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Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business Paperback – January 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Keeping the Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 7th Edition edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419584383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419584381
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda Pinson is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning author, educator, consultant and expert in the areas of small business planning and financial management.  Author of numerous bestselling titles for entrepreneurs, she has also developed the popular ""Automate Your Business Plan"" software to accompany the bestselling Anatomy of a Business Plan.  A member of the U.S. Small Business Advisory Council for the past five years, she is an active speaker at the Association of Small Business Development Centers annual conferences and has served as delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.

More About the Author

LINDA PINSON is the author of nine business books and the developer/publisher of the business plan software program, AUTOMATE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN. Her book, Anatomy of a Business Plan (winner of the Ben Franklin Award for "Best Business Book of the Year") has been used by over one million business owners. Anatomia de un Plan de Negocio, the Spanish language edition, has been serving the Latino community for since 1998. Linda's publishing company, Out of Your Mind...and Into the MarketplaceTM, was named Small Press Publisher of the Year. Linda was also selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington D.C. to write its government business plan publication MP-32, How to Write a Business Plan. Her books are in libraries and bookstores throughout the U.S. and have been translated into Italian, Chinese, Spanish and other languages for foreign use. The books and software are used as course material in universities, SBDCs, and technical colleges. Customized versions of the Automate Your Business Plan software have been utilized by Dale Carnegie(R) Training Centers Worldwide and The American Bar Association. Linda is a nationally recognized speaker, educator and business consultant, specializing in business planning and financial management.

Linda's dedication to the small business community led to her being honored as Education Advocate of the Year and SBA Regional Women in Business Advocate of the Year. She was the founding California State President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO California). Linda currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Tri-County Lead SBDC and is Board Secretary for the Small Business Financial Development Corporation OC.

Customer Reviews

It was very easy to read and understand.
"itsfun"
A Good book for the start up a business or if you just started a business.
Nicole
This was the exact book that I was looking for.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent and well written for people who are NEW to bookkeeping/accounting for small business. I especially found the checklists provided (when to pay various Federal and State Taxes, to whom to pay various Federal and State Taxes, when to produce certain financial reports, what to have ready for your Tax Accountant at year end and in what format) to be VERY useful. EXCELLENT reference book for the do-it-yourself bookkeeper.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Moskalenko on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book for beginners. I'm not a proffesional accountant (my primary area is computer systems administrations) but I have been working in banks for 5 years and I read a lot of books about accounting basics because it was part of my job. And usually those books were either too practical or too academic. But this one is perfectly balanced. It explains you not only what to do but it also gives you a pretty solid background why you should do this and what for. It shows you a complete picture of a small company accounting including major forms, reports shedule, books etc and that's all in just 200 pages. It's amazing how the author can explain in a couple words some concepts which usually takes a whole chapter in some other tutorials. You can read it to just to get some idea about accounting wording and concepts, or you can keep it on the table and use as a Howto giude in your everyday work, it works both ways. And it's pretty fairly priced. Very, very nice book!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of my two favorite accounting books for small business owners. The other is "Small Business Accounting Simplified" by Daniel Sitarz. These books present a lot of the same information, but they have slightly different perspectives on small business accounting and I think both viewpoints are useful and complimentary. Establishing your accounting system is serious business, so I would consider purchasing both. It's a small investment considering how important and time consuming this area could be for small business.

With that said, this book will help you to understand the basics of accounting and the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of keeping your books. It is very streamlined, practical and will help you to get your books together quickly using the easiest system that is appropriate for your business.

This is a very non-intimidating book and first time business owners will really like it. The other book I recommended above by Sitarz is more involved and may be something you want to get down the road. If you are a very small business, this book may have all you need and you may appreciate that it lacks some detail that might be unnecessary.

Both books that I mention are adequate to get a small business up and running. However, if you are not a numbers person by nature or have an aversion to accounting, this might be the best place to start. As part of my livelihood I do small business consulting and this title and the one I mentioned in the first paragraph are the two books I most often recommend for a new small business.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marco Polo on March 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I started my first business, I found this book priceless: step-by-step instructions on how to keep business accounts and what accounts need keeping, and when to update them. The appendix contains templates of all the major records needed for a small business. For someone who knew nothing this was a real lifebelt. Very easy to read, and immediately useful.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Based on some of the glaring reviews, I was really expecting a superior book here. What I got wasn't even good for the green as green novice.
I was anxious to read the tax information since some reviewers had noted how great that was, but alas, I found it to be note much different from what I get from the IRS or even by reading basic tax forms...FOR FREE!
I'd pass on this one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book that teaches you to chart: where you would like to go on your business journey; where you are; and what you need to do to adjust your journey towards your profit goals.

Long before reading this book, I had asked an Accountant the difference between fixed and variable assets - he really didn't answer my question. In fact, he seemed to be annoyed that I would ask such a question.

But this book gives the answer in a very succinct description, with supporting information.

Above all, this book walks the small business owner through:

1. Record Keeping;

2. Business Accounting;

3. General Ledgers;

4. Financial Statements; and,

5. Taxes.

And this is definitely a resource to keep referring to, until you have mastered the process of growing profit.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains a lot of good information. It is aimed towards people who don't have a background in accounting/recordkeeping...but who maybe know the basics.
I was able to get answers to a number of questions I had as far as how the details of accounting work.
The book does focus mostly on the single-entry method of accounting, as opposed to the double-entry system.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This bookisn't bad for somebody who is completely new to accounting, but I found it average for anyone with any modicumof experience. Might be good for people with C-Corporations, but not for people with S-Corporations.
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