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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 7th Revised edition edition (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419584383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419584381
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,700,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The premier resource for basic bookkeeping and business record management, "Keeping the Books" is a comprehensive, yet down to earth, treatment of one of the most important, yet often neglected, aspects of running a business. User-friendly and packed with easy-to-understand illustrations, worksheets, and forms, this popular financial reference tool is completely updated, and replete with the variety of IRS forms that entrepreneurs have to be familiar with. From updating car and transportation expenses to exploding the myths around independent contractors, the author presents everything a small company needs to know to maintain proper records. Following the roadmap outlined in "Keeping the Books", entrepreneurs will learn how to: prepare and analyze financial statements to stay in touch with the heartbeat of their business; set up bookkeeping systems to keep track of financial details; maintain the required IRS records necessary to stay out of trouble; and, plan for required taxes due.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Robertson on 5 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
Note that this book is written from a US perspective - so if you are in the UK, beware as there are different accounting procedures so not all of the advice in here may be good. I'm sure the basic principles are okay though.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug 1999
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This book is excellent and well written for people who are NEW to bookkeeping/accounting for small business. I especially found the checklists provided (when to pay various Federal and State Taxes, to whom to pay various Federal and State Taxes, when to produce certain financial reports, what to have ready for your Tax Accountant at year end and in what format) to be VERY useful. EXCELLENT reference book for the do-it-yourself bookkeeper.
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Although it's written for American systems and 8 years old it's a very imformative book. I only bought it as a impulse buy as I was vaguely interested in accouting and businesses however, it's an easy read and gives careful advice on several aspects on accounting.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Well Written for Non-Accountants/Bookkeepers 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent and well written for people who are NEW to bookkeeping/accounting for small business. I especially found the checklists provided (when to pay various Federal and State Taxes, to whom to pay various Federal and State Taxes, when to produce certain financial reports, what to have ready for your Tax Accountant at year end and in what format) to be VERY useful. EXCELLENT reference book for the do-it-yourself bookkeeper.
54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 6 July 2001
By Ruslan Moskalenko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book for beginners. I'm not a proffesional accountant (my primary area is computer systems administrations) but I have been working in banks for 5 years and I read a lot of books about accounting basics because it was part of my job. And usually those books were either too practical or too academic. But this one is perfectly balanced. It explains you not only what to do but it also gives you a pretty solid background why you should do this and what for. It shows you a complete picture of a small company accounting including major forms, reports shedule, books etc and that's all in just 200 pages. It's amazing how the author can explain in a couple words some concepts which usually takes a whole chapter in some other tutorials. You can read it to just to get some idea about accounting wording and concepts, or you can keep it on the table and use as a Howto giude in your everyday work, it works both ways. And it's pretty fairly priced. Very, very nice book!
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Great book for small business owners.... 12 Dec 2006
By Patrick D. Goonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of my two favorite accounting books for small business owners. The other is "Small Business Accounting Simplified" by Daniel Sitarz. These books present a lot of the same information, but they have slightly different perspectives on small business accounting and I think both viewpoints are useful and complimentary. Establishing your accounting system is serious business, so I would consider purchasing both. It's a small investment considering how important and time consuming this area could be for small business.

With that said, this book will help you to understand the basics of accounting and the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of keeping your books. It is very streamlined, practical and will help you to get your books together quickly using the easiest system that is appropriate for your business.

This is a very non-intimidating book and first time business owners will really like it. The other book I recommended above by Sitarz is more involved and may be something you want to get down the road. If you are a very small business, this book may have all you need and you may appreciate that it lacks some detail that might be unnecessary.

Both books that I mention are adequate to get a small business up and running. However, if you are not a numbers person by nature or have an aversion to accounting, this might be the best place to start. As part of my livelihood I do small business consulting and this title and the one I mentioned in the first paragraph are the two books I most often recommend for a new small business.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Bookkeeping for dummies - brilliant! 24 Mar 2002
By Marco Polo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I started my first business, I found this book priceless: step-by-step instructions on how to keep business accounts and what accounts need keeping, and when to update them. The appendix contains templates of all the major records needed for a small business. For someone who knew nothing this was a real lifebelt. Very easy to read, and immediately useful.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Not that much information 25 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Based on some of the glaring reviews, I was really expecting a superior book here. What I got wasn't even good for the green as green novice.
I was anxious to read the tax information since some reviewers had noted how great that was, but alas, I found it to be note much different from what I get from the IRS or even by reading basic tax forms...FOR FREE!
I'd pass on this one.
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