How to start out as a bookkeeper?
Find free things to do to start, for example, you can download the QuickBooks Online and Xero Accountant platforms and go through their certification. Your accomplishment would be knowing and understanding their software. That’s a good starting place.
Additionally, it is a good time to look into building your business – the infrastructure. Will you need things like Microsoft Office, business cards, a website, things that do cost money. It would be good to begin planning on these things as well.
Look for events for networking, how will you build your business? Will you have a niche industry or work solely with businesses? Solely with individuals? A mix?
It’s good for planning and strategy.
Daniel Smales is the owner of Prime Link Consulting, offering Finance Strategy and Managerial Accounting. Helping businesses understand their financial position to plan, improve, change, and build.
You should get certified before starting out as a bookkeeper. In addition to becoming a certified bookkeeper, you should also consider getting certified in a few of the leading accounting software providers, like QuickBooks and FreshBooks.
Most of the companies are more willing to hire a freelance bookkeeper who has some previous work experience. It gives you the opportunity to make contacts within the industry.
Start with an Internship at bookkeeping and accounting offices as part-time.
Once you are certified and gotten your license, it’s time to start promoting yourself as a bookkeeper.
you can always post an ad on classifieds page to let people know about your services.
I hope it helped!
I would start it as you would any business: Line up potential customers first. I don’t know what you are doing now for income, whether you have a full-time job or are coming out of school or whatever. But the only goal of any small business like this is to generate revenue as quickly as possible.
The easy part is setting up the office, and I admit it’s a lot of fun: Scouting out office space, selecting furniture and art for the walls. But resist doing the fun part first. Instead focus on the hard part, which is getting clients. You should work out of your home until the point where your home is bursting at the seams. Then and only then do you take the jump to and outside office.
Once you have all your basic equipment purchase, such as a cloud quickbooks hosting pc to do all your work (and make SURE your electronics are all unhackable — people are entrusting their financial and personal information to you. Do not make it easy for thieves to enter your system and steal that information), and other office supplies, then you need to start getting clients.
If you don’t know how to get clients, you had better learn fast. You will have no business until you do.