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- Ask Bob About Basic Accounting - Streetwise Tips on Basic Accounting
"No matter how strong or weak your understanding of accounting is, you need to keep very careful, well-organized records."

General Ledger  New!
The general ledger is the core of your company’s financial records. These constitute the central “books” of your system, and every transaction flows through the general ledger.

The Language of Accounting  New!
You don't have to be a CPA to understand this discussion. We'll set to rest any confusion over the differences between debits and credits and how they are used.

Components of the Accounting System  New!
Think of the accounting system as a wheel whose hub is the general ledger (G/L). Feeding the hub information are the spokes of the wheel.

Basic Terms and Concepts  New!
There are a few (and only a few) things you need to understand in order to make setting up your accounting system easier. They're basic (trust me), and they will probably clear up any confusion you may have had in the past when talking with your CPA or other technical accounting types.

Income Statements
"An income statement, otherwise known as a profit and loss statement, is a summary of a company's profit or loss during any one given period of time, such as a month, three months, or one year."

Balance Sheets
"A balance sheet is a snapshot of a business' financial condition at a specific moment in time, usually at the close of an accounting period. A balance sheet comprises assets, liabilities, and owners' or stockholders' equity."

Depreciation
"The concept of depreciation is really pretty simple. For example, let's say you purchase a truck for your business. The truck loses value the minute you drive it out of the dealership. The truck is considered an operational asset in running your business."

Amortization
"In the course of doing business, you will likely acquire what are known as intangible assets. These assets can contribute to the revenue growth of your business and, as such, they can be expensed against these future revenues. An example of an intangible asset is when you buy a patent for an invention."

Inventory Accounting
"Inventory accounting may sound like a huge undertaking but in reality, it is quite straightforward and easy to understand. You start with the inventory you have on hand. No matter when you sell product, the value of your inventory will remain constant based on accepted and rational methods of inventory accounting."

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Web Resources

Famous Software
Sells accounting software for growers, packers, shippers, brokers, and wholesalers of produce. Famous Software site provides information on its products.

Peachtree Accounting Software
Sells business accounting software designed for the needs of small business. This site provides product information and some instruction.

Small Business Administration
SBA Success Series Volume 1 has several good articles on accounting under the title"Are You Making a Profit?"

Small Business Administration
SBA Success Series Volume 1 has several good articles on how accounting can help you business succeed under the title "Winning Ideas for Small Business Success."

Software News Buyer Guide
Provides listings of accounting software products available for the small business. From this site links are provided to the software manufactures for further information.

Virtual Restaurant
Provides a complete look at sample financial statements for a restaurant. This site clearly illustrates what information is provided on these statements.

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