Britain's number-one guide to mastering the art and science of bookkeeping is now better than ever! Bookkeeping may not be fun, and it's rarely pretty, but you simply cannot run a business without it. This Third Edition of Britain's bestselling guide to small business bookkeeping has been fully updated for the latest accounting practices and bookkeeping software, and features lots of practical exercises and a new CD with bonus content. It gets you up and running with what you need to keep your books balanced, your finances in order and the tax inspector off your back. Get started - find out why bookkeeping is essential to your company success, how it's done and where to start Keep a paper trail - enter and post financial transactions, keep a detailed record, and set up internal controls for managing your books and your cash Take it one day at a time - discover how to keep track of day-to-day operations, as well as adjustments to sales and purchases Keep the payroll rolling - get the lowdown on setting up and managing payrolls, as well as all the HM Revenue & Customs paperwork involved in hiring a new employee Close out the books - learn how to close out monthly, quarterly or yearly accounting periods and calculate and record depreciation, interest payments and receipts Make it official - find out how to prepare financial reports and profit and loss statements, properly fill out all required tax forms and prepare your books for next year Open the book and find: How to create and maintain your company's financial records The best ways to keep books up-to-date with technology How to set up and maintain employee records How to calculate your staff's net pay Guidance on producing income statements and financial reports A wealth of practical exercises and examples throughout the book Learn to: Manage day-to-day records like sales and purchases Produce Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets Prepare year-end accounts and VAT returns CD-ROM includes bookkeeping templates and resources Note: CD files are available to download when buying the eBook version
Britain's number-one guide to mastering the art and science of bookkeeping Accurate bookkeeping is crucial to the success of every business-but few people relish in this highly detailed task. Luckily, this new edition of Bookkeeping For Dummies simplifies every aspect of financial record keeping, walking you through the basic skills you need to make numbers your minion. From tracking transactions and keeping ledgers to producing balance sheets and year-end reports, this straight-talking guide takes the intimidation out of bookkeeping and shows you how to make it your best friend in business. Fully updated to include the latest coverage of accounting practices and bookkeeping software, this new edition of Bookkeeping For Dummies features tons of practical exercises to get you up and running with what you need to keep your books balanced, your finances in order and the tax inspector off your back. Find updated bookkeeping templates and resources available via download Manage day-to-day records like sales and purchases Produce Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets Prepare year-end documents with confidence and ease From the importance of keeping a paper trail to the best ways to keep payroll rolling-and everything in between-this is the ideal resource for anyone looking to learn the bookkeeping ropes.
Your one-stop guide to creating a winning business plan from scratch Whether you're starting a new business or growing an established one, you'll need a solid business plan to get you where you want to go. Revised for today's rocky economic climate, this edition of the UK's bestselling business plan guide gives you what you need to map out your business strategy and stay on course - including a complete sample plan that you can easily adapt for your business! Chart your course - assess the current state of your business and where you'd like to take it, and establish clear, achievable objectives Get to know your customers - learn the latest techniques for getting a better idea of who your customers are and what they want Scope out the competition - find out who your competitors are and what it'll take to get your share of the market pie (and theirs) Sort out your finances - construct a value chain, examine your cash flow and calculate a sensible budget Enter the Dragons' Den - convince bankers, investors, venture capitalists and other funding sources your business is a good investment Read the tea leaves - learn to decipher changing cultural, political and technological trends and to alter your strategies as needed Open the book and find: Tips on developing a sure-fire business strategy How to set realistic objectives Forecasting and budgeting strategies Keys to writing a motivational mission statement How to decipher the latest consumer trends Advice on building your brand and brand loyalty Tips for seeing and seizing opportunities before the competition Ways to adapt your plan to economic change Learn to: Prepare a watertight business strategy Assess the marketplace Devise a sensible forecast and budget