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Bookkeeping Essentials: How to Succeed as a Bookkeeper


Get quick answers to all your bookkeeping questions

Presenting a question and answer format for the most common problems arising from the multitude of areas a bookkeeper may address during the working day, Bookkeeping Essentials: How to Succeed as a Bookkeeper provides complete, easy-to-navigate coverage with concise explanations and hundreds of supporting examples.

This reliable reference goes anywhere you go—to a client's office, on a business trip, or to an important lunch meeting—covering topics you'll be encountering constantly, such as:

  • What a journal entry is and where you record it

  • Calculating payroll, buying from suppliers, handling cash receipts, and tracking inventory

  • How to create financial statements

  • How to ensure your transactions are as error-free as possible

  • Reducing expenses

  • And much more!

Packed with checklists, samples, and worked-out solutions to a wide variety of typical situations, Bookkeeping Essentials is the handy problem-solver that gives you the helpful information you want right now, in the quick-reference format you need.

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and an auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over forty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. Bragg received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine.

Part One The Basics of Bookkeeping.

Chapter 1 Bookkeeping Basics.

Chapter 2 Chart of Accounts.

Chapter 3 General Ledger and Sub-Ledgers.

Part Two Daily Activities.

Chapter 4 Payroll.

Chapter 5 Purchasing and Payments.

Chapter 6 Billing and Collections.

Chapter 7 Cash Management.

Chapter 8 Inventory.

Chapter 9 Fixed Assets.

Chapter 10 Debt Accounting.

Part Three Creating Financial Statements.

Chapter 11 The Trial Balance.

Chapter 12 Closing the Books.

Chapter 13 Balance Sheet.

Chapter 14 Income Statement.

Part Four Controls.

Chapter 15 Budgeting.

Chapter 16 Control Systems.

Part Five Other Topics.

Chapter 17 Record Keeping.

Chapter 18 Cost Reduction Opportunities.


Appendix A   Journal Entries.

Appendix B Beginning Bookkeeper Checklist.


About the Author.