How to Start a Bookkeeping Business

Starting Your Home-Based Bookkeeping Business

A professional bookkeeper is someone with the training and experience to handle day-to-day accounting operations for a business. Large companies tend to have in-house bookkeeping teams that assist their accounting departments with recordkeeping, tax document preparation, and a host of other critical responsibilities. Many professional bookkeepers find employment at large accounting firms or as part of corporate accounting departments, but it is also possible to be a work-from-home bookkeeper and cultivate your own business with the right training and tools.

If you are interested in starting a bookkeeping business and working from home, you could potentially open the door to a lucrative and fulfilling accounting career with the freedom to choose how fast and how large you grow your business in the future. Whether you dream of one day opening your own accounting company or simply cultivating a small list of clients for steady income, Universal Accounting can provide the education you need to work from home in bookkeeping and do it successfully.


Why Work From Home as a Professional Bookkeeper?

The modern business world is incredibly fast paced. Managing professional and personal responsibilities in a fulfilling career is incredibly challenging without the right tools and experience, and Universal Accounting strives to provide both to everyone who comes to us for bookkeeping certification and training.

Working from home offers a wealth of opportunities, not to mention the option to work in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home. However, the freedom of working from home and running your own business comes with the responsibility of managing that business effectively. Many professional bookkeepers are opting to work from home for several reasons:

  • Be your own boss. Instead of juggling vacation time and earning paid time off, you decide when and how hard you work. All you need to do is make sure your clients know when you’re available and take as much time off as you like, whenever you like.
  • Grow your business at your own pace. Whether you want to build a powerful accounting practice or simply enhance your existing income with a side job as a work from home bookkeeper, you get to decide the course of your professional career.
  • Working from home makes it easier to manage your personal life. If you have young children, you could potentially save thousands of dollars each year in daycare costs and spend more time with your kids each day when you work from home.
  • Working from home means minimal overhead. If you are your only employee, you don’t need to worry about payroll, hiring, training, or any of the other responsibilities that come with managing a team of employees. If you decide to grow your practice in the future, you can worry about these issues when the time comes.
  • Running your own business from your home is incredibly rewarding. Since you oversee your home-based bookkeeping practice, you get to decide the type of clients you accept and the pace at which your business grows.
  • You have unlimited potential. Develop a steady client list and make a comfortable income or grow your business until you can expand to an office building and offer your clients more robust services with a larger staff. Working from home can be the groundwork for an incredibly fulfilling career.

Ultimately, the biggest benefit of being a work from home bookkeeper is the flexibility to take your career in the direction you desire. While this requires that you take on more responsibilities than you would by accepting a job at a corporate accounting department or an accounting firm, the tradeoff is well worth the additional effort. A little bit of guidance can not only help you manage your home bookkeeping practice more efficiently, but also empower you with the knowledge and tools to grow your business into the future.


Starting Your Home Bookkeeping Business the Right Way

If you decide to work from home as a bookkeeper, you’re going to need to prepare accordingly. When it comes to workspace, all you really need is a comfortable space in your home and a few standard accounting tools. Some prefer to lounge on their couches with laptops and wireless devices while others enjoy setting up home offices. If you plan on meeting with clients in your home, you want to have a comfortable space for these encounters.

You also need to invest in the equipment and software to manage your bookkeeping responsibilities. How will you physically store your clients’ books? What type of system do you want to use to develop a set of books from scratch? These are just a few of the questions to ask when starting your home bookkeeping practice. You’re also going to need to develop a way to market your business and attract and retain new clients to ensure you have a steady stream of income.

The additional responsibilities that come with working from home as a professional bookkeeper can seem daunting at first, but a little support and guidance can go a long way and help you start your home bookkeeping business on the right foot. Universal Accounting offers a range of bookkeeping services that help you obtain the certifications you require and empower you with the skills to grow your home bookkeeping business.


Professional Bookkeeping Certification from Universal Accounting

Working from home as a professional bookkeeper is one of the most rewarding ways to explore a career in the professional accounting industry, offering you the tools you need to grow your career the way you want while enabling you to manage your personal life more effectively. Universal Accounting offers a proven turnkey solution for building your own accounting practice from home, complete with tools and guidance to empower you to run your business on your terms.

The Professional Bookkeeper course track from Universal Accounting can become the foundation of your accounting career and provide you with the tools you to develop a successful home-based bookkeeping business or grow your home practice into a successful accounting firm in the future. Call Universal Accounting today at (877) 833-7909 to learn more about our Professional Bookkeeper courses and how we can help you jumpstart your career as a work-from-home professional bookkeeper.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Enrollment at Universal Accounting?

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.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Enrollment at Universal Accounting?

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.

Financial Freedom
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.

