Start Your Own
Accounting & Tax Business

“I have been bookkeeping for over 6 years and I have learned more over the past 4 weeks than I have in the past 6 years. I now understand what it is I have been doing. I am so excited about being an accountant now and not just a bookkeeper. I feel confident and well prepared to have my own accounting business. Thank you for opening new doors of opportunity.” —Nadine Malpas

Get the Skills to Build Your Own Successful Bookkeeping
& Accounting Practice

If you’re interested in being your own boss and starting a promising home-based accounting business, you’ve come to the right place. Over 80% of accounting opportunities can be found in small businesses. In fact, it continues to be listed as the Best of the Best home based businesses to start.

Universal Accounting®’s training programs specialize in small business accounting so you can take advantage of this valuable niche market.

  • Get the support and direction to get and keep more clients
  • Have the confidence and skills to get paid what you are worth
  • Follow a proven turnkey process to build the practice you want

Universal Accounting Center® provides not only the relevant industry skills to become a qualified accounting professional, but also tested marketing models, promotional plans, and easy-to-follow guides to help you start and build your practice. Plus, receive up to 2-years marketing coaching and assistance.

Quickbooks is the most common accounting software for small businesses. This program is designed to provide individuals with the skills and experience it takes to become a QuickBooks Specialist. Earning the QuickBooks Specialist™ designation certifies your expertise with QuickBooks and demonstrates to clients and employers your commitment to providing quality service. Become an expert in setting up and managing accounts in both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.

After achieving the Professional Bookkeeper™ designation, you’ll be a fully-charged accounting professional skilled in the day-to-day practical application of the accounting process in small to mid-sized businesses. With this understanding, you’ll have the confidence to do the books of business competently. You’ll be prepared for the most common situations when working with new clients, such as:

Managing the bookkeeping from someone with no formal bookkeeping training such as the owner, spouse, employee. Setting up the books from scratch such as separating the business from personal financial accounts. Taking over the books of business from another accounting professional.

The Professional Tax Preparer™ certification was created to meet the high industry demand for qualified bookkeeping professionals. It is ideal for those interested in providing trusted tax preparation for individuals and businesses. Completion of this program is your first step to accelerate your accounting and bookkeeping career. Learn both tax planning and preparation strategies along with pricing, marketing, and client relations.

Learn the step by step process to help your clients go from being in the “Red to Black in 30 days.” Our proven system enables individuals to confidently offer consultative accounting services as a value-add to traditional bookkeeping, accounting, and tax work. You’ll be trained in the most effective and inexpensive marketing and sales strategies for accounting professionals to identify, find, and engage with your ideal clients. As their trusted strategic advisor, implement the nine principles to make their business profitable so that they can deliberately and intentionally be “in the BLACK.”

Is Starting Your Accounting Business Right For You?

If you are interested in learning more about how professional certifications could help you start or grow your own accounting business, fill out the form on this page. A friendly and knowledgeable UAC Advisor will help you explore your options and uncover the right training solution and business plan to suit you. Plus, you’ll get our Free Video on How to Make More Money in the Accounting/Bookkeeping Profession:

✓ Discover why your own business can be so profitable

✓ Learn how easy it is to get your own business started

✓ Find out how to get clients quickly and grow your business

Whether you are looking to start your business offering accounting, bookkeeping, and/or tax services as a part-time (supplemental income) with a handful of clients working weeknights / weekends OR are ready to do this full-time (primary income) with multiple clients you are in the right place.  Since 1979 we’ve been helping accounting professionals become entrepreneurs but in a unique way.  


With our proven turnkey programs and coaching we help you be in business for yourself but not by yourself. From determining the services you’ll offer, to the growth and income you make you are in control.  Universal gives you the tools, resources, training, certifications, coaching and support to build the premier accounting firm that you want.

Start Your Own Accounting Business

Consider for a moment:

Let’s design your perfect program.  Just tell us what you want to accomplish and then we’ll help you SEIZE The Moment! See why for many accounting professionals this is the solution to finally get paid what you are worth – start your accounting, bookkeeping and/or tax firm TODAY!

Do you know what the 3 reasons are that Forbes magazine says accounting is the #1 business to own and operate from home?

  • Why accounting is the 2nd oldest profession
  • How to get started for as little as $100
  • Learn the strategy to retain your clients and understand their lifetime value
  • How to get paid what you are worth

When marketing accounting services, what do you need to say to stand out to the business owners as the ideal accounting firm?  Discover the 3 benefits that should be at the top of your strategies to FIND and RETAIN the RIGHT clients.

  • Understand what accountants, bookkeepers and tax preparers are doing to leave money on the table
  • How to have your clients see you as an asset, not a liability
  • How to save your clients more money than they pay you.


Universal Accounting SchoolI lost my job, and want to replace it with something of my own, rebuilding my income quickly!

Are you tired of putting your career in the hands of an employer?  Do you want to never be fired again?  What is more secure than having 20 or more clients of your own? Or hundreds of your own tax clients?  It’s easier to find clients than a career position.  So create your own $50,000 – $100,000/year  position in your own practice!    What is the best plan of action for you?  

Universal Accounting SchoolI want to replace my current job, starting part time to lay a solid foundation, then taking it FULL TIME!

Are you tired of working for someone else, and want to start something on your own?  You want to build your own accounting and/or tax practice, surely and steadily, until you can afford to put your all into growing income and wealth for yourself!     What is the best plan of action for you?  

I want to supplement my current job with extra income on the sideI want to supplement my current job with extra income on the side!

You just want to supplement your job with a few hours each week.   Make an additional $40 to $80 per hour for hundreds or thousands per month extra part-time in bookkeeping or tax preparation fees.   Just one full service client on average can pay you $400 per month, month after month!  What is the best plan of action for you?  

I want to work part-time from home for my own clients!I want to work part-time from home for my own clients!

Perfect for stay-at-home moms now that all the kids are in school, or retirees who would like to to do something but not full-time.  Earn $40-$80 per hour or more.  Just 4 hours per day can earn you $2000 to $3000 or more per month, with as few as 8-10 clients.    Just one bookkeeping client on average can earn you around $400 per month, and you can earn over $100 per hour doing tax preparation.  What is the plan of action for you?  

So if your situation fits one of the above, or if your situation is more unique, let’s talk!  We have the perfect program to fit your specific educational, timing, and budgetary needs to start your accounting firm!

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