Top 25 Sites for Free Accounting Tutoring

24 Aug, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Accounting Resources

If you’re into crunching numbers, an accounting career might be in your future…and you, more than anyone else, probably know that every penny counts. So, we’ve compiled a list of free accounting tutoring and tutorial sites that range from beginning level to college courses, including software tutorials that don’t cost a dime. If you look for open source software and open source accounting tools, you’ll probably find more solutions as well.

Web Site Accounting Resources

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  1. Accounting Basics for Students: Michael Celender has been tutoring, lecturing and helping accounting students for a number of years. He created this site to help students and working professionals around the world learn accounting basics.
  2. Accounting for Everyone: This site includes free courses, a blog and is based on the 5th edition of the book, Accounting for Everyone. Its purpose is to help people become bookkeepers, run their businesses more effectively or start their own bookkeeping service by really understanding double-entry and why it is the standard used for bookkeeping and accounting globally.
  3. Accounting Coach: Accounting Coach is designed to help people without an accounting background easily understand accounting concepts at no cost. They also created thousands of practice questions using interactive drills and puzzles with immediate feedback.
  4. Accounting Learner: This blog offers insights into accounting, including links to free courses, publications, software and training as those options become available. You can leave comments for answers to questions.
  5. Accounting Learning Resources: You can find plenty of useful information on accounting basic and intermediate accounting, business accounting terms, accounting theory and practice at this site, which help you learn about accounting from the comfort of your home. Some courses are free, but you will pay for other courses.
  6. Bean Counter: Bean Counter is primarily an educational and information site that offers free accounting and bookkeeping tutorials/courses, tests, and quizzes.
  7. Bean Counter’s Free Accounting & Bookkeeping Tutorial Site: The focus of this educational and learning site is on learning bookkeeping and accounting. If you want to learn bookkeeping or how to do bookkeeping, you’ve come to the right place to find the bookkeeping and accounting training and help that you need.
  8. Bookkeeping Course: This is a free step by step tutorial from journal entry to the Balance Sheet. No previous background needed for this bookkeeping course.
  9. Financial Accounting I & II Quick Notes Course: This site offers a primary learning source, additional learning materials and exams with solutions. They also include a link to Accounting tutors (there is a charge for that latter service).
  10. Account Balancing
  11. QuickMBA Accounting: Each link on this page leads to a tutorial on accounting subjects. Learn the underlying assumptions and principles to accounting to how to make journal entries and adjust those entries.
  12. Simple Studies Accounting Made Simple: Basic membership to these courses is free, and includes information such as an introduction to accounting, double-entry accounting systems and liquidity and working capital analysis.
  13. Study My Accounting: This site offers free tutorials, including financial, managerial, cost, intermediate one and two accounting lessons. Instructor Janice Cobb from Texas Christian University offers these lessons and states, “The site is compatible with all professors and textbooks.”

OpenCourseware Accounting Resources

  1. Accounting: This course subsequently builds on traditional concepts of managerial accounting (break-even analysis; strategic decisions involving product line decisions; downsizing, outsourcing; profit planning and how to set and examine budgets; and transfer pricing to maximize company value [New Jersey Institute of Technology].
  2. Financial Accounting: Develop a framework for understanding financial, managerial, and tax reports. The course goal is divided into five subordinate challenges that can help you organize the way you learn accounting [MIT].
  3. Fundamentals of Business Analysis: This course is designed to give people new to the business analyst role or those who supervise business analysts a basic understanding of the functions and business impact of this role [University of California, Irvine].
  4. Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning: Financial planning, in the broadest sense, is an effort to manage all aspects of a person or family’s financial affairs. Classically, that begins with planning family spending and extends through risk management, taxes, wealth accumulation, investing, and wealth distribution [University of California, Irvine].
  5. Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting: This course studies basic concepts of financial and managerial reporting. The viewpoint is that of readers of financial and managerial reports rather than the accountants who prepare them [MIT].
  6. Management Accounting and Control: This course is an introduction to the use of accounting information by managers for decision making, performance evaluation and control [MIT].
  7. Managerial Economics: his course covers the essential principles and tools of Managerial Economics, the application of microeconomics to management decisions [Utah State University].
  8. Euro Accounting
  9. Money & Management: There are over 600 pages included in this site, filled with 45 study units from the learning space. Not all courses including accounting or bookkeeping, but the issues all focus on money management [The Open University].

Accounting Software Tutorials

  1. Intuit Community: Although not set up as tutorials, this community question-and-answer format may show you how to cope with Quickbooks as a first-time user.
  2. JaxWorks: This site offers a list of free formatted Excel spreadsheets, including a worksheet to estimate the key financial figures for a company over five years. They also include a free Critec accounting program under “Accessories” at the bottom of the page and free Microsoft office training.
  3. Matt H. Evans: While this CPA does not supply free training, he does offer a wide range of free Excel spreadsheets already formatted. Samples include a basic program for doing capital budgeting analysis with inclusion of opportunity costs, working capital requirements and cashflow worksheets.
  4. Ozgrid: This link leads to Ozgrid’s free Excel training with free question support. They’ve also thrown in some VBA training materials. Additionally, if you order supplies from Ozgrid, they supply a free add-in Excel collection.
  5. Resources & Training – Accounting Relief Tutorials: Accountants World provides a long series of training videos and PowerPoint presentations on Accounting Relief software use. They also have Payroll Relief and Website Relief training on this site.