Personal 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.

See what others have said now that they are graduates of Universal!

Read what our alumni have done with their careers in accounting!

If you’re ready to live your better life, what are you waiting for? Enroll today.

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Graduate Spotlight: John Lyden

John LydenOur graduates come from all walks of life. Some are tired of working 9-5, and others want to be their own boss. Regardless of the individual circumstances, they all wanted a better life, better pay, and more confidence. When John Lyden enrolled with Universal Accounting (UA), he was already his own boss. He had owned and operated a bagel shop and deli for more than eight years. Prior to purchasing his deli business, John was in corporate accounting for more than 11 years.

John decided that he would like to hone his prior skills and begin his own practice, so he chose to enroll at UA for refresher courses in Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation. At the time, all he really knew about his future was that he wanted to continue being his own boss. Beyond that, he didn’t know exactly what he would offer, nor which customers he would reach.

the accountrepreneur vennThrough the Master Coach Program, John was able to develop his WHY. What surprised him most was the way his education at UA opened his mind to grow his practice in ways he never expected. While John began with a bookkeeping and tax practice, he soon expanded into a full accounting business with an ancillary service to protect his clients from the effects of identity theft. He continued his education, as well—and is now life, accident and health insurance licensed.

John knew that while he was his own boss at the bagel shop, he wasn’t getting everything he wanted out of his life. The skills he gained with Universal Accounting led him to a new direction, and he is embracing that life with gusto and success.

Isn’t it time for your own success story?

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Graduate Spotlight: Adam Syvock

UAC Graduate Spotlight Adam SyvockAdam Syvock had been making plans to begin his own accounting practice when his position as an accountant for a pet products manufacturer was eliminated with a company-wide reduction. Taking the job loss as a sign to move forward with his goals, Adam decided it was time to beef up his knowledge of small business accounting.

Having already earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UW-Milwaukee, he had a pretty firm grasp of corporate accountant functions, but Universal Accounting (UA) gave Adam a strong foundation in business fundamentals and how he could use that knowledge in small-business applications. UA also gave him the confidence to speak with potential clients about his business.

Adam already had the knowledge and skills to do the job of a great accountant, but he didn’t know how to convey his expertise or value to small business owners. The master coaching program really changed the game by solidifying his accounting foundation, so he could enjoy far more confidence in debit and credits, as well as communication.

After enrolling in the master coaching program, Adam learned how to market his new business more effectively, opened up his own office, and became the president of his local BNI chapter. His private practice has enjoyed steady growth and is now heading into its second year.

Prior to enrollment at UA, Adam’s vision of having his own accounting business was just a dream, and he didn’t know whether or not he would find success. Since graduation, he no longer questions his future, because he’s building it right now. His questions now revolve around how big he wants his business to grow!

Are you considering enrollment with UA? Adam says that it takes a great deal of dedication and passion, but for those who possess such qualities and are willing to put in the hard work, there is an enormous potential to succeed!

Isn’t it time for your own success story?

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Graduate Spotlight: John Zeiner

Universal Accounting - John Zeiner SpotlightWhen John Zeiner decided to build his own business in accounting and tax services for small business and startups, he realized he needed more than a refresher course in small business accounting and taxation. John knew a lot about accounting, accounting software and tax, but he didn’t have the knowledge to apply those corporate skills to a small business’s needs.

At the time, John had been traveling nearly half of the year on business as a financial systems consultant, and he just wasn’t happy. Though he’d had great success designing and implementing accounting systems for companies with revenues from $50M to $10B, John really wanted to be his own boss.

John chose to enroll in the accounting and tax programs at Universal Accounting (UA) because he appreciated the certifications offered for the additional credibility it would lend his future clients. He was nervous to branch out on his own, and especially to invest his money into his dream of being his own boss, but UA helped give him an edge of confidence with an in-depth curriculum focused on small businesses along with clear manuals and an online video classroom series.

Today, John is a successful UA graduate enjoying business ownership and truly excited to go to work every day. He is extremely passionate about using his knowledge and experience to benefit his clients. John’s coach and mentor at UA has helped him focus on marketing his skills throughout central Texas, and his list of tax and accounting clients grows weekly. No longer nervous, John is proud to carry the confidence and knowledge that he can match a client’s needs.

John’s best advice to those considering enrollment at UA is threefold. First, utilize the coaching available to you at UA because these people are truly compassionate and knowledgeable and they will work tirelessly to help you succeed. Next, let yourself get passionate about your education and business, so you can discover (or rediscover) the joy of working. And finally, be persistent in your endeavors and you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Isn’t it time for your own success story?

Get Trained and Certified in Small Business Accounting, Bookkeeping and Tax Preparer Services Call Today: 1 (877) 833-7909.

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