Bookkeeping Techniques For Morons

Please don't think I am calling you a "moron" to hurt your feelings in any way. I was a moron when I first started setting up my files. You have to force yourself to do it NOW -- right at the beginning! Many of a business has collapsed simply because they lacked organization in their basic accounting business practices. Don't be one of them!

As a small business you don't have to really do much in the beginning. Here is how to set up your files from ground zero:

1. Take out a hanging file folder and a label of any kind. (Hanging folders and labels for them can be purchased at K-Mart, Wal-Mart and any office supply store.)

2. Type or hand print "Receipts" on the label and place it on the hanging folder.

3. Now, place 5 MANILA file folders inside the hanging file folder (which you labeled "Receipts") and label each of the manila file folders with the following headings:

a. Advertising
b. Postage
c. Office Supplies
d. Utilities and Rent for the Office
e. Miscellaneous

You now have one large hanging file folder with 5 separate manila file folders inside it. Carefully place your hanging file folder in your metal file cabinet or cardboard banker's box. (A banker's box can be purchased at any office supply store also and normally cost around $4.)

Now, wasn't that easy? Some of you reading this will think that I am attempting to insult your intelligence. This is NOT my intention. This report is broken down in a simple, step-by-step way so everybody can understand it -- regardless of their previous knowledge and experience. Remember, some people have never worked in an office their entire life. What seems simple and accepted to some of us, may be something another person would never have known.

Okay, let's go back to where we were. You now have one master file completed and we're ready to make another just like it. This time we'll name the hanging file folder "Income" and label 3 manila folders inside it with the following headings: a. Completed and Shipped Orders b. Inquiries and Correspondence c. Open Orders Still Pending

See how easy? From now on, you simply make another folder as the need arrives and you're files will always be easy to maintain. (Once you get this concept down pat -- you can easily think about getting a computer. A computer organizes its information in the SAME manner. Believe me -- this same system works! You'll be amazed at how many mistakes it will help you prevent.)

Yes -- bookkeeping is a very simple process. All you have to do is keep the system going. For instance, every order that I process, I completely finish before moving on to the next order. Example:

1. Mail is received and opened. As each piece is opened it is placed into individual piles. Orders with pre-payment are placed in one pile, information and daily correspondence in another, and so forth.

2. Each order that has been pre-paid for is processed first -- with each one being processed individually to completion. (That means it is in an envelope, a label typed out and the completed order is ready to be mailed at the post office.)

3. During the process, the "date," "amount of check or payment" and "product ordered" is recorded on the outside of the envelope -- making sure the customer's full name, address and telephone number (if available) is on the envelope too.

4. Just before closing up the office for the evening, the envelopes are then keyed into the database on our computer (you can substitute a computer for the hanging files in the beginning.) We record all the information that was written on the envelopes during the processing of the order. (Don't think you will remember "what" the order was. That thinking will open you up to make human errors.)

If you operate an Internet business, you are going to use computer and email a lot. You need do following:

1. Create different folder in your computer, name it with different resources: marketing, search engine tools, articles and tips, ebooks, ezine lists, picture files...

2. Create folders in your email account, you can save useful emails for different purpose: training, sales, purchase receipt, new customers, prospects... As your business grows, your understanding and abilities will grow also. At that time you can grow into a more sophisticated means of keeping the books.

In the meantime -- keep good records. They are the lifeblood of any business and can eventually make or break you. You'll thank yourself in the long run.

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When she approached him, the patient pulled out a pistol and shot her in the chest.

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The UN children’s agency has warned in a report that the cognitive development of millions of under-fives is being undermined because parents are receiving neither the right guidance nor basic support, such as maternity leave.

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According to the UN, between October 2015 and August 2017, more than 360 children were used by the 23,000-strong armed taskforce, some as young as nine. The concord, reached after a year of negotiations led by the UN, will draw a line under the enlistment of children by the group.

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Government to launch inquiry after health minister admits that babies were taken from mothers and sold to foreigners for adoption in 80s

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Conflict and climate change have brought with them dangerous levels of hunger and malnutrition in many countries. Photojournalist Chris de Bode visits Burundi, Central African Republic and Niger to hear people’s stories of how simple interventions are helping communities to cope

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Photographs by Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures

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This week, Ivanka Trump came out about having postpartum depression after the births of each of her three children. Struggling with mental health challenges after childbirth is common, and terrible, and I feel awful for anyone who had to deal with it.

However, it’s a bit ironic that the same week Ivanka is talking about her experience, her father is pushing for a healthcare repeal bill that would gut pregnancy and mental health protections for Americans.

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At the Nato summit in May he manhandled Duško Marković, the prime minister of Montenegro, to get to the centre of a group photograph, where he stood preening among his bemused peers.

