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Welcome to Bean Counter's free online Bookkeeping and Accounting Tutorials and Courses.
Free online accounting and bookkeeping help is on the way, and no you don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn bookkeeping! Although my free interactive online bookkeeping and accounting tutorials and courses are slanted to the United States, bookkeeping and accounting are basically the same regardless of where you are located. We just have different currencies, the dollar, pound, yen, and so forth.
What's This Site About ?
In a nutshell, my site Bean Counter is primarily an accounting and bookkeeping educational and training site that offers free beginning bookkeeping and accounting tutorials, courses, exams, tests, quizzes, lectures, and games with a dose of humor injected. 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.

The focus of this educational and learning site is on learning double entry bookkeeping and accounting. If you want to learn bookkeeping or how to do bookkeeping, you've come to the right place to find the bookkeeping and accounting training and help that you need.

Is the Site Really Free ?
On my site Free means Free. Unlike many other sites, there is no paid membership area and you have full access to all my online bookkeeping courses, lessons, video lectures, games, and quizzes. Of course I'd be grateful for a donation or an ebook purchase to help support my site; but, neither is required. That's a decision left strictly up to you.
Site Tour
Watch MY Site Tour Video to quickly determine if my site might provide the bookkeeping and accounting training and help you need.
What Others Say About My Site
My site provides a bunch of useful information, training, and help about beginning accounting and bookkeeping, even if I do say so myself. Don't believe me ?

Hi, Dave

I wanted to personally thank you for putting together this excellent resource on the introduction to accounting and bookkeeping. Clearly you’ve invested a tremendous amount of time thinking about and developing the content… I really liked your cartoons (they make fantastic top-level bullet points).

As a start-up business owner I feel it’s absolutely critical to understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping in order to build a sustainable business; I did not go to business school, but having spent the time to review and understand your material will help me build a better business. Your site has given me some excellent insight into the accrual method and how it is superior to the cash method, in terms of detailing the actual current financial state of the business; excellent example between cash method and accrual method (false income/expense reporting with cash method).

I will be supporting your efforts!

Jonathan Yaffe

What is a bean counter ?
For those of you that don't know, the term bean counter is slang for a bookkeeper or accountant. Let's also define accounting and bookkeeping.

What is accounting and bookkeeping ?
Watch my short video presentation about accounting and bookkeeping.

Accounting is the art of analyzing, recording, summarizing, reporting, reviewing, and interpreting financial information.

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 into a usable form that provides financial information about a business or individual.

Why is it important ?
Watch my short video presentation about why accounting is important.

Why would you want to study and learn bookkeeping and accounting 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 checkbook 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.

Bookmark and Add My Bookkeeping Site To Your Favorites
In a hurry or pressed for time ? I realize you're a busy person so why not add my bookkeeping site to your favorites and browse my site as your time permits.
Who Benefits ?
So exactly who can benefit from my bookkeeping and accounting
courses ? Almost anyone associated with business or education
and yes you can teach an ole dog new tricks.
Owners, Managers, Teachers, and Students
  • Owners and Managers
Owners and managers of small businesses who either need a quick review (refresher courses) or who need to learn the basics from the ground up. You don't actually have to do the bookkeeping but you do need to at least be familiar with the terminology and what's involved so that you can intelligently analyze and discuss your financial situation with your bookkeeper, accountant, banker, etc. In addition, you'll also be able to prevent being "snowed" by your bookkeeper.

  • Students
Students, high school or above, taking bookkeeping or accounting courses and having a difficult time grasping the concepts and material or understanding the instructor or teacher.

  • Teachers and Educators
Teachers and Educators who are looking for additional material to compliment the lessons from their accounting textbooks and lectures.

  • Bookkeepers and Office Staff
Bookkeepers and others currently performing accounting and bookkeeping tasks who need a refresher course or need to learn the whys of what they are doing.

  • Individuals Responsible for Employee Training
The accounting courses provide individuals responsible for accounting and bookkeeping training material that can be used as an additional tool used to help educate their employees about the basics of bookkeeping and accounting. OJT (On The Job Training) is fine; but, it doesn't hurt to provide some additional material to aid in providing employees with the knowledge necessary in order to properly perform their assigned tasks.

  • Individuals Needing Accounting and Bookkeeping Software Help
Good accounting and bookkeeping software help to simplify, automate, and speed up the bookkeeping process. In this day and age, I recommend that even small businesses use accounting software. That being said, some time does have to be invested in order to learn how to properly use the software. While, the good programs actually don't require a lot of accounting and bookkeeping knowledge, it's still beneficial for those that use the programs to also invest a little time to learn the basics of bookkeeping.

  • Small Business Help Organizations
Many organizations, national as well as local, such as SCORE and others want small business owners to succeed and provide free consultation, tools, and other information to help. If your'e one of these organizations, consider utilizing my site as one of your tools by providing a link to my site.

  • Anyone Wanting or Needing to Learn The Basics Of Accounting
Whether your preparing for a new job, just need a quick refresher, or have other reasons to learn about the basics of bookkeeping, this course is for you !

Viewing and Taking The Accounting Courses
I promise to try not to bore you or put you to sleep.To view or take any of the accounting and bookkeeping courses just select the course from the main menu or click on the links to the tutorials provided throughout my site.
What Accounting and Bookkeeping Courses Should I Take and In What Order ?

