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.
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.
Chapter 1 Accounting fundamentals
Chapter 2 The business plan- Preparing a plan to present to a bank/financier
Chapter 3 Financing
Chapter 4 Keeping the books
Chapter 5 Double entry accounting system
Chapter 6 Income statement and Balance Sheet (sole trader)
Chapter 7 Accounts of limited companies
Chapter 8 Cash Flow Statement
Chapter 9 Interpretation of financial statements
Chapter 10 valuation of companies