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How to Use QuickBooks Online

Get hands-on experience in QuickBooks, focusing on essential accounting practices, financial management, and real-world applications to enhance your practical skills and career readiness.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
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Some experience required
Degree and experience required


QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software that helps businesses manage their finances by tracking income and expenses, invoicing customers, paying bills, and generating financial reports. It's crucial for modern accountants to understand QuickBooks Online because it streamlines financial management, offers real-time data access, and enhances bookkeeping accuracy and efficiency. Approximately 80% of small businesses use QuickBooks, making it the most popular accounting software in the U.S., with over 26.5 million businesses utilizing it.

In my QuickBooks Online project, you will develop essential accounting skills through hands-on experience with the software, learning to navigate its features and manage accounts effectively. You will gain proficiency in generating and interpreting financial reports, including profit and loss statements and balance sheets. Additionally, you will build strong bookkeeping skills by understanding and performing fundamental tasks such as accounts payable (AP), accounts receivable (AR), and bank reconciliations. By applying core accounting principles to real-world scenarios, you will enhance your practical knowledge and prepare for successful careers in the accounting industry.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    May 27, 2024
  • Application deadline
    June 23, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    July 8, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Proficiency in QuickBooks: Hands-on experience navigating the software and managing accounts.
  • Financial Reporting Skills: Ability to generate and interpret profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
  • Bookkeeping Skills: Understanding fundamental bookkeeping tasks.
  • Practical Application of Accounting Principles: Applying core accounting concepts to real-world scenarios.
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

Introduction to QuickBooks Online
Chart of Accounts and Company Settings
Managing Sales and Income
Handling Expenses and Vendors
Accounts Payable (AP) and Accounts Receivable (AR)
Bank Reconciliations
Financial Reporting
Practical Application and Real-World Scenarios


  • Math Skills: Basic arithmetic understanding.
  • Attention to Detail: Accuracy in data entry and record-keeping.
  • Time Management Skills: Efficiently managing study and practice time.

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About the expert
Bud  Khurelbaatar
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My name is Bud Khurelbaatar, and I am originally from Mongolia. My academic journey in finance began at San Francisco State University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Initially, I was interested in pursuing law, but on my dad’s recommendation, I shifted my focus to accounting. He pointed out that it better suited my love for detail, my need for order, and my comfort with numbers. In hindsight, choosing accounting was a decision I am grateful for; it has been the right path for me.  

Outside of my professional responsibilities, I take immense pleasure in exploring the great outdoors. Riding my road bike along challenging trails, hiking through peaceful landscapes, and camping under the open sky are excellent ways for me to relax and recharge.  

Professionally, I am currently employed as an accountant at a healthcare provider company, where my daily responsibilities include meticulous financial analysis, managing accounts payable (AP) and receivable (AR), conducting bank reconciliations, preparing income statements and balance sheets, and handling payroll. This role presents both challenges and satisfaction, allowing me to apply my skills in practical scenarios that contribute to the company's success and stability.

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