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QuickBooks 2017 For Dummies

Stephen L. Nelson

ISBN: 978-1-119-28147-4 September 2016 408 Pages


The perennial bestseller—updated for the latest release of QuickBooks

If you're like most people involved with a small business, accounting isn't necessarily your strong suit, and certainly isn't the reason you got involved with your venture. Luckily, this bestselling guide shows you just how easy it is to use QuickBooks to keep your ducks in a row—so you can spend less time worrying about finances and more time concentrating on other aspects of your growing business.

With easy-to-follow guidance and plain-English explanations that cut through confusing financial jargon, QuickBooks 2017 For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of the software and gets you started at the very beginning. In no time, you'll discover how to install the software and configure QuickBooks for your business needs, set up payroll reminders, download bank and credit card transactions, pay bills online, keep track of your checkbook and credit cards, and so much more.

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

Written by a CPA who knows QuickBooks and understands your unique business needs, this is your go-to guide for getting past the paperwork and putting the program to work for you.

Introduction .1

Part 1: 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 2: Daily Entry Tasks .81

CHAPTER 4: Creating Invoices and Credit Memos .83

CHAPTER 5: Reeling in the Dough 107

CHAPTER 6: Paying the Bills 131

CHAPTER 7: Inventory Magic 155

CHAPTER 8: Keeping Your Checkbook 175

CHAPTER 9: Paying with Plastic 193

Part 3: Stuff You Do from Time to Time 203

CHAPTER 10: Printing Checks 205

CHAPTER 11: Payroll 217

CHAPTER 12: Building the Perfect Budget 229

CHAPTER 13: Online with QuickBooks 237

Part 4: Housekeeping Chores 249

CHAPTER 14: The Balancing Act 251

CHAPTER 15: Reporting on the State of Affairs 261

CHAPTER 16: Job Estimating, Billing, and Tracking 275

CHAPTER 17: File Management Tips 285

CHAPTER 18: Fixed Assets and Vehicle Lists 297

Part 5: The Part of Tens 309

CHAPTER 19: Tips for Handling (Almost) Ten Tricky Situations 311

CHAPTER 20: (Almost) Ten Secret Business Formulas 319

Part 6: Appendixes 335

APPENDIX A: Installing QuickBooks in 11 Easy Steps 337

APPENDIX B: If Numbers Are Your Friends 341

APPENDIX C: Sharing QuickBooks Files 359

Index 369