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Book-keeping and Accounts for Entrepreneurs By Martin Quinn

Book-keeping and Accounts for Entrepreneurs
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Book-keeping and Accounts for Entrepreneurs by Martin Quinn

Book-keeping and Accounts is an ideal book for first-time or relatively novel entrepreneurs. It follows the cycle of events of a typical new business venture from an accounting view.

After a grounding in some fundamental accounting concepts and terms, the reader is guided on the accounting elements of a business plan and sources of finance for a business venture. Basic book-keeping is then explained and this leads into the preparation of key financial statements - the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. Finally, guidance on how to analyse accounts and value a business is given, both of which are particularly relevant to the entrepreneur who is ready to move on to the next venture or expand an existing one.

Examples in plain English throughout the book explain key book-keeping and accounting topics. Additionally, QuickBooks accounting software is used in several chapters to augment these examples and expose the benefits of accounting software to a busy entrepreneur.

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About Martin Quinn

Martin Quinn is a full-time Lecturer in Accounting at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. Previous to this he has eleven years experience in accounting and IT roles in the manufacturing sector. He is an Associate member of CIMA. He is also a registered PhD student at the University of Dundee aiming to complete his PhD in early 2009.

He has contributed to two academic texts in the past two years:

Drury, C. Management & Cost accounting, 7 edition 14 half page "real world views"

McLaney & Atrill, Accounting, an introduction, 4 edition a series of key concepts for the MAL tool and a review of questions within MAL.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Accounting fundamentals

  • The nature, purpose and role of accounting
  • Branches of accounting
  • Accounting terms assets, liabilities, income, expenditure etc
  • Basic concepts the business entity, underlying assumptions, accounting equation
  • Users of accounting information and their needs to include qualitative characteristics

Chapter 2 The business plan- Preparing a plan to present to a bank/financier

  • Appreciation of costs and cost structures
  • The concept of breakeven
  • The basics of budgeting and planning

Chapter 3 Financing

  • Sources of finance
  • Financing options, costs, advantages/disadvantages

Chapter 4 Keeping the books

  • Source documents and records
  • Books of original entry
  • Computerised entry

Chapter 5 Double entry accounting system

  • Principles of the double-entry system
  • Nominal and personal ledgers
  • Control accounts explanation and purpose
  • The trial balance preparation and purpose

Chapter 6 Income statement and Balance Sheet (sole trader)

  • Preparation of basic income statement and balance sheet from trial balance
    • Would introduce revenues, expenditures, accruals, depreciation, stock valuation
  • Layout of the financial statements

Chapter 7 Accounts of limited companies

  • Differences, additional requirements

Chapter 8 Cash Flow Statement

  • Preparation of a cash flow statement

Chapter 9 Interpretation of financial statements

  • Need to interpret accounts
  • Usefulness and application of ratio analysis
  • Main accounting ratios; relationships between ratios

Chapter 10 valuation of companies

  • Book v market value
  • Some simple valuation methods

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Book-keeping and Accounts for Entrepreneurs by Martin Quinn
Martin Quinn
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