It depends. Boy, I copped out on that answer didn't I ? Well it really does, because to properly answer the question depends on what you already know about bookkeeping and accounting and why you need or want to take the tutorial(s).

For true beginners (newbies) , you should begin with the the Introductory Bookkeeping Course - So, you want to learn Bookkeeping!. I also recommend that after completing the introductory bookkeeping lessons, that you add to and reinforce the accounting and bookkeeping knowledge that you've acquired by taking the - So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Chart Of Accounts and Special Journals tutorials. These three tutorials should provide you with a good basic understanding of bookkeeping and accounting and the records used. If you're using bookkeeping or accounting software (which I hope most businesses are) , it will also enlighten you as to what is actually taking place behind the scenes when you are entering data.

The other three accounting courses, Inventory, Payroll, and Cash can be taken in any order that you want and depend on you. If you work with or need to know about inventories - take the Inventory Course. If you work with payroll or need to learn about the government's laws and regulations - take the Payroll Course. Lastly, I do recommend that everyone take the Cash Course since cash along with profits are major keys to the success or failure of a business. The Cash Course also provides you with a free Cash Forecasting Template.

Owners and Managers
Owners and managers need to begin with the Introductory Bookkeeping Course, and in addition take the Cash Course. These two courses will at least give you a "working knowledge" of accounting and bookkeeping concepts and also show you why cash is critical to the success of a business. While the other courses are optional, I reccommend at least browsing thru the additional courses.

For those taking bookkeeping and accounting courses, select the tutorials that will provide you with a review of what you've studied in class.

If you just need a bookkeeping or accounting refresher course, skim thru the Introductory and Special Journals Tutorials and select any of the other bookkeeping courses that you want or need to bone up on.
Accountant / Bookkeeper
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 designed for beginners (newbies) and provides an introduction into the world of accounting. This tutorial can also be used as a quick bookkeeping refresher course for those wanting to brush up on their bookkeeping basics. Topics covered include accounting and bookkeeping terms, the accounting equation, double entry bookkeeping, debits and credits, business transactions, general ledger and journals, financial statements, and more.
The Bookkeeping Lessons

The Introduction discusses the types of business organizations, types of business activities, users of financial information, bookkeeping systems, accounting rules, and the cash and accrual basis of accounting.

Lesson 1 The Bookkeeping Language introduces you to some of the terminology and definitions used in the accounting and bookkeeping language.

Lesson 2 Property and Property Rights explains Property & Property Rights, the Accounting Equation, Double Entry Bookkeeping, and how business transactions affect the accounting equation.

Lesson 3 Debits and Credits introduces and explains Debits and Credits and how they affect the Accounting Equation and are used to record business transactions.

Lesson 4 Recording Business Transactions explains and uses examples to illustrate how business transactions are properly analyzed, recorded, and summarized.

Lesson 5 The General Ledger and Journals explains what General Ledger and Journals are, how they're used, and what bookkeeping purposes they serve.

Lesson 6 Financial Statements explains what financial statements are, how they're created, and how they're used.

Lesson 7 Review of Major Concepts reviews the major definitions, concepts, and bookkeeping records previously discussed and necessary for an understanding of bookkeeping.

In addition to my Introductory Bookkeeping Tutorial, I've written some additional courses 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 accounting and bookkeeping 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.

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, 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.

My bookkeeping and accounting tutorial site also provides free bookkeeping and accounting tests and quizzes, games, and simulations.
Purchase Tutorials Option
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.

Your purchase  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.
Also, I'm not asking for an arm and a leg or your firstborn - just approximately $20.00

For a little fun watch my video Why Buy ?

Ebook, Paperback, or CD Versions available!
Bean Counter's Accounting and Bookkeeping Q & A Community (new)
Bean Counter's Q&A, provides another resource where you can ask accounting and bookkeeping questions and receive answers from other members of the community.
Additional Free Accounting Help
Need additional Accounting Help ? Check out my sister site  Free Bookkeeping Help.
I've tried to provide you with a site that provides you with links to some excellent free accounting and bookkeeping training.

Five Bookkeeping Lessons explain and illustrate what's involved in "Keeping the Books".

What Do You Know About Accounting Terminology ?
What's an asset ? What's a liability ? What's equity ? What's revenue ? What's an expense ? What's a balance sheet ? What's an income statement ?

What Do You Know  About Accounting ?
Wanting to check out how qualified you are for a bookkeeping job or just test your bookkeeping knowledge ?

Accounting Lectures
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Accounting Topics Covered:

Accounting & Bookkeeping  Acounting Equation  Types Of Business Organization
General Ledger & Journals  Accounting Rules  Bookkeeping Systems  Types Of Accounts
Chart Of Accounts  Debits & Credits  Cash and Accrual  Common Types Of Business Transactions
Financial Statements  Balance Sheet  Income Statement  Statement Of Cash Flows  
Capital Statement and more ...

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Free Bookkeeping Certificate
Get your foot in the door for a bookkeeping job by obtaining a free certificate attesting to your bookkeeping knowledge and skills.

Needing To Certify Your Bookkeeping and Accounting Skills ?
For those neededing certification of their accounting, bookkeeping, and computer skills, the following sites may be helpful.

Thinking About A Career In Bookkeeping and Accounting ?
Explore the types of bookkeeping and accounting positions available and the necessary requirements.

Accounting Schools
Explore schools near you providing programs in bookkeeping and accounting.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Jobs
Looking for a bookkeeper or an accountant or searching for an accounting or bookkeeping job near you ?
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