Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Quickbooks 2014: The Missing Manual, The Official Inuit Guide to QuickBooks by Bonnie Biafore

The blurb:
How can you make your bookkeeping workflow smoother and faster? Simple. With this Missing Manual, you’re in control of QuickBooks 2014 for Windows. You get step-by-step instructions on how and when to use specific features, along with basic accounting advice to guide you through the learning process. That’s why this book is the Official Intuit Guide to QuickBooks 2014.
The important stuff you need to know:
  • Get started. Quickly set up your accounts, customers, jobs, and invoice items.
  • Learn new features. Get up to speed on the Bank Feed Center, Income Tracker, and other improvements.
  • Follow the money. Track everything from billable time and expenses to income and profit.
  • Spend less time on bookkeeping. Use QuickBooks to create and reuse bills, invoices, sales receipts, and timesheets.
  • Keep your company financially fit. Examine budgets and actual spending, income, inventory, assets, and liabilities.
  • Find key info fast. Rely on QuickBooks’ Search and Find features, as well as the Vendor, Customer, Inventory, and Employee Centers.
While this QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual is for Windows and not Mac, I still found it helpful. I'm new to book keeping and manage residential real estate, so I purchased QuickBooks to help keep the different accounts in order and to make the annual tax reports manageable.
While QuickBooks doesn't require a background in accounting, the book points out the terms that help one navigate the program.

The book doesn't contain a CD but does have links which allow you to access websites mentioned in the book.

The book carefully goes step by step, explaining how to set up a company account and touches on the questions that I invariably had as I tried to figure out how to record assets, balances, etc.

I'd used the Dummy's Guide to QuickBooks but found QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual much more detailed and helpful.

ISBN-10: 1449341756 - Paperback $34.99
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 7, 2013), 804 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Reviewers Program.

About the Author:
Bonnie Biafore is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 25 years' experience helping clients, large and small, make project management excellence part of their business strategies. She is the author of 26 books about project management, investing, personal finance, Microsoft Project, QuickBooks, and other software programs.

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