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Bean Counter's
Bookkeeping Explained Course
Hello my name is Dave and yes I'm a bean counter. No I didn't say alcoholic, that's a soft drink not a beer in my hand, and this is not a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. For those of you that don't know a bean counter is slang sometimes used to refer to a bookkeeper or accountant.

Who is this Course for ?
This introductory bookkeeping 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 accounting and bookkeeping lecture series 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.
What's This Course About ?
Bookkeeping Of Course ! Five free Bookkeeping Lessons explain and illustrate what's involved in "keeping the books". While accounting and bookkeeping software have made the task of recording and summarizing financial information easier and faster, it's still good to know what's actually being done "behind the scenes" by the software. These five lessons explain and illustrate what's involved in bookkeeping using the "ole fashion" manual bookkeeping system and procedures. These same tasks are now commonly performed using computers and accounting software; but, bookkeepers still need to know how a manual system works in order to properly use accounting and bookkeeping software.
What’s Included ?
Like explaining what makes a car run (the engne), this course is designed to show you what makes bookkeeping "run". This Basic Bookkeeping Course is made up of an Introduction to Bookkeeping Video along with four videos that explain basic accounting and bookkeeping concepts.

In addition, a free Bookkeeping Basics Textbook that includes ALL the Lessons of the course is provided. I recommend, before getting started, to download the Complete Textbook to use with each lesson. Each lesson also gives you the option of just downloading the individual chapter of the course as a PDF or you can download the individual chapters here.

Individual Lessons-PDFs

I've also provided a zip file that you can download the Complete Textbook and the Individual Chapters.

Text Book zip file download.

You also have the option of downloading  a zip file that contains all the Power Point Presentations that you can view on your computer without an internet connection  if you have Microsoft's Power Point application. If you don't have Power Point, you can download, for free, Libre Office Suite's Impress Application to view the presentations off line. Free LibreOffice

PowerPoint Presentations zip file download.


Introduction-Quick Summary of Bookkeeping
  • Bookkeeping Defined
  • Profits & Losses
  • Bookkeeping Records
  • Transactions
  • Accounts

Accounting Basics, Part 1
  • Business Types
  • Professional Advice
  • Accounting and Records
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Basic Bookkeeping
  • Chart Of Accounts
  • Double-Entry Bookkeeping
  • Debits & Credits
  • Journals
  • General Ledger

Accounting Basics, Part 2
  • Accounting Cycle
  • T-Accounts
  • Adjustments
  • Trial Balances

Accounting Basics, Part 3
  • Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Financial Analysis

Accounting Terms & Definitions, Part 4
Defines common bookkeeping terms and concepts.

Cartoons are used to add a bit of humor to your Learning Experience. Who says that Learning Can't Be Fun ? Not Me !
Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you should know or be able to perform the following:

Understand what accounting and bookkeeping is, why it’s important, and the key terms needed to discuss and properly use financial information.
Understand what makes bookkeeping “work”:
  • Accounts/Chart Of Accounts
  • Accounting Equation(s)
  • Double Entry Accounting System
  • Debits and Credits
  • Rules
  • Formal Records and Documents
  • Accounting Cycle

How to analyze and record transactions using the formal financial records such as Journals and the General Ledger.

What Financial Statements are and how they are prepared and used.
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 ?
Approximately 1 Hour Per Lesson

How To Use The Course
This is left strictly up to you.
  • Just Watch all the Videos
  • Watch the Video and follow along with the PDF Textbook
  • Download The Powerpoint Presentations and View Offline
Learning Aids
The following Learning Aids are included in order to help you to understand the accounting and bookkeeping concepts discussed in this accounting course:
Acronymn - Easy Way of Remembering the Types Of Accounts

Watch the Video for additional Help !

Major Types Of Accounts & Relationships- Diagram

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

Acronym - Easy Way of Remembering the Types Of Accounts and Debits and Credits

Sample Balance Sheet Accounts
Sample Income Statement Accounts

Basic Bookkeeping Concepts Textbook

Bookkeeping Glossary - Terms & Definitions

Debits & Credits Cheat Sheets
Help on determining when to Debit or Credit

Special Journals - What Journal To Use

Posting Process Flow Chart
Save Time - Download All Files as a ZIP File

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