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Bookkeeping Essentials: How to Succeed as a Bookkeeper

ISBN: 978-0-470-88255-9
335 pages
April 2011
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The handy problem-solver with helpful information for today's busy bookkeepers

Bookkeeping Essentials: How to Succeed as a Bookkeeper is the handy problem-solver that gives today's busy bookkeepers and accountants the helpful information they need in a quick-reference format. Whether in public practice or private industry, professionals will always have this reliable reference tool at their fingertips.

  • Packed with practical techniques and rules of thumb for analyzing, evaluating, and solving the day-to-day problems every accountant faces
  • Helps bookkeepers and accountants quickly pinpoint what to look for, what to watch out for, what to do, and how to do it
  • Offers hundreds of explanations supported by a multitude of examples, tables, charts, and ratios

Filled with dozens of accounting best practices, Bookkeeping Essentials is a powerful companion for the ever-changing world of today's accountant and bookkeeper.

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Table of Contents


Part One The Basics of Bookkeeping.

Chapter 1 Bookkeeping Basics.

Chapter 2 Chart of Accounts.

Chapter 3 General Ledger and Sub-Ledgers.

Part Two Daily Activities.

Chapter 4 Payroll.

Chapter 5 Purchasing and Payments.

Chapter 6 Billing and Collections.

Chapter 7 Cash Management.

Chapter 8 Inventory.

Chapter 9 Fixed Assets.

Chapter 10 Debt Accounting.

Part Three Creating Financial Statements.

Chapter 11 The Trial Balance.

Chapter 12 Closing the Books.

Chapter 13 Balance Sheet.

Chapter 14 Income Statement.

Part Four Controls.

Chapter 15 Budgeting.

Chapter 16 Control Systems.

Part Five Other Topics.

Chapter 17 Record Keeping.

Chapter 18 Cost Reduction Opportunities.


Appendix A   Journal Entries.

Appendix B Beginning Bookkeeper Checklist.


About the Author.


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Author Information

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and an auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over forty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. Bragg received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine.
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