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close this bookAccounting for the Microbusiness - A Teaching Manual (Peace Corps, 1975, 105 p.)
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close this folderThe system
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View the documentThe preliminary interview
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View the documentInstallation of the system
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View the documentMonth end financial statements
View the documentAnalysis
View the documentThe financial statements
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close this folderAids
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View the documentThe object of accounting
View the documentBalance statement
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View the documentDefinition of debit and credit
View the documentThe evolution of debit and credit
View the documentTransactions
View the documentCash voucher
View the documentSales voucher
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View the documentDiagram of the system
View the documentCash book
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View the documentCash transactions
View the documentCredit sales book
View the documentCredit purchases book
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View the documentCredit purchases
View the documentPayments
View the documentLoans to employees section
View the documentLoans to employees list
View the documentBook of accounts: Title of account pages
View the documentMonthly inventory listing
View the documentGuide to financial statement elaboration
View the documentUniterrupted working capital flow
View the documentInterrupted working capital flow
View the documentInventory control - page examples
View the documentControl of postdated checks
View the documentAuxiliary cash on hand sheet
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The preliminary interview



a. To establish a working relationship with the owner.

b. To study his learning potential and knowledge of accounting.

c. To understand every business transaction that the company makes in order efficiently organize the books.


Aid # 1. The Questionnaire.



This should be a loose interview session using the questionnaire as a guide.


It should be conducted in the owner's company so that the teacher can get a first hand idea of the company's operations, review the firm's paperwork and look at any rudimental accounting system that might be in use. In this way the instructor should be able to judge the difficulty or ease that teaching this person may present.


The understanding of all commercial transactions is indispensable. After the interview you should be able to state all the business policies of this company. This will include how postdated checks are issued, received and handled; whether the company incurs expenses or receives income from outside the business; who pays for the transportation of merchandise, etc.


After the interview list all the accounts this company needs to carry and in what manner you ought to organize the books to facilitate entries.


It might be pointed out that the teacher should not attempt to change the company's business practices at this point. He should only figure out how to account for them. During the lesson the concept of the separation of the owners' cash from that of the company will be introduced, Most fundamental business policy changes should be suggested only after the first month's financial statements are compiled. In this manner the instructor can demonstrate with facts how changes may improve the company's condition.