Scott Barhold, from employee to owning a successful accounting firm

Like so many others Scott Barhold needed to start and build his own successful accounting firms offering with confidence his services. Hear him share his story and the lessons learned that will help you be in business for yourself but not for yourself.

Understand why Scott says the secret is having the confidence and the competence to do the work.

Listen to Scott explain why MAPPING the business is the best way to run the business.

In the webinar Scott speaks of the following four keys to his success:

  1. Book “in the BLACK” – get your free copy here
  2. The Universal Practice Builder program
  3. Pricing your services correctly
  4. Having a skilled business coach on your team

Mesheka Turner with bookkeeping she has a purpose, and yes it’s a calling

For Mesheka Turner the work that she does for her clients is more than just a task or service. What Mesheka does gives her purpose. She is passionate about her ability to make a positive difference, helping her clients be profitable.

Listen in and hear her share her story from climbing the corporate ladder in accounting to starting and building a successful accounting firm.

Mesheka will also explain what she is doing to offer her unique value proposition as a certified Profit First Professional.
* See what you can do to also become a certified Profit First Professional (PFP):…

A QuickBooks Specialist

QuickBooks has more than an 80% share of the small business accounting software market. Because of this, Universal Accounting® has taken the training offered in the Professional Bookkeeper™ program and applied it to the QuickBooks Pro software to provide the skills and experience necessary to become a QuickBooks Specialist.

Becoming a QuickBooks Specialist™ certifies your expertise with QuickBooks. It also demonstrates your commitment to being the best.

With millions of small businesses already using QuickBooks, and the majority of accounting positions with small businesses requiring expertise in QuickBooks, this designation can give you a competitive advantage.

To evidence your expertise in QuickBooks Pro, Universal Accounting gives those achieving a 90% or better score on their QS final exam the QuickBooks Specialist™ (QS) designation. This designation is only available to Universal students of The Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks.

This designation will distinguish you as proficient in setting up new businesses, working with company files, and consulting in QuickBooks Pro capabilities and issues. It will increase your credibility as a successful freelance bookkeeper/accountant.

Learn Quickbooks and how you can become certified as a .

The Professional Bookkeeper’s Guide to QuickBooks. This is the “companion course” to The Professional Bookkeeper program and dovetails perfectly. Once you’ve mastered the full charge accounting process manually, it is time to learn the most popular and widely used software of small business America. The QuickBooks course will enable you to do so. It is 30 completion hours, and again, utilizes the 3 step educational approach: watch the video lessons online, read the corresponding lessons, and then apply those lessons. You will learn more than 280 technical aspects of the software; you will also complete 8 of the 11 Professional Bookkeeper case studies, by now setting these companies up in QuickBooks, customizing preferences, setting up the chart of accounts, doing the books, payroll, preparing customized financial reports, making adjusting entries, doing quarterly and year end work, converting from cash to accrual systems, etc. You will gain practical mastery of the software which will enable you to do the work for your employer and/or your clients in an efficient and proficient manner. There are 5 modules of learning; practice exams after each module, followed by a final certification exam. With 70% or better, you receive your certificate of completion; with 90% or better, you are certified as a QuickBooks Specialist – another nationally recognized credential.

Universal Accounting’s QuickBooks certification course is the most comprehensive QuickBooks course available today. You will learn over 200 technical aspects of this software. This course will prepare you to teach QuickBooks. There is a vast market for QuickBooks instructors and many of our students do this as their primary focus.

By passing the Universal Accounting Center’s Certification exam at 90% or higher, you will be a certified QuickBooks instructor. As a QS, you can earn $75-$100 an hour teaching QuickBooks to other bookkeepers, for corporations, in your own QuickBooks courses, adult education and community colleges.

Topics Covered
Module I How QuickBooks Works in Your World
How QuickBooks Works
Accounting 101
QuickBooks Accounting 101
Mastering Navigation Basics
Getting Help and Finding and Correcting Mistakes
Setting Up a New Company
Modifying and Setting Company Preferences
Introduction to Reporting

9 Hands-On Practice Lessons
QuickBooks Software
Open Companies
Set-up Accounts
Assign Account Types
Installing PB Files
Set-up a New Company
Standard Reports
See the Difference

Module II Customers & Sales – The Sales Cycle Topics Covered
Creating Customers
Lists in QuickBooks
The Items List
Invoices from Estimates
Invoicing for Time and Costs
Invoicing from Scratch
Money – Receiving Payments and Depositing in the Bank
Troubleshooting Your Customer Management

10 Hands-On Practice Lessons
Adding Customers
QuickBooks Lists
Set-up a Service Item
Set-up Non-Inventory
Set-up a Group Item
Creating Estimates
Time on Invoices
Receiving Payments
Sales Receipts
QuickBooks Deposits

Module III Vendors and Bills – Keeping Your Suppliers Happy Topics Covered
Creating Vendors
Purchase Orders
Entering Bills
Paying Bills
Entering Checks
Checking Account-Associated Transactions
Reconciling the Bank Account
Credit Card Transactions

10 Hands-On Practice Lessons
Adding Vendors
Enter a PO
Enter a Bill
Pay Bills
Enter Checks
City Clothing – Practice Company
Stewart’s Bakery – Practice Company

Module IV Mastering Advanced QuickBooks Topics Covered
Setting up Payroll
Paying Employees and the Government
Sales Tax
Customizing and Printing Your Reports
Customizing and Printing Your Forms
Security – Protecting Your Information
Year-End Procedures
Finding Transactions and Saving Time
The Universal Business Model (From In The Black)

7 Hands-On Practice Lessons
Do Payroll Setup
Invoice for Time
Barry’s Gas and Groceries – Practice Company
Sales Tax Group
City Cycle – Practice Company
C.R. Construction – Practice Company
Year-End Closing

Upon completion of this course, you will take several practice exams. Then you will go online and take your final exam. A passing grade of 90% or higher, certifies you as a QuickBooks Expert. You are now certified to teach QuickBooks and use the designation, ‘QS’.

