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Don't let the cartoons fool ya! This site is all business; but, it doesn't hurt to have a few laughs and smiles included.
If you're anything like me and consider your time precious, when I do a search for a topic and go to a site I want to quickly determine if the site has any useful information, products, tools, etc. that will benefit me and be worth my time to browse. In a nutshell, my site Bean Counter is primarily an educational and information site that offers free bookkeeping and accounting tutorials, courses, tests, quizzes, and games.
For those of you that don't know, the term bean counter is slang for a bookkeeper. Let's also define accounting and bookkeeping.
What is accounting ? Accounting is the art of analyzing, recording, summarizing, reporting, reviewing, and interpreting financial information.
What is bookkeeping ? Bookkeeping is one of the components of accounting. Think of accounting as the mom and bookkeeping as one of her children. Bookkeeping is the process of recording and classifying business or personal financial transactions (activities). In simple language-maintaining the records of a businesses or an individual's financial activities. Bookkeeping's objective is simply to record and summarize financial transactions into a usable form that provides financial information about a business or individual.
Why would you want to learn bookkeeping and keep up to date financial records anyway ? Can't you hire an accountant to come after the end of the year and get your check book and shoe box and do your taxes ? Sure you can ! And yes you will have adequately fulfilled your taxpayer obligations. But in order to run a business and know what, where, and when to take corrective actions requires accounting information. How do you get and where do you find this financial information ? You don't if you don't keep accurate and current records about your business financial activities (bookkeeping).
Most, if not all of us, hate keeping records, but the days of operating a business by the seat of our pants have long gone.
Surfing the Web and actually finding what you're looking for without being bombarded by ads and promotions and what seems like an endless choice of links and sign ups for newsletters is quite a challenge. It reminds me of the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince or princess. The goal of my site is to be a prince.
If you want to learn the basics of accounting and bookkeeping or actually learn how to do double entry bookkeeping you have found the right site.
My site provides a bunch of useful information about beginning accounting and bookkeeping, even if I do say so myself.
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Bean Counter's Free Online Accounting and Bookkeeping Tutorials
My free So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! Introductory Bookkeeping Course introduces you to beginning bookkeeping and my style of presenting information. In other words, this online bookkeeping course is for beginners (newbies) and is only an introduction into the world of accounting. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Well my goal is to make you dangerous. So, if you want to or need to learn the basics of bookkeeping give it a try.
So, you want to learn Bookkeeping!
In addition to my Introductory Bookkeeping Tutorial, I've written some additional courses (Bean Counter Series Of Bookkeeping Tutorials) for those of you wanting or needing some additional bookkeeping and accounting education. If you need to expand your bookkeeping knowledge, you need to check out these additional free accounting tutorials. Additional topics covered include cash, chart of accounts, special journals, inventory and payroll.
The cash tutorial and course discusses and reviews the different journals, records, documents, and forms used to record and keep up
with the cash coming in and going out of a business. Sample journals, records, and forms are illustrated and discussed to show you
what journals, records, and forms to use and how to use them. Additional topics include bank reconciliations, cash controls, and
cash forecast projections and budgets.
Chart Of Accounts
The chart of accounts tutorial and course defines, explains, and discusses what the chart of accounts is, how it's organized by major
account types and balance sheet and income statement accounts and its purpose. In addition, codes are introduced and defined.
The special journals tutorial and course introduces and explains what records are required to properly record and classify business transactions. Records discussed and explained include the General Ledger, Control Accounts, Special Journals, and Subsidiary Ledgers.
The inventory tutorial and course provides an overview of inventories and their importance, and the special journals and records used to record and control this key asset. In addition inventory methods, perpetual and periodic, and costing methods and procedures are discussed and illustrated.
The payroll tutorial and course provides an introduction and overview of payroll and the laws, rules, regulations, forms, records, and calculations that small business owners and/or their employees responsible for payroll need to be familiar with.
These free bookkeeping and accounting courses are presented on my Bookkeeping Tutorial site which I've set up and is dedicated to providing my own series of bookkeeping and accounting tutorials aimed at the small business man or woman or anyone needing a little help and wanting to learn a little about bookkeeping and accounting or actually learn how to do bookkeeping.
Interested and wanting to check out the tutorials or quizzes ? Bean Counter's Bookkeeping and Accounting Tutorials
My bookkeeping and accounting tutorial site also provides free bookkeeping and accounting tests and quizzes, games, and simulations.
For a little fun check out Professor Bean Counter's Lectures !
So exactly who can benefit from my bookkeeping and accounting courses ?
Purchase Tutorials Option
Why purchase my bookkeeping and accounting courses ?
While all the same materials presented in my Accounting and Bookkeeping Ebook and CD Versions are presented for free online, I do offer my Ebooks and CD Versions for those who want to study offline, print out a hardcopy, and also acquire a handy accounting reference book.
It also benefits us both. A good "deal" is when everyone wins. You win by getting an excellent introductory accounting and bookkeeping reference and I win by getting funds to help support development of additional accounting and bookkeeping tutorials and lessons.
Ebook, Paperback, or CD Versions available! E-
Bookkeeping Questions & Answers
When I was taking my accounting classes, I was one of those that was afraid I'd look dumb by
asking a question. Not here ! Have a bookkeeping or accounting question ? Need a helping hand ?
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My Accounting Q&A's provide a place where my visitors can ask their accounting and bookkeeping questions and get help from others sharing their knowledge. I'll also try to respond to the questions time permitting.
I don't want you leaving my site empty handed !
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