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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.

Sage IAB Qualification

Containing a free Microsoft Excel course, this certified qualification will kick-start or progress your career in bookkeeping - and is endorsed by both Sage and IAB.

Sage IAB Qualification

Level 2 Bookkeeping

The Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping is a highly valued financial qualification that suits those who want to work in bookkeeping in a larger company’s finance department, or as an independent professional.

Level 2 Bookkeeping

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