With my science background I have problems with accounting as is taught everywhere.
Why do I have to have a lined book, wouldn’t an Excel file be just as good or better?
Could you recommend me a course that would explain why things are done this way?
Sure, a spreadsheet program like Excel (or the free Open Office Calculate) works great for record keeping in a simple small business.
If you are interested in a bookkeeping class I can recommend the free on-line tutorial offered by Bean Counter at http://www.dwmbeancounter.com/tutorial/Tutorial.html. It teaches the double entry system, not the more simplified record keeping that I explain in Business Tips and Taxes for Writers.
Or the Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 583 – “Starting a Business and Keeping Records” has a detailed example of a single entry type of system. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p583.pdf. It’s only 27 pages long, if you don’t mind reading IRS publications.
If you don’t like reading IRS-ese, then try Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, especially Chapters 8, 9 and 10 where I show authors a simple record keeping system.
I think it will help a lot!
Carol Topp, CPA