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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118116453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118116456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The easy way to get a handle on bookkeeping

Accurate and complete bookkeeping is crucial to investors, financial institutions, and various employees in businesses, and Bookkeeping Kit For Dummies provides the easy and painless way to master this critical skill. You'll get clear and concise information along with plenty of practice opportunities and examples to hone your bookkeeping skills.

  • Brush up on basics — get an overview of how bookkeeping works, understand terminology unique to bookkeeping, and set up your company's books

  • Keep a paper trail — find out how to enter your financial transactions in the books, post transactions to your General Ledger, and track all the details in your journals

  • Roll out the dough — track your day-to-day business operations, set up and manage employee payroll, and make sense of government paperwork that comes with new hires

  • All good things come to an end — delve into the process for closing out an accounting period, whether at the end of a month or the end of a year

  • Report your results — discover how to use all the information in your books to prepare reports that show how well your company did during the month, quarter, or year

Bonus CD Includes: Bookkeeping forms, working papers, tax forms, resources, and spreadsheets

Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for developing a goodinternal control system for managing your books

  • The importance of an accurate paper trail

  • How to test the balance of your books

  • Year-end government reports and IRS forms

  • Ledgers, journals, and computer options

  • How to protect your business against internal fraud

  • Ways to stay on top of inventory, supplies, and bills

  • Lots of practice exercises

About the Author

Lita Epstein, MBA, designs online courses about reading financial reports, investing, and taxes. She's the author of Reading Financial Reports For Dummies and also writes periodically for AOL's Daily Finance.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pete Chen VINE VOICE on April 19, 2012
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This book illustrates basics aspects of bookkeeping with Quickbooks as an example tool. Nowadays, I cannot think of anyone would do bookkeeping without the help of software. Quickbooks is the most popular and probably the only choice for small business owners. This book becomes almost an introduction to Quickbooks from the angles of bookkeeping. I have been using Quickbooks for five years now. I found that this book would serve a good road map to bookkeeping using Quickbooks if you really knows nothing at all about bookkeeping or Quickbooks. I bought the dummy book for QuickBooks 2011 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) when I started my own business. I was struggling a little bit to grasp the concepts of bookkeeping/accounting. That book covers much more beyond bookkeeping, e.g. how to do payroll with Quickbooks. And it assumes that you have basic understanding of bookkeeping and accounting.

The accompanied CD doesn't, provide a lot of values. It is a collection of federal and state (Florida only)tax forms and simple spreadsheets for reports. It also contains pdf reader and Open Office installation, which you can find from the web. I don't discount the values of the CD, just not much.

If you really knows nothing about Quickbooks and never did bookkeeping in any form before, then I would recommend this book. Otherwise, you will find yourself flipping through pages trying to find something interesting. I wish I had this book when I started my own business. But now this book is way too basic to me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maria Poole VINE VOICE on June 27, 2012
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I needed a very basic, beginners type of book on bookkeeping. I took an accounting class but it was a long, long time ago. This book got me on the right track and even threw in information on preparing payroll and collecting taxes. The author chose to use QuickBooks to demonstrate various bookkeeping functions throughout the book. This is very helpful since most people end up using QuickBooks for their small business bookkeeping and accounting needs. This book even mentions that Quickbooks offers a tutorial in its learning center that gives an introduction to bookkeeping and accounting as well. So, if you are contemplating a purchase of Quickbooks you may want to keep that in mind. The added CD should not be a deal maker in your purchasing decision because it really does not add value to the book. The forms that it offers can be found on the web and they are specifically for the state of Florida.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RLC VINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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The author has put together a great resource for small businesses. The book covers all of the bases from why you need bookkeeping to report generation. She gives a full explanation of terms and how to apply the methods that an accountant will expect when he or she gets your documents for tax preparation. By the time one has finished the book they will be well versed in bookkeeping and be able to setup and keep the necessary financial records such as the trial balance, ledger, and journal for a small business. One will learn about assets, liabilities, double entry accounting, payroll taxes, quarterly taxes, cash flow, inventory, sales, depreciation, how to complete government forms, and so forth. You will learn how to create all the necessary reports. The author shows working examples in Excel spreadsheets to solidify the methods and for those without access to bookkeeping software as well as ample screenshots of bookkeeping software like Quickbooks. A Disk is also included that has Acrobat Reader, Open Office (for those without Microsoft Office or similar suites), Excel files (that illustrate various topics such as the trial balance, ledger, and journal), and PDFs of various Federal and Florida forms. The author has also woven in many relevent business topics such as using the books to catch imbezzelment. At over 400 pages there is a lot of knowledge in this book and the author has made it all very accessible with her approachable writing style. I would recommend this text for any small business owner that needs to do/understand the books as well as for those that just want to learn about the subject. It will definitely get you up and running.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Giancarlo on June 26, 2013
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Seems like a decent guidebook for bookkeeping, but I saw one thing that had my head spinning for a while -- until I realized it was the book's fault. On page 83, Figure 5-1 has a column for "cash credits," but it should be "cash debits." For a while, this mistake had me wondering what the hell I was missing.

I saw an earlier page with maybe another mistake, which also had my head spinning. I'm wondering how many other mistakes I'll encounter that will have my head spinning.

We're relying on these books to give us accurate information; otherwise, it's counterproductive to study from them. I guess a few mistakes won't relegate the book to a trash heap, but careful editing is a must, especially for something like a bookkeeping guidebook.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bass Cadet on June 18, 2012
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For bookkeeping beginners, this is a decent book. It describes everything to take someone from little to no knowledge through a complete accounting cycle. It also includes useful information on payroll processing and tax considerations. It could be used as a textbook and has end of section questions. These questions were helpful and reinforced concepts. It was nice to have the answers at the end of the chapters.

There are errors in the book. I struggled trying to understand some concepts because of these errors. The first is Fig. 4-4 and 5-5 (the author reuses the same example). There are two "General Debit" columns and one of the $10,000 Debits should actually be a Credit. Likewise on page 105, there is another Credit/Debit mislabel in Solution 1 for the 5/3 entry. One other part is page 252. It seems the Cash entry should be recorded as a credit instead of a debit. Otherwise, the credits and debits do not match. Further along, however, she shows examples of credits to cash, so it is confusing.

The CD appears to be the reason for the higher than normal For Dummies book price. In all honesty, I did not find the CD useful. The spreadsheets were mostly simple single tab examples. The PDFs were downloaded from federal and state (Florida only) websites. I thought it might include some QuickBooks examples but there were none.
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I enjoy translating complex financial and political topics critical to people's everyday life in language that can be easily understood. I do this through my non fiction "how to" books for the Dummies series and the Idiot's Guides. I have more than 25 finance and political books on the market. Prior to writing books, I've worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, a press secretary for a U.S. Congressman and a fund raiser for former President Jimmy Carter, so he can continue his international work through The Carter Center. I earned my MBA at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and my BA at Rutgers University.

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