Cost Accounting For Dummies, 2nd Edition
The world needs accountants. People who know how to do accounting make the business world go round. Accountants analyze and report on every aspect of a business.
Cost accounting can be the most difficult accounting topic to grasp. This area has a unique language — a set of terms that differ quite a bit from other areas of accounting. Students and business owners may find cost accounting more chal-lenging than other areas of accounting.
I wrote Cost Accounting For Dummies because your ability to understand this material has a huge payoff. Every business can be improved using cost accounting. The concepts help you to lower costs and increase profits. I’m passionate about helping you learn more about these critical topics.
About This Book
Some cost accounting books overwhelm you with dozens of complex topics. Not Cost Accounting For Dummies. Here, I focus on the really important topics that are used the most often. Accounting knowledge is meaningful when you can use it to solve a problem.
As a friend of mine once said, “It’s hard to drink out of a fire hose,” so I present the material in this book in an easy-to-read reference format. The book is logi-cally divided into parts. Each part contains several chapters that are divided into readable “chunks” or sections. This system avoids blasting you with information. Instead, topics are introduced at a steady (but not overwhelming) rate, with con-cepts building on one another, making the reading (and understanding) easier.
The great thing about the book is that you decide where to start and what to read. It’s a reference book. You can locate a topic in the table of contents or the index, read about it, and move on. Accountants love organization (most accountants place their pencils in order from shortest to longest). This book is organized to be a quick reference.
I had to make some assumptions about you, the reader. As I wrote the book, here’s what I assumed:
» You’re someone who needs an easy-to-read overview of cost accounting. Also, you want to investigate the topics that are used the most often to solve problems. You may be reading this book while taking a cost accounting course, but a business owner who needs more cost accounting knowledge should also find value in reading it.
» You’re able to follow basic arithmetic and algebra. Many items you need to calculate appear in the form of equations. Accountants love to create an x or y variable and then solve for that variable, using an equation.
» You have a beginner’s-level knowledge of how a business works. You under-stand that sales less expenses equals profit. You’re aware that a business needs to have capital (cash, equipment, and so forth) to operate.
» You’re willing to read, pause, and assess what you’ve read. Learning cost accounting takes some effort. It’s not the sort of thing you can rush through. Whereas the text makes it easy to find information, it takes some effort to understand what you read. After you get it, you can use cost accounting to improve your business for years to come.
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