Bookkeeping for Small Businesses

ebook Simple steps to becoming a confident bookkeeper

By Andy Lymer

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Book keeping is neither dull nor mysterious - its rules are logical and straightforward and are readily mastered by practice. Successful Bookkeeping for Small Business is a substantial yet easy to follow introduction to the principles of bookkeeping and the practical skills of recording transactions, posting the ledgers and preparing final accounts.

Written by finance and accounting experts from the University of Birmingham this book:

  • Explains the purpose and use of books of original entry as the basis of the double-entry system.
  • Describes the processes of recording purchases, sales and cash transactions.
  • Shows how these records are used to prepare the final accounts, the manufacturing, trading and profit and loss accounts and the balance sheet to provide accurate financial statements.
  • Explores petty cash, depreciation, partnership, company law, business documents and the effect of changes in IT.

    Worked examples throughout allow you to put the theory into practice. There is also a wide range of carefully graded questions and exercises with sample answers. In short, it demystifies the art of bookkeeping and gives you the confidence you need to tackle your books.

    Successful Bookkeeping for Small Business includes:

    Chapter 1: What is book keeping?

    Chapter 2: Business documents

    Chapter 3: The business transaction, purchases and sales

    Chapter 4: Purchase and sales transactions and ledger accounts

    Chapter 5: Cash transactions

    Chapter 6: The bank reconciliation

    Chapter 7: Petty cash

    Chapter 8: The (general) journal

    Chapter 9: Writing up the books

    Chapter 10: The trial balance

    Chapter 11: What is profit or loss?

    Chapter 12: The revenue account: the trading, profit and loss and appropriation accounts

    Chapter 13: The balance sheet

    Chapter 14: Adjustments in the final accounts

    Chapter 15: Depreciation

    Chapter 16: Clubs, societies and charities book keeping

    Chapter 17: Information technology and book keeping

    Chapter 18: Partnerships

    Chapter 19: Limited companies

    Chapter 20: The analysis and interpretations of accounts

    Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:

    Not got much time?

    One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

    Author insights

    Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.

    Test yourself

    Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

    Extend your knowledge

    Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of bookkeeping.

    Try this

    Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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