Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018

Prepare for a career in the high-demand field of bookkeeping as you master QuickBooks 2018—the leading financial software tool for small businesses. By participating in the course's hands-on activities, you'll learn a number of new skills, including handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, accounting for fixed assets, and recording and maintaining inventory accounts. In addition, you'll gain the knowledge you need to ensure that your accounting methods meet all legal standards. After taking this course, you'll be an expert in everything from basic accounting to double-entry bookkeeping.

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6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
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Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018

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Course code: GES2016

What you will learn

  • Perform basic bookkeeping equations
  • Set up and utilize QuickBooks 2018
  • Enter data accurately
  • Manage bookkeeping
  • Use double-entry accounting
  • Understand the impacts of debits and credits for all account types

How you will benefit

  • Learn how to effectively use QuickBooks 2018 to save an organization time and money
  • Practice bookkeeping with confidence by becoming aware of the legal standards that apply to accounting methods
  • Become an indispensable part of a small business that needs quality bookkeeping skills

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
  1. QuickBooks Basics
    1. Welcome to QuickBooks: Demonstrate how to set up a QuickBooks company file for a business by creating an Ace Photography QuickBooks company file.
    2. Working with Company Files: Have a better understanding of how to work with company files in QuickBooks precisely and accurately.
    3. Securing Your Company Files: Demonstrate how to secure company files in QuickBooks by managing users and data.
  2. Bookkeeping Building Blocks
    1. Bookkeeping Defined: Apply bookkeeping concepts to accounting problems.
    2. The Journal, the Ledger, and Special Journals: Run QuickBooks reports for the general journal and the general ledger, as well as reports for subsidiary journals.
  3. Preparing the Company File
    1. The Chart of Accounts: Work with the Chart of Accounts in QuickBooks, including adding and changing accounts.
    2. Company Lists: Administer various company lists in QuickBooks by adding customers and vendor.
  4. Cash and Fixed Asset Transactions
    1. Bank Accounts and Cash Transactions in QuickBooks: Record bank account transactions in QuickBooks by entering cash account transactions and completing a bank reconciliation.
    2. Fixed Assets and Depreciation in QuickBooks: Record fixed assets and depreciation in QuickBooks.
  5. Understanding Accounts Payable
    1. Accounts Payable I: Record bills in QuickBooks by entering various accounts payable transactions into the course.
    2. Accounts Payable II: Produce accounts payable history and reports in QuickBooks.
  6. Reviewing Accounts Receivable
    1. Accounts Receivable I: Demonstrate the invoice procedure by producing a customer invoice in QuickBooks.
    2. Accounts Receivable II: By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to manage payments, deposits, and returned checks in QuickBooks.
    3. Accounts Receivable III: Check for outstanding invoices and bill for the reimbursement of expenses in QuickBooks.
    4. Batch Invoicing and Creating Letters: Produce batches of invoices and customer letters in QuickBooks.
  7. Managing Inventory Transactions
    1. Introduction to Inventory and Customer Estimates: Create and revise customer estimates, and you'll practice recording and tracking inventory transactions.
    2. List Items and Inventory in QuickBooks: Assign classes, add and edit multiple list entries, and track inventory in QuickBooks.
    3. Ordering and Selling Inventory in QuickBooks: Order and sell inventory by creating sales and purchase orders and receiving inventory.
    4. Vendor Discounts and Credits and Adjusting Inventory in QuickBooks: Manage vendor discounts and credits and adjust inventory in QuickBooks.
    5. Tracking Price Levels and Customer Discounts in QuickBooks: Manage price levels and customer discounts in QuickBooks by creating price levels, discounted items, and customer discounts.
    6. Working with Customer Balances: Learn techniques for working with customer balances in QuickBooks.
  8. Closing the Books and Reporting in QuickBooks
    1. Closing the Books and Reporting: How to close the books in QuickBooks and how to run and use important reports.
    2. Your Career Roadmap: The Job Search and Future Opportunities: How the job market works, and you'll obtain skills to help you navigate it.
    3. Communication: Learn basic concepts related to effective business communication.

Wade Lindenberger is a CPA with over 20 years of financial accounting and management experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently Director of Finance and Administration for New Children's Museum. Before his current position, he worked as the National Finance and Accounting Service Line Leader for Premier Alliance Group, a national professional services firm. Wade was also Director of the Finance and Accounting service line for the San Diego office of a global, publicly held professional services firm. Before becoming a consultant, Wade was Divisional Controller for one of the leading health and fitness club chains in the world. He has also been Internal Audit Manager and Divisional Controller for a division of a Fortune 500 global energy project management company. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" CPA firms. He has previously served as an instructor for courses at Coopers & Lybrand and at the University of California at San Diego for the Extension Course and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Business. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Bookkeepers' Advisory Board.

Helene K. Liatsos is business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than 25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies to startups. Her company Home Office Management Experts was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Prerequisites:

This course is designed to prepare you for an entry-level position as a full-charge bookkeeper. You do not need any prior experience or training in this field.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer (it's strongly recommended to have the latest operating system for an optimal experience).
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2018 Software (not included in enrollment).
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Bookkeeping for Dummies

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No.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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You do not need an advanced degree to become a bookkeeper. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you will need to have your high school diploma or equivalent to pursue a career as a professional bookkeeper. Many bookkeepers get started with an online course like this Professional Bookkeeping course. However, in order to stay competitive and open up even more job opportunities down the road, you may want to think about earning an associate degree in bookkeeping or accounting at some point in your career.

Not exactly. There are five major parts to the accounting process and they include: recording, interpreting, classifying, analyzing, and reporting financial information. Bookkeeping is the first, foundational part of the accounting process — recording financial transactions. However, bookkeeping is a great first step into an accounting career and with additional education, you use this as a way to gain experience and become an accountant in the future.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most recent media pay for bookkeepers was $41,230 annually. However, bookkeepers can increase their earning potential through years of experience, certification, or starting your own bookkeeping business.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a lot of jobs for bookkeepers, and the job outlook is expected to remain relatively constant through 2026. Understanding how to efficiently use bookkeeping software like QuickBooks will make you a more desirable candidate as more and more businesses turn to technology to perform basic accounting tasks.

Most bookkeepers work 40 hours per week, though some do work part time. As a professional bookkeeper you may need to work overtime during certain periods of the year such as closing out the fiscal quarter and/or year as well as during tax season.

To become a bookkeeper, you need a background in accounting and specialized knowledge in payroll and taxation. You can gain this knowledge through a course or on-the-job training in an accounting department or working underneath an experienced bookkeeper. You will also need to gain experience with bookkeeping software.

Most bookkeepers work in an office environment during typical 9 to 5 hours and spend a large amount of their time in front of a computer. As a professional bookkeeper, you will usually be working alone but may have a few people from other areas of accounting that work alongside you. It is even possible that you could work remotely from home for one or more organizations at a time.

No, bookkeepers do not do company taxes. Taxes are done by an accountant. However, bookkeepers play an important role in making sure that financial transactions are recorded in a timely and accurate manner. This ensures that the financial information for a company is easy to read and use once it is time for an accountant to take over and do the taxes.