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QuickBooks 2008 For Dummies

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From the Back Cover

Store and organize all your financial information in one place

Record sales, pay bills, create invoices, and balance your books — quickly!

QuickBooks gives you the power to manage all those accounting and financial tasks that go with having your own business. This handy guide helps you set up QuickBooks to manage daily, monthly, and occasional financial record-keeping tasks. Before you know it, you'll be speeding through invoices, managing inventory, printing checks, generating reports, and more.

Discover how to:

  • Track accounts receivable and payable

  • Keep your business checkbook

  • Monitor inventory levels

  • Produce common financial reports

  • Estimate, bill, and track jobs

  • Simplify tax preparation

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephen L. Nelson, CPA, MBA (finance), MS (taxation), has a simple purpose in life: He wants to help you (and people like you) manage your business finances by using computers. Oh, sure, this personal mandate won’t win him a Nobel Prize or anything, but it’s his own little contribution to the world.
Steve’s experiences mesh nicely with his special purpose. He’s a CPA in Redmond, Washington. He’s an adjunct professor of taxation (S corporations and limited liability companies) at Golden Gate University graduate tax school. And, heck, he even used to work as a senior consultant and CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. (er, yeah, that Arthur Andersen — but, hey, it was 20 years ago). Steve, whose books have sold more than 4 million copies in English and have been translated into 11 other languages, is also the bestselling author of Quicken 2008 For Dummies (Wiley). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (March 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470259183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470259184
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,516,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, provides accounting, business advisory, tax planning, and tax preparation services to small businesses. He belongs to the American Institute of CPAs and is a prolific author.

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I got this book because I was trying to navigate Quickbooks 2008 as part of my job for a local raspberry co-op. The book was helpful in getting things set up, which for the most part, was already done; however, I was looking for something to get me out of some jams, namely how to delete a duplicate paycheck, and how to correct some entries I had made for accounts payable. So far, I haven't been able to find those instructions, if they exist. The book is well written and easy for the beginner to understand, but again, I would have benefited from a chapter or two on how to correct some mistakes.
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If you are setting up an LLC there is alot missing in this book that you will need. For example in the payroll section there is no real informaton on how to deal with members and their salaries and how that should be tracked. This is a very common situation that newbie business owners will have to deal with and I figured a "Dummies" book would have had a step by step instructions on how to do just that.

Also the book was real chatty. The author spending lots and lots of paragraphs talking to you like you were his buddy over a beer. Most of those paragraphs were wasted ink and paper.
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I have had several years experience with QB (for Macs) and have recently started to use QB for PCs. First off let me say the transition from QB for Mac to QB for PC is a vast ocean of difference (I think I have even caused a professional bookeeper to pull her hair out over it). As a side note, I would never CHOOSE to use the Mac version of QB- so if you have a choice or are jsut setting up - save yourself some sanity - go for a PC.

I have found this guide to be straight forward and friendly, but not complete. Several times I was in the middle of reading a subject thinking, "ok, now I'm going to get somewhere" only to turn the page and the dialog dried up (i.e. not all discussions followed through to the end). In general this is a great guide to get started. If your business is complicated - hire someone to help you set up (the book actually recommends this, too). It will save you lots of time & frustratiton. With a little guidance from an accounting professional, QB for Dummies with provide you with lots of support and tips. Few guides are more comprehensive or easy to grasp the concepts. Great resource.
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If you are just getting started with QuickBooks, then you really should get this book! QuickBooks is easy to use, provided it is set up properly. This book will help you understand QuickBooks so you can get started on the right foot. If you're already familiar with QuickBooks, there is plenty of information so you're sure to learn something new! It is a great resource to have on hand!

Michelle L. Long, CPA, MBA
Author of: Successful QuickBooks Consulting: The Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Growing a QuickBooks Consulting Business
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Member of Intuit Certified Trainer Network
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Excellent. Well written and well organized , but comprehensive. A little too long on the humor, which may make some more comfortable, but it seems to just slow me down slightly.
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I have several of the "for Dummies" books. This one in particular has been a great resource. It is easy to find what you need and get the answers you're looking for. Love it-thanks!
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This book could have been called Quicker Quickbooks for dummies. It got me through my online class and will continue to be of good use. Thanks Amazon
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As a CPA I find QuickBooks frustrating and difficult to use because, sometimes, it does mysterious things with transactions and does not provide reports (also known as an audit trail) that permit someone to verify that the reports are correct. For example, transactions (receipts and disbursements) that it does not know how to handle end up in a balance sheet account called "Beginning Equity". For another, a user can get a report of cash disbursements with a total; but one would not know whether the report is consistent with the general ledger since the total of the disbursements cannot be traced to the reduction of the cash account.

QuickBooks for Dummies does nothing to remove the mystery of QuickBooks and explain how the system works. It only tells the reader how transactions should be processed but says nothing informative about how to correct mistakes. Specifically. a client received from one of his customers a check that bounced. He deleted the entry that showed the debit to cash and credit to revenue. However, in the bank reconciliation the deleted deposit showed up as a check outstanding! Why? What can be done to correct this problem without causing other, unintended consequences elsewhere in the system? The book gave no guidance how to deal with such an event.
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