Basic Bookkeeping Hacks
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Basic Bookkeeping Hacks

How to easily get your accounting and bookkeeping done fast
3.7 (22 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,160 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Keep better track of their revenues and expenses
  • Understand the difference between Bookkeeping and Accounting
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  • No prior information required
  • No software is required
  • A Desire to more easily manage your revenue and expenses is helpful

Learn the difference between Accounting and Bookkeeping. Discover how a good bookkeeping system can save you wasted hours and dollars. How to have a conversation with your banker and accountant.

You will learn:

  • Ethics and Rules
  • Types of business organizations: proprietorship, partnership, corporation, C-corp, S-corp, LLC.
  • Basic terminology
  • Accounting concepts and principles

In this course, we share how you can make your bookkeeping tasks easier. 

  • Set up a separate business bank account
  • How to separate your personal and  business transactions
  • Basic software that can save you time and money
  • What to do with your receipts

Furthermore you will learn some basic accounting terminology to help you organize your accounting information, including:

  • Assets – economic resources owned by the business
  • Liabilities – creditor’s claim to the asset
  • Owner’s Equity – owner’s claim to the assets
Who is the target audience?
  • All small and medium businesses
  • Solopreneurs, SOHO and Bookkeepers
Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
4 Lectures 17:04

Why knowing the correct terminology is important to making life easier and your business function smoother. 

Preview 03:28

Bookkeeping is the daily recording of your business, while accounting is the reporting of what your business does. The accounting process gives you tools to know how your business is doing.

Preview 05:20

Who is Dwayne Richards ? Learn in this lecture. Then go to the Q&A and introduce yourself.

Introduce Yourself
Bookkeeping vs. Accounting
5 Lectures 28:53

Why you need both working for you. In this section, we learn about Ethics and Rules, Types of organizations, Debits and Credits, as well as Core Concepts and Principles.

Preview 02:24

Be honest. Know the rules. Ignorance is no excuse.

Ethics and Rules

Learn about Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, C-corps, S-corps, LLC. Some are applicable to Canada and some only to the US.

Types of Business Organizations

In this lecture, we go over the important terminologies of bookkeeping and accounting. What are Debits and Credits?

Basic Terminology

Discover how to use GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and accounting concepts to run your business.

Accounting Concepts and Principles
Accounting Equation – Assets – Liabilities = Owner’s Equity
4 Lectures 14:53

What are assets? They are economic resources owned by the business


What are liabilities? Money owed to creditors like loans and mortgages.


Owner's Equity is the owner's claim to the assets of the company. 

Owner’s Equity
Types of Statements
5 Lectures 13:41

An accounting system provides the business owner with valuable reports so that they can make informed decisions. There are three crucial statements or documents; Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement.


The balance sheet lists all assets, liabilities and owner's equity.

Balance Sheet

The income statement lists revenues and expenses and shows net income or net loss.

Income Statement

The cash flow statement reports cash flows from three types of activities; operating, investing and financing.

Cash Flow Statement

Bookkeeping Secrets Revealed
5 Lectures 15:38

You can make bookkeeping a lot easier by clearly separating business transactions from personal transactions. I like to say "keep your business transactions in your left pocket and your personal transactions in your right pocket.

Separate Business and Personal Bank Accounts

Having a credit card to use just for business transactions makes bookkeeping a lot easier. You can use either a personal card or a business credit card.

Business Credit Cards

Bookkeeping software will eliminate the need to do data entry.

Basic Software Hacks

Organize your time, 15 minutes everyday is manageable. Trying to do a year's worth of bookkeeping in April when your taxes are due is stressful.

Organizing vs Procrastinating
Sample Transactions
2 Lectures 01:17

Sample Transactions
Wrap Up
2 Lectures 05:27
Next Steps

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About the Instructor
Scott Paton
4.2 Average rating
2,026 Reviews
82,410 Students
75 Courses
Executive Producer (42 Podcasts, 70+ Udemy courses), Trainer

Scott Paton has been podcasting since the spring of 2005. His podcast "Weight Loss and The Mind" hit over 375,000 subscribers in its first year and over one million downloads. He has executive produced and/or co-hosted over 35 podcasts. An internationally renowned speaker, Scott has presented to audiences from London, England to Sydney, Australia, from Vancouver, BC to New York, NY, from LA to Rwanda. Thousands of entrepreneurs and NGO's have changed their public engagement strategies based on Scott's sharing. We hope you will, too!

Scott has over 66,500 students from 176 countries taking his courses.

Scott joined Udemy in 2013. In late 2014, one of his clients inspired him to make a video course on Podcasting. He revisited Udemy and got very excited at the potential. After his course went live, Scott told his clients and many decided to make courses but needed help, so he has become a co-instructor with them, while continuing to support and build his own courses. His co-topics all include areas of life-long learning by Scott, including Stock Option Trading, Alternative Health, EFT, and Relationships.

Dwayne Richards
3.8 Average rating
61 Reviews
12,341 Students
3 Courses
Part-time CFO for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Dwayne is a people-focused operations professional who has worked for both multi-national and privately owned Canadian corporations in 5 different industries over the past 15 years.

Dwayne is a Chartered Professional Accountant who values authentic business relationships and clear communication.

He is constantly tracking and assessing sales, marketing, and financial tools in the interest of automating operations, so that entrepreneurs have more time to do what they love.

His "why" is to alleviate the stress and anxiety around managing money and keeping up with current technology.