Basic Accounting Equation

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Have you ever heard of the basic accounting equation? And do you know what this is? This equation is really, really important. In fact, all accounting entries are derived from this. If you really understand it, the rest of accounting is much easier. If you don't, you'll probably find the subject pretty hard. So listen up...

Accounting as a whole is based on a single equation: 


Accounting = Balance

The word equation comes from the word equal.

For any equation, one side always equals another. Also, equations can be made out of anything.

For example:
1 Orange = $0,50
House = Walls + Doors + Windows + Roof
1 week = 7 days

So what does the accounting equation mean? Well, in order to answer that question we need to look at what each of the terms in the equation mean...

1. Assets 
2. Liabilities 
3. Owners Equity 

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