Start an Accounting Practice

Start a Practice YOU Can Count on:
Your Own Accounting Practice

There are few things in life you can count on, especially when it comes to your career. But if you’ve always wanted to start your own accounting practice, you couldn’t have picked a better path. Within two months you could start your own business, a business you can count on to bring you professional satisfaction and a plush new lifestyle for you and your family.

Accountants: A Service in High-Demand

For over a decade the demand for accountants and bookkeepers has been increasing. Brent Inman of PricewaterhouseCoopers said, “It’s clearly one of the hottest markets (for accountants) that I’ve seen.” Consider the accounting forecast recently released by the US Department of Labor. For years Universal Accounting Center (UAC) has proudly shared prior reports that by 2008 accounting jobs would increase by 20%. That great forecast has been extended to 2014! They predict “Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014. As the economy grows, the number of business establishments will increase, requiring more accountants and auditors to set up books, prepare taxes, and provide management advice.” The future is bright for freelance accountants!

A Lucrative Niche Market: Small Businesses

Over 85% of the opportunities in the accounting field are within small businesses. In fact, Universities prepare their students for corporate accounting which doesn’t address small business needs. And more than 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years, and much of that failure can be attributed to lack of accounting expertise. Those small business owners need an accountant who can address their small business accounting needs. Imagine contributing to the success of local small businesses, which will build your own community while providing you with job satisfaction and security. As you focus on small-business accounting you cater to a niche market in great need of your services.

You CAN Start Your Own Accounting Practice

There’s no time like the present to start your own accounting practice. Perhaps you have fantasized about being your own boss, working as little or as much as you’d like, calling the shots, and catapulting you and your family into a new and improved lifestyle. And luckily, you’re zeroing in on a profitable business opportunity. Of all the home business options, a Bookkeeping and Accounting practice is considered by some to be one of the best. In fact, Paul and Sarah Edwards, authors of The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century, rate a bookkeeping service as the “Best of the Best” home-based businesses.

There are many reasons why an accounting practice makes so much sense. Here’s a list of some of those reasons:

  • Every business is required by law to keep books
  • You can earn a good living (the average client will bring in about $300 per month)
  • It’s an inexpensive business to start (you probably have most of what is required right now)
  • No expensive equipment is required
  • You can make money doing what you enjoy
  • You can work anytime, any place
  • Rented office space is not required
  • Inventory is not required


A Four-Year Degree is NOT required

But I don’t want to put my life on hold while I take four years to get a university degree. Is that the thought running through your mind? While performing accounting and bookkeeping tasks do require specialized training, accounting instruction does not have to take place on a university campus. Nor does it require a degree. You can learn all you need to know about small-business accounting in less than 60 hours with Universal Accounting Center’s (UAC) Professional Bookkeeper (PB) Program.

Achievable, Profitable & Easy in Accounting

Being one of the “Best of the Best” home-based businesses to start and build Accounting, Bookkeeping and Tax have many advantages. Learn why this is worth pursuing and what to do to succeed.

Often when starting a business there are a number of questions that we ask ourselves. Understand the marketing for accounting, bookkeeping and tax services. Learn what you can expect as you start and build your accounting practice.

pb logoThe Professional Bookkeeper program is simply the most achievable, profitable and easy way of starting what many experts call, “the best of the best home-based businesses.”  With it you will be certified as a Professional Bookkeeper, PB, proficient in the day-to-day practical application of accounting skills within small business.

Untitled-2Because of the modern use of accounting software in the business world today it only stands to reason that any practicing bookkeeper master the use of QuickBooks.  With the Professional Bookkeepers Guide to QuickBooks you are able to certify your skills with the accounting software as a , QS thus dramatically improving your ability to acquire and retain your clients.

upb-300x300There is no better way to market your accounting services then they techniques found in The Universal Practice Builder.  Since 1979 Universal has tested and proven marketing programs that work and those that produce time and time again have been collected into this program.  Imagine proven marketing programs that are both inexpensive but effective.

desPTPBecause of the current regulations now appearing within the tax profession it is the right time to certify your tax skills with the Professional Tax Preparer program. When offering accounting services for your clients their is no better additional service than to provide tax advice and preparation.  As a certified Professional Tax Preparer you are skilled in the preparation of individual and tax returns.

Working with small business owners often involves giving accounting information to individuals who struggle to understand the information. Becoming a Profit and Growth Expert enables you to communicate the accounting information in a way that a business owner can understand and use in the day to day operations. Understanding what the accounting information says about a business empowers the owner to make more informed decisions. Become for your clients a Profit and Growth Expert.

At Universal Accounting Center, we are committed to providing the most comprehensive and current accounting, bookkeeping and tax training available.  As a Universal student you may request an individual consultation with any member of the faculty to answer your questions at no additional charge to you.

MC-logoWe are committed to training you in the most accurate and current accounting and tax information. We update our instruction materials regularly to ensure that you receive proper training in techniques and methods presently standardized in the industry. Finally, we are committed to your continued satisfaction and offer you a complete refund of any tuition fees paid if at the end of the course you are not totally satisfied.

I invite you to join an ever-increasing force of satisfied and confidant graduates of the Universal Accounting Center.

Roger K
Roger Knecht
President, Universal Accounting

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