"Bookkeeping Basics" is not a textbook. It's a plain and simple explanation of how basic accounting works and what it is to "keep the books," so that bookkeepers can do the job in any kind of industry, for any company.

Back in the day when bookkeeping was done with pen and ink in journal books and ledgers, bookkeepers, even the best of them, had a common problem. The books would be "out of balance," sometimes by only pennies, and they could spend hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears searching for errors.

Accounting programs have solved that problem but created another. There are no transpositions, no mistakes in addition or subtraction, no "out of balance" problems but no real necessity for users to understand bookkeeping either. Some accounting programs require little or no bookkeeping skill but they confine users to the functions and the accounts provided by the program while keeping them isolated far from the double entry processes running in the background. Other high-end programs need users to have some bookkeeping skill in order to use them.

"Basics" aims to make bookkeeping so clear and simple that bookkeepers can use any accounting program they choose! They'll not be excluded from using a heavy duty program for lack of skill, nor become captive to a simpler one.

"Basics" teaches the accounting principles that have worked over time, demonstrates every bookkeeping function from setting up the books through generating the financial statements, and creating entries that tailor their reports to their special needs.

Written by a career bookkeeper, "Basics" makes bookkeeping so simple and easy to understand that owners and managers use it as a reference manual when checking their own books out for signs of embezzlement and fraud.

Bookkeeping Basics  ISBN 1-889206-42-3  978-1-889206-42-4
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Bookkeeping Basics chapters
Cash or Accrual?-The system you choose will largely determine the accounts you can use and whether or not you can save any money. Here's the difference.
Set Up the Books--From the beginning. No matter how large and complicated a bookkeeping system becomes, it starts this way. Most of the accounts you'll ever need and how to use them.
Cash--The green stuff: All about cash, the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Why the IRS might take a new interest in your accounting system.
Sales, etc.--After you've made the sale, then what? Receivables, bad debts, taxes and more. When your state might get really, really tacky!
Payroll--How to do payroll in-house and * make tax reporting easy. Apply payroll costs to jobs *without disturbing the payroll accounts.
Costing--Where conventional methods mask what information there is, weighted averaging helps break out costs. Here's how to do it!
Depreciate & Amortize--Write it off! Calculate by Straight Line, Declining Balance, Sum of the Digits and Unexpired Months. Here's how!
Inventory & C-o-S--Innovative estimations. Here's 3 or 4 ways to do it!


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