Doing Your Own Accounting? How Audio Books Can Help

July 7, 2011

If you are an auditory learner you have probably had some experience in choosing audio books for school, work, or pleasure. Although picking out audio books to help augment one’s understanding of various subjects may seem simple, when it comes to learning more about basic or intermediate accounting axioms, you may want to consider your level of interest, whether you wish to learn business or personal accounting, and how much of a monetary investment you would like to make. The following books are a few good resources for learners at various levels of interest.

  1. Accounting for Dummies Audio CD by John A. Tracy and Brett Barry is a cost effective resource for those looking to brush up on general accounting principles. Although the more advanced information provided in this audio book is geared towards small business owners, there is a great deal of basic personal bookkeeping methodology, which the average person would find useful

As with most of the “for dummies” series, this audio book is intelligible to people at different levels of understanding. Whether you have merely dabbled in accounting by doing your own taxes or using online accounting programs, this book is a good starting point to learn more about your finances.

  1. The Fiscal Fitness System: Understanding Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow (from the Made for Success Collection) by Gary Patterson is another option which caters mainly to those who wish to learn accounting for business purposes. This audio book details how to manage assets, liabilities, and equities without having to resort to hiring an accountant. At a moderate price, Gary Patterson helps you understand the net value of your company through tracking your rate of return, revenues, and expenses.
  2. Interactive Intermediate Accounting by Donald E. Kieso and Jerry J. Weygandt although significantly more costly covers much more material and provides an in depth description about advanced financial management. This book comes highly recommended for those who already have a solid basis of understanding for accounting principles and is widely used in educational settings.
  3. Taxes, Estate Planning and Asset Protection by Vernon Jacobs and Michael Ketcher is an audio book for beginners who are interested in how to handle assets such as stock, investments, and property.  This audio book is ideal for those who would like a formal knowledge of personal finance and economical theory. With a greater emphasis on personal finance, Jacobs and Ketcher provide a good introduction for those handling, tracking, and managing multiple assets.
  4. Financial Statements: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating and Understanding Financial Reports by Thomas R. Ittleson provides a more specific way of comprehending systematic records for personal or professional uses. Whether you want a better understanding of your financial position, cash flow, changes in equity, or profits and losses, this book can clarify much of the unknown. Both a guide for business owners and those interested in personal finance, this audio book covers the basics of financial reports.

Sarah Danielson works for Accounting Degree where you can find information on an Associates of Accounting degree and research online accounting programs.

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