Bookkeepers' Boot Camp: Get a Grip on Accounting Basics


“Bookkeeping can absolutely be the difference between bankruptcy and success” says Angie Mohr. “You can't know how your business is doing until you record it.” Bookkeepers’ Boot Camp is the first book in the Numbers 101 for Small Business series. It shows small business owners the essentials of record keeping, and why it's crucial to a business’s success to track financial data. The book gives business owners a greater understanding of the purpose and process of record keeping and a deeper understanding of their businesses. Mohr has helped
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“Bookkeeping can absolutely be the difference between bankruptcy and success” says Angie Mohr. “You can't know how your business is doing until you record it.” Bookkeepers’ Boot Camp is the first book in the Numbers 101 for Small Business series. It shows small business owners the essentials of record keeping, and why it's crucial to a business’s success to track financial data. The book gives business owners a greater understanding of the purpose and process of record keeping and a deeper understanding of their businesses. Mohr has helped hundreds of small business owners who didn't understand the importance of record keeping and always put it off until “later.” These business owners were almost literally buried under a pile of papers, overwhelmed by the immensity of the task at hand. Mohr shows business owners how to sort through the masses of information and paperwork, record what is important, and how to use that information to grow a business for success! Eighty percent of all small businesses started this year will be gone in 5 years. As Mohr says, starting a small business can be “like driving a car in a foreign country where you don't know what the road signs are telling you.” Numbers 101 for Small Business is a new series of easy-to-understand guides for small business owners, covering such topics as bookkeeping, analyzing and tracking financial information, starting a business, growing a business, and exiting a business. Using real life examples, Mohr teaches small business owners how to beat the odds and turn their ideas into successful, growing companies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770400443
  • Publisher: Self-Counsel Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Mohr is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. She is the managing director of Mohr & Company Chartered Accountants and Business Consultants.Angie believes strongly in planning the entrepreneur's business and personal life holistically.Mohr had a weekly radio show called Small Business Survival Tips and was also the author of a regular newspaper column called the "Instant CFO Sessions."

