Synopses & Reviews
If you’ve considered using financial software to handle your personal finances, Quicken 2008 just might be the tool you’ve been looking for. Quicken is America’s top-selling personal finance software. It can help you manage the money for both your household and your small business, while Quicken 2008 For Dummies
can help you manage Quicken.
With the number of individual bankruptcies at an alarming level, personal financial management needs to be a priority for each of us. You don’t have to be an accounting wizard to handle your personal finances on a PC, especially with the friendly, plain-English explanations in Quicken 2008 For Dummies! Written by a CPA who provides consulting services on accounting and tax planning to small businesses, Quicken 2008 For Dummies shows you how to:
- Install Quicken and run Express Setup
- Handle your checkbook, pay bills, and track your income
- Monitor and assess your investments
- Track loans and credit card activity
- Understand how interest compounds and what it costs when you borrow, as well as how it adds up when you invest
- Create charts and reports to show how you’re doing
- Use Quicken to handle your small business finances
- Prepare payroll and track accounts receivable and payable
Quicken 2008 For Dummies may not make managing your finances exactly fun, but it’s guaranteed to make the job easier.
Store and organize all your financial information in one place
Record sales, pay bills, create invoices, and balance your books — quickly!
QuickBooks gives you the power to manage all those accounting and financial tasks that go with having your own business. This handy guide helps you set up QuickBooks to manage daily, monthly, and occasional financial record-keeping tasks. Before you know it, you'll be speeding through invoices, managing inventory, printing checks, generating reports, and more.
Discover how to:
Track accounts receivable and payable
Keep your business checkbook
Monitor inventory levels
Produce common financial reports
Estimate, bill, and track jobs
Simplify tax preparation
Does your small business need big help with accounting and financial management services? QuickBooks 2008 For Dummies
to the rescue! Here’s just what you need to get up and running with the latest version of QuickBooks, the bestselling small business accounting software for more than a decade.
With QuickBooks, you can build a budget, process payroll, track income and outgo, and make tax time a little less stressful. Even though it’s a pretty intuitive system, QuickBooks—like all accounting software—requires a bit of set-up to make it run efficiently and tailor it to your business. QuickBooks 2008 For Dummies shows you how to
- Work with accounts payable and receivable
- Handle credit card transactions
- Keep your business checkbook
- Build a perfect budget
- Print checks and generate reports
- Manage your payroll and prepare payroll tax returns
- Estimate, bill, and track jobs
- Prepare customer invoices, record sales, and pay bills
- Take care of those necessary tasks that happen at the end of the week, the month, the year, or the billing cycle
QuickBooks 2008 For Dummies covers QuickBooks Basic, Pro, Premier, and Enterprise flavors. Whether you’re the business owner or the manager or employee charged with making QuickBooks work, this friendly guide helps you get going and keeps a smile on your face.
About the Author
Stephen L. Nelson,
CPA, MBA (finance), MS (taxation), has a simple purpose in life: He wants to help you (and people like you) manage your business finances by using computers. Oh, sure, this personal mandate won’t win him a Nobel Prize or anything, but it’s his own little contribution to the world.
Steve’s experiences mesh nicely with his special purpose. He’s a CPA in Redmond, Washington. He’s an adjunct professor of taxation (S corporations and limited liability companies) at Golden Gate University graduate tax school. And, heck, he even used to work as a senior consultant and CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. (er, yeah, that Arthur Andersen — but, hey, it was 20 years ago). Steve, whose books have sold more than 4 million copies in English and have been translated into 11 other languages, is also the bestselling author of Quicken 2008 For Dummies (Wiley).
Table of Contents
Part I: Quickly into QuickBooks.
Chapter 1: QuickBooks: The Heart of Your Business.
Chapter 2: Answering Mr. Wizard.
Chapter 3: Populating QuickBooks Lists.
Part II: Daily Entry Tasks.
Chapter 4: Creating Invoices and Credit Memos.
Chapter 5: Reeling In the Dough.
Chapter 6: Paying the Bills.
Chapter 7: Inventory Magic.
Chapter 8: Keeping Your Checkbook.
Chapter 9: Paying with Plastic.
Part III: Stuff You Do from Time to Time.
Chapter 10: Printing Checks.
Chapter 11: Payroll.
Chapter 12: Building the Perfect Budget.
Chapter 13: Online with QuickBooks.
Part IV: Housekeeping Chores.
Chapter 14: The Balancing Act.
Chapter 15: Reporting on the State of Affairs.
Chapter 16: Job Estimating, Billing, and Tracking.
Chapter 17: File Management Tips.
Chapter 18: Fixed Assets and Vehicle Lists.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: (Almost) Ten Tips for Business Owners.
Chapter 20: Tips for Handling (Almost) Ten Tricky Situations.
Chapter 21: (Almost) Ten Secret Business Formulas.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Installing QuickBooks in Ten Easy Steps.
Appendix B: If Numbers Are Your Friends.
Appendix C: Sharing QuickBooks Files.