QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual
The Official Intuit Guide to QuickBooks 2014
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 810

How can you make your bookkeeping workflow smoother and faster? Simple. With this Missing Manual, you’re in control of QuickBooks 2014 for Windows. You get step-by-step instructions on how and when to use specific features, along with basic accounting advice to guide you through the learning process. That’s why this book is the Official Intuit Guide to QuickBooks 2014.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get started. Quickly set up your accounts, customers, jobs, and invoice items.
  • Learn new features. Get up to speed on the Bank Feed Center, Income Tracker, and other improvements.
  • Follow the money. Track everything from billable time and expenses to income and profit.
  • Spend less time on bookkeeping. Use QuickBooks to create and reuse bills, invoices, sales receipts, and timesheets.
  • Keep your company financially fit. Examine budgets and actual spending, income, inventory, assets, and liabilities.
  • Find key info fast. Rely on QuickBooks’ Search and Find features, as well as the Vendor, Customer, Inventory, and Employee Centers.
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3.0

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  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

I think the book is through and detailed.

It covers all areas.

As a person new to QuickBooks it assumes I have an accountant's knowledge of normal entries for all transactions. It would be helpful if it listed entries that are made automatically for all transactions and what other entries should possibility be made.

 
1.0

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    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic
    • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

      The book tires to be cute by using silly examples. In one case they justify not tracking custermer names by usinga tatoo company that works on gang members. Some business don't track names because there are too many. If you own a NFL football team you could in the past get away with just tracking quanity if tickes sold. But on that tocic there are a lot of companies that just sell tickets. Sports teams, ski areas, ammusement parks, golf courses, etc. yet this book fails to even mention how they should account for those sales. At the end of the day you know you sold x ski passes, y season passes and z ski lessons and you have a bag of cash, checks and credit card slips. Where do you go from there? Its not to a 'sales reciept' like this book describes - sales reciepts can not deal with multiple forms of payment.

      This book does not seem well thought out and it spends much of the page space selling Intel's other services. If you don't know anything about Quickbooks, you can learn a lot from the book but it takes a lot longer than should be required because you have to plow through the qute filler. For example try reading about 'items'. You will find 13 pages but 7 of the pages provide no information. Then you get to 'service' and 'product' items and there is no definition about which is which that is not taken from the extreems. Hairdressing is a service and nails are a product, but what is a ticket?The answer could be either, but why and what are the advantages and disadvantages of either choice. The 7 pages of cute half filled the chapter while the necessary information was skipped. Same thing could be said about the sales tax chapter, yes merchants don't like it but how do we deal with a state that has a different tax rate on merchandise, resturant food and bar alochol? Its not mentioned? If I listed all the places where cute seemed to trump conmtent the review would be as long as the book

      I've always used O'Riely nutshell series of books to learn programming and computer systems. I remember them as mostly being information dense and half this thick. Following that formula would have tremendousily improved this book.

      Tom

       
      5.0

      Perfect Manual

      By Number Geek

      from Altoona, PA

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        Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

        Just exactly what I needed to help with QB2014. Very easy to find what I'm looking for and very helpful.

         
        4.0

        Only supplemental text to buy.

        By Crazy in Colorado

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          Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

          This book has most of the things that you will need to use Quickbooks and maneuver your way around in the program. I would not waste my money on any other books. With this and QB search, if you can't find it it can't be done. I just wish that they would expand the index to include a more precise listing of where to find things. They sometimes give two or three locations for the same item. It would be great if you could drill down deeper into a search than have to scan ten or twenty pages. Other than that it is a great book and I would never consider getting a new release of QB without the matching text.

           
          4.0

          Worked Excellent for Me!

          By Greg The Bait Guy

          from Warwick,RI

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            Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

            This book was great for what I needed.
            If you are only slightly familiar with the inner workings of Quickbooks, or an Old Pro there is lots of good information within this tome which will only improve your use and understanding of the Quickbooks program.

             
            4.0

            Excellent book

            By Jeff

            from Dayton, Ohio

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            It helped me alot.

             
            5.0

            Fantastic buy!

            By Naughty Victoria

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            • No Errors Found
            • Well-written

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              Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

              I read the book from cover to cover, skipping only what did not pertain to my business or my version of Quick Books. I found it a very valuable resource since QB has changed a lot since I last used it. The program is the same in ease of use however. I am very pleased with the book, it was very helpful and written with a sense of humor!. I would like to see in the book at the beginning the installation instructions (I found them on page 739)followed by a very specific list of what to do in what order. (I did find a brief list on page 476) I felt the book hopped around a bit on that score. I am very glad that I bought the book.

               
              4.0

              Good Help

              By Bob Horton

              from San Antonio, Texas

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                Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

                The book has helped me find many solutions to the problems that I first encountered when setting up the books on my own.

                 
                5.0

                Very informative and easy to use

                By Legal Beagle

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                  Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

                  Great reference. Layout is perfect for quick answers.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  best for QuickBooks Pro

                  By 7.7 Ranch

                  from Lexington, NC

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                    Comments about oreilly QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual:

                    Be aware that this book is based on QuickBooks Pro, so if you are a user of some other QuickBooks version this manual may not cover some of your issues. Many of the screens in other versions of QuickBooks do not look like the illustrations in this manual for that reason. I use QuickBooks Online and I was actually steered to this book by QuickBooks Online so I bought it thinking it was for QuickBooks Online. Still, it is better than nothing and nothing is what you get from Intuit. I am keeping it in the hope it will at least steer me in the right direction when it does not specifically address my issue.

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