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Accounting and Recordkeeping Made Easy for the Self-Employed Paperback – November 10, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0471032175 ISBN-10: 0471032174 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471032174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471032175
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the hottest trends in the business world is the move towards self-employment. There are approximately 20.5 million small businesses in the U.S.—70% of which are one-person operations. And if you’re one of these people, you’re not alone in facing and preparing mountains of paperwork and financial statements that reflect your business’s health. It’s daunting but true: the majority of new businesses fail within the first two years. And the tragic fact is that one of the leading causes for so many business failures is nothing more complicated than poor paper management. Clear, systematic recordkeeping and accounting systems are an indispensable part of doing business regardless of the size of your company. Without a system to help you manage your cash flow, manage your inventory, track your leads, book your receivables, and pay your bills, you could be in for some very unpleasant surprises. Like so many people before you, you could be losing money and never know it until it’s too late. But don’t despair, help has arrived! In this amazing book, small business consultant and renowned seminar leader Jack Fox shows you how to set up and maintain easy-to-follow and accurate recordkeeping and accounting systems for any type of business. Step-by-step, Fox walks you through state-of-the-art techniques for managing all the financial, clerical, and analytical aspects of running a small or single-person business. He introduces you to powerful recordkeeping and accounting computer software specifically designed for businesses like yours, and he shows you how to seamlessly integrate it into your day-to-day operations. In addition, Fox clearly defines important accounting terms, explains the key concepts, and arms you with a collection of crucial accounting skills and operations—from accounts receivable and invoicing to the analysis of profit and loss statements. Offering step-by-step guidelines and chock-full of case studies, worksheets, and sample forms. Accounting and Recordkeeping Made Easy for the Self-Employed is one book that more than lives up to its title! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

If you're one of the country's 20.5 million self-employed businesspeople, here's some news you simply can't afford to ignore . . .

Each year, thousands of hardworking people watch their dreams of successful self-employment go up in smoke because of poor paper management. That's right, one of the main reasons why so many businesses fold nowadays is because their owners never learned how to properly manage their paperwork or keep accurate financial records. Now there's a way to guarantee that your business doesn't get plowed under by an avalanche of complicated paperwork or hurt by inconsistent financial recordkeeping. It's Accounting and Recordkeeping Made Easy for the Self-Employed.

In this new guide written just for the self-employed, business consultant and renowned seminar leader Jack Fox, shows you how to painlessly—and inexpensively—set up and maintain easy-to-follow recordkeeping and accounting systems in your business, whether it's service or manufacturing oriented. Based on his many years of consulting in this area and his own personal experiences, Fox clearly and concisely:

  • Arms you with cutting-edge techniques for managing all the financial, clerical, and analytical aspects of running a home-based business
  • Describes the latest recordkeeping and accounting software and shows you how to integrate it into your day-to-day operations
  • Demystifies accounting and walks you through accounting skills and operations, including accounts receivable, invoicing, and creating and analyzing profit and loss statements
  • Provides practical solutions to the most common financial and recordkeeping problems the self-employed face
  • Supplies you with numerous case studies, usable worksheets, and sample forms

You don't need to hire an expensive efficiency consultant because Jack Fox shows you how to manage your business in his simple, straightforward system.


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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
I felt the book was well written and he does know his stuff.... but the book was more about the history of computers than a book to learn Accounting principals, which is what I thought I had bought:( What he does write about he does well and you will learn from it A more appropriate title might be "The History of Computers and Chips" with a touch of "Accounting"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Nunemacher on November 21, 2003
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Half of this book deals with the technology of organizing your own business. While that would have been very helpful in 1994, it is outdated now. If you are new to technology you may still find some good advice in those sections dealing with computer hardware, software (desktop, information management, and accounting). I just skimmed those sections to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
The other half deals with the organization and structure of accounting. I found the first chapter on getting organized particularly helpful. There is also a chapter on dealing with the IRS as a self-employed individual. The remaining few chapters address accounting and bookkeeping.
The accounting information is very good for anyone who knows very little about accounting. However, I found the same level of detail and instruction at the Small Business Administration website. I was hoping to find a little bit more of a how-to guide to setting up my business' accounting structure.
This book is an overview of all the recordkeeping issues that a self-employed person should be concerned with. However, it just didn't give me enough detail to feel secure that I was making the right decisions for my particular type of business. I just may have to use an accountant or tax attorney to get that.
I checked this book out from the library, but I wouldn't purchase it. It just doesn't have the longevity of advice that a true reference book would offer.
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Very informative and reminded me of things I had forgotten. A good book for people just starting a business.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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Written for business people who want to be accounting and computerized accounting systems literate. No longer does one have to be in awe of the professionals who spout jargon and keep the business person dependent on their supposed expertise. This book represents liberation for the formerly fiscally challenged.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
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Mr. Fox has a great understanding of the profession and was able to make good sense of a subject that is hard to understand.
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