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Welcome to Bean Counter's free online Bookkeeping and Accounting Tutorials and Courses. This is an addition to my main site Bean Counter.

The focus of this educational and learning site is on learning 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.

My bookkeeping and accounting educational site includes six of my own free Bookkeeping and Accounting Introductory Tutorials written by none other than me Dave Marshall , the Bean Counter, and links to other sites that have excellent bookkeeping and accounting lessons and information.

Also provided are multi-media bookkeeping and accounting presentations, quizzes, and exams to test your basic bookkeeping and accounting knowledge - what you may already know and hopefully what you learned from my free bookkeeping and accounting lessons.

My Six Free Beginning Accounting Tutorials are:

1. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Introductory Tutorial

2. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Chart Of Accounts

3. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Special Journals

4. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Payroll

5. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Inventory

6. So, you want to learn Bookkeeping! - Cash

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Free online accounting and bookkeeping help is on the way!

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.

Watch My Site Tour Video to quickly determine if my site might provide the accounting and bookkeeping help you need.

Who Can Benefit and Be Helped By These Interactive Online Accounting and Bookkeeping Tutorials ?

Can individuals from other countries benefit and be helped by my free online accounting tutorials ? Sure you can ! Just mentally substitute your currency symbol anywhere that I've used the US Dollar Sign ($).

The only accounting course that will probably only mainly benefit or help US individuals is my payroll tutorial. Still, everbody has to pay their employees and you can still find some useful help and information. The main difference would be in calculating state and federal tax deductions.

That being said, who can benefit and be helped by taking my accounting courses ?

How Much Do They Cost ?

My online interactive bookkeeping and accounting lessons, tests, and exercises are free and allow guest access (don't need to register or login to the site).

Free Free - Free - Free !!!!!

On my site Free means Free. Unlike many other sites, you have full access to all my online bookkeeping course lessons 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.

Are They Any Good ?

Are the bookkeeping and accounting primers any good ? Of course I'm going to say yes cause I wrote them. Why not see what others have said about my tutorials.

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Do I Have To Signup or Register ?

No, you don't have to become a free member (register) , but by doing so you can keep up with the courses that you have enrolled in and have them displayed when you log in to my site.

If you don't want to register, Guest Users are still welcome and can access all the courses.

How To Become a Free Member of my site:

To become a member, just click on the Login Link in the top upper right hand corner.

Enter your user name, password, email adress, etc.

Note: After you have become a member of my site and have your user name and password, you should always login to my tutorial site using your user name and password.

Of course as I mentioned earlier, you can also access all the accounting courses by logging in as a Guest.

Ebook/CD Versions of Tutorials-Optional

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.

Why Buy ?

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Optional - Bound Paperback Book Version(s)
While not absolutely necessary, I've added the option of purchasing a bound paperback version of any or all of my six (6) accounting tutorials directly from my publishing site, Lulu. The bound paperback versions are printed and shipped directly from Lulu. Why this option ? As a convenience. While both the PDF and interactive ebook versions allow you to print my tutorials, printing out over 500 pages is not my idea of fun. Purchasing the bound paperback version(s) saves you time, paper, and ink.

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Viewing or Taking The Accounting Courses

Class Sleeper 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 click on the name of the course in the Available Courses Listing. You can also select a course by using the Course Categories Menu in the upper right corner. Click on the category and then click on the course you want.

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.


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.

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While you're here, be sure to check out my Bookkeeping and Accounting Games and Accounting Lectures.

Bean Counter's Bookkeeping & Accounting Games & Quizzes
Have some fun and learn a little accounting and bookkeeping too. These bookkeeping and accounting quizzes, exams, cross word puzzles and games help to determine your knowledge about bookkeeping and accounting topics. Test your knowledge by answering these accounting questions! Try your hand with my Walk The Plank, Basketball, Teacher Invaders, En Guarde, and Fling The Teacher bookkeeping games. Answer bookkeeping and accounting questions correctly and make me walk the plank, shoot hoops, shoot invaders, sword fight, or fling me away.

Professor Bean Counter's Talking Lectures & Slideshows
These free bookkeeping and accounting lectures help to reinforce your knowledge of beginning bookkeeping and accounting topics using Professor Bean Counter who actually talks to you.

Examples of beginning accounting topics covered include:
Chart Of Accounts
Cash & Accrual System
Accounting Rules -GAAP
Accounting Equation
Types Of Accounts
Debits & Credits
Ledger & Journals
Financial Statements
... and more.

Bean Counter's Bookkeeping Skills Testing
These free accounting skills test help determine what you know about bookkeeping and accounting.

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The information provided on this site is not intended to provide or be a substitute for specific individualized accounting, tax, legal, business, or investment planning advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, Bean Counter recommends consultation with a qualified tax advisor, CPA, Financial Planner or Investment Manager. The information provided herein is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation, personalized investment advice or an endorsement by Bean Counter. The information presented is obtained from what are considered reliable sources; however, its accuracy, completeness or reliability cannot be guaranteed and therefore should not be relied upon as such. Bean Counter accepts no liability for any direct or consequential loss arising from any use of this information.

Bean Counter and their affiliated parties make no representation regarding sites that you might access from this site and are not liable for any damages that you incur from their use.

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