage or destruction to our houses, and health insurance to help with the rising cost of medical care. These are obvious assets to protect, but what about your most valuable asset: your ability to earn an income? If you have people depending on your paycheck to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, then you need to protect your income. So in this lesson, we'll talk about life and disability insurance and when you should get them.

Build Your Team of Professionals

Today, we'll talk about the professionals who can help you on your journey toward wealth. You'll learn the areas of expertise for an attorney, CPA, financial advisor, and insurance agent. You'll also get a sense of when is the right time to call on each of these professionals.

Put Your Plan into Action

In this, our final lesson, we'll talk about the most challenging part of the financial planning process: implementation. We will go over a technique that's very helpful in getting you and keeping you moving on your journey toward wealth. You'll leave this course knowing what you need to do to reach your goals and how to do it. You'll have everything it takes to achieve financial freedom!

Course 6 - Certificate in Personal Finance Online Course

Your Financial Situation

Throughout this course, you'll learn how to use basic financial planning tools that you can work into your everyday routine. In this first lesson, you'll examine your personal finances as they are today, set some basic financial goals, learn how to keep track of your finances, and gain some knowledge of record-keeping requirements. You'll learn how to assess your current financial position. The information you compile during this lesson, and the methods you use to retain and store that information, can set the tone of your financial record-keeping for the rest of your life.

The Daily Grind: Earnings, Bills, and Taxes

If you think about your cash flow in terms of how to best control the money that comes in and goes out of your life, you may discover that you have many opportunities to improve your financial situation. In this lesson, you'll learn how you can control certain aspects of your income collection and disbursement through daily financial events. We'll talk about methods for increasing the amount of money at your disposal, saving money when paying your bills, and reducing your tax burden. You'll learn many ways to save money with your day-to-day financial activities.

Your Credit

Don't be discouraged if your credit history is marred. Despite what you might think, you can establish good credit, control your credit rating so it remains positive, and repair a bad credit rating. Today, you'll learn how to read your credit history, correct errors in your credit reports, and improve your credit so that you're a good risk to potential lenders. Find out what creditors look at when they judge your credit, and how you can check your own credit rating for free.

The Art of Borrowing

Whether you intend to borrow money for a long term (as you might with a mortgage on a house), a medium term (such as a loan for a car or a college education), or a short term (such as using a credit card to pay for a dinner at a restaurant or your weekly groceries), there are factors about borrowing that you should consider. In this lesson, you'll get the tools to make informed decisions about borrowing. You'll learn about the concept of points or loan origination fees, as well as what loan-related items you can negotiate. Discover the concept of compound interest, and understand that the interest rate you see on advertised loans is not always the interest rate you pay. You'll also learn about where you can go to borrow money and how you can use the Internet to find out more about borrowing. Finally, you'll find out how borrowing money can actually benefit you when tax time comes.

Creating and Living with a Budget

In the most popular lesson of the course, you'll learn how you can create a workable budget and, more importantly, how you can make it stick. A budget is not difficult to make, and it's not difficult to follow. In fact, people who use budgets find they can talk about their finances and their financial goals more comfortably because they have a thorough knowledge of what they can actually achieve. A budget is like a playbook for the future. Today, you'll learn how to create a budget that's flexible enough to meet the changes you encounter in life, and durable enough to help you achieve a lifetime of financial goals.

Investing in Mutual Funds

In this lesson, you'll learn about the different types of mutual funds, criteria for choosing a fund, how much to invest, the importance of timing your investments, when to sell, and the tax effects of your investment. You'll find out the advantages to investing in mutual funds, including diversification, the opportunity to take advantage of a fund manager and a research team's expertise, the small minimum investment required to enter a fund, and the ease with which you can make regular investments. We'll also talk about what you need to watch out for when investing in mutual funds.

