Bookkeeping For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 3, 2010 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Created especially for the Australian customer!

Take the stress out of bookkeeping with easy-to-follow advice from the experts

Do you have trouble balancing the books for your small business every month? Or are you a professional bookkeeper wishing to hone your skills? Whatever your bookkeeping needs, this practical guide to the ins and outs of business transactions will help you ensure that the numbers add up every time.

  • Follow the bookkeeping cycle -- make the end of the month hassle-free by recording transactions properly
  • Translate the financial lingo -- know your assets from your equity and don't get depressed about depreciation
  • Prepare financial reports -- understand how a business is doing by analysing Profit
  • Use accounting software -- throw out the shoebox of receipts and discover a new world of technology
  • Stay on the right side of the law -- tick all the boxes, from registering a business to paying employees correctly
  • Get qualified -- succeed in Certificate IV Bookkeeping with lots of tips and info for your core units
  • Crack the GST code -- keep the tax wolves from the door by calculating GST correctly
  • Tame the bookkeeping tiger -- understand accruals, general journals, inventory management and more

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Table ofContentsIntroduction
Introducing the Bookkeeping Game Understanding the Bookkeeping Life Cycle
Developing an Attitude
Going for the Big Equation
Playing a Bookkeepers Rhythm
Doing Business with Accounting Software
Using spreadsheets instead
Safeguarding Against Fraud
Reconciling Accounts Getting Started Deciding what bankaccounts to reconcile
Pulling It All Together
Buying In StockingUp andSelling Out Buying inventory tofillthe shelves Selling inventory to make a buck
Mastering Tricky Situations
Recording hire purchase payments
Creating Financial Reports Reviewing the Accounting Cycle Putting Your Accounts on Trial Taking debits and credits to their natural extreme
Understanding Financial Reports
Putting ResultsUnderthe Microscope

Submitting to the inevitable
Recording DaytoDay Transactions
Recording miscellaneous receipts
Paying Employees Staying Squeaky Clean Hiring a New Employee
The Part of Tens
Ten Tipsfor NotforProfit Organisations
Ten Words of Advice for Contract Bookkeepers

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About the author (2010)

Veechi Curtis (BBus) is a qualified accountant and business consultant who specialises in small business finance, marketing and technology and is the author of several business titles, including Small Business For Dummies.

Lynley Averis (BCom, DipT) is a New Zealand MYOB Certified Consultant and training specialist.

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