If you don’t know about it already, the Financial Modelling Handbook is the first collaborative, crowdsourced financial modelling guide.
It was launched early last year and has really taken off – so far, 46 guides have been produced by 25 contributors. The guides have been downloaded and viewed over 60,000 times.
On average the website gets 6,500 views per month and there is a community of 2,300 people regularly receiving the updates.
As it heads into the second half of this year, the project is looking to produce the first version of the handbook and it is looking for your input and help. Below (taken from the website) is an overview of what they are looking for:
We’re keen to get the point by early next year where we’re ready to pull everything together into the first version of the book. To that end we’re planning to start organising the existing content into the following structure that we think might work for the book. I’d really like your feedback on this structure and what you think we should focus on to really make the book as useful as possible.
Over the next few months we’ll start to publish case study models based on the kinds of structures / issues we see in real business modelling. These case studies will look across businesses and sectors with the purpose of showing both the differences and the similarities between businesses. These case studies will be referred to throughout the handbook. The structure of the handbook will seek to draw out the commonalities that link all businesses, and therefore give a context for looking at and understanding the differences.
At a high level we’re planning to organise the book around looking at how businesses make their money (revenue and operating costs), the assets they need to make that money, and how those assets are financed. We’ll then completed the picture with a section on business analysis.
Proposed structure for the Financial Modelling Handbook:
Section 1: Basic modelling skills and knowledge
Section 2: Business operations – how businesses make money
Section 3: Assets – the resources companies need to make money
Section 4: Financing – how those assets are financed.
Section 5: Analysis – measuring performance and value.