My name is Joel Villar and I’m a CPA living in Miami, FL. Over the last five years I’ve worn many hats: Financial reporting manager, accounting manager, Hedge fund accountant, tax preparer, and entrepreneur just to name a few.
Excel has made things a heck of a lot easier for me in my professional career.
When I was fresh out of college I was barely a week into my first accounting job when my manager asked me to complete a project that involved some heavy excel usage. In fact, my manager specifically asked me to cross-reference two lists using a VLOOKUP. I enthusiastically obliged to the request, walked back to my desk, and proceeded to panic.
I tricked myself into thinking that I was an excel expert only because I knew a few formulas, but the truth was that my limited knowledge only scratched the surface of what it meant to be a real pro.
I turned to my closest college friend, the one who was there for me when I needed just the right information; Google. I watched videos and read tons of blog posts with titles like: “108 Excel functions you MUST know Today”, or “Everything you need to know about VLOOKUPS”. There were (still are) a lot for great excel resources out there, but most of them were too broad in scope. Most of the material I read through didn’t apply to me.
I eventually managed to learn what I needed (after a lot of time); but I realized that the content out there is mostly poor quality which forces people to sift through countless web pages and videos just to find something useful.
That’s why I decided to build a website that teaches as many people as possible how to use Excel.
I’ve always felt a sense of accomplishment when I can teach someone a new concept and help him or her improve. In college I worked in the school library and was involved in tutoring other students. I didn’t know it at the time but it was my passion for learning new things and teaching others that drew me toward that chapter of my life and, in many ways, that experience propelled me on a long journey that has lead to me writing the book you’re reading.
My goal here is to give you the necessary information you need in a concise manner and take you from excel novice to guru in the shortest time and effort possible.
The one thing I ask of you is to put in the time practicing the examples. The most effective way of mastering excel is to get in and get your hands dirty. Pick a few functions and practice them as many times as you can throughout your day while you’re using excel. Once you feel comfortable using those functions learn a few more. Before you know it, co-workers will be coming to you for excel help and your boss will be impressed with your newfound skills.
Besides being an accountant and loving to teach, I enjoy reading, bike riding (or any outdoor activity), graphic design, very amateur astronomy, hip-hop music, and watching Netflix (who doesn’t). I am very happily married to my high school sweetheart, Ivana Tejada, and we have two dogs; Matthew (A Chihuahua) and Hailey (A Husky).
I truly hope that my material exceeds your expectations, that you learn a ton from me and that my material serves as the foundation for you to build your career even further than you ever imagined.
To my readers, followers, and subscribers thank you for all your support. I hope that the hard work I put into building this guide for you helps you become better at excel and, as a result, better at your jobs. Cheers to your success!
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