How to Become a Self-Employed Bookkeeper

Posted by: Andre Post Date: 24th September 2014

Whether you’re still studying, or in a completely different role, the idea of working as a bookkeeper from home and handling your own clients is an attractive one for those with a knack for numbers.

So, how do you make the dream come true? We look at how to become a self-employed bookkeeper by gaining the right qualifications and experience.

AAT Bookkeeping

How to Become a Self-Employed Bookkeeper

AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians) offers a standalone bookkeeping qualification, which allows you to gain the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

In this short course, you’ll cover the basics of bookkeeping, including double-entry bookkeeping, preparing invoices, processing ledger transactions, and other topics. This will allow you to start your self-employed bookkeeping career with a grounding in the essential skills.

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Other AAT qualifications

If you’re looking at becoming a self-employed bookkeeper, you don’t have to stop at the bookkeeping certificate. Achieving the full AAT qualification will allow you to take on a wider variety of work, and stand out from the rest of the crowd when it comes to marketing your services.

You can carry on through the whole of level 2, all the way to the completion of the level 4 diploma. You’ll gain advanced practical skills, such as drawing up budgets and measuring performance, which will enable you to manage more complex accounts.

Work experience

Before you go it alone, it’s hugely beneficial to have had some real experience in a bookkeeping role. Even if you’ve gained all the right qualifications, you need to have had the chance to apply your knowledge to real life situations.

A great way to gain some experience is to find a part-time role while you’re studying, or start out in a junior role such as Accounts Assistant before you become self-employed.

Start-up costs

As well as the know-how, you’ll need the right equipment to set up on your own. Costs are likely to include:

• Computer
• Printer
• Sage software (or similar)
• Storage for documents
• Office space (at your own home, or rented)
• Marketing

Most of these things seem obvious, and you’re likely to have some of them already, but make sure you’re able to invest in everything you need to succeed before you start out on your own.

Marketing may not have been something you’ve thought of before. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but you’ll need some way of telling potential clients about your services, like your own website, online listings, or business cards.

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