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Bookkeeping For Dummies - Australia / NZ, 2nd Australian and New Zealand Edition


Learn to:

  • Make sense of the bookkeeping basics
  • Use cloud accounting to do your books any time, anywhere
  • Get to grips with GST and master employee payroll

The must-have, bestselling guide for stress-free bookkeeping

Whether you’re a small business owner new to bookkeeping or a bookkeeping professional, this book has something for everyone. Bookkeeping For Dummies, 2nd Australian & New Zealand Edition, is fully updated to cover changes in legislation and to reflect the transformation cloud accounting software and bank feeds bring to everyday bookkeeping processes. Set up for success and ensure the numbers add up every time!

  • Take the first steps — create a framework, put everything in order and build foundations for your reports
  • Form a plan — find out about different types of accounting software, and understand why working in the cloud is such a big deal
  • Get down with the day-to-day — learn the ins and outs of GST and how to record expenses and customer payments, reconcile accounts, and manage employee payroll
  • Take the lead and get smart — understand how to use bank feeds and bank rules to automate the entry of everyday transactions
  • Go pro — discover how to get started with your own bookkeeping business

Open the book and find:

  • How to classify accounts and analyse income
  • Tips for starting a new financial year
  • How to use cloud accounting to benefit your business
  • Step-by-step advice for checking your work
  • Tips for understanding financial reports
  • Ways to ensure you stay on the right side of the law
  • Help with chasing overdue accounts and handling other tricky situations

Veechi Curtis is a qualified accountant and consultant who specialises in teaching small businesses about technology and finance. She is the author of several bestselling For Dummies business titles. Lynley Averis is a New Zealand MYOB Certified Consultant and training specialist, as well as an accredited coach with Business Mentors New Zealand.

Foreword xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: First Steps 5

Chapter 1: Introducing the Bookkeeping Game 7

Chapter 2: Creating a Framework 21

Chapter 3: Going for the Big Equation 39

Part II: Forming a Plan 57

Chapter 4: Playing a Bookkeeper’s Rhythm 59

Chapter 5: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job 73

Chapter 6: Understanding GST 91

Part III: Recording Day-to-Day Transactions 113

Chapter 7: Recording Expenses and Supplier Payments 115

Chapter 8: Recording Receipts and Sales 143

Chapter 9: Paying Employees 163

Chapter 10: Reconciling Accounts 187

Part IV: Pulling It All Together 201

Chapter 11: Reporting for Payroll 203

Chapter 12: Managing Inventory and Other Assets 223

Chapter 13: Mastering Tricky Situations 243

Chapter 14: Checking Your Work 265

Chapter 15: Understanding Financial Reports 285

Chapter 16: Starting a New Financial Year 303

Part V: Running Your Own Bookkeeping Business 317

Chapter 17: Starting Up On Your Own 319

Chapter 18: Staying on the Right Side of the Law 333

Part VI: The Part of Tens 349

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Not-for-Profit Organisations 351

Chapter 20: Ten Tricks for Collecting Money 359

Glossary 367

Index 377