Investing in Stocks

Today, you'll learn how to choose a financial advisor. You'll find out why it's so important to follow the performance of your investments, and you'll discover how to manage your portfolio. In addition, we'll talk about the tax effects of buying and selling investments and how you can manage the amount of tax you pay on those transactions. You'll also learn how to compare companies that you want to invest in.

Other Types of Investing

If you want to invest, there are several different types of opportunities available to you. In this lesson, you'll explore some of the places beyond stocks and mutual funds where you can invest your money, including interest-bearing accounts, bonds, commodities, precious metals, and collectibles. You'll discover that you can begin investing with a very small amount of money, and you'll find out how to familiarize yourself with different types of investments before putting your money at risk.

Insurance Considerations

Today, you'll get acquainted with the many types of insurance and how the purchase of insurance should fit into your overall financial plan. We'll discuss life, health, automobile, and property insurance. Your needs for insurance change throughout your life, so you'll learn how and when to reassess your insurance coverage. I'll give you some tips on dealing with insurance agents and shopping around for the best value and the best coverage. You'll also learn how to save money on existing insurance policies.

Planning for Your Retirement

Retirement might seem like it's a long way off, but it's never too early to start thinking about it. In this lesson, you'll get familiar with the various types of retirement funds available to employees, business owners, and individuals; and you'll learn about putting money into retirement funds, overseeing the investments in those funds, and when and how to take money out of your funds. You'll also find out how the Social Security system works, and we'll discuss the tax effects of retirement contributions and distributions.

Life's Big Expenses

There are certain occasions in life that require a major cash outlay. Events like weddings, purchasing a house or a car, or going to college require planning and saving. In this lesson, I'll give you tips for estimating the costs of major purchases, as well as techniques for saving and borrowing to finance these expenses. You'll also see what tax benefits are available when you incur these large expenses. You'll learn about some of the different options for parents and students who are planning on, or are already attending, college. And you'll discover what factors to consider when deciding whether to purchase or lease a vehicle.

Estate Planning

In the final lesson of the course, you'll learn about estate planning and some of the basic rules that will guide you in making important decisions. We'll talk about the legal fees associated with the preparation of a will, and you'll get some pointers for choosing the right lawyer for the job. In addition, you'll get an introduction to inheritance and estate taxes, trusts, and other means of protecting your assets, as well as information about the duties of an executor for your estate.

Course 7 - Certificate in Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh, My! Online Course

Overview of Class

Welcome! In this first lesson, you'll get to know a little about me, but more importantly, I'll get to hear from all of you. I like it when people post messages, so don't feel shy about posting any comments or questions you have! This is also the lesson where we'll set forth our game plan, reviewing what we'll cover and putting things in context so you can get your bearings and get the most out of the class.

The Theory and Importance of Investing

Hold on, there—we can't have you just running around, investing randomly in different investments! You need to fully and fundamentally understand the theories, laws, and concepts that govern investing. In this lesson, you'll learn what really gives money its value, how to increase that value, the power of compounding, and how much money you'll need to save for retirement. Then we'll look at how all of this pertains to the three most important investments you'll make: retirement, education, and housing.

First Things First

With a solid understanding of investing, we'll then apply a timeline or a schedule. Which investments should you make first? Would it be more beneficial to invest in an IRA or should you be thinking about college? Or might this perhaps be a good time for you to invest in rental property? We'll explore all of the benefits and drawbacks of these options to help you decide when to incorporate which investments into your lifetime plan.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds - Part I

Mutual funds, IRA accounts, 401k plans, and most other investments are primarily composed of two simple building blocks: stocks and bonds. So before we get too far along, we'll need to take a closer look at them. In this lesson, we'll go into intricate detail about stocks and bonds, discussing exactly what they are, what gives them value, how to look up their prices, and much more.

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds - Part II

Understanding stocks and bonds allows us to understand a whole new set of securities and investments that are available to us. Things like mutual funds, options, ADRs, ETFs, REITs, and much more. Today we'll discuss these different investments, how they work, why you might want to invest in them, as well as any pros and cons to investing in them.

