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NOTICE: Course registration is closed permenantly. Currently registered students have until November 30, 2018 to complete the course.

The HEART of Accounting™

You can “jump-start” your learning of basic accounting concepts by taking this NEW “break-through” course in just FOUR hours or less!!

Dear Visitor:

I assume you are visiting my Real Life Accounting (RLA) website because you are interested in learning more about financial accounting. Perhaps you’ve already evaluated your training needs and want to know more about The HEART of Accounting course. If not, you may want to click over to it now before reading on, as this evaluation could prove helpful in deciding whether this is the right course for you.


I recognize that many people may just want an introduction to accounting, or only a refresher on how debits and credits work. Some students may want a primer to jump-start them before starting two semesters of formal college accounting. It could be that business owners want to learn enough about accounting to communicate intelligently with their accountant or accounting staff. There may be lots of reasons why people only want an accounting course that is brief and to the point.

With this in mind, I have written an introductory accounting course that gets right to the heart of the matter. That’s why I call this course, “The HEART of Accounting".

This short four-hour course is designed to build a core of knowledge that will provide a foundation from which you can further your accounting education.

What can you learn in four hours?

The truth is that you simply cannot learn everything you need to know about accounting in four hours. You can learn, however, the “heart” or essence of double-entry accounting within that time frame when you take this course. For instance, you will learn:

  • What Double-Entry accounting is and how it works.
  • What the General Ledger is and how it functions.
  • What a Chart of Accounts is and how it is used.
  • What Financial Statements are and how they are organized.
  • What Debits and Credits are and how to use them.
  • What a General Journal is and the purpose it serves.
  • How to write General Journal entries using debits and credits.
  • How to record General Journal entries into the General Ledger.
  • How Financial Statements are prepared from the General ledger.

After completing the above steps, you will have a hands on idea about how the accounting cycle works from start to finish. Having worked through the steps yourself, you will see that it actually was not that difficult. Furthermore, your confidence in your ability to learn and understand more advanced accounting will be greatly enhanced.

Taken other accounting classes and still don’t “get it”?

I have taught this same seminar to live audiences and, at the end, you should see the faces light up when the students finally get it. If you are not sure where accounting begins or ends, then the whole process can seem very mysterious and intimidating. You might even be thinking it would be better to take a class with a live instructor who can answer your questions rather than take a written course all by yourself.

Well, fear not! This is a break-through course. This course is written in such a manner that you will not feel alone. In fact, you won’t be because you can ask me questions directly by e-mail, or telephone. Furthermore, you are not going to find in this course any arcane, dry, jargonized explanations. Nor will you see a concept explained out of context with other concepts, leaving you hanging and wondering what in the world I’m talking about.

Step-by-Baby-Step - The only way to go!

I have breached the wall of confusion that has surrounded accounting courses in the past and have found a way to teach the concepts of debits and credits to the average person in a painless and rather enjoyable way. I start at the beginning and link each concept logically to the next. You build your accounting knowledge brick by brick just like building a house. You don’t build the roof before laying the foundation. Do first things first, as the old saying goes. As I tell all my students, go slowly and make sure you fully understand each concept as it is presented before going on to the next.


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Knowing how to write general journal entries is, essentially, the ability to convert financially related physical events, (such as, selling goods and services to customers and depositing money into a bank account), into accounting transactions so they can be recorded onto the company books. This is a skill that must be mastered in order to speak the language of business, which is accounting. To do this requires a solid grasp of how debits and credits work. Unique to this course, is my innovative “six-step method” that makes these critical concepts easy to learn.


Not yet. Computers can’t think and accounting journal entries require a human thought process. The concept of “garbage in – garbage out” still holds true for computers.

There are two components to learn when using accounting software packages. The first component is the software itself; the manufacturer provides a manual or guide that will teach you how to use the software. The second component (usually missing) is knowledge of accounting, so you can:

  1. Understand what the software is supposed to do for you.
  2. Provide the information to the software program that is required for your books to be complete and accurate when finished.

The HEART of Accounting course will teach you how to do just that!!

Guaranteed 100%

I designed this course to jump-start your accounting knowledge by letting you see the big picture first. Once you see how it all fits together, your face will light up with the same excitement and enthusiasm as the live audiences. I guarantee it. If you are not absolutely satisfied with this course, I will gladly return your money with no questions asked. This is a RISK FREE offer to you.


Purchase the course TODAY and receive the Bonus Section that includes 100 practice journal entries related to sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and non-profit organizations. What better way to hone your newly acquired accounting skills?

Are you qualified to take this course? Test yourself to find out!

Yes, it’s true, you must have certain basic skills in order to successfully complete this course. Test yourself by answering the following four questions:

  1. Do you know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide?
  2. Do you know left from right?
  3. Do you know the difference between up and down?
  4. Do you know how to use decimals?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions then you are fully qualified to learn the accounting concepts presented in this course.

Time to Get Started!

Now that you know you are fully qualified to learn accounting, I invite you to take a short walk with me into the world of accounting. Relax, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and let me show you how easy it is to understand accounting.

Do you know that you can account for every penny using a double-entry accounting system? Whoever invented this system was a genius. What you are going to learn is no less than learning how to play a musical instrument. I only wish I could be there to see and hear you play your first tune. Shall we begin?


John W. Day

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Accounting for Non-Accountants

What Kind of Course Is This?

Accounting for Non-Accountants is a 20-hour strictly online accounting course that requires no textbook or live instructor. It is a self-paced accounting tutorial that can be taken 24/7 conveniently in your own home, office, or from any computer that has access to the Internet.

What Can You Learn From This Course?

You will learn double-entry accounting! This means understanding how debits and credits work. Acquiring this skill is the key that unlocks the mystery of accounting and makes it so you can speak the language of business, which is accounting.

You will then use this skill to convert financial events that occur in a business, such as selling goods and services, etc., into accounting transactions using the standard accounting journals.

This course will provide you with a hands on core of knowledge as to how small business financial statements are organized, prepared, and analyzed.

Here’s is a thumbnail of how the course is set up.

There a six phases to the course. The first four phases are theory based. The fifth phase is an extensive practice session. The sixth phase is a short management accounting session that deals with analysis.

First, you are going to learn the basic concepts, principles, and techniques that must be understood in order to complete the practice session. The practice session is similar to what accountants call a “client write-up”. For accountants to prepare a company’s financial statements, they must have certain materials from the client. These materials consist of a bank statement, check register, deposit and/or sales information, payroll reports, and any other pertinent items. The accountant reviews this information carefully, organizes and inputs the information into a computer and then runs a set of financial statements. This is what you will learn to do in the practice session.

First, you will learn how to value and buy a business. Next, you will create a set of books from scratch for a sole proprietorship. You will prepare monthly financial statements for a sole proprietorship until, at a certain time, you will transition into a partnership and eventually into a corporation. This will all happen during twelve monthly accounting periods. At the end of the year, you will close the books in preparation for the coming year. Working with the three main business entities will provide you with a sense of the similarities and differences in their respective accounting functions.

In the management section, you will be given a management checklist from which you can use to quickly analyze your own company’s books and prove the balance totals. You will be able to do this because you will now know exactly where the numbers came from and what they mean.

Find out more about the course

There is a blue box on this page with a menu of items that will provide more in-depth detail about this course. Be sure to access this information because you will find many of your questions answered. If you have any unanswered questions, please go to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for further review. If you still have any unanswered questions contact John Day directly.

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