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.
Covers Premier, Deluxe, and Basic editions of Quicken
Manage bills, track credit card transactions, and make investments pay off
Did you know that personal bankruptcies are at an all-time high? Quick —get a handle on money management before you become a statistic! This book makes it easy, with step-by-step directions for balancing your checkbook, paying bills, tracking income, following your investments, understanding interest, and much more, all with Quicken 2008.
- Install Quicken and run Express Setup
Plan and manage your investments
Create charts and reports
Track deductions and plan for tax time
Manage payroll for your small business
About the Author
Stephen L. Nelson
is a CPA in Redmond, Washington. Nelson has an undergraduate degree in accounting, a Master of Business Administration degree in finance, and a Master of Science degree in taxation. He’s spent more than two decades helping individuals and businesses manage their finances — usually, in part, by better use of computer systems such as Quicken. More recently, he’s worked as a sole proprietor. When he wasn’t doing CPA-type work, he served as controller of a small, 50-person computer software company, and also as a book publisher.
As corny as it sounds, Steve truly enjoys writing books that make using personal computers easier and more fun. In fact, a substantiated rumor that appeared first in The Wall Street Journal says Steve has written more than 150 computer books.
Steve is the best-selling author on the Quicken product. In fact, Wiley recently tallied up Steve’s Quicken For Dummies sales — and lo and behold, if Wiley hasn’t printed more than one million copies!
Table of Contents
Part I: Zen, Quicken, and the Big Picture.
Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop.
Chapter 2: Introduction to the Big Picture.
Chapter 3: Maximum Fun, Maximum Profits.
Part II: The Absolute Basics.
Chapter 4: Checkbook on a Computer.
Chapter 5: Printing 101.
Chapter 6: Online and In Charge.
Chapter 7: Reports, Charts, and Other Cool Tools.
Chapter 8: A Matter of Balance.
Chapter 9: Housekeeping for Quicken.
Chapter 10: Compound Interest Magic and Other Mysteries.
Part III: Home Finances.
Chapter 11: Credit Cards, Petty Cash, and PayPal.
Chapter 12: Other People’s Money.
Chapter 13: Mutual Funds.
Chapter 14: Stocks and Bonds.
Part IV: Serious Business.
Chapter 15: Payroll.
Chapter 16: Profits, Losses, Receivables, and Payables.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: (Slightly More Than) Ten Questions I’m Frequently Asked about Quicken.
Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Millionaire.
Chapter 19: (Almost) Ten Troubleshooting Tips.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Quick-and-Dirty Windows Vista.
Appendix B: Glossary of Business, Financial, and Computer Terms.