How to become a Bookkeeper



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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?


Up to 25,000


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. There are some great bookkeeping courses for beginners and specialised Sage bookkeeping courses – which both have no formal entry requirements to start learning.

Bookkeeping Training with AAT Level 2

This bookkeeping training program is ideal for someone looking to start a career in accountancy. Training is delivered on a 1-1 basis using real company files by a qualified accountant.

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Sage Bookkeeping / Sage 50 Bookkeeping

This course is ideal for students with no prior experience with Sage Bookkeeping or with a qualification in accountancy but with no practical payroll experience.

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