Read the Introductory lesson and Lesson 3 in the dwmbeancounter tutorials. This will give you a better grasp of what accounts you need to set up for your own business on

Lessons 4 & 5 are very short, so you may want to look at them too.  Our businesses are all small and relatively simple so there is really no need to worry about setting up a chart of accounts numbering system that is covered in lessons 1 & 2. 

Activities for this week.

  1. Develop your chart of accounts and set them up on 
  2. Have the list ready to share with the group on Wednesday April 18, or post in your workspace prior to the discussion.
  3. Start entering your own transactions into the online accounting system (or if you don't plan to use it yourself, do Joe Potter's transactions from our exercises at the end of week 3.

Next week will be the final week of this class unless there are too many unresolved issues that come up in our final two chat sessions. We will look a little deeper into the waveaccounting system and we will look at the idea of closing out the books for an accounting period.

Talk with you on Wednesday.

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Preclass Update:

If you are like me you have found the wave accounting system a bit frustrating to just jump into. 

Exploring the waveaccounting web application, I see it will generate the reports we have been talking about, but they are not accessible in any meaningful way until we get a bit of data uploaded. And that can't happen until you know how, where, and why. There is a 48 minute video that will give you your introductory training in the use of waveaccounting. The video is embedded in the reply below this one. Note that there is a little button in the lower right corner of the video frame that will allow you to expand the display to full frame. The audio quality is not the greatest, but it understandable. Please try to watch the video before the class chat Wednesday night at 8 pm EDT.

I have created a Skype group for Wes, Troy, June, and myself. I will start a call  with whoever shows up at the appointed time. We will simultaneously do text chat if one or more of you can't access Skype. Anyone else interested participating in the audio conference call should set me as a Skype contact - My USERNAME= geoglaznclay

WaveAccounting Video Introduction -- Length 48 minutes - Must see for New users.

It really is indispensable to get you oriented within the application.

It would probably be best to view it twice ... once as an overview and the second time to pausing take notes on the activities and procedures that you will be using for your own transactions and to really understand the points.

Weekly Class meeting notes from Skye conversation Wed. April 18 8-9 pm

Covered idea that prepayment of a long term expense like a 6 month insurance premium payment should be an asset that can be transferred to an expense account over time. Asset value declines as expense rises.

For period ending reports some expenses like earned but unpaid wages, taxes, etc. must be accrued as liabilities for accurate point in time reports.

Wave accounting topics.

Stressed value of the introductory video.

Transactions can be split between two businesses under a users account and even split out to personal accounts.

The wave promotional literature and video stress connecting your financial accounts (bank, credit cards, paypal, etc.) to the web application for automatic updating and the greatest ease in loading transactions into wave accounting. You do not have to do that. You can manually download your transactions from your financial institution to your computer in a number of common formats. Then you can upload your transactions to waveaccounting. If you do this second technique there will be no direct connection between your financial institutions and This may give you more peace of mind and is useful if you only want to update your finances once a month or so.

You can give a collaborator read only access or read/edit access to your waveaccounting books. 

Since the meeting was audio on Skype, we do not have a text transcript.  I will try to get recording capability up and running for the next session.



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