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QuickBooks 2013 All-in-One For Dummies

Stephen L. Nelson

ISBN: 978-1-118-46194-5 November 2012 624 Pages


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.

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

Stephen L. Nelson’s website:

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 and websites.

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