How to become a Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

£24,000

estimated salary
What do they do?
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’
Is it right for me?

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
Career Progression?

Bookkeeper

Up to 25,000

Accountant

Up to 35,000

Management Accountant

Up to 50,000

What's it really like?

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

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, such as Sage. Courses like the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and the Sage Bookkeeping/Sage 50 Bookkeeping Course have no formal entry requirements to start learning, and provide a comprehensive look into the fundamentals of bookkeeping.

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

This course provides a solid introduction to manual double entry bookkeeping, including associated documents and processes. This makes it a great starting point for anyone wishing to start a career in the accounting industry.

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Sage Bookkeeping/Sage 50 Bookkeeping Course

This course will teach you the fundamentals of Sage Bookkeeping software. Areas of study include double entry bookkeeping, generating reports, setting up customer and supplier accounts, and much more.

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