Bookkeepers know a lot of stuff about taxes and money and ledgers, but the truth of the matter is its not rocket science. There’s a lot of common sense at play, and many of the strategies and methods for doing bookkeeping work are easily learned and applied.
For example, there’s a great blog on how to be a bookkeeper called “So, you want to learn Bookkeeping.” It’s a great read if you’re looking to brush up on your accounting knowledge (to expand your horizons), or if you’re looking to learn more about bookkeeping as a business owner.
It’s delivered in a straight forward, somewhat droll tone that’s actually quite entertaining and funny. Read the introductory paragraph to see what I’m talking about:
“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. Many bookkeepers that have an accounting certificate that indicates they have sufficient training are sometimes offended by being called bean counters.”
Dave Marshall is the so called “bean counter.” Through his site, he offers 7 tutorials on accounting that seem to cover a lot of fundamental issues in accounting such as accounting equations like “Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity (Capital).” The fundamental equation behind double entry accounting methods which was first documented by Fra Luca Pacioli. Remember, remember, remember!?!
*As a disclaimer, simply reading through this tutorial will in no way qualify you for bookkeeping work. If you are in need of a bookkeeper, call us at (425) 483-6600. We offer bookkeeping services in Seattle!
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