QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jan 16, 2008 - Computers - 680 pages
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There have been many improvements to QuickBooks over the years, but the program's documentation is not one of them. Luckily, QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual picks up where QuickBook's help resources leave off. With this book, you don't just learn how to use the software, you learn why and when to use specific features. And you get basic accounting advice so that it all makes sense to you along the way.

With its Simple Start, Basic, Pro, Premier, and industry-specific Enterprise editions, QuickBooks can handle many of the financial tasks companies face, but the price you pay is an overabundance of features. With this book, you get advice on which features you need to use to get your work done efficiently, along with step-by-step instructions on how to use them. QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual helps you:
  • Get more out of QuickBooks whether you're a beginner or an old pro.

  • Learn how QuickBooks can help you boost sales, control spending, and save on taxes.

  • Set up and manage your files to fit your company's specific needs.
  • Use QuickBooks reports to evaluate every aspect of your enterprise.
  • Follow the money all the way from customer invoices to year-end tasks.
  • Discover new tips and tricks on the best timesaving options for your business.
  • Build budgets and plan for the future to make your business more successful.
And a lot more. This book is designed to accommodate readers at every technical level. If you're a first-time QuickBooks user, special boxes with the title "Up To Speed" provide the introductory information you need to understand the topic at hand. For advanced users, there are similar boxes called "Power Users' Clinic" that offer more technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the experienced QuickBooks fan.

For a topic as complicated as accounting software, why trust anything else?


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Creating a Company in QuickBooks
Setting Up a Chart of Accounts
Setting Up Customers and Jobs
Setting Up Invoice Items
Setting Up Other QuickBooks Lists
Managing QuickBooks Files
Tracking Time and Mileage
Performing EndofYear Tasks
Managing Inventory
Budgeting and Planning
Tracking Your Business with Reports
Online Banking Services
Configuring Preferences to Fit Your Company
Integrating QuickBooks with Other Programs
Customizing QuickBooks

Paying for Expenses
Managing Accounts Receivable
Doing Payroll
Bank Accounts Credit Cards and Petty Cash
Making Journal Entries
Generating Financial Statements
Keeping Your QuickBooks Data Secure
Installing QuickBooks
Help Support and Other Resources
Keyboard Shortcuts

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About the author (2008)

Bonnie Biafore has always been a zealous planner, whether setting up software demos, cooking gourmet meals, or scheduling a vacation to test the waters of spontaneity. Ironically, fate, not planning, turned this obsession into a career as a project manager. When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She's also branching out into other "dry" topics with articles for the Wine Enthusiast. As an engineer, she's fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. She has a knack for mincing dry subjects like accounting and project management into easy to understand morsels and then spices them to perfection with her warped sense of humor.

Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than a dozen books including Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual, Project 2007: The Missing Manual, the Better Investing Stock Selection Handbook (which won an APEX Award of Distinction), Online Investing Hacks, and On Time! On Track! On Target!. She also writes regularly about financial topics for Better Investing bankrate.com and interest.com. When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, rehabilitates horses, cooks gourmet food, and, most importantly, tries saying no to additional work assignments.

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