When Steve Eckman started his accounting practice he had much to be proud of. Quality services helping small businesses. After working with Universal Accounting Center the practice then took off and is thriving. It is more than just accounting, bookkeeping and tax, it is helping small business owners.
After building a successful accounting practice Steve Eckman shares some thoughts about the journey and what has made the difference for him.
When reflecting on the successful tax practice Bill Brough shares some of his insights.
Listen to Bill Brough as he describes his Successful Tax Practice. Consider his likes and preferences as you start and build your practice.
Become a Profit & Growth Expert
Building Your Accounting Practice Not only must you offer quality accounting services at a fair price, you must also illustrate why you have the best people to outsource your clients accounting and bookkeeping needs. The best way to accomplish this is by distinguishing your qualified staff as the best in the area.
Certifications and designations can represent the expertise of you and/or your staff in offering specialized accounting services. It also shows your firm’s commitment to being the best in the market.
Often within the accounting community itself there is confusion between what is accounting, and what is bookkeeping. Forget the lay person and let’s have a candid discussion. What services should you offer?
Some choose to refer to bookkeeping as write-up work, it’s bookkeeping.
* Disclaimer, unfortunately there are some states where the terms accountant and accounting have been regulated such that regardless the services offered only CPA’s or degreed accountants can refer to themselves as such. This is no different than a doctor doing the work of a nurse and still referring to themselves as a doctor. If you are paid to be a nurse, and you do nursing, your a nurse.
When working with small businesses there are specific accounting credentials and or designations that represent qualified accounting services.
Professional Bookkeeper, PB
* Proficient in the day-to-day accounting procedures in small business
* Accounting, Bookkeeping, Write-up services
QuickBooks Specialist, QS
* Certified in the use of QuickBooks as a bookkeeper
Professional Tax Preparer, PTP
* Certified in the preparation of both individual and business returns
Jon Schofield has an especially interesting story. After working for years as a professional accountant for big companies and ultimately as a controller for a large corporation, he desired a change. More specially, he wanted to own and operate his own business.
Regardless of his 16 years of experience as a professional accountant, Jon realized that he didn’t have the training or knowledge to serve the small business sector, and in order for his new business venture to work, he needed to be well-versed in small business accounting. That’s when Universal Accounting’s Professional Bookkeeper Program became very appealing. Far from a get-rich-quick scheme, the principles taught in the course gave him a step-by-step process for building a profitable business. It took some work to get there, but Jon now reaps the rewards of what he describes as “the best decision I made in my career”: starting a business with the Professional Bookkeeper Program.
I sat down with Jon one day and asked him some questions. Here’s some insight into Jon’s success:
Why did you take the Professional Bookkeeper Course?
There were a number of things that Jon had become unfamiliar with in the course of his corporate career, and a number of small business accounting tasks that he didn’t even know how to do. “Even though I had had a lot of experience it was not necessarily the type of experience I needed to be a small business accountant.”
What were your goals?
“I approached it with the idea that it was certainly a good second job, and if things worked well I could make it go as a full-time career. I wanted to make it work, but in my mind I wasn’t sure if I could make it work.”
How has your life changed for the better since starting your own accounting practice?
Jon enjoys the flexible work schedule that comes with owning your own business. He also appreciates determining the work he will and will not do. He says, “I now have enough work to pay my bills so that I can be more selective and take higher paying jobs.” Jon currently makes $45 to 50 dollars per hour.
How Much Could You Make?
Let’s do the math. We’ll assume the low end when offering just bookkeeping services, consider a graduate who earns approximately $300 a month per client (an average amount).
20 clients X $300.00 = $6,000 per month. That’s $72,000 per year.
You Don’t Need a Degree to Start Your Own Practice
A bewildered university student once approached me. She had heard the most “off-the-wall” comment from one of my graduates. This student had told her that you didn’t have to have a university degree to start a bookkeeping service.
That piqued her interest. She explained that she was a single mother that had working on an accounting degree at a local university for more than two years. Her whole purpose for getting the degree was so that she could do books for small businesses from her home. The cost of going to school wasn’t only financially draining, but the stress and time away from her kids was starting to negatively impact her parenting. Isn’t it interesting that she was getting the degree for her family, but getting there was damaging to the family.
Furthermore, she was getting nervous. She explained that she was now a junior in the accounting program at the University, and realized that she didn’t have the foggiest idea how to set up, or maintain a set of books for a small business. And the further she went into college, the further she was getting from small business issues.
