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For a Bookkeeper, it’s all about making sure the numbers add up…

Any business, regardless of size, is required by law to keep a record of their financial transactions (or ‘keep books’). Transactions can include purchases, sales, receipts and other payments made by the organization or an individual within it.

A bookkeeper’s main role is to gather and record the financial transactions of a business, detailing how much money the company makes and spends. Other tasks may include:

  • Receiving and processing invoices for payment
  • Processing payroll
  • Calculating profit and loss
  • Estimating revenue and expenditures
  • Managing ledgers, and making sure the books ‘balance’

Having a strong aptitude for numbers is one of the key requirements of this position. You will need excellent concentration skills, and the ability to work to strict deadlines is essential.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • An organised and methodical approach when completing tasks
  • Computer literate       
  • A strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills      
  • Honesty and discretion   


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What's it like to be a Bookkeeper?

My job involves a lot of processing and data entry, and sometimes I have to work to strict deadlines. It can seem dull to some people, but I see it like a puzzle. I really enjoy putting all the different pieces together, and being able to present everything when you’ve finished is really gratifying

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Get qualified

While entry level positions usually won't require previous experience, you will often need to have some knowledge of standard bookkeeping practices, as well as specific bookkeeping software.

IAB Level 1 & 2 in Computerised Accounting for Business

This combined Levels 1 & 2 in Computerised Accounting for Business course provides the perfect introduction to the bookkeeping, teaching you how to perform a range of tasks using Sage 50 Accounts software.

IAB Accounting for Business

IAB Level 1 & 2 in Computerised Payroll for Business

This combined Levels 1 & 2 in Computerised Payroll course provides the perfect introduction to the profession, teaching you how to prepare the payroll, compose an employee payroll record, make Gross Pay calculations, deduct statutory and non statutory payments and work with spreadsheet software.

IAB Payroll for Business

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