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Stephen L. Nelson
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October 27, 2008 0470391812 978-0470391815 16
Got a business to run? QuickBooks makes small-business accounting easier, and QuickBooks 2009 For Dummies shows you how! Bookkeeping may not be your favorite part of running a small business, so learning to use QuickBooks might pay off in more ways than one.

QuickBooks helps you keep financial records, prepare invoices and record sales, pay bills, settle up at the end of the year, and more. In this guide, a top accounting and tax planning consultant tells you what you need to do to be ready for QuickBooks, then how to install and set up the program for your business. Discover how to:

  • Use the latest version of QuickBooks to maintain your accounting records in compliance with tax laws
  • Create invoices and credit memos, record sales receipts, set up inventory items, and monitor your inventory
  • Record and pay bills, print checks, and process payroll, including withholding
  • Balance accounts and generate financial reports
  • Set up a business budget and reconcile your account
  • Perform weekly, monthly, and annual record-keeping
  • Create job estimates that can be easily converted into invoices or compared with actual costs
  • Track accounts receivable and payable
  • Produce reports that help you understand your customer list, vendors, job expenses, inventory, payroll, budget, and more
  • Use job-costing procedure that help you estimate, bill, and track jobs
  • Decide whether to use accrual-basis accounting or cash-basis accounting

Handling the financial chores with QuickBooks can put the fun back into owning your own business. QuickBooks 2009 For Dummies makes it easier!


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From the Back Cover

QuickBooks keeps your business books, and this book makes it easy!

Book a little time to make your small-business accounting easier! QuickBooks makes business bookkeeping a breeze, and this guide gives you just what you need to get going. Install and set up QuickBooks for your business, keep financial records, prepare invoices and record sales, pay bills, settle up at the end of the year, and more.

  • Quick, get started — discover what you need to do to be ready for QuickBooks, then install and set up the software

  • Satisfy the IRS — use QuickBooks to maintain your accounting records to comply with tax laws

  • Everyday stuff — prepare customer invoices and credit memos, record sales, pay bills, and monitor inventory

  • Regular record-keeping — rely on QuickBooks for the activities you need to perform weekly, monthly, and annually

  • Be budget wise — set up a business budget, print checks and manage payroll, and reconcile your account

  • It's just business — create job estimates that can be easily converted into invoices or compared with actual costs

  • Report it — create reports to help you understand your customer list, vendors, job expenses, inventory, payroll, budget, and more

Open the book and find:

  • How to track accounts receivable and payable

  • Easy ways to keep track of inventory levels

  • Tips for keeping your business checkbook

  • How to produce common financial reports

  • Job-costing guidance to help you estimate, bill, and track jobs

  • Advice on whether to use accrual-basis accounting or cash-basis accounting

  • Ways to simplify tax preparation

  • How to handle payroll and withholding

About the Author

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 holds an MBA in Finance and a Masters in Taxation. His 100-plus books have sold more than four million copies.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 16 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470391812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470391815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than not having it. March 1, 2009
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This is not going to answer all of your ?'s nor will it make you an expert but it is definitely worth having around for the money it costs. Written in as plain of a language as possible but you still need to have a basic financial background; that's just the nature of the software. I don't think the people that wrote Quickbooks can answer all of the questions people have about their software so don't expect this book to do it too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take My Wife! Please! January 19, 2010
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The info is fine, but the writer tries to tell a joke every other sentence. It really wears thin fast. Quickbooks 2009 the Missing Manual is better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QuickBooks 2009 for DUMMIES June 19, 2009
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Great overall reference book for the self-trained bookkeeper who owns or works for a small company. I speculate the same for the school-trained accountant working for larger companies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MAC users, don't waste your money January 17, 2010
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This book is not very helpful if you have the MAC version of quickbooks, as it doesn't ever mention how that differs. It also lacks some really basic information on setting up new accounts after the original set up and a few other things. Ultimately, I had to download "quickbooks for MAC" the official guide, which is far more helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quickbooks for Dummies May 14, 2010
By LuvOahu
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Despite 30 years of accounting experience and multiple accounting systems, QuickBooks is new to me so I need all the help I can get. This is one of the tools I am using along with tutorial software.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even slightly helpful April 8, 2010
By Sammie
Format:Paperback
This book isn't even slightly helpful for the small retail business owner tracking internet sales or "point of sale" sales. I don't invoice customers, and I don't track my sales by customer. Is this so unusual that it doesn't merit discussion in this book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Real Dummies Only November 4, 2009
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If you know even some elements of accounting this book will not make be a good buy for you. In almost all cases where I went to it for more details this book fell short. Good for the basics but too much detail in the last two chater on services and reorts that could have been better spent in the earlier chapters on more accounting analysis.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition. Quick ship. October 12, 2009
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This is what it is. Covers the basics plus gets into some of the more complex functions of Quickbooks. I already use quickbooks for my business and know portions of it quite well. I bought this for some of the areas that I do not have experience with. After browsing the book it fills by need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great referrence
I enjoy all xxxx books for DUMMIES. I always buy their reference guide over others I run across. They are always easy to understand and explain steps very well.
Published 1 month ago by Linda
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This book explains the program for QuickBooks and makes it easy to understand. I would definetely recommend this book for beginers.
Published 3 months ago by Sophie
4.0 out of 5 stars I hate accounting...
Nope. Don't like it; never have. However - this book DID help me figure out the Quickbooks 2009 software I am using. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luckystarzz
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but not as good as THE MISSING MANUAL
I like the dummies books alot because they are easy to follow and understand. HOwever, there were still some things missing. So I got the MISSING MANUAL and LOVE IT!!
Published 11 months ago by shel
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Once you realize that the quicken product is over rated and expensive, you would reject this manual as well, and seek a better deal with another system.
Published 13 months ago by Edmond J. Kerwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for new business owners.
This is a good book for new business owners trying to figure out how to do their own books. It's been a nice resource.
Published 16 months ago by Rebecca A Germain
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Ireceived the item quickly and it was exactly as I had ordered. It was in good condition and I would definitely use this seller again.
Published on November 19, 2010 by P. Jenkins
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Disappointed. The add did not mention anything about including CD. I bought the book hoping that the CD was included.
Published on October 10, 2010 by Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
Bought this and other books regarding quickboooks 2009. It is OK but lacks depth in areas and doesn't have many step by step screen shots, which would be very useful. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by KR
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Not as easy to read as i thought. Was more directed towards windows and didnt attend any needs for a mac. Read more
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