What's This Site About ?
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. In a nutshell, my site Bean Counter is primarily an accounting educational and training site that offers free beginning bookkeeping and accounting tutorials, courses, exams, tests, quizzes, and games with a dose of humor injected.
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. If you want to learn the basics of accounting and bookkeeping or actually learn how to do double entry bookkeeping you have found the right free bookkeeping training site.
Watch MY Site Tour Video to quickly determine if my site might provide the bookkeeping and accounting training and help you need.
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.
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 ? Accounting is the art of analyzing, recording, summarizing, reporting, reviewing, and interpreting financial information.
What is bookkeeping ? 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 (activities). In simple language-
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 check book 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.
In a hurry or pressed for time ? I realize you're a busy person so why not Add Us To Your Favorites and browse my site as your time permits.
What Others Say
My site provides a bunch of useful information, training, and help about beginning accounting and bookkeeping, even if I do say so myself.
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Who Benefits ?
So exactly who can benefit from my bookkeeping and accounting courses ?
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, 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 !
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 for beginners (newbies) and is only an introduction into the world of accounting. 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.
In addition to my Introductory Bookkeeping Tutorial, I've written some additional courses (Bean Counter Series Of Bookkeeping Tutorials) 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 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.
Chart Of Accounts
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 and 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.
These free bookkeeping and accounting courses are presented on my Accounting Tutorial site which I've set up and is dedicated to providing my own series of bookkeeping and accounting tutorials aimed at the small business man or woman or anyone needing a little help and wanting to learn a little about bookkeeping and accounting or actually learn how to do bookkeeping.
Interested and wanting to check out the bookkeeping courses ? Bean Counter's Bookkeeping and Accounting Tutorials
My bookkeeping and accounting tutorial site also provides free bookkeeping and accounting tests and quizzes, games, and simulations.
Make Your Job Easier
After completing the tutorials, learn how you can simplify your accounting and bookkeeping tasks, using an online cloud accounting software such as Zoho Books which helps manage money coming in and money going out of a business.
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 -
Ebook, Paperback, or CD Versions available! Purchase E-
For some more fun check out Professor Bean Counter's Accounting Lectures !
Accounting & Bookkeeping Accounting Equation
Types Of Business Organization Bookkeeping Systems
General Ledger & Journals Chart Of Accounts
Types Of Accounts Debits & Credits
Accounting Rules Cash and Accrual
Financial Statements Common Types Of Business Transactions
Statement Of Cash Flows
Bookkeeping Questions & Answers
When I was taking my accounting classes, I was one of those that was afraid I'd look dumb by
asking a question. Not here ! Have a bookkeeping or accounting question ? Need a helping hand ?
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My Accounting Q&A's provide a place where my visitors can ask their accounting and bookkeeping questions and get help from others sharing their knowledge. I'll also try to respond to the questions time permitting.
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What Do You Know About Accounting ?
Wanting to check out how qualified you are for a bookkeeping job ? Check out my Accounting & Bookkeeping Skills Testing.
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