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Bookkeeping for Beginners


Startup your bookkeeping records and processes the right way with confidence.


Refresh your knowledge or learn something new about business accounting.


Get more understanding about the principles of double-entry bookkeeping.

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Beginner Bookkeeping

get help with

  • How to track your income and expenses
  • Processing bank reconciliations
  • Understanding reports
  • Software choices
  • Invoicing customers
  • Tracking bills
  • The nitty-gritty about journals and ledgers
  • and lots more

I take you through the principles and methods of entering financial data into the business books in an organized way...

...so you can put it into practice and be confident that you are getting the basics right, and can trust your figures. 

Where to start

To maintain an effective accounts system, a business cannot survive without:

Good Bookkeeping Software
Details of different software options - paid and free - to help you select the one that suits you best. 

The Right Day-to-Day Procedures
How-to guides for basic bookkeeping including banking, petty cash care, accounts receivable and payable, filing systems, and more day-to-day tips.    

Financial Reports
Which pull all the information together so you know what the result is of all your hard work:
Profit and Loss Report  
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Our most popular free Excel Template:

Excel Cash Book for easy small business bookkeeping.

Our most popular free Excel Template:

Excel Cash Book for easy small business bookkeeping.

Bookkeeping 101

Single Entry where figures are entered once - this is the cash book - great for starting up small and for easing you in to the next method.

Double entry where the same amount is literally entered twice to 'balance the books' - a term you may have heard before. This sections goes through the accounting equation, source documents, journals and ledgers plus quizzes.

Terms Glossary which gives you definitions of the common words used in bookkeeping from A-Z.

Questions find answers to some common questions

Tutorials and Examples

There are plenty of tutorials with examples and practice sheets, like these:

Bookkeeping Tips
Bank Reconciliations
Journal Entries
Free Bookkeeping Courses

Forms and Templates

Forms - 30 free PDF forms that can be printed and used by small business owners who prefer manual bookkeeping, or anyone needing to practice.

Excel Templates - Over 15 free Excel templates designed for business and students. 

Are you a small business owner?

When planning your business you have to decide 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 bank.

The question is whether or not you as the business owner with limited knowledge want to do 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 to start with! 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 would be a fabulous idea!

Are you a Bookkeeper?

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Are you a student?

Are you currently studying this subject or business, finance or accounting?
I am sure you will find this resource a helpful addition to your study material.

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