Andy Lymer - Small Business Accounting - Hodder & Stoughton

Small Business Accounting

The jargon-free guide to accounts, budgets and forecasts

By Andy Lymer

  • Paperback
  • £10.99

Small Business Accounting gives the practical guidance you need to keep the books and prepare accounts for the small business, without overwhelming the reader with accountancy jargon.

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A jargon-free guide for the small business owner or manager
Small Business Accounting is a jargon-free joy for the small business owner or manager, providing practical examples of real businesses to show the reader, step by step, how to record each transaction. This book does not assume that you know anything at all about business records and accounts and gives a system for real businesses to be operated by real business people who want a simple, easy and, above all, quick system of book keeping. Forget about debits and credits, journal entries, ledgers and day books. If you can read a bank statement this book will teach you how to prepare accounts, make cashflow forecasts and prepare a budget. And when you do need to use an accountant, it tells you how best to find a reliable one.


Small Business Accounting includes:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Your bank account
Chapter 3: A simple cashbook
Chapter 4: Analysis columns
Chapter 5: Payments - filing
Chapter 6: Payments - cheque-book
Chapter 7: Payments - cashbook
Chapter 8: Non-allowable expenses
Chapter 9: Purchase of equipment
Chapter 10: Credit cards
Chapter 11: Petty cash
Chapter 12: Receipts - filing
Chapter 13: Receipts - paying-in book
Chapter 14: Receipts - cashbook
Chapter 15: Capital introduced
Chapter 16: End of month procedures
Chapter 17: VAT
Chapter 18: Wages
Chapter 19: End of year totals
Chapter 20: Adjustments for payments
Chapter 21: Adjustments to receipts
Chapter 22: Transfer to tax return
Chapter 23: Trial balance
Chapter 24: Final accounts
Chapter 25: Budgeting and cash-flow forecasting
Chapter 26: Costing and pricing
Chapter 27: Computerization
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Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Test yourself
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of small business accounting.

Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Try this
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Biographical Notes

Andy Lymer is Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at University of Birmingham. He also heads up Lymer & Associates, undertaking numerous research, consultancy and publishing projects.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444100242
  • Publication date: 30 Apr 2010
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Teach Yourself
"A clear, lucid guide to a field that for the first timer can be baffling and time consuming...a must for every sole proprietor" — - The Independent
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