The Markets and Exchanges

But where do you purchase said stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments? Never fear—there are many different exchanges throughout the world that are here to serve your trading needs. Need to purchase an indexed mutual fund? The AMEX is more than happy to help you. Looking for a tech stock with a promising future? You'll find tech stocks aplenty at the NASDAQ. In this lesson, I'll help you get familiar with all the major (and perhaps a bit more obscure) markets and exchanges throughout the world. If you're already investing, chances are you've been making purchases within one or more of these exchanges.

Processes, Players and Operations

In this lesson, you'll meet all the different people and visit the institutions involved in trading and investing. Brokers, brokerages, traders, routers, etc., as well as the different types of brokerages you may want to choose from—traditional, discount, or online. You'll also learn more about the roles they play in getting your trade through. Perhaps most important, you'll learn what these people's real incentive is in trading for you: it isn't charity!

Trades and the Trading Process

How are all these different stocks, bonds, and mutual funds traded? How does everything come together with the traders, brokers, and processes? And how do you know you're getting the best deal from your broker? You'll need an intricate understanding of the trading process, traders, brokers, and their incentives, not just in order to make investments, but to know when you're getting a good deal. In this lesson, you'll learn how to tell if you made a good trade or not.

Retirement Programs

While we briefly touched on the topic of retirement programs in our first lesson, the options are so varied, detailed, and important that they deserve a lesson all to themselves. So here we'll take a detailed look at the operations, contribution limits, tax advantages, and withdrawal requirements of IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEP Plans, 401ks, 403bs, 529 plans and many other plans.

Picking Stocks

Eat healthy, don't smoke, don't drink, get plenty of exercise, get an education, get a house, invest in your 401k, invest in a 529 plan, and get a good night's sleep. Who are we kidding? Almost everyone has that itch to go to Vegas, stay up all night, bet a grand on blackjack, have a martini, have a steak, and maybe even smoke a cigar. Lots of people have the same itch to invest in an unknown stock, make a fortune on it, and then retire in the Bahamas. While investing in your 401k may be good for your long-term investment plan, sometimes risk is a good thing. In this lesson, we'll look at stock valuation and analysis, and we'll review some of the basics of taking calculated investment risks.

Types and the Importance of Research

In this continuation of Lesson 10, you'll discover research techniques that you can use to analyze and pick stocks, such as fundamental analysis and technical analysis, as well as valuation techniques used to price stocks. You'll also learn how to read a company's annual report, then you'll gain some insight into the details of stock analysis and research. This is required reading if you plan to make it big by investing in stocks!

Researching Resources

We've covered a lot of ground thus far, and it wouldn't be fair to expect you to commit all of it to memory. That's why we'll spend some time here in Lesson 12 researching resources, looking at a vast array of Web sites, publications and other sources of information that will help guide your future investments.

Course 8 - Certificate in The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks Online Course

Lesson 01
Introduction and Welcome

Lesson 02
Introduction to Annual and Quarterly Reports

Lesson 03
Financial Statements—Part I

Lesson 04
Financial Statements—Part II

 Lesson 05
Financial Ratios—Part I

Lesson 06
Financial Ratios—Part II

Lesson 07
Case Studies and Industrial Comparisons

Lesson 08
The Value of a Stock

Lesson 09
Valuation Techniques

Lesson 10
Economics and the Outside Environment

Lesson 11
Researching Resources

Lesson 12
Hodgepodge

Course 9 - Certificate in Mastering Business Fundamentals Online Course

The Basics of Strategic Planning

In our first lesson, you'll learn the ins and outs of strategic planning. You'll find out why you need to define your business in terms of the customer and why you must have the right ingredients in place to meet customer demands. We'll discuss how environmental factors, such as technology and economics, shape your company. You'll also see how the internal environment determines how well your organization responds to opportunities and threats.

