This course is for beginners. You will find that its unique teaching approach makes learning accounting much easier than ever before. There is no boring text to wade through. No memorizing monotonous formulas, and no big final exam. Each unit of accounting knowledge is simple to learn and builds on what was previously learned. Just as a house is built “brick by brick”, you will build your house of accounting knowledge one step at a time. As long as you know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, plus, know the difference between left and right, and an increase and a decrease, you meet all the prerequisites for successfully completing this course. Each concept is simply and clearly explained. Your results are progressively measured, so you always know where you are and where you left off.
The course is taught in the format of a seminar. It is a dialogue between a teacher and seven students (you being the seventh). I have spent the last twenty plus years in the accounting field and have heard just about every question that can be asked about accounting basics. Using a question/answer format I am able to address and focus on these questions in a way not possible when using a straight text approach. In addition, a dialogue approach helps the subject matter become more personal and lively.
The first four phases of the course teach accounting “theory”. In the four phases, you will learn accounting background, concepts, principles, techniques, tools, and tips. Phase five, is the “practice” set, and in it, you will learn how to value and buy a business; set up your books from scratch as a sole proprietor; convert physical events into accounting transactions using the general journal; record entries from all the journals into the general ledger; and, create a set of financial statements. You will learn how to find mistakes and use specific tools to correct them. You will learn how to prove your work. After completing several months of financial statements, you will learn how to evolve a sole proprietorship into a partnership and eventually into a corporation.
During this process, an accounting toolbox is available that contains formulas, forms, templates, checklists, flow-charts, and schedules to assist you.
Phase six helps you understand how to interpret the data you have compiled so that it will become a useful management tool.
By learning the basics of accounting, whether you do the accounting yourself or hire someone else to do it, you will be in control and no longer feel at a disadvantage. Once you understand exactly how the numbers got where they are on the financial statement you will be in a position to ask intelligent questions. A checklist for proving balances on the financial statements is provided as an invaluable aide to managers.
Real Life Online Seminars provides accounting information you will learn as applied in “real life” small business situations. In other words, this course “cuts to the chase” and teaches only the accounting you really need. Academic accounting classes tend to cover arcane subject matter that you will never experience in your small business. Naturally, no course can cover every specific business need. However, you will find that the knowledge base gained from taking Accounting for Non-Accountants will provide an excellent foundation for furthering your accounting learning. Keep in mind though; this course is not accredited; therefore, it does not lead to a degree in accounting.
Also, remember that the course is strictly Internet based. As mentioned earlier, there is no textbook required, no CD or course material to send you. The course is designed for the busy professional. Each self-study section can be completed is less than 30 minutes. You can ask questions via email to the author and receive a reply within 24 hours. At the end of each study section is a short quiz or “memory jogger” to reinforce what you have just learned. You must pass the quiz to move on in the course. At the end of the course you will be entitled to a Certificate of Completion upon request.