Accounting Unplugged


Posted in Workbook by Erin Lawlor on the May 22nd, 2009

A few months ago I proposed the idea of selling a workbook for the purposes of supporting this site.   I changed the dates and then just never delivered the workbook.

This is what happened.  I wrote it and agonized over its release because there is always just one more thing I want to add.  It has sat quietly in my files for over a month waiting for me to release it and now I am going to set it free (so to speak).  I just finished reviewing it and changing a key word in it that was troubling me and if you would like a copy, Click Here for the .pdf. Please remember to send me some feedback.  I promise that I will not share or use your email address for any reason unless you request it from me.

I will provide the workbook for free for now.  If you feel that you’ve benefited from my work and would like to return some benefit to me there will be an optional donate button on the site.

My own review.  I think the workbook has great substance and is very useful. It is not a practical how-to workbook for bookkeeping, it is a how-to-understand accounting workbook.  The forms I included are far from perfect in appearance but they are useful and illustrate my points well.  I do think I ran out of editor steam towards the end and it isn’t as engaging at the end as I think it is in the beginning.  I will probably work through those issues and try to improve it as I receive feedback.

Thank you for continuing to visit my site and I sincerely hope that it has been of help to you.


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  1. muwanika sosan said,

    on July 30th, 2009 at 5:30 am

    well it has been an interesting work i would say and i belief it will add value to my understanding.

    Thanks for your articles

  2. Ann said,

    on August 25th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Erin….Thanks for the informative workbook !!! I’ve been a bookkeeper for 20+ years, but it has been primarily for small companies. I currently work for a surety bond company, and reading your information pertaining to Percentage of Completion and Work in Progress really helped me to understand exactly how it works. I understood it to an extent before, but now I can feel confident that I do understand it.

    I have bookmarked this site and am sure I will be back soon !!!

    Thanks again !!! :)

  3. JESSICA HALL said,

    on December 15th, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Thank you for your helpful information!

  4. Hang said,

    on June 21st, 2010 at 7:01 am

    i, I’m Hang
    I’m student in term 1 Accounting. I never had thus subject when i was in High-school, otherwise, I’m not native English speaker so Accounting is quite complicate and unclear to me. I downloaded your text book and i will try it at my 2 weeks break term. I will send u feedback after that.
    Hopefully it’s useful to me.
    Anyway, Thank you!

  5. Omar Abdisalam Hassan said,

    on April 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    accounting is a very good subject and it is very easy subject
    it needs more and more practice.

    then you will do it well and will be perfect

  6. Jolly said,

    on June 18th, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thanks, this is perfect for revision purposes! I need to brush up on my double-entry for a competency exam, after years of working with accounting packages, one forgets the basics, so this fab! Thanks for sharing!

    I wish you well.

  7. Rob said,

    on March 16th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Found your website in an effort to give my son an understandable introduction to double entry and like topics, i qualified as a ACA in the UK some 30 years ago and, believe me, trying to ‘teach’ something that to me is as obvious as breathing is NOT easy!

    may thanks

  8. admin said,

    on March 17th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks everyone for the comments, I appreciate your feedback very much. Very humbling.

  9. liz said,

    on April 30th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    After my long search for a workbook that would give me problems and answers, I found that I was coming up with little to nothing. I feel grateful that I have found this book and the information that it has in it. I am an auditor, I feel that I need refresh my knowledge with basic accounting as I never use it, as my work consists of high level accounting, and minimal review of completed JV’s. With the little time that I have spent reviewing this book, it looks like it is just what I need!

    Thanks again.

  10. Sarah said,

    on June 8th, 2013 at 8:32 pm


    Thank you! I’m a bookkeeper for a small firm and sometimes the ins and outs of double entry accounting puzzle me. I’ve found your website very helpful – particularly since I’ve been reworking my Chart of Accounts. I am grateful to you for putting everything in a workbook as well.

    Very well done!

    Thanks so much!

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