The Ultimate Beginners' Guide to Handling Finances
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The Ultimate Beginners' Guide to Handling Finances

Get your first job | Start getting rich now |Avoid debt |Understand tax |Live beyond average | Know secrets of the rich
4.4 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
46 students enrolled
Created by James Gutteridge
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know what it takes to build real wealth
  • Start earning money with a part-time job or small business
  • Know exactly how much to save and spend out of your income
  • Know how banks work, and how to make them work for them
  • Develop long-term thinking for financial success
  • Tell the difference between good and bad debt, and how to avoid the bad stuff
  • Know what credit cards are and their pros and cons
  • Create a detailed budget in order to achieve financial goals
  • Understand tax basics and what it is used for
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  • Nothing! This course starts you from the beginning and guides you to deeper financial wisdom. All the things you need are here on Udemy.

Learn the essential tools you and all high-school students need when starting out on your journey of earning and using money wisely.

Build A Strong Foundation In Understanding The Basics To Earning And Using Money Wisely

  • Find out exactly how much you should save and spend from your income
  • Discover the secrets of how banks work and how to benefit from them
  • Learn the essentials of tax
  • Understand the techniques of how professionals approach money and get rich
  • Find out how to start earning money right away with a job or business
  • Discover the latest ideas in how to use your money to maximise happiness
  • Get free downloadable documents that you can edit right away

Powerful Money Skills That Every Adult Wishes They Were Taught

This course has been designed from the ground up to specifically help high-school students. Too many people aren't taught personal finance skills and have to learn the hard way - by making mistakes. Avoid those mistakes and gain important money skills right now.

This is the first time a course like this has been presented online. It was designed and taught by James to high-school students around Australia, but now you can join in too using this online course. This online version has been built based on feedback and lessons from the classroom version, as well as parents all over the world.

Content And Overview

Suitable for high-school students and adults wanting a skill refresh, this course has 1.5hrs of video divided into 45 lectures. These are bite-sized lectures that each cover a different skill, and a short quiz follows each one so you can check your understanding. The course is designed to be done over a few weeks so you can spread out each of the 8 topics rather than do them in one big hit and end up confused.

Starting with teaching you how the professionals think, we then get into the basics of saving and how thinking long-term is the key to success. We'll teach you the exact amount to save and spend, and the answer is surprising!

Once these important basics are mastered we then go deeper into understanding how banks work so that you can make them work for you. Compound interest is the holy grail to getting rich so we make sure you understand why and how. We'll then cover the art of making a budget and even give you a free template to use yourself.

The power of advertising is covered so that you understand the tricks used and don't fall victim to spending too much of your money on things you don't need.

After this we'll look at how you can actually start earning money right away, because by this stage you'll be super excited to have an income and start growing your tree of wealth. We'll teach you how to get a job like a pro as well as starting a business so you can make a choice and have options. You'll also receive a free resume template to help you get started.

It is vital to understand debt and credit cards before you get trapped by them. We dedicate a whole topic to this so you have a true understanding and avoid the trap. But we also teach you when debt can be helpful.

We'll then cover tax so you aren't surprised by this, and find out what it's used for and the various ways you will have to pay it in your lifetime. Lastly the final topic teaches the latest research on happiness and using money to maximise this.

If at any time you have questions during the course the instructor will be monitoring the online discussions to help you out. At the end of the course you'll receive a verifiable certificate to show the world what a master of personal finance you have become.

So enrol in this course now to learn the secrets that most adults wish they were taught.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Financial Literacy course is designed purely for school students. It covers all the skills needed when you are just starting out on your life-long financial journey. If you are looking for detailed insights into share market and property investing, this course provides an introduction to those topics, with another specialised course currently being planned.
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
How successful people think about money
6 Lectures 12:40

After this video you'll have a clear idea of what we're covering in the course.

Preview 02:56

Quiz on the Topic 1 Introduction. Only 2 quick questions!

Introduction Quiz
4 questions

In this lesson we'll cover how we could exist without money, but why there are problems with that arrangement.

Preview 02:06

What is Money?
3 questions

We all love stories. Here's an amazing one about whether money really is the key to happiness.

Preview 03:12

A quiz about the next lesson
1 question

A Quick Calculation
1 question

Find out the difference between these types of thinking, and which one is better for you.

Preview 01:52

Short or Long Term Thinking?
2 questions

Use Your Money Like A Champion
8 Lectures 12:37

Here we present you with a question to think about - how much should you spend and save out of your income?

Introduction - Spend or Save?

Let's find out exactly how much to save.

How Much To Save?

Some calculations to practise.

How Much To Save?
3 questions

Okay so what do you do with your money that isn't saved?

How Much To Spend?

Some more calculation practise.

How much to spend?
3 questions

Find out why saving 100% of your money isn't necessarily a great idea.

Why Not Save All Of It?

