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QuickBooks 2015 All-in-One For Dummies

QuickBooks 2015 All-in-One For Dummies

Stephen L. Nelson

ISBN: 978-1-118-92018-3

Nov 2014

600 pages



Everything you need to learn about QuickBooks and small business finances in one handy guide!

QuickBooks All-in-One For Dummies is the solution small business owners and managers have been looking for. A compilation of eight content-rich minibooks in one, this guide provides the information and tools you need to get the most out of QuickBooks. Get expert advice from a CPA on common accounting tasks, financial management, business planning, how to protect your financial information and more. Written in the easy-to-read For Dummies style, this book provides clear, concise, practical instruction into taking advantage of everything QuickBooks can do for your business.

This book is your roadmap to complete business finance management, guiding you through the basics of QuickBooks, and then taking you even further. You'll start from the beginning and move into more advanced operations as you learn to:

  • Set up, customize, and fine-tune QuickBooks for your business
  • Invoice customers, pay vendors and employees, and track inventory
  • Manage accounts, financial statements, reports, budgets, set up project and job costing, and keep track of payroll
  • Analyze your data to create a business forecast or write a business plan that can help you find your niche
  • Discover useful online resources for businesses

More than just a user manual, this guide walks you through topics that are important to small business success. QuickBooks All-in-One For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to keeping your business on track.

Introduction 1

Book I: An Accounting Primer 7

Chapter 1: Principles of Accounting 9

Chapter 2: Double-Entry Bookkeeping 27

Chapter 3: Special Accounting Problems 45

Book II: Getting Ready to Use QuickBooks 67

Chapter 1: Setting Up QuickBooks 69

Chapter 2: Loading the Master File Lists 87

Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning QuickBooks 109

Book III: Bookkeeping Chores 139

Chapter 1: Invoicing Customers 141

Chapter 2: Paying Vendors 173

Chapter 3: Tracking Inventory and Items 191

Chapter 4: Managing Cash and Bank Accounts 217

Chapter 5: Paying Employees 245

Book IV: Accounting Chores 255

Chapter 1: For Accountants Only 257

Chapter 2: Preparing Financial Statements and Reports 271

Chapter 3: Preparing a Budget 291

Chapter 4: Using Activity-Based Costing 303

Chapter 5: Setting Up Project and Job Costing Systems 317

Book V: Financial Management 327

Chapter 1: Ratio Analysis 329

Chapter 2: Economic Value Added Analysis 347

Chapter 3: Capital Budgeting in a Nutshell 359

Book VI: Business Plans 375

Chapter 1: Profit-Volume-Cost Analysis 377

Chapter 2: Creating a Business Plan Forecast 395

Chapter 3: Writing a Business Plan 429

Book VII: Care and Maintenance 441

Chapter 1: Administering QuickBooks 443

Chapter 2: Protecting Your Data 461

Chapter 3: Troubleshooting 477

Book VIII: Appendixes 483

Appendix A: A Crash Course in Excel 485

Appendix B: Government Web Resources for Businesses 501

Appendix C: Glossary of Accounting and Financial Terms 517

Index 549