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Bookkeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-97732-3
376 pages
March 2011
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The easiest way to master the art of bookkeeping.  

Accurate bookkeeping is crucial to every business - but few people relish the task. This straight-talking guide simplifies every aspect of financial record keeping, walking you through all the basic skills you need. From tracking transactions and keeping ledgers to producing balance sheets and year-end reports, this book makes bookkeeping your best friend in business.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Basic Bookkeeping: Why You Need It.

Chapter 1: So You Want to Do the Books.

Chapter 2: Getting Down to Bookkeeping Basics.

Chapter 3: Outlining Your Financial Roadmap with a Chart of Accounts.

Chapter 4: Looking at Ledgers.

Part II: Keeping a Paper Trail.

Chapter 5: Keeping Journals.

Chapter 6: Surveying Computer Options.

Chapter 7: Controlling Your Books, Your Records and Your Money.

Part III: Recording Day-to-Day Business Operations.

Chapter 8: Planning your Workload.

Chapter 9: Buying and Tracking Your Purchases.

Chapter 10: Counting Your Sales.

Chapter 11: Employee Payroll and Benefits.

Part IV: Preparing the Books for Year- (Or Month-) End.

Chapter 12: Depreciating Your Assets.

Chapter 13: Paying and Collecting Interest.

Chapter 14: Checking the Books.

Chapter 15: Closing the Journals.

Chapter 16: Checking Your Accuracy – By Trial and Hopefully Not Error.

Chapter 17: Adjusting the Books.

Part V: Reporting Results and Starting Over.

Chapter 18: Producing a Profi t and Loss Statement.

Chapter 19: Developing a Balance Sheet.

Chapter 20: Reporting for Not-For-Profi t Organisations.

Chapter 21: Completing Year-End Payroll and Reports.

Chapter 22: Satisfying the Tax Inspector.

Chapter 23: Adding the Cost of Value Added Tax (VAT).

Chapter 24: Preparing the Books for a New Accounting Cycle.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Top Ten Ways to Manage Your Business Cash with Your Books.

Chapter 26: Top Ten Most Important Accounts for Any Bookkeeper.



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Author Information

Jane Kelly is a chartered management accountant and author of Sage 50 Accounts For Dummies, Bookkeeping Workbook For Dummies and Accounting Workbook For Dummies. She runs a training company and has taught a wide variety of small business owners and employees the benefits of bookkeeping and using Sage accounting software. Paul Barrow is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' consulting, training, writing, and commercial experience within a wide range of business sectors and companies. Lita Epstein designs and teaches online courses in investing, finance, and tax.

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