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QuickBooks 2016 For Dummies

Stephen L. Nelson

ISBN: 978-1-119-12611-9 October 2015 408 Pages


The perennial bestseller on QuickBooks—now covering QuickBooks 2016

If you're like most people involved with a small business, accounting is the last thing you want to spend a lot of time on. Luckily, QuickBooks 2016 For Dummies makes it easy to keep your finances under control so you can concentrate on other aspects of your business. In no time, you'll find out how to populate QuickBooks lists, create invoices and credit memos, record a sales receipt, track sales and inventory, pay bills, process payroll, track business checkbooks and credit cards, and so much more.

QuickBooks is the leading small business accounting software package designed to help users handle their financial and business management tasks more effectively. With plain-English explanations that cut through financial jargon, this easy-to-follow guide walks you through installing the software and configuring QuickBooks for your business needs and goes on to show you how to build the perfect budget, simplify tax return preparation, and generate financial reports—without ever breaking a sweat!

  • Organize all of your business finances in one place
  • Create invoices and credit memos, record sales receipts, and pay the bills
  • Track inventory, figure job costs, and monitor your business with reports
  • Make tax time easier

Written by an expert CPA who knows QuickBooks and understands your unique business needs, QuickBooks 2016 For Dummies is your go-to guide for getting past the paperwork and putting the program to work.

Introduction 1

Part I: Quickly into QuickBooks 5

Chapter 1: QuickBooks: The Heart of Your Business 7

Chapter 2: The Big Setup 17

Chapter 3: Populating QuickBooks Lists 35

Part II: Daily Entry Tasks 77

Chapter 4: Creating Invoices and Credit Memos 79

Chapter 5: Reeling in the Dough 103

Chapter 6: Paying the Bills 127

Chapter 7: Inventory Magic 151

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Checkbook 171

Chapter 9: Paying with Plastic 189

Part III: Stuff You Do from Time to Time 199

Chapter 10: Printing Checks 201

Chapter 11: Payroll 213

Chapter 12: Building the Perfect Budget 225

Chapter 13: Online with QuickBooks 233

Part IV: Housekeeping Chores 245

Chapter 14: The Balancing Act 247

Chapter 15: Reporting on the State of Affairs 257

Chapter 16: Job Estimating, Billing, and Tracking 271

Chapter 17: File Management Tips 281

Chapter 18: Fixed Assets and Vehicle Lists 293

Part V: The Part of Tens 305

Chapter 19: Tips for Handling (Almost) Ten Tricky Situations 307

Chapter 20: (Almost) Ten Secret Business Formulas 315

Part VI: Appendixes 331

Appendix A: Installing QuickBooks in Eleven Easy Steps 333

Appendix B: If Numbers Are Your Friends 337

Appendix C: Sharing QuickBooks Files 357

Index 367