Have you little or no experience in accounting?
These courses are designed for someone like you. Take
The HEART of Accounting™ introductory
course first. It is very short and gently leads
you from one concept to the next. When finished
you should have a very good idea how debits and
credits are used to organize information into
the company books so a financial statement can be prepared.
Having this knowledge
and skill should give you the confidence to advance
to the more comprehensive online course Accounting for Non-Accountants.
Although there will be some redundancy when taking
both courses, “more is better” because
it will reinforce your learning. Review the course
content and course curriculum to
see the wide range of additional accounting concepts
and principles you can learn.
Has it been a while since you were involved with
You may be someone who took accounting courses years
ago and have pretty much forgotten how it all works. Both courses offer
an excellent review of the basics. Take the previews of both courses to
find out which one or both suits your needs. If you need a quick review,
choose The HEART of Accounting
™. If you need to get back into accounting
principles, depreciation, goodwill, bank reconciliations, receivables,
payables, payroll, and etc., choose the online
Do you work in accounting but feel you need more
Perhaps you work at a job where you perform a certain
aspect of accounting but are not exposed to the full accounting cycle
(the big picture). You already have a good mastery of how debits and credits
work and can write general journal entries. Skip The HEART of Accounting™ and review the curriculum
of Accounting for Non-Accountants. See if there
are study sections that you think would benefit your knowledge base.
Are you planning to go into business as a bookkeeper?
Have you been working in a job doing some accounting
functions and feel like it is time to move on and
start your own bookkeeping practice? You don't quite feel you know enough
to strike out on your own at this time and are looking for a course to
beef up your knowledge base. Both courses could be of help to you in that
effort. However, you should decide if it is important for you to have
a certification from some nationally recognized bookkeeping organization.
If that's the case, perhaps it would make more sense for you to take a
correspondence course that is designed to help you get your practice up
and running. There are a number of organizations that offer bookkeeping
courses. Most of them are fairly expensive and take some time. To find
them use Goggle.
Are you wanting to become a Certified Public Accountant
(or the equivalent)?
If you are on a career track to becoming a Certified
Public Accountant (CPA) or its equivalent in another country you are going
to need university courses that are accredited. You don't have to have
a degree in accounting to become a CPA. You may have been working in the
field of accounting for a long time and have decided to sit for the exams.
However, if you are at that level of accounting you are way beyond what
these beginning courses can offer you.
Do you need to take classes that are accredited,
in that they lead to a degree in accounting?
The Real Life Accounting courses are not accredited.
They are offered as information relating to small
business accounting in a way that is scaled down to just the essentials.
This way they are easy to understand, inexpensive, don't take a lot of
time and can be used as a springboard for more advanced learning.
Are you looking for a refresher course in accounting?
Both courses are perfect as a refresher. Perhaps you
have forgotten how to apply debits and credits, or how the balance sheet
functions, etc. You knew at one time but you just need a little practice.
Look over the table of contents
from The HEART of Accounting and the curriculum
of Accounting for Non-Accountants. You can take a preview of the first
study section in either course to get a feel how the courses are structured.
Are you a student who needs an accounting primer
before starting your college accounting classes?
If you are about to launch into a college accounting
course and are worried that it is going to be difficult then take either
of these two course as a primer. I teach first concepts first. If you
get a clear picture of the overall function of the accounting cycle first
and a good working knowledge of debits and credits then you won't be scrambling
around slightly lost when the professor hands out those working papers
that stretch out for fifty yards. You will know what you are attempting
to accomplish and have some basic tools to work with. Naturally, you will
be learning about much more than is offered in these two short courses,
but you will be pointed in the right direction.
Are you going to be taking care of the bookkeeping
responsibilities of a business?
Often I hear that a relative has been invited to take
care of the books for a spouse, child, or parent who has started a new
business. The business owner feels more secure because at least they will
have someone they trust managing the money. The person receiving the invitation
usually has some background in business or finance but not necessarily
accounting. I recommend highly that you start with The
HEART of Accounting
™ and then move quickly onto the more comprehensive online course Accounting
. You will have to learn things that are specific to
the business you will be working in that are not included in the courses.
However, you will have a foundation from which to draw from. These two
courses will make it possible for you learn enough accounting to prepare
financial statements without having to go back to college or going to
Are you looking for a class in accounting because
your employment either requires it or because it would prove helpful?
These courses are designed for you. They are inexpensive,
written so you can understand them, and relatively short. You are eligible
for a Certificate of Completion from the online Accounting for Non-Accountants
course because you have to pass all the quizzes before you can advance.
We know when you have completed the course. We can't do that with The
Heart of Accounting because it is essentially a workbook that is in your