What is accounting? Who needs it? How does it benefit businesses?This book answers those questions for the non- accountant.Accounting provides information that helps people in business increase their chances of making decisions that will benefit their companies.Accounting is the language of business, and like other languages,it has its own terms and rules. Understanding this language and learning to interpret it is your first step to becoming successful in your own business and in your personal financial life as well. In your personal life you can use accounting information to make decisions about investing in the stock market, applying for a loan, and evaluating potential jobs. Banks use accounting information to make decisions about granting loans. Government agencies base their regulations on accounting information. Accounting information can even be useful to non- business entities with an interest in how businesses affect local, national, or foreign communities and community members. Businesses use accounting information for planning and budgeting and for making decisions about borrowing and investing. Overall, accounting aids businesses in the process of making better decisions. The basics of accounting are the same regardless of the size or type of business. In Accounting for Non-Accountants, you will learn the basics of accounting through the examination of an imaginary small business, Solana Beach Bicycle Company. For more complex businesses, the economic transactions become more varied and complex, as does the process of reporting them to various users. The foundation of it all, however, remains the same. This book will give you a solid foundation you will be able to use in any accounting situation you encounter.Whether you own a business or do not, even if you’ve never had any experience with accounting and financial statements, this is the book for you.