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Finance and Accounting Skills

If you want to succeed in business and in life, you need to have a basic understanding of finance and accounting. By acquiring these skills, you will master the art of creating a budget, understanding cash flow, and basic accounting terms and procedures.

The Small Business Administration reports that the main reason so many businesses fail is because the people in charge don't understand basic financial procedures. If you are in charge of a business, you must take the time necessary to learn the basics of finance and accounting. That way, the next time you are having a conversation with someone from the accounting department, you'll at least understand what she is talking to you about.

To help you learn more, the Small Business Administration offers many valuable services through S.B.A. regional offices, and through an online classroom. You might also consider taking an accounting class at a local community college. These courses are typically inexpensive and are usually offered in the evenings to accomodate the schedules of working people. Additional Web resources include:

Deal Consulting - Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics
http://www.dealconsulting.com/finance/bookkeep.html

Nolo.com - Accounting Terms
http://www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/articles/sb/business_words.html

Nolo.com - Cash vs. Accrual Accounting
http://www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/articles/sb/cash.html



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