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Table of Contents

1 Getting Started 3
The Numbers 101 for Small Business Series 4
Bookkeepers’ Boot Camp 5
How to Use This Book 5
2 A Brief Look at the Origins of Bookkeeping 7
Double-Entry Bookkeeping 8
3 Important Concepts 9
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) 9
Stewardship 10
Accrual Accounting 10
Debits and Credits 11
Accountants versus Bookkeepers 11
Bookkeeper 11
Accountant 11
Accounting Jargon 12
The Use of Estimates 12
The Importance of Bookkeeping 12
4 Setting up the Record Keeping System 14
What Kinds of Paper Do I Need to Keep? 14
Invoices 14
Statements of account 15
Deposit slips 15
Supplier invoices 15
Check stubs or copies 16
Purchase orders 16
Bank statements 16
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Canceled checks 16
How Do I Account for My Source Documents? 16
Where Do I Record This Information? 17
Journals and ledgers 17
What Kind of Bookkeeping System Should I Get? 18
Manual journal and ledger 18
Computerized bookkeeping systems 20
5 The Balance Sheet 23
The Purpose of the Balance Sheet 23
The Components of the Balance Sheet 24
Assets 24
Capital assets 27
Other assets 27
Liabilities 28
Current liabilities 28
Long-term liabilities 30
Equity 30
Capital stock 30
Capital contributions 31
Retained earnings 31
Dividends 31
6 The Income Statement 34
The Purpose of the Income Statement 34
What’s on My Income Statement? 37
Interpreting the Income Statement 38
The Statement of Retained Earnings: A Tag-Along 40
7 The Cash Flow Statement 42
Categorizing Cash Flows 42
Back to the Balance Sheet: The Basis of the Cash Flow Statement 43
Putting It All Together 47
What Is the Cash Flow Statement Telling Me? 47
8 Recording the Sales Cycle 53
What Makes up the Sales Cycle? 53
Contents vii
Recording Cash Sales 54
Real life 54
Accounting world 55
Recording Credit Sales 56
Real life 56
Accounting world 56
Sales Discounts 56
Recording Cash Receipts 57
Real life 57
Accounting world 57
Partial payments 57
Preparing Invoices 58
Preparing Statements of Account 58
Bad Debts: Analyzing Them and Writing Them off 59
Screen your customers 59
Set credit limits 60
Make your credit terms clear 60
Follow up with monthly statements 60
Call your customers when they are overdue 60
Get professional help 60
Pursue the debt in small claims court 61
Writing off the debt 61
9 Recording the Purchases Cycle 62
Purchasing Inventory 62
Purchasing Supplies 64
Common Cost of Goods Sold Categories 64
Common Expense Categories 65
Setting up the Accounts Payable Sub-ledger 67
Cash Payments 68
Real life 68
Accounting world 68
10 Inventory 69
Inventory Tracking Systems 69
Types of Inventory 69
Inventory in a Manufacturing Environment 70
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Inventory Costing Methods 71
Specifi c identifi cation method 72
First-in, fi rst-out (FIFO) 72
Last-in, fi rst-out (LIFO) 72
Weighted average cost 72
Year-End Valuation 73
Setting up the Inventory Count 73
11 Capital Assets 77
What’s in the Cost of My Capital Assets? 77
Satellite costs 78
Trade-ins 78
Depreciation: An Overview 79
Land 79
Buildings 79
Equipment 79
Tools 79
Offi ce equipment 79
Signage 79
Computer hardware 79
Computer software 79
Vehicles 80
Concepts Involved in Depreciation 80
Useful life 80
Salvage value 80
Methods of Depreciation 80
Straight-line 80
Declining balance 80
Sum-of-the-years-digits (SYD) 81
Accounting for Depreciation 81
Accounting for Sales of Capital Assets 82
12 Leases and Loans 84
Lease Transactions: An Overview 84
Accounting for Operating Leases 85
Accounting for Capital Leases 86
Contents ix
Accounting for Loans 87
Reconciling the Loan Balance 88
13 Transactions between the Company and Its Owners 89
Shareholder Loans 89
You Pay for a Business Expense out of Your Own Pocket 91
The Company Pays for a Personal Expense 91
What Happens If I Run My Business out of My House? 91
Step 1: How much space? 92
Step 2: Calculating the expenses 92
Capital improvements 93
Repairs that affect the whole house 93
Repairs that affect only the personal square footage 93
Repairs that affect only the business square footage 93
Hey, the Business Uses My Car Too! 94
Business mileage 94
What about Other Personal Assets Used for Business? 95
Caveat 95
Setting up the Management Bonus 96
Dividends 97
14 Remittances to the Government 98
What Are Government Remittances? 99
US Remittances to the Government 99
Employment taxes 99
State sales tax 100
Other remittances to the government 100
Canadian Remittances to the Government 100
Payroll taxes 100
Goods and Services Tax (GST) 101
Other remittances to the government 102
Reconciling the Remittance Accounts 102
15 Maintaining a Petty Cash System 104
Setting up the Petty Cash Fund 104
Using Your Petty Cash 105
Reconciling the Petty Cash Fund 105
Replenishing the Petty Cash Fund 107
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16 Reconciling the Bank 109
The Bank Statement Arrives 109
Outstanding checks 109
Outstanding deposits 110
Bank charges 110
Automatic monthly payments 110
Bank errors 110
The Reconciliation Process 111
Items on the bank statement that are not in the ledger 112
Items in your ledger that are not on your bank statement 112
What Happens If I Still Can’t Reconcile? 112
Example of the Bank Reconciliation Process 113
17 When the Damn Thing Just Won’t Balance 115
The Process of Reconciliation 115
Backward Posting 116
Transposition Error 116
Addition Error 117
18 When Your Books Are Already a Mess 119
Introduction 119
Step 1: Organize the Mess 120
Step 2: Inventory the Documents 120
Step 3: Gather Missing Documents 121
Step 4: Enter the Accounting Transactions 121
Step 5: Reconcile to the Bank Statements 122
Step 6: Create a Monthly Financial Statement Package 122
Step 7: Organize your Bookkeeping for the Future 123
19 The Role of the External Accountant 127
Choosing an Accountant 127
The Role of the Accountant 128
Starting your business 129
Year end 129
Employee evaluation and compensation 129
Internal controls 129
Contents xi
Management operating plan 129
What the Accountant Needs from You at Year End 130
The Process of Creating Financial Statements 130
Corporate Income Tax Returns 131
Posting the Adjusting Journal Entries 132
Rolling Forward the Year 132
How Do You Know When You’re Outgrowing
Your Accountant? 133
20 Budgeting: Planning for the Future 134
But How Do I Know What’s Going to Happen in the Future? 134
Setting up the 12-Month Budget 135
Aren’t I Just Making up Fake Numbers? 136
Changes to the Company’s Operations 136
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Keep That Budget Rolling 138
21 Monitoring Cash Flow: How Not to Run out of Money 139
What Is Cash Flow? 139
What’s the Difference between Cash Flow and Net Income? 139
How Do I Know When My Business Is Going to Run out of Money? 140
Building Your Company’s War Chest 140
How Can I Stretch My Company’s Cash Further? 141
Barter: A Small-Business Owner’s Secret Weapon 142
Accounting for barter transactions 143
The Future: How to Avoid the Cash Crunch before It Hits 144
22 A Brief Look at Foreign Currency 145
Occasional Foreign Currency Transactions 145
The Foreign Currency Bank Account 146
Revaluation at Year End 147
Reconciling the Foreign Currency Bank Account 147
Foreign Currency Risk 147
23 Tax Planning 149
Minimizing Tax versus Avoiding Tax 149
What Is Tax Integration? 150
Why You Need to Understand Tax Brackets 150
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Deferring Tax Owing versus Getting Rid of It Altogether 151
Owner/Manager Remuneration: Getting Money out of Your Business 152
24 Graduation 153
Boot Camp Test 154
Boot Camp Test Answers 166
Appendix A — Glossary 175
Appendix B — Resources for the Growing Business 183
1 The Operating Cycle 54
1 General Journal 18
2 General Ledger 19
3 Balance Sheet 25
4 Partnership Equity Statement 33
5 Statement of Income 36
6 Statement of Retained Earnings 40
7 Comparative Balance Sheet 44
8 Balance Sheet with Difference 46
9 Cash Flow Statement 48
10 Statement of Account 59
11 Accounts Payable Report 67
12 Inventory Count Sheet 74
13 Bank Reconciliation 112
1 Inventory Count Sheet 76
2 Petty Cash Control Sheet 106
3 Budget Template 137
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