I explained to her that anyone that understands accounting can do books for small businesses on a contract basis. Probably, all she would need was a business license, and for a few dollars she could pick that up. To say she got excited is an understatement!
A few weeks later I got a letter from her, wherein she commented that she was well underway to reaching her dreams.
We have received hundreds of phone calls, letters, and emails, from past graduates about the high quality of our articles, services, and teaching materials. Read on to see what our graduates have to say about us.
Thousands of successful bookkeepers have proven that our system works! Be our next success story!
Hear Real-World Success Stories
Click on any of the names below to hear graduates of the Professional Bookkeeper Program rave about how it gave them the skills and marketing know-how to start their own successful accounting and bookkeeping services. If they can do it, so can you!
When you’re ready to start your own success story, enroll in the Professional Bookkeeper Program. In less than 60 hours you could be on your way to owning a lucrative practice with satisfied clients of your own. Don’t delay your success another day. Enroll now!
Whether you’re married or single, a mom or parent to some furry friends, most women today are seeking better careers to let them love their lives. Have you considered a career in accounting? Here are a few reasons you should!
Love what you do.
It’s no secret that loving your career goes a long way to living a more satisfying life. A good career choice does more than pay the bills. It lets you work with your passion every day. If you’re someone who loves to help others, crunch numbers and truly become an expert in your field, you’ll definitely want to consider accounting.
While everyone needs to pay and file taxes and handle their business budget, not everyone knows how to do it right. That makes your skills as an accountant highly valued and esteemed. Because your work genuinely helps individuals and organizations, you’ll enjoy appreciation for what you do.
Go with a growing field.
It’s estimated that 60% of accountants today are women, and that number is only expected to grow. More and more businesses and corporations are paying attention to diversity and actively hiring more women than ever before.
Give yourself options.
One of the greatest benefits of a degree in accounting is how you can apply your skills to many different areas. Whether you want to run your own business or work for an existing company, your options are endless. You can easily select a career path to fit your interests and passions.
Consider these options to excel in the accounting, bookkeeping and or tax profession. – Click Here to see what your perfect solution is!
Get The Skills To Be A Bookkeeping Professional
Many professions use designations and certifications to identify their areas of expertise. In the medical field, there are pediatricians, dermatologists, surgeons, and many more who can claim an area in which they specialize, providing quality service while doing something that they love.
In accounting, the Professional Bookkeeper™ designation represents a person who is proficient in the day-to-day practical application of the accounting process in small to mid-sized businesses. This demonstrates the accountant’s expertise and commitment in this profession while providing quality service for their employer or client.
If you’re looking to become a bookkeeping professional who specializes in small-to-midsized businesses, or you’re interested in earning the credentials it takes to advance in your current career, you owe it to yourself to check out Professional Bookkeeper Certification.
The Professional Bookkeeper Certification Program was created to meet the high industry demand for qualified small business bookkeeping and accounting professionals.
Upon completion of this program, qualified students receive the PB designation. This designation shows potential employers and clients that you are fully qualified to take care of small business accounting and bookkeeping needs from “A to Z”.
Why Get Professional BookkeeperTM Certification?
The PB designation will allow you to do the following:
✓ Demonstrate you have proven skills in bookkeeping and accounting
✓ Advance your career and potentially increase your wages/earnings helping you get paid what you are worth
✓ Place “PB” after your name, distinguishing you from other bookkeepers
✓ Raise your value to your company, employer or clients
✓ Practical real-life hands-on emphasis with training in multiple industries using video instruction that you can do at your own pace (very flexible)
✓ Professional Support (academic and practical)
- Accounting Made Easy: Fundamental principles of accounting for small business
- Practical Small Business Application: Learn the day-to-day procedures used by businesses each month to record and tabulate their financial events
- Advanced Accounting: Train in the more sophisticated issues associated with creating a set of books from scratch, auditing the results internally, and closing out the books at the end of the year
After completing the three modules, you’ll feel confident and fully prepared to take the multiple-choice Professional Bookkeeper™ exam. The Professional Bookkeeper program may also qualify for as many as 60 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits depending on the association you are a member of.
Become a “Bookkeeper” with IPBC in Canada
Each Canadian students enrolled with Universal Accounting Center in the Professional Bookkeeper program comes with a 6 month Bookkeeper membership with the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers in Canada.
