Build Business Spreadsheets using Excel 2nd Ed.

Kathleen Adkins

Publisher: Adkins, Matchet and Toy, 2000, 233 pages

ISBN: 1-891112-55-4

Keywords: Finance, Management

Last modified: May 20, 2021, 12:22 a.m.

Part 1: The Basics

  • For people who are new to spreadsheets and Excel. Get started right with a step-by-step guide that shows you how to:
    • Enter, edit, and copy data
    • Create and copy formulas
    • Format and print spreadsheets

Part 2: Build Business Spreadsheets

  • A series of problems covering:
    • Percentages, markups, discounts, pricing, growth
    • Date math and financial math
    • Budget and financial statement projection
    • Models vs. calculations
  • The problems include:
    • Excel features that help solve the problem and how to use them
    • Problem analysis and assumption development
    • Integrity checking
    • Business presentation and formatting


  • The best business shortcuts
  • Common business formulas and functions
  • In-depth guide to formatting and printing
  • Excel troubleshooter
  • Useful features and commands
  • Construction, proofing and checking techniques


  • Answer section shows correct spreadsheet construction as well as the right answers to each problem


  • Shows you how to avoid the worst mistakes in business spreadsheet construction
  • Offers checklists and tips to help you find errors and check for spreadsheet integrity
  • Gives you valuable pointers on how to work efficiently and quickly
  • Helps you choose appropriate formats for your work
  • Shows you how to set up your spreadsheet for easier revision, editing, and troubleshooting
  • Explains the importance of "what-if" scenarios in business and how to build "what-if" flexibility into every spreadsheet


  • Problem-based approach gives you practice in analyzing, building, and checking real-life spreadsheets
  • Periodic tests show you how you're doing
  • A workbook, not a list of features
  • Demonstrate Excel commands in appropriate contexts: shows you when to use them, not just how to use them
  • Learn by doing:
    • Introduction
  • Part 1. Foundation skills
    1. Orientation
    2. Enter, delete, edit data
      • Test 1
    3. Menu commands
      • Test 2
    4. Formulas
      • Test 3
    5. The COPY command
      • Test 4
    6. Moving things around
      • Test 5
    7. Presentation
    • Final test, part 1
  • Part 2: Problem sets
    1. General business problems
      • Set 1: Simple models
      • Set 2: Data analysis
      • Set 3: Date math
      • Set 4: Growth calculations
    2. Financial math problems
      • Set 5: PV and FV
      • Set 6: NPV and IRR
    3. Financial projections
      • Set 7: Secondary calculations and plug accounts
      • Set 8: Financial statement projection, single sheet
      • Set 9: Multiple sheets
      • Set 10: Financial statement projection, multiple sheets
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A: Efficiency
    • Appendix B: Common business formulas and functions
    • Appendix C: Excel troubleshooting
    • Appendix D: Guide to formatting
    • Appendix E: Other useful commands and features
    • Appendix F: Printing
    • Appendix G: The A-B-C-D of spreadsheet design
    • Appendix H: Standards and checking
  • Answers
    • Part 1
    • Part 2
      1. General business problems
      2. Financial math
      3. Financial projections


Build Business Spreadsheets using Excel

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Very Good ******** (8 out of 10)

Last modified: May 21, 2007, 2:54 a.m.

This is the book that you really need when studying to an MBA! Excellent tool for learning MS-Excel as well as all these pesky formulas and problem statements that you need all the time in Finance class. Recommended. Also part of Financial Business Box.


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