QuickBooks 2011 For Dummies, 18th Edition
By Stephen L. Nelson
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Final Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 412

Take control of your finances — and your business — with QuickBooks

To succeed in small business, you need great ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit, and competitive products or services. Oh, and one other thing: a good accounting system like QuickBooks. QuickBooks 2011 For Dummies shows you how to use this popular business finance program to gain a clear view of your finances and keep your business in the black.

  • Starting out right — discover what you need to do to be ready for QuickBooks, then install and set up the software

  • Satisfy the IRS — use QuickBooks to maintain your accounting records to comply with tax laws

  • Get right to business — quickly learn to enter data, create invoices, and record and print sales receipts

  • Count your beans — keep track of your checkbook, credit card accounts, inventory, payroll, and budgets, all in one place

  • See what's what — get a company snapshot that tells who needs to get paid, who owes money, and what needs to get done

  • Stay on track — produce common financial reports and track every dollar coming in and going out

  • The taxman cometh — Organize your data and simplify tax preparation

  • Go online — securely download bank and credit card transactions directly into QuickBooks

Open the book and find:

  • First steps to setting up QuickBooks

  • Secrets to building a solid budget

  • How to track accounts receivable and payable

  • What you need to estimate jobs and track costs

  • Steps for keeping track of inventory as you purchase and sell items

  • Ways to handle payroll and withholding

  • What to do before tax time

  • Advice on whether to use accrual-basis accounting or cash-basis accounting

Learn to:

  • Organize financial information for your business

  • Build a budget, pay bills, process payroll, and track expenses

  • Balance accounts, manage inventory, and estimate job costs

  • Prepare for tax time

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