Bookkeeping for Beginners

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Welcome to Beginner Bookkeeping, an information packed site that will help people from all walks of life to learn bookkeeping.

This site is ideal for you if you:-

  • Are a small business owner needing some idea of how to start off your bookkeeping
  • A student wanting to understand what bookkeeping is about and the principles behind it
  • A bookkeeper that wants to refresh your knowledge of bookkeeping.

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Watch our quick introductory video below.

You can click or tap your way through the image options below - these represent just a snippet of what you will find on this site.

You will learn how to do various tasks such as:-

The presentation of this information comes from two angles:-

  1. How bookkeeping works - describing the principles and methods of entering the financial data into the books in an organised way.
  2. How to use it - putting into practice the methods learned above in a business setting and supporting that with structured office procedures.

Besides clicking on the links on this page, the search bar at the top of this page will take you where you need to go.


"It's great, especially for those beginners who lack knowledge in bookkeeping, very easy to understand." Orly

"Such great info - clearly articulated and easy to understand!" Wendy

"Nice, easy to understand information. This is what the world wide web is all about-free, quality information, people helping people in an easy, accessible way. No need need to leave the house to learn from someone whom knows more than us beginner businessmen! Thanks and God Bless!" Derek

"I cannot thank you enough for your site and all the expertise put in such a simple manner! I`ve started self- employment and running the finances of
my business was a terror! Not anymore! I can grasp the basics and learn a little more everyday with your information!"

"Amazingly helpful, getting me out of a pickle, thank you for sharing." Iain

"I am very impressed with what I have read and as a new learner in bookkeeping I think I will be in a position to benefit a lot." Lacere

So, How Does Bookkeeping Work?

Well, there are two methods to choose from:-

  • Basic cash book where figures are entered once (singly entry) - great for starting up small and for easing you into the next method.
  • Double entry, where the same amount is literally entered twice to 'balance the books' - a term you may have heard before.

What to Do

To maintain an effective accounting system:-

Reports, Forms and Templates

  • Reports pull all that data together so the powers that be (the owner or boss) can see if it is worth the effort.
  • Forms and templates help keep everyone sane by introducing consistency in the day to day work.


  • The blog keeps you up dated with new additions and mystery-breaking facts about bookkeeping
  • The news is current and interesting and there are often stories about fraud and embezzlement - something all businesses need to learn to guard against.
  • If you are just itching to get an answer to a question, don't wait! Go to the contact page and send in your query.
  • There is a Facebook Comments box at the bottom of each page, feel free to add in your constructive two cents worth!

Are you a Small Business Owner?

When planning your business a key consideration will be how you are going to tackle the financial records. Every business needs to have a structured method of recording the money coming in and going out the coffers.

The question is whether or not you as the business owner with limited knowledge want to labour through this job yourself or hire the services of a professional.

If you have enthusiasm, patience, and time then your answer should be yes to doing it yourself! You might also be motivated by your desire to keep your costs down.

Of course, this is just until your business grows and you find yourself running haggard trying to juggle all the different aspects - by which time outsourcing the work to a bookkeeper could be a fabulous idea!

Are You a Student?

Are you currently studying this subject or business, finance or accounting?

I am sure you will find this resource an excellent aid and addition to your study material. If you are a younger student wondering if you should do bookkeeping, go to my 'About Me' page - you may (or may not!) find it encouraging. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Are You a Bookkeeper, Accounts
Administrator, Office Clerk....?

Join me now, delve deeper into this site by clicking on the graphic links on this page (you have to scroll up a bit). Go the site map or enter a search term in the Google bar at the top of this page if you are looking for something specific.

Remember to bookmark this site so you can easily return!

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