Bookkeeping Basics: Understand the Fundamentals

Learn bookkeeping terms and concepts to make owners, employees & students more confident and successful!
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2016 English

Course Description

As a business owner, entrepreneur, employee or student you may be great in your field but that doesn't mean you're strong in every area of running a business...

  • A great chef may be incredible in the kitchen...
  • An award-winning body builder can help the most out of shape person...
  • A talented web designer or graphic artist may create unbelievable designs...

But when it's time to balance the checkbook or talk to the CPA at tax time, it feels like it's a completely different language you've never learned!

Using simple, easy-to-understand discussion, illustrations and note sheets, this 4.5 hour course with over 50 video lessons teaches you the basic building blocks of how money is tracked and what that means to your business or project.

Everyday examples using common phrases and terms you already know allows the instructor to teach that "other language" and for you to feel more confident in working with vendors, customers, employees, investors, instructors and more!

After completing the course, students will feel more confident and knowledgeable on topics such as...

  • What is Income and how do you track it?
  • Which types of Expenses can be claimed by your business
  • The difference between Assets, Liabilities and Equity
  • The Five W's of Bookkeeping
  • Transactions, The Fundamental Financial Equation and Charts of Accounts.
  • Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables
  • Reading Financial Reports
  • Business Odds and Ends such as Mileage Tracking, Credit Terms, Shipping and Freight, Trade Discounts
  • The Top 10 Mistakes Small Businesses Make
  • The Top 6 Tips for Good Bookkeeping

What are the requirements?

  • As long as you know how to add and subtract (or can use a calculator!), you're ready to begin!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of bookkeeping helping business owners and managers feel more confident

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for both new and established small business owners and managers who may be strong in their own fields but want a better understanding of the basic concepts of tracking their company finances as well as students beginning the journey of learning bookkeeping.
  • A stronger grasp of these basics concepts helps every area of business from communicating with their CPA's/tax advisors to making better decisions for the company and employees; to students learning to communicate with their instructors.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Take a quick look through the entire course and see what we have planned!


Learn about your instructor along with the additional resources we've developed to compliment the video lectures.

Section 1: Money and Its Relationship To Business

Understand the difference and the importance of tracking personal finances separately from business finances.


Learn why it's important to properly and accurately track your company's financial activity...  And it's NOT only about taxes!


How is your company set up and what does that mean to both your bookkeeping but also your entire company's operation?


Which one is right for your company?  Sole proprietorship?  Partnership?  Corporation?  LLC?

Section 2: Let's Understand What We're Talking About

Exactly WHAT is bookkeeping and WHY do we do it?


There are a lot of options on WHO actually does your bookkeeping, but you can't just completely hand it off.  Find out why...


Every day?  Once a week?  What's right for your company for WHEN the work gets done?

Also, WHERE is not only the best place to do the work, but to store your records?


Consistency...  It makes your work easier and more accurate.  But how do you accomplish it?

Section 3: The Tools
Section Intro

Understand exactly what a financial transaction is and how it effects your business.


Learn how Assets, Liabilities and Equity relate to each other and why they must ALWAYS stay in balance.


Understand exactly what an account is and how to organize them into your personalized Chart of Accounts.

Sample Charts of Accounts
Your First Quiz!
10 questions
Section 4: Here Comes The Money - Income/Revenue

Learn the difference between selling products, services and more.


Realize the difference between issuing invoices, sales receipts and customer statements and when each one is the right choice.


Examine the difference between different types of invoices as well as what information should be on each type.

Invoice Samples

Just because you have more money in your account than you did before, does not mean you've earned income.  Learn the difference.

Here Comes The Money The Money - Quiz on Income
10 questions
Section 5: There Goes The Money - Expenses

Not all expenditures by your business are expenses.  Take a look at what is and what isn't considered a company expense.


Determine which of your company's expenses are considered the "Cost of Goods Sold" for your particular product or service.


Be able to organize all of your different expenses into a system that makes analysis easier.


Learn about a simple tool that makes organizing your bookkeeping much easier.

There Goes The Money - Quiz on Expenses
10 questions
Section 6: The Other Big Three
Section Intro

Learn exactly what an Asset is as well as the different types your company may own.


Understand the difference between spending money on an expense and just switching one type of asset for another.


Determine what happens when your company owes both short-term and long-term debts to others.


Understand how the owner(s)'s value of their ownership in the company is calculated and determined.

The "Other Big Three" Quiz
10 questions
Section 7: Who Owes Whom?

Investigate what happens when your company uses credit to keep its operation going.


Understand what's involved with letting your customers pay on credit.


Sometimes your customers take too long to pay or don't pay at all.  Learn how you should handle the situation and what steps are involved.

Section 8: For The Record Books

Take a quick look at what Financial Statements are and how they are used by both your company and outsiders.


Examine the difference between the two basic formats of financial reporting and their impact on your business operations.


Examine the parts of an Income Statement (or Profit & Loss Report) and learn to read them.


Understand the Balance Sheet and what it illustrates about your company's financial health.


Look at the reports used to track the owner's value of their investment.


Understand the basic methods for tracking what's owed to your company as well as what it owes to others when it uses short-term credit.

"For the Record Books" Quiz
10 questions
Section 9: Odds and Ends
Section Intro

Examine what is required to be reimbursed for mileage on personal or company vehicles along with what is and isn't allowed.


Understand what credit terms mean on invoices and statements along with when you can receive small discounts for paying early.


Look at discounts your vendors may give you for a wide variety of reasons when you purchase their products.


Understand not only who is responsible for paying for shipping but who is responsible for the actual freight until it arrives at your location.


Examine some factors in maintaining good, accurate financial records.

Top 10 Mistakes Small Businesses Make
Top 6 Tips For Good Bookkeeping

Take a look at how you can receive help not only with the course but with applying the knowledge to your actually settings.  Also, a recap of what's been covered throughout the lessons.


Now that you have a basic understanding of bookkeeping, take a look at other opportunities to learn more and how to receive special gifts and discounts.

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Instructor Biography

Ron Trucks, Small Business Coach and College Instructor

Almost 25 years ago, after building his experience in the hospitality industry and working with many business start-ups, Ron Trucks founded his privately owned firm guiding and coaching small businesses and non-profit organizations in a wide variety of fields and industries both in his home town of St. Louis, MO and across the country.

In addition to his professional work in small-business support, Ron has also been an Business Management adjunct instructor at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO for over 10 years.

Over those two decades of both teaching and coaching small businesses and non-profit organizations, Ron has served on various boards and in many volunteer positions including the Board of Directors of a $300 million dollar credit union, developing leadership skills with members of national fraternities and sororities, and working with troubled youth dealing with identity and self-confidence issues.

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