Keeping books can be a crucial part of running your own business or even a career taking care of accounting tasks for others. There are certified bookkeeping courses that can be taken to become a certified book-keeper, but it is not a requirement to work as one. You can learn the processes and methods of bookkeeping for free with some effort and diligence.
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- Library access
Go to the public library and access the section on bookkeeping. There should be a lengthy list of titles for the basics of bookkeeping and self-taught bookkeeping courses in print. Request any needed texts not in your library's collection from the librarian; he may be able to use interlibrary loan to get the materials from another library. Be sure to remember you can't write in the library books but you can copy the pages or write the lessons on other paper.
Access bookkeeping tutorial websites such as dwmbeancounter and bookkeepingcourse; fully-detailed lessons and tutorials on bookkeeping methods are given on these sites. Both of these websites are created by bookkeeping professionals and have extensive information. Follow the lessons provided and access any reference materials suggested on the sites when possible.
Practice bookkeeping methods in real-life situations. Even simple activities such as personal monthly bill paying can be an opportunity to use formal bookkeeping methods as a practice tool; formatting the information into a ledger-type system is good practice for you. This is a good way to check your accuracy since you are familiar with the actual numbers being used for your own personal finances. You will be able to see how well your bookkeeping knowledge is progressing.
Trade services with a book-keeper that you know by offering to intern for them in exchange for education. They may need help during very busy times such as tax season; you can do menial things for them such as preparing mail, errands or copying in exchange for some hands-on bookkeeping lessons.
Check your community education and senior centre for free classes. Often retired book-keepers or accountants offer free mini classes at senior or community centres. This can also cultivate a good contact person for you to ask questions of while you are following your own studies.
Practice, practice, practice! Once you have gained materials to use and the information to follow for bookkeeping methods, utilise it daily. Keep ledgers and notebooks for practicing and use any opportunity to plug in numbers in your daily routines to practice.
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