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Hello it's Dave again. For those of you that took my free So you want to learn Bookkeeping! Introductory Tutorial or any of my other bookkeeping tutorials we've already met. For those who haven't, I'm a graduate of the University of Tennessee (Go Vols) and a Bean Counter (accountant) with over 30 years of experience.

This tutorial is geared to business owners, managers, and individuals who have not had any formal bookkeeping training or on the job experience and need or want to learn the basics of bookkeeping. In other words, this tutorial is for beginners (newbies) and is only an introduction into the world of accounting. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Well my goal is to make you dangerous.
Who is this Course for ?
This bookkeeping tutorial and course is geared to business owners, managers, and individuals who have not had any formal bookkeeping training or on the job experience and need or want to learn the basics of bookkeeping and accounting. Oh by the way, you can teach an "ole" dog new tricks. In other words, this bookkeeping tutorial is for beginners (newbies) or those needing a quick refresher and is only an introduction into the world of bookkeeping and accounting. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Well, my goal is to make you dangerous.
Prior Knowledge Needed
You need a basic familiarity with Beginning Bookkeeping terms, forms, and financial statements. If you need to "brush up", check out my Beginning Bookkeeping Tutorial
Assumptions
All lessons and examples in this tutorial are all based on the accrual method of accounting, the double entry method of bookkeeping, and the sole proprietor type of business organization.


Cartoons are used to add a bit of humor to your Learning Experience. Who says that Learning Can't Be Fun ? Not Me !
What’s Covered ?

The Introduction describes the Chart Of Accounts, the Double Entry Bookkeeping System, Accounting Equation, Source Documents, General Ledger, Debits and Credits, and the different types of Special Journals and their Purpose.

Lesson 1 Special Journals, General Ledger Control Accounts, and Subsidiary Ledgers reviews what they are, their purpose, when they are used, and how they are related.

Lesson 2 Sales & Cash Receipts Journals discusses the purpose of these journals, what information is recorded, and provides examples and illustrations of the types of entries that are normally recorded in these journals.

Lesson 3 Purchases & Cash Disbursements (Payments) Journals discusses the purpose of these journals, what information is recorded, and provides examples and illustrations of the types of entries that are normally recorded in these journals.

Lesson 4 Sales & Purchase Return Journals discusses the purpose of these journals, what information is recorded, and provides examples and illustrations of the types of entries that are normally recorded in these journals.

Lesson 5 General Journal discusses the purpose of the General Journal and discusses the types of entries normally recoded in this journal.

Lesson 6 Worksheets and Financial Statements discusses adjusting and closing entries, the Trial Balance Worksheets, and discusses Financial Statements.

Lesson 7 Closing The Books provides examples and illustrations of the how the Worksheets are used, how and why adjusting and closing entries are prepared and posted and the preparation of formal financial statements.

Lesson 8 Review Of Major Concepts provides a review of what we discussed and what you should know.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you should know or be able to perform the following:
  • What Special Journal to use to record transactions.
  • How to analyze and record transactions using the formal financial records such as Special Journals, General Ledger and Control Accounts, and Subsidiary Ledgers.
  • Understand Adjusting and Closing Entries and how to prepare the formal adjusting and closing entries.
  • How to prepare the formal Financial Statements using Trial Balance Worksheets.
Navigation
The Vertical Menu on the Left Side Of The Page contains the Lessons / Sections for Each Lesson.
In some cases, you may need to Scroll Down the Page to select the Lesson / Section.

Each Lesson / Section has Buttons at the Bottom of the Page to use for Moving Back to Prior Lessons / Sections and Moving Forward to the Next Lesson/ Section.

How Long ?
You should plan on spending approximately an hour on each lesson.

How To Use The Course
You can first View and Read The Lessons / Sections and then Watch the Videos
or
You can first Watch the Videos and then View and Read The Lessons / Sections

Bookkeeping Videos and Final Exams

Bookkeeping Videos are included at the end of each lesson to emphasize key concepts. In addition, Bookkeeping Videos and Final Exams are included at the end of the course to emphasize key concepts and test your knowledge.
Learning Aids
The following Learning Aids are included in order to help you to understand the bookkeeping concepts discussed in this tutorial:
ALOE-RED
Acronymn - Easy Way of Remembering the Types Of Accounts

DEALER
Acronymn - Easy Way of Remembering the Types Of Accounts and Debits & Credits

Major Types Of Accounts & Relationships -Diagram

Sample Balance Sheet Accounts

Sample Income Statement Accounts


Basic Bookkeeping Concepts Textbook

Bean Counter Tutorial

Accounting & Bookkeeping Glossary

Help on determining when to Debit or Credit
Debits/Credits Cheat Sheet
Debits/Credits Flow Chart
Debit/Credits Reference Chart

Special Journals -What Journal To Use

Posting Process Flow Chart


Let's begin our Journey into the World Of Bookkeeping's Special Journals !
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