My favorite accounting sites for new small business owners

When I was first learning accounting and bookkeeping, I was hungry for anything break down the accounting process clearly and simply, without putting me to sleep. That’s a lot easier said than done.

I know I’m not the only small business owner who didn’t start out with a background in accounting, so today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite sites that will get you feeling like an accounting superstar in no time. If you’re an entrepreneur just starting out on your own, but want to understand some of the fundamentals yourself, read on.

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Entrepreneurship, useful questions, and setting goals

A busy week on Twitter! Check out the links below for my weekly roundup.

How to Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You @ The Wall Street Journal: “Starting a business is a lot like becoming a parent. Not only do you have to prepare for your start-up emotionally and financially, but you have to be committed to its constant needs until it’s mature enough to hum along on its own.”

How to Ask Useful Questions @ Josh Kaufman: Sometimes you might think you’re asking a good question, but have you given enough context for a solid answer? Does your question respect the other’s time and experience? Has your question indirectly transferred responsibility away from you? Josh Kaufman lays out some solid tips for getting useful answers.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. @ Entrepreneur: Setting goals is smart, but it doesn’t have to be the only method you use for accomplishing what you want. As a small business owner, it’s important to understand the difference between goals and systems. As James Clear writes, “Goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.”

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love @ Brain Pickings: Even though it’s from 1949, this little pocketbook, How to Avoid Work, is chock full of practical wisdom for learning to do what you love. “Despite the occasional vintage self-helpism of the tone, the book is remarkable for many reasons — written at the dawn of the American corporate era and the golden age of the housewife, it not only encouraged people of all ages to pursue their passions over conventional, safe occupations, but it also spoke to both men and women with equal regard.”

Introducing QuickBooks Tutorials @ Quickbooks: Whether or not you’re new to QuickBooks, there’s always more to learn. And fortunately, QuickBooks has recently announced QuickBooks Tutorials! Great for small business owners looking to learn the ropes on their own (but of course, it’s always good to have a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor on your side, too).