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QuickBooks 2013 All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-35639-5
624 pages
December 2012
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A soup-to-nuts guide to the leading accounting software for small businesses - QuickBooks 2013! 

Owners of small businesses will love this complete guide to the newest version of QuickBooks, the premier small-business accounting program. Written by CPA and bestselling financial author Stephen L. Nelson, this all-in-one guide includes 8 self-contained minibooks covering every aspect of QuickBooks and how it is used. Coverage includes accounting basics, getting started with QuickBooks, bookkeeping and accounting chores, a short course in financial management, tips on creating a business plan, how to maintain QuickBooks, and some valuable additional resources.

  • Helps you understand basic accounting practices and concepts, customize QuickBooks for your specific needs, and protect your data
  • Explains how to invoice customers, pay vendors, track inventory, and manage cash and bank accounts with QuickBooks
  • Leads you step-by-step through navigating the payroll process, understanding double-entry bookkeeping, preparing financial statements, building a budget, and tackling your taxes
  • Delves into advanced financial strategies like ratio analysis, Economic Value Added analysis, forecasting, and capital budgeting

QuickBooks 2013 All-in-One For Dummies is the key to keeping your business–and budget–on track.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I: An Accounting Primer 7

Chapter 1: Principles of Accounting 9

Chapter 2: Double-Entry Bookkeeping 29

Chapter 3: Special Accounting Problems 47

Book II: Getting Ready to Use QuickBooks 69

Chapter 1: Setting Up QuickBooks 71

Chapter 2: Loading the Master File Lists 89

Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning QuickBooks 111

Book III: Bookkeeping Chores 141

Chapter 1: Invoicing Customers 143

Chapter 2: Paying Vendors 177

Chapter 3: Tracking Inventory and Items 197

Chapter 4: Managing Cash and Bank Accounts 225

Chapter 5: Paying Employees 255

Book IV: Accounting Chores 265

Chapter 1: For Accountants Only 267

Chapter 2: Preparing Financial Statements and Reports 281

Chapter 3: Preparing a Budget 301

Chapter 4: Using Activity-Based Costing 313

Chapter 5: Setting Up Project and Job Costing Systems 329

Book V: Financial Management 341

Chapter 1: Ratio Analysis 343

Chapter 2: Economic Value Added Analysis 361

Chapter 3: Capital Budgeting in a Nutshell 375

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Author Information

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 Master's in taxation. His 100-plus books, including all editions of QuickBooks For Dummies and Quicken For Dummies, have sold more than four million copies.

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Seattle CPA and long-term Dummies author Stephen L. Nelson has written more than 150 books including the Dummies best-sellers Quicken For Dummies and QuickBooks For Dummies. Nelson also publishes the www.llcsexplained.com and www.scorporationsexplained.com websites.

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