Why not save all of it?
3 questions

Who gets the benefit of your hard-earned money when you spend it all?

Pay Yourself

Another way to think about saving money.

Plant Your Tree

Plant your Tree
2 questions

An explanation of the calculation in the previous quiz.

Calculation Explanation

Some More Practise Calculations
2 questions

Some thoughts to conclude this massive topic.

How Banks Work
8 Lectures 20:37

Welcome to Topic 3 - another big topic full of exciting new things to learn!

Introduction To Topic 3

Find out the secret of how banks work, and how to make them work for you.

The Diagram About How Banks Work

The Diagram
7 questions

Let's add some numbers to make the diagram clearer.

The Diagram With Money

Some Calculations
3 questions

Could you lend or borrow without the bank?

The Diagram Without The Bank

The Diagram Without The Bank
4 questions

Let's look at an amazing calculator that you can play around with yourself.

What Difference Does Interest Actually Make To Savings?

Now it's your turn to use the calculator!

The Calculator
3 questions

A revision of percentages, and why interest is calculated this way.

Some Percentages Revision

Percentages Revision
8 questions

Compound Interest is said to be the 8th wonder of the world. Find out why!

What To Do With Interest - Compound It!

Compound Interest
3 questions

Let's wrap up what we've taught in this topic.

Conclusion and a Challenge!
How to budget
4 Lectures 08:24

Find out what we're learning in Topic 4.

Introduction To Topic 4

Needs vs Wants
7 questions

Find out what a budget is and how to use one.

An Example Budget

1 question

Here we introduce you to the power of advertising, and how it wil stop you from reaching your savings target.


2 questions

Let's have a look at more types of advertising.

More Advertising

More Advertising
1 question
Let's Start Earning Money!
4 Lectures 06:37

Let's find out the two main ways of earning money

Introduction To Topic 5

Introduction To Topic 5
1 question

Here we cover the best techniques to finding a job and getting it.

Finding A Job

Finding a Job
1 question

What if you don't want a job? How do you start a business?

Starting A Business

Starting a Business
2 questions

Let's finish off this topic, and learn a couple of other techniques for earning money.

Other Ideas For Earning Money
How credit cards and loans work
5 Lectures 09:43
Introduction Quiz For Topic 6
1 question

What is debt? And why can it be both good and bad?

Good and Bad Debt

Good and Bad Debt
4 questions

Let's find out about credit cards, and why they can be dangerous.

Really Bad Debt

Really Bad Debt
2 questions

Now let's find out exactly how credit cards work. It's surprisingly simple!

How Credit Cards Work

Credit Cards
1 question

What are loans and how are they different to credit cards?


2 questions

Not all loans are bad - let's find out about business loans, and other ways to raise money for a business.

Loans To Start A Business

Business Loans
2 questions
An introduction to tax
7 Lectures 09:49

Let's find out what this topic covers.

Introduction to Topic 7

Introduction to Topic 7
1 question

Tax is a part of everyone's lives. Let's find out what it actually is.

What is Tax?

Let's find out!

Have You Already Paid Tax?

The GST - Goods and Services Tax
2 questions

What other taxes are out there?

Other Taxes

Other Taxes Quiz
1 question

What is income tax?

Income Tax

If part of your income is going to the government, you should pay attention to what they spend it on!

More Income Tax

Income Tax
3 questions

Find out how some things can still happen without the government using tax money.

Is Tax Always Necessary?
Use Money To Maximise Happiness
3 Lectures 06:44

Let's find out if buying things makes us as happy as we think they do.

Does Buying Things Make Us Happier?

Intro to Topic 8 Quiz
1 question

What are experiences and why do they make us happier than things?

Buying Experiences

Experiences Quiz
4 questions

The final lesson of the course! Well done for making it to this point. Let's learn 2 final ways to maximise happiness using your money before signing off.

Other Methods To Maximise Happiness
About the Instructor
James Gutteridge
4.4 Average rating
7 Reviews
46 Students
1 Course
Consultant for Multinationals, High School Accounting and Business Studies Teacher, University Economics Tutor

I am a professional business consultant for multinational corporations in Southeast Asia. I design and conduct workshops to teach middle-level management skills and business communication skills. These are designed to help the corporations maintain consistency across their global operations, and for the employees to progress in their career pathways.

Before this I created and taught business and accounting courses for senior high school (years 10-12) students in Australia for 5 years. These courses focused on teaching pre-tertiary accounting, financial literacy and the skills to start and run businesses. I started teaching through the selective program Teach For Australia, before moving interstate and teaching for a further 3 years.

For these courses and my work I draw my expertise from my Economics education from Melbourne University, where I was also a tutor. I tutored first and second-year Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Methods.

I am passionate about all things business and education, and have a postgraduate diploma in teaching from Melbourne University. This is on top of my BA (Economics, Political Science) and Diploma in Modern Languages (Mandarin Chinese). I also speak fluent Tagalog.