Do you enjoy working with numbers? Are you looking for a finance role with an excellent work-life balance? A career in bookkeeping could be ideal for you.
A bookkeeper is responsible for the day-to-day financial aspects of a business. Usually working 9-5, bookkeeping is a respected and stable profession.
Some of your everyday duties would be:
Every profession needs a bookkeeper, so you’ll have the freedom to work in the industry of your choice, from fashion to technology, or the nonprofit sector.
Bookkeepers can choose to work in a large company, handling specific sections of the finances, or even heading up a team of bookkeepers.
Alternatively, you could work in a smaller business and be in charge of all of the finances. If you want a more flexible approach, you could become your own boss and work with clients across multiple industries.
If you’re employed by a business, you can expect to earn between £18,000 to £25,000 depending on location and experience. However, if you become a self-employed bookkeeper, this could vary greatly depending on the type and number of clients you work with.
Coordinate the office functions including any paperwork, records and data management.
Perform general accounting support tasks in an accounting department including updating and maintaining accounting journals, ledgers and other records detailing financial business transactions.
Assist the Finance Director in managing, processing and troubleshooting different accounts and transactions.
Provide administrative support to accountants, such as preparing statutory accounts and checking to make sure payments, amounts and records are correct.
Manage all aspects of the general ledger, accounts receivable, and accounts payable, as well as handling payroll information, credit card statements, and cash flow.
Responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting. You’ll be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures for accurate and timely financial statements.
Proving an indispensable service to the finance team, accountable for the whole purchase ledger process, from purchase orders through to invoices and reconciliation.
You might be surprised but it’s not just a head for numbers that you need to be a bookkeeper – you need to be able to spot mistakes and talk to people. We think the essential skills for a bookkeeper are:
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification covers bookkeeping alongside all the other subjects. So by doing AAT you’ll be qualified to be a bookkeeper. At Foundation level you’ll cover Bookkeeping Transactions and Bookkeeping Controls, and then at the next level, you’ll cover Advanced Bookkeeping.