Strategic Plan Implementation

I believe strongly in the phrase, "Plan your work and work your plan" because it has great applicability to strategic planning. We'll begin this lesson by discussing the elements you must use to effectively implement your strategic plan. We'll study vision statements, move on to purpose and mission statements, and discuss goals, objectives, strategies, policies, and procedures. Next, we'll focus on company culture and you'll find out why planning is beneficial. Finally, we'll look at the major strategic choices that you can choose from, ranging from core business focus to insolvency.

Organizational Concepts

Organizing is a critical topic that many companies struggle with. Once you have a good idea of how to develop and implement a strategic plan, you need to take the next step. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to organize resources so employees can perform job duties and relate to one another in the most effective way possible. I'll share the purpose of organization and present several coordinating principles, including authority, power, and span of control. We'll also spend time exploring the staffing function and evaluate the elements—recruitment, selection, appraisal, and development—and study six different forms of organizational charts.

Motivation, Leadership, and Control

Today we'll discuss three key management principles: motivation, leadership, and control. Motivation and leadership, as compared to control, represent a more subtle side of business. While control focuses on concrete things such as analysis and procedures, motivation and leadership rely on less tangible factors. We'll begin the lesson by defining motivation, exploring four theories of motivation, and then moving into leadership. You'll learn about the types of leadership and see how delegation and empowerment differs. We'll finish up by investigating control and learning how to effectively use three different control processes.

Overview of Accounting

In this lesson and the next four to follow, I'll help you increase your mastery of financial fundamentals. It's important that you increase your readiness to use financial information to identify and understand problems and opportunities, and also make decisions. We'll discuss the elements of the general ledger, explore a few key accounting terms, contrast accounting and bookkeeping, and investigate the different types of accounting. You'll learn about vital accounting concepts, such as the accounting equation, debits and credits, and the cost principle.

Statements and Cash Flow

Now that you have the basics of accounting safely under your belt, it's time to start looking at how to apply financial information. We'll start off by reviewing two financial statements that you find at nearly every organization—the balance sheet and the income statement. Without these two documents, it's impossible to determine how a firm is performing. After we cover the balance sheet and the income statement, you'll learn how to account for inventories and understand about the significance of cash flow. I'll explain why sound cash management helps any company stay on the right path.

Cost Concepts

Cost is the price you pay to acquire, maintain, produce, or use materials or services. Since most firms account for their operations at cost, it's essential that you understand how costs are determined and used. In today's lesson, we'll discuss the nature of discretionary, relevant, sunk, and variable costs, and many more. You'll also discover how managerial accounting differs from financial accounting.

Financial Planning and Investing

The largest investment that many businesses make is in their land and buildings. Firms also make smaller, more frequent investment decisions for items such as equipment and fixture purchase and replacement. Today you'll learn about the different types of investment decision-making models, including average rate of return (ARR), payback period, discounted cash flow (DCF), net present value (NPV), and internal rate of return (IRR). We'll also examine the nuts and bolts of financial planning.

Budgeting

In our last lesson about financial matters, we'll wrap things up by examining budgeting. In order to be successful and make meaningful decisions about the future, you must look ahead. One way to do this is by preparing budgets. Accounting, as a major organizational function, supports a number of different types of budgets. I'll show you how to use the major budgets, including the department administration budget (also known as an expense budget), the production materials budget, the maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) budget, the capital budget, and zero-based budgeting.

Performance Measurements

Today we'll examine performance measurements as a way to keep track of progress. Studies reveal that if you don't measure a process, you can’t properly manage it. We'll begin the lesson with a discussion on how human nature affects performance measurements. You'll learn about the attributes of effective performance measurements and see how traditional and progressive performance measurements differ.

Business Law and Contracts

The topic for this lesson is business law. Our objective is to help you develop a good overview of business law and also learn about some important concepts, such as the principal-agency relationship and the basics of contracts. We'll begin by talking about the nature of laws, move on to explore the basics of a legal system, and then discuss the essence of commercial law.

