COVID-19 accelerated the already-hot transition to cloud-based accounting applications, so many businesses now realize their accounting support and staff can be remote. This is great news for people considering a flexible career as a bookkeeper.
Given this, let’s dive into two questions:
- What kinds of skills, training, and experience do you need to have a successful career as a bookkeeper?
- What should you look for in an education/coaching program?
What kinds of skills, training and experience do you need to have a successful career as a bookkeeper?
The first two steps are for people who are seeking a job or want to build their bookkeeping career as an entrepreneur. Steps 3 and 4 are just for those who are aiming to be a bookkeeping entrepreneur and build their own business.
Step 1: Learn accounting
You would think this shouldn’t need to be said, but sadly, it does. Bookkeepers have to know accounting fundamentals to be successful.
At the most basic level bookkeeping is accounting with regular intervals, such as daily, weekly, or monthly. It takes a long time to learn accounting, but it is learnable. While you don’t have to know everything there is to know about accounting, you need to know enough to STOP when you encounter a complicated or confusing situation in a business’ books.
AccountingCoach.com is my favorite resource to recommend for anyone who wants to begin to study accounting. You can access all of the instruction for free. I like them because they are time-tested (formed in 2003) and have tests you can opt to take for a small fee of $99. Your confidence will SOAR when you pass those exams.
Intuit® has also just released a brand-new training in accounting fundamentals, and if you complete the requirements, you will be an Intuit Certified Bookkeeping Professional. For more information, you can watch the interview below.