- Self-taught finance strategist Andrew Chen, founder of Hack Your Wealth — a personal finance blog for high earners — shared with Business Insider how to get up to speed on corporate finance quickly if you have no idea what it is or how it works.
- Chen suggested enrolling in a CFA program even if you don’t plan to finish it because the first level of exams teaches you a lot of what you need to know to be successful.
- He also recommended reading books like “Analysis for Financial Management” by Robert Higgins and studying YouTube videos on pages like Corporate Finance Institute and Breaking Into Wall Street.
Plenty of would-be entrepreneurs have great business ideas — but may not have the finance chops to launch and sustain a successful startup. Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, developing expertise in corporate finance can help you pursue opportunities for finance-related positions at your own company.
“Corporate finance is always I’ve found a good career investment to make,” Jonathan Poston, a director at the ad agency Tombras, told Business Insider. “Money is the lifeblood of the modern organization, and the more we understand the levers and concepts around it, the more oriented we are to the business goals and how we fit within them.”
If you feel that your corporate finance skills could be improved, you’re in luck. Business Insider grilled self-taught finance strategist Andrew Chen, founder of Hack Your Wealth — a personal finance blog for high earners — on how to get up to speed quickly.