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Six weeks ago, New Zealand’s election campaign was limping toward a foregone conclusion. The centre-right National party looked a shoo-in for a fourth term (matching the legendary 1960-72 administration of Keith Holyoake), and prime minister Bill English was on track to find redemption (he was party leader when National suffered its worst-ever election defeat in 2002).

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Until Wednesday, the Spanish government’s line on the looming independence vote in Catalonia had been calm, confident and succinct: “There will be no referendum on 1 October.” All too aware of the extreme volatility of the situation, it either sidestepped or shrugged off excitable questions about secession or the possibility of Madrid stepping in to take control of the rebellious regional government.

Related: Catalan president says Madrid is suspending region’s autonomy

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Address by de facto leader of Myanmar on forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims contained truths, half-truths and falsehoods

Following weeks of silence in the face of claims of ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya population, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has delivered a controversial speech.

Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis

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US president appeared to be directly threatening overwhelming military force against Pyongyang, but experts say there might have been another message

On the face of it, Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea was aimed squarely at Kim Jong-un and the twisted and reckless “band of criminals” he said surrounded him.

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” the US president warned during his bellicose debut at the UN general assembly.

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The best we can hope for is a world where Trump and Kim decide they would rather play with other toys than their nuclear missiles

Donald Trump will always be Donald Trump. If anyone hasn’t yet learned that lesson, today was educational. Trump, the reality show, punchline president – he’s great for the Emmys! – rambled in front of the United Nations general assembly about “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. His colorful language might even be funny if it weren’t for the fact that Trump controls a nuclear arsenal powerful enough to annihilate humanity several times over.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” Trump said, detailing the horrors of what he deemed a “depraved” North Korean regime. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission” he said, adding: “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

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His maiden address was unlike any delivered by a US president, and when it was over a sense of incoherence and menace hung in the air

Donald Trump’s maiden address to the UN general assembly was unlike any ever delivered in the chamber by a US president.

There are precedents for such fulminations, but not from US leaders. In tone, the speech was more reminiscent of Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chávez.

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David Smith reads between the lines of Trump’s first address to the UN general assembly, during which he threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.

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The two are bound by their mutual loathing of Obama’s foreign policy deal, even as it sets them apart from other world leaders at the UN general assembly

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in New York on Monday, at the start of a week in which they intend to launch a concerted assault at the United Nations against the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The US and Israeli leaders are expected to use their speeches to the UN general assembly on Tuesday to highlight the threat to Middle East stability and security represented by Tehran.

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Labour party leader says her party gave its all in the 2017 election campaign. Winston Peters will determine who ends up governing, with his New Zealand First party holding enough seats to form a coalition with either National or Labour

New Zealand gets hung parliament as Ardern falls short in election

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Donald Trump lambasts Kim Jong-un at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday night, saying ‘we have no choice’ with North Korea. Trump called Kim 'little rocket man' and described him as a madman. The president also criticised NFL players who didn’t stand during the national anthem at games and denied any collusion with Russia 

• Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in Alabama

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Water pours through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after a dam on Lake Guajataca in Puerto Rico cracks on Friday. About 70,000 people have been evacuated after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria. Nearly 40cm of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam

• Watch the full clip on Weather Nation’s social media

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A British Royal Navy helicopter hoists a woman and two children from a capsized vessel off Puerto Rico near the island of Vieques on Thursday as Hurricane Maria swept across the region. A distress call had been sent from the boat on Wednesday, stating it was disabled and adrift in seas

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For the short film It’s People Like Us, commissioned by Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, Academy Award-winning director Eva Orner put dashcams in the cars of five young drivers, which captured shocking footage of their texting, scrolling and calling habits

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Video shows the extent of flooding caused by Hurricane Maria in Cataño, Puerto Rico. The third hurricane to pummel the Caribbean in as many weeks, Maria made landfall early on Wednesday morning as a category 4 storm with winds of 155mph

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Rescue workers in Mexico City continue to search the precarious ruins of collapsed buildings on Thursday after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday. At least 250 people have died and 1,900 have been injured 

Entire towns in Mexico flattened as scale of earthquake damage emerges

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Foreign minister Ri Yong-ho ridicules US president for telling the UN general assembly he would have no choice but to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if provoked, and responds to Trump calling Kim Jong-un ‘rocket man’ by saying he feels sorry for the former’s aides

‘Sound of a dog barking’: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

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Thousands of people have demonstrated in Barcelona after Spanish police officers arrested 12 Catalan officials in a bid to stop an upcoming independence referendum. Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont, says the Spanish central government has effectively suspended the region's autonomy. The country's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, insists the independence vote is illegal

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A Mexican news station was broadcasting live when the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck. Footage shows studio equipment and lights swinging violently as the anchor and staff run out of the studio. A warning siren is heard in the background as the studio camera goes off-air. The earthquake was the deadliest to hit Mexico in more than 30 years. It has flattened buildings and sent masonry tumbling on to streets, crushing cars and people in the capital, Mexico City, and neighbouring areas

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