The “Right” Education Makes Financial Success a Reality
(Part One of a Two-Part Series on The Right Professional Investment)
“60% of college graduates are moving back in with mom and dad.” I heard this interesting statistic the other day as I drove into the office. The news story went on to say that 60% or more of college graduates say they can’t find a job in their field.
A college degree doesn’t guarantee financial security like it once did.
Whether or not you have a college or university education, what I heard on the radio is very consistent with a survey taken by the folks at Universal Accounting Center earlier this year. This survey includes people who have a formal education as well as those who don’t.We found that of 100 graduates of the Professional Bookkeepers Program surveyed 12 months after graduation: 74% were working in the accounting field, had been promoted to a management position, or owned their own accounting or tax preparation practice.
The “right” investment in you will create the income and lifestyle that you and your family deserve.
Bookkeeping and accounting have really evolved over the years. Today, a professional bookkeeper is armed with more than just a scratch-pad and a pencil. As the business regulations that effect small businesses increase in complexity, the need for specially trained and qualified bookkeepers and accountants becomes more and more apparent.As a result, your education should take advantage of and reflect the impact that new technology has had on the industry and the profession.
5 Things Every Good Bookkeeping Education Must Have
- Complete education
- Hands-on training
- A qualified professional to answer questions
- A guarantee
1. Distance LearningAt first glance, many consider a classroom setting the most effective environment to learn in. For most of us, demands on our time require that school work around our lives, not the other way around.Have you ever tried to “rewind” a classroom lecture when you didn’t understand a concept? Of course, you can sometimes ask questions, but with so many students in one class, often there just isn’t time to get to every question. Besides, we are often nervous to ask what others might think are “dumb” questions.Wouldn’t it be nice to “rewind” and “review” topics to improve your confidence that you had a thorough understanding? DVD-based training makes that possible at a level that can’t be duplicated in a classroom.If you miss a class because it doesn’t work with your schedule, can you make it up? Or do you fall behind? Unfortunately, most classroom courses don’t offer make-up classes for students who have scheduling conflicts. You’re either there, or you’re not.When considering a distance learning program, a combination of video (DVD) and written material provides the most effective combination which not only replicates, but improves upon the classroom experience. Believe it or not, most distance learning programs out there teaching bookkeeping and accounting provide you with a written textbook. And that’s it.When you pick a doctor, do you want someone that just learned out of a book? Or do you want someone with hands-on experience? A small business owner wants their bookkeeper to have the same kind of experience you only get by doing. That’s the kind of training you get with the Professional Bookkeeper program.2. Complete educationTo succeed it your education must be comprehensive. Most accounting programs don’t teach you small business bookkeeping and accounting. That’s ridiculous when you consider 85% of accounting opportunities are with small businesses. A bookkeeping and accounting education that doesn’t teach you the ins-and-outs of small business cheats you out of a complete education. In looking for the “right” education you need to get it from someone who can help you master small business accounting and understand small businesses inside-and-out. Why? Because, that’s what you’ll need to start your own profitable bookkeeping and accounting business.3. Hands-on trainingMost bookkeeping training materials focus on accounting theory. Often, the difference between having a basic understanding and really mastering the materials is found in the” doing.” There is no better way to understand accounting than by actually performing accounting functions yourself.In learning with a hands-on approach, accounting is much like learning to ride a bike. It will not only become easier, but it will become automatic. The “right” education includes more than just “bookkeeping theory.”4. A qualified professional to answer questionsEven with the best video or textbook training, you’ll still have questions. Will your distance learning course provide a way for those questions to be answered quickly and completely?Demand an answer from the training program before you enroll.
- Is there telephone support.
- Is there e-mail support.
After you complete your coursework and you’re working with clients on the job, will they still be there to support you? When you have questions, will they leave you to find the answers for yourself? That’s just not fair! We won’t!The “right” education not only answers your questions via phone or e-mail while you’re taking the course, but provides the advice of qualified accounting professionals to advise you through your first year as a professional Bookkeeper. Even after you finish the course, your school should be there to support you so that you’re never left alone.Nobody would attempt to climb Everest alone. You need a support system each and every step of your climb to success.5. A guaranteeWhen you attend a college, university or trade school, what guarantee do they provide that the training you will receive will increase your income or create the lifestyle that you want? None.The “perfect” education will provide a guarantee that the information and instruction that you receive will create the kind of income and lifestyle that you are looking for. Something that says, “We stand behind what we do, what we teach, and what your education will mean.”Does anyone make that kind of bold guarantee? Only Universal Accounting dares to bet on your success.
Universal Accounting’s Ironclad 100% Money Back Guarantee“If, after completing all of the learning activities, you do not feel that youhave received your money’s worth, simply return the materials toUniversal Accounting Center for a complete refund.”
Are there people that might take advantage of us with a guarantee like this? Sure, but in all the years offering this guarantee, few take us up on it. Why? Because if you follow the steps to success we outline, you’ll succeed.
Education is learning what you didn’t know you didn’t even know. -Daniel J. Boorstin
With the “right” information you can choose the “right” education. Enrolling in the Professional Bookkeeper Program is the “right” choice for you. And when you order today, you will receive an additional 6 months of free coaching following your completion of the course. That means you can call us with a question at anytime for an entire year after you complete the program materials! Don’t wait another day to take advantage of the best investment you can make-in yourself! It’s the perfect start to the New Year. Enroll now.