Louie Prosperi, IPBC Executive Director explains how this partnership “…allows our members to have access to high-quality training and education with an affordable rate, including our discount. Also, non-members residing in Canada can enroll in a Universal course and receive a 6 month membership with our organization, free of charge.”
Roger Knecht, Universal’s President says, “IPBC and UAC agree that bookkeeping is more than a job or career but a profession that needs to be recognized as such. With proper training, support and experience, bookkeepers can have a profitable impact in any business.”
Thousands of students have successfully completed our program and enjoyed great success, either in their professional careers or in the establishment of their own accounting practices. We are confident that this program will satisfy your desire to master small-business accounting and take control of your professional future.
In addition to practical, full-charge accounting skills and bookkeeping certification, as a student in this program you’ll gain the knowledge to launch and develop a career that potentially pays you higher earnings.
Convenient At-Home Learning
This program is delivered through easy-to-follow instructional DVD’s (12+) and workbooks (over 600 pages of instruction and reference materials). You have the flexibility to complete the courses on your own time, in a way that fits your life. You may be training from the comfort of home, but you’re far from on your own. You’ll have access to the support of knowledgeable and experienced bookkeeping professionals throughout your course and beyond. (You’ll be assigned to a team of coaches to tutor and instruct you as needed and apply all of this in the real world for as many as 1 to 2 years – Your UAC Coaches)
“I was amazed how practical this course was, and surprised how much I learned. Having an accounting degree and over 17 years experience in accounting, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. This is well worth the time and money, and you will be benefited from this class for years to come.”
Job Placement Assistance Program (PB, QS and PTP Programs)
As a student and or graduate of Universal Accounting’s Professional Bookkeeper program a buyer may be assisted with:
- Resume Preparation – Assistance via email in the review and development of a resume for the purpose of securing interviews
- Resume Placement Assistance – Helping to identify possible employers and accounting related positions by following a weekly routine
- Interviewing Technique Review – Role play advice and suggestions to improve the success of interviewing opportunities.
This course prepares you for possible employment in the following occupations:
Completion of the Professional Bookkeeper™ program is your first step to accelerating your Bookkeeping career where you can also learn what you need to know in order to take on a few clients on the side for $400 per month each, if you so desire. (Module 4 to the PB program – Building a Successful Accounting practice) Getting a promotion and a raise that goes with it could pay for the entire course in the first month or two.
If a lack of certification has held your career back, you now have the way to quickly get your career off the ground and take control of your financial future.
We will customize a program for you based on your career goals, experience level, and budget. Go from learning to earning in a matter of weeks.
If, after completing the course, you feel the course didn’t live up to your expectation, simply return the materials to Universal, for a 100% refund of any monies paid.
Is Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification Right For You?
If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Bookkeeper™ Certification and exploring whether Universal Accounting®’s at-home learning model is right for you, fill out the form on this page.
A friendly and knowledgeable UAC advisor would be happy to help you explore your options and uncover the right training solution and business plan to suit you.
Plus, get your Free Video on How to Make More Money in the Bookkeeping Profession.
You may have been interested in enrolling in courses at Universal Accounting for a long time, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. Even though you probably know that investing in yourself is essential for your future, you may have uncertainties about the direction you choose.
The truth is that our students come from all walks of life: single moms, retired professionals, young millennials. Our specialized training is effective for anyone who applies themselves. Yet our most successful graduates have a passion for a few common things.
There’s really nothing like gaining the skills you need to enjoy a truly profitable career. If you’re looking for a job that pays $50-$100+ an hour, Universal Accounting is a brilliant step for you. Whether you need more money to get debt-free, support your family, or simply enjoy more of the good life, a career in tax and accounting is a ticket to financial freedom.
Some students who come to us are already earning six-figure salaries. But they want something more. You may be unhappy in your current position, looking for a big promotion, or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to be your own boss. Any one of our certifications can get you on your way to building a career on your terms.
Who doesn’t want better work-life balance? Many of our graduates enjoy the freedom of a flexible work schedule around the days and hours they choose. Some choose part-time to spend time on other passions, while others build their business full-time. All students gain the accounting skills to help change their daily life for the better.
Most students enroll with us knowing that they need a boost in their confidence to really take off in their careers. Through our personal coaching and marketing training, our graduates report finally gaining the confidence to believe in, value, and sell their skills to prospective clients. Most graduates also report a newfound confidence to take the risks that reward most in business.
If you’re ready to live your better life, what are you waiting for? Enroll today.