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A bookkeeper is an accounting professional primarily responsible for maintaining a detailed record of purchases, sales, and other financial transactions.Bookkeepers perform a variety of tasks depending on what their clients/employer needs. Here are a few of the most common tasks for bookkeepers:

  • Prepare Financial Statements
  • Process Payroll
  • File and Pay Certain Taxes
  • Record and Pay Invoices
  • Perform Monthly Bank Reconciliations
  • Record Income and Expenses
  • Make Bank Deposits

How Do You Learn How to Become a Bookkeeper?

There are different ways to learn how to become a bookkeeper. I had taken some accounting courses (but have no degree) and have always been good with numbers. I was trained by the previous bookkeeper at the store I worked for.

If you’re wanting to start your own bookkeeping business or just appear competitive you can take a bookkeeping course.Bookkeepers can study further to improve their qualifications and to advance their careers. It is not unusual for bookkeepers to obtain additional qualifications in accounting, and to move into more senior roles within their organisations.​

A bookkeeper in different types of organizations?

The role of a bookkeeper may vary from one organization to another. In a large organization, a bookkeeper will usually have clearly defined duties with a limited scope, while in a smaller organization, a bookkeeper may be required to take on additional duties, including some that are usually performed by accountants in larger organizations.

Can You Start a Bookkeeping Business from Home?

Yes, you can.

Starting a bookkeeping business from home allows you to work with multiple clients and potentially earn more money than going through traditional employment.When starting a bookkeeping business, you can choose to specialize if you wish. For instance, if you only want to work with small shops you can. If you only want to work with bakeries, you can. You can work with clients based on your preferences.


Bookkeepers should have the following skills and abilities in order to fulfil their roles efficiently and effectively:

  • Numerical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Computer skills (including competency in the relevant software programs)
  • Time management skills
  • High levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • High levels of concentration
  • High ethical standards
  • Honesty and integrity