Forms of Organization, Politics, and Ethics

Now that you have a basic understanding of business law, we'll take a look at the four most popular organizational forms: sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, and corporation. We'll spend some time in our final lesson talking about organization politics. Wherever people work together, you'll find politics. We'll go over "good" and "bad" politics and discuss how ethics relates to politics.

Course 10 - Certificate in Starting Your Own Small Business Online Course

Starting Your Dream
If you've dreamed about starting a small business but didn't know where to start, you've come to the right place! In this first lesson, you'll learn why you should start a business, why now might be the perfect time to do it, and what separates successful business owners from those who remain dreamers.

Find Your Perfect Business Opportunity
Today, you'll find out about the three different ways to start a business. We'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of buying a franchise, buying a business, and starting a business from scratch. 

Creating a Truly Unique Business
No matter what business option you're leaning toward, you must find and exploit your unique selling proposition (USP). Your USP is the reason a customer would do business with you instead of someone else. In this lesson, you'll develop your USP. Then you'll discover the single most valuable asset in your business and how it can create all the wealth you'll ever want. 

Developing Your Business Plan
Alan Lakein, a leading expert on time management, says, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Today, you'll learn all the advantages of having a written business plan. You'll see how it helps you take advantage of more opportunities and keeps you focused on achieving your goals. If you need to find financing for your business, having a business plan becomes twice as important. 

How to Legally Set Up Your Company
Once you've chosen the business opportunity you're going to pursue, you'll need to legally set up your company. To do that, you'll have to choose whether to be an S-corporation, a corporation, or a limited liability company. Each of these structures has advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, you'll find out how to decide which one would work best for you.

Power Marketing for Business Owners
Unless you have your own vault of money for marketing, you'll need to know the best way to spend limited resources to create the most sales. As a future business owner, you need to understand the importance of direct-response marketing along with tracking and testing. You'll learn about those things today as you discover how to expand marketing efforts that work and cut or improve those that are ineffective. 

Advertising and Publicity to Skyrocket Your Business
In this lesson, we'll continue discussing marketing as we explore the pros and cons of two main forms of it: advertising and publicity. We'll take a detailed look at free publicity because it's one of the most cost-effective ways to market your business. 

The Report Card for Your Business
No one can run a business effectively without proper accounting and financial statements. But few business owners take the time to understand the basics of bookkeeping. Today, we'll walk hand-in-hand with an actual business owner as she sets up her accounting records. By the end of this lesson, you'll know the basics of accounting and be able to analyze and develop your own financial statements. 

Finding Money for Your Business
Most new business owners need to find money to start their business. In this lesson, you'll find out the most common, traditional ways to fund a business and a few nontraditional ways as well. Whichever method you choose, your desire to get your company going is what will make the difference. Many people give up too soon or don't use the feedback from a funding source to improve their plan. You don't have to be one of them! 

Hiring, Motivating, and Parting With Employees
Employees can make or break a business. Just think about businesses you wouldn't use again because of the service the employees provided. Bad employees can cost a company thousands of dollars, and you, as an owner, won't have the luxury of hiring and training employees on an ongoing basis. Hiring, training, motivating, and parting with employees are all complex processes. Today, you'll learn tips that make them easier. 

Business Policies
Having effective business policies in place helps your business run efficiently. It also gives your employees a framework for knowing what's expected of them. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to develop your own business policies, including sexual harassment and ethics policies. We'll also discuss creating an employee manual. 

Managing You
To ensure success, business owners need to be able to use limited resources efficiently. In this final lesson, we'll focus on how best to manage your time, relationships, and personal financial position. You'll leave this course knowing you've done all the preliminary groundwork to get your business off to a good start.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

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Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

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  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Course ID No.: 007AP10CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6-8 Weeks Per Course
Time required: 240 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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