Are you looking for free bookkeeping courses? With the increased use of the internet and YouTube, many resources are available for free online training.
We have looked through some of the top classes available; some are a simple introduction and others a free course. A few have paid options as well so that you can progress your knowledge.
These courses are a great way to start bookkeeping and accounting, whether launching a new small business or refreshing your knowledge. With the internet and learning becoming more popular, there are new online courses available all the time.
Free online Bookkeeping Courses for Beginners
The Accounting Coach
One of our favourite online courses is The Accounting Coach.
Everything is in simple sections, including Accounting Basics, debits and credits, chart of accounts, bookkeeping and Equations. Each section splits into sub-sections.
When you have completed a section, the are practice quizzes, crosswords and questions to complete.
The whole website is well laid out and easy to follow. You can work at your own pace or research one section. It acts as a great study guide.
The Accounting Coach also offer paid features; videos, flashcards, tests, cheat sheets, PDFs and certificates. It is a one-time fee starting at $49.
It is an excellent way for an introduction to learning bookkeeping and accounting.
Basic Bookkeeping Course
Open Learn is part of The Open University and is a fully online distance learning offering degrees.
For free, they have an Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting. It is an 8-hour course, including the following:
- Essential numerical skills required for bookkeeping and accounting
- Double-entry and the balance sheet
- Double-entry and the profit and loss account
If you decide to continue your training, they have a BA (Honours) Business Management (Accounting) course.
Future Learn have a training course – Bookkeeping for Personal and Business Accounting. It is a 4-week course of 3 hours per week.
The course includes:
- Financial accounting and reporting
- Essential Numerical Skills
- Double-entry and the Balance Sheet
The training course is free, but they also offer an upgrade for £42, which includes having access to the course for as long as you like, access to tests and a certificate of achievement.
There are lots of reviews with a score of 4.4 stars.
Free Bookkeeping Accounting – Online Accounting Course
Free Bookkeeping Accounting is a YouTube video course run by Bookkeeping Master. The course comprises of 11 videos and is reasonably short. You will learn:
- The basics of double-entry bookkeeping
- Basic bookkeeping terminology
- The fundamentals of debits and credits
- How to compile basic bookkeeping reports
The videos are easy to follow and are transparent.
Some of the comments he has received on the first one include: “Extremely helpful”, “very clearly explained and very helpful”, and “thank you for this course and great video.”
There is also a paid-for version called the Ultimate Bookkeeping & Accounting Course. It is aimed at students, business owners, new bookkeepers and anyone wanting a refresher.
Bean Counter is an excellent online course that includes information, quizzes and videos. It is called: So you want to learn bookkeeping.
It is aimed at business owners, managers and anyone who wants to learn the basics.
The information is clear and uses fun cartoons throughout the course. If you find the course hard to read, check out the videos that go with it.
You will learn:
- Bookkeeping Language
- Accounting Equation
- Debits and Credits
- General Ledger Journals
- Financial Statements
If you prefer to use an eBook, a version is available for $14.95
Free Bookkeeping Courses
Alison Free Online Courses
Alison offers over 1000 different free courses, including accounting. There are adverts throughout the material, but you can pay to remove them.
They have two levels of courses, introduction and diploma. The introduction courses will take up to 5 hours and diplomas for around 15 hours. It is possible to purchase a certificate at the end.
The courses are written and include examples within the text.
The bookkeeping courses include:
- Introduction to Business Accounting
- Basic Accounting
- Principles of Accounting
- Sales and Purchases
- Double Entry Bookkeeping
- Trial Balance
- Bank and Petty Cash
You can even go on other accounting courses when you are ready.
As with most online free bookkeeping courses, you can work at your own pace and continue when you want.
If you are thinking of a career in bookkeeping, the edX course may be for you. It is an introductory course from ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
It lasts for six weeks, with between four to five hours per week.
The course includes:
- Business Transactions, the banking system and double entry bookkeeping
- Payroll and ledger accounts
- Reconciliation and preparing a trial balance
It is aimed at people who want to start a career in business, finance or accountancy, study business or finance, launch your start-up or prepare for ACCA’s exam.
Xero is one of the leading accounting software providers; it’s one that I recommend to clients.
They have a simple introduction to bookkeeping which you read online or download an ebook version; it includes:
- Introduction to bookkeeping
- Double-entry bookkeeping explained
- What does a bookkeeper do?
- What types of bookkeeper are there?
If you are using XERO software, they also have lots of resources to help.
Skillshare is a fantastic resource for all business resources, from website design to bookkeeping. There are bookkeeping courses available.
To get started, sign up and log in. Search on the resource and find a course to suit you. One course that I found was accounting fundamentals – understanding financial statements.
The course includes:
YouTube is a fantastic resource for learning almost anything. Over the years, I have found some great videos on Excel and bookkeeping.
Here are a few videos worth taking a look at:
Bench – Bookkeeping Basics for small business owners.
Fine points Bookkeeping has lots of different bookkeeping videos, most of then are aimed at bookkeepers.
If you are looking for a specific topic, complete a search. Try basic bookkeeping, chart of accounts, double entry bookkeeping, debits and credits, or balance sheet to get started. You may find a channel that you like and watch several videos.
Further your Bookkeeping Studies
If you are looking for a long term career in bookkeeping, it might be worth looking at a paid-for qualification. When I started, I completed an A-Level in Accounting and then progressed to a part-time AAT (Association of Accounting Technician) qualification.
You will need to start by deciding which qualification will suit you and then look at the classes available. There are both courses, colleges and Universities.
Learn Bookkeeping – Resources on Business Accounting Basics
Why not use the resources from this website? An excellent place to start is the bookkeeping basics section. There are lots of links to guides on how to complete bookkeeping. The accounting basics also has lots of resources.
Personal Money Courses
So far we have looked at business bookkeeping, if you are after organising your personal finances there are a few organisations that can help:
Free Bookkeeping Courses – Conclusion
There are many free bookkeeping courses online; some will guide you through from start to finish, others you will need to research for the topic, and videos are a fantastic way of learning. You need to find the right course for your needs.
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