This book, which is a companion to the equally impressive “Mastering Bookkeeping” is difficult to describe as anything other than a textbook. This is not to dissuade you because this is a genuine attempt to provide help in computerising your bookkeeping. The software that is mentioned throughout the book is Sage50, but this is no IT manual. In fact the most important fact that is continued through the book is that the book maintains the linkage between the computer software and the bookkeeping principles being discussed. This provides reason to why computerisation is important, and as a business grows so will it to you. Whilst it’s a romantic ideal to think of the small business owner being involved at all stages of the development of his business, the reality is that technology can help reduce workload significantly. Do you think that Richard Branson or Alan Sugar do their accounts longhand?
Within this book which is an accredited textbook of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, there are two distinct halves. The first half is the practical teaching – showing the application of the software to the main principles of bookkeeping, such as double entry bookkeeping, cash reconciliation, debt management etc. This is a very valuable book within the remit of small business bookkeeping, once the textbook formatting has been ignored.
The second, just as valuable section is towards the end of the book. This section is simply a selection of examination papers with sample model answers for the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers), IAB (International Association of Book-keepers) as well as for OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations UK awarding body) providing GCSE’s qualifications.
Overall this is a book that needs to be on your shelf if you are serious about using technology to reduce your business’s bookkeeping workload. This book will be essential to your business before very long. Hang onto this book!
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