How to become a Bookkeeper



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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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Management Accountant

Up to 50,000

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. Great qualifications for beginners include the AAT Level 2 Certificate, and the ICB Level 2 Certificate in bookkeeping – which both have no formal entry requirements to start learning.

AAT Level 2 - Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It will also provide a foundation for manual double entry bookkeeping and associated documents and processes.

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ICB Affiliate - Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping- Course with Exam -B1, B2, B3

With this course you'll learn the fundamentals of single entry bookkeeping and double entry bookkeeping and how these skills apply to working with both a manual and computerised bookkeeping system. There are no requirements for this course.

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