Can anyone become a bookkeeper and start a business? The simple answer is… no. Not everyone is meant to run their own bookkeeping business. You are going to need the drive to be successful, willing to learn a new skill (in both bookkeeping and marketing), and be able to push through those tough times.
There is a pretty simple process to figure out if this type of business is for you but I’ll get into more of that here in a minute. So, what type of person is meant to do bookkeeping? Do you need to be a math wizard? Do you need previous experience?
It is important to also understand that there are some common myths that need to be debunked. By doing this, you should be able to gain an understanding of what is expected from you and should be able to answer some questions that you may have.
You Must Have A Bachelors Degree In Math
Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about bookkeeping is that people think that you have to be some sort of math wizard. In reality, this simply isn’t true.
The software that you would be using as a bookkeeper takes care of all the math for you. It is important to have a basic understanding of how to do basic math (addition, subtraction) so that you can double-check what the software is doing for you but really that is all that is needed.
What is really important as a bookkeeper is knowing WHERE to input the numbers, then letting the software take over. For example, understanding what is a debit and what is a credit is going to really be important.
No One Is Looking For An Online Bookkeeper
There are a lot of small businesses that are not just searching for a bookkeeper but are looking for a GREAT bookkeeper. When it comes right down to it, they are looking for someone that they can trust with their finances.
Another doubt that naturally goes along with this is that people think that these businesses would never search online for a bookkeeper. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As a quick example, feel free to check out these links below to see that this simply isn’t the case.
As you can see, there are a ton of people looking for bookkeepers. The trick here is to show potential clients that you are trustworthy and that you are the best bookkeeper out there.
Of course, there will always be some businesses that will never feel comfortable with an online bookkeeper but the reality is that it is 2022 and this is becoming easier and more accepted by the day.
I Won’t Get Clients Without Any Experience
Another misconception is thinking that you won’t be able to find clients without any previous experience. This ties back into the fact that you need to show them that you know your stuff.
Obviously, experience is great to have but again businesses want the best. And even more important than that is that they want someone that cares about their business. Show them that they are more important than the air that you breathe and that they can trust you and your experience will not matter.
Don’t worry, I’ll get into how you can learn how to do this in a minute. There are a lot of ways that you can go about accomplishing this and it’s easier than you may think. Generally speaking though, it is simply a matter of providing them with a level of trust that cannot be matched.
Can Anyone Become A Bookkeeper?
I hope that I was able to debunk a few of the different myths that may be floating through your head but the question may still remain, can anyone do this?
Yes, I firmly believe that anyone can start a bookkeeping business but… not everyone should do this. Allow me to explain. Forget about the bookkeeping part for a minute. The more important thing to consider is that this is a real business.
The real question should be, do I have what it takes to run a business? Anyone in the world can learn bookkeeping but not everyone should run their own business. Keep in mind that you will have no boss looking over your shoulder making sure that you are doing the things you need to be doing to make you successful.
It is up to you and you alone to make this happen. When things get tough, will you throw in the towel or will you push through? If you feel lost or stuck, will you ask for help or crawl under a rock and hide?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a list of traits that you should have when considering starting your own bookkeeping business? Well, you’re in luck! Feel free to check out my post on the 7 Traits That Make A Great Bookkeeper and see how many you can check off.
If you are reading this then you are obviously considering starting your own bookkeeping business. Ask yourself why do you want this? Is it that you want the freedom and flexibility to work from home? Is it because you hate working for someone else? Are you looking for more family time?
Knowing why you want to do this alone can provide you with the drive to start up and run your own bookkeeping business. I think everyone wants those things but few will actually take action and make it happen. If you have not given your why some serious thought, take some time and think about it and write it down.
After you write it down make sure that you put it somewhere where you will always see it. To create a better life for yourself by becoming a business owner, you are going to have to put yourself out there. This is going to require you to step out of your comfort zone a bit through marketing your business either online, offline, or both.
It is important to understand that these thoughts of doubt in your head are just that… they are in your head. Your mind is very powerful whichever way you choose to look at things. A positive mindset can have you an up and running bookkeeping business in just a few short months. A negative mindset will have you in the exact same spot that you are right now, only this time you are passing up on a potentially powerful chance at creating a better life for yourself and your family.
If you doubt yourself and think this won’t happen for you then guess what… it won’t! If you tell yourself that you WILL make it happen, then it WILL. It really is that simple.
How To Start A Bookkeeping Business
So, your not just going to declare yourself a bookkeeper without first knowing how to do it or how to market yourself to let others know that you are one, to begin with.
Insert Bookkeeper Launch. Here you will learn absolutely everything you will ever need to know about bookkeeping and how to market and run your bookkeeping business.
So what makes this different from anything else out there? For starters, you don’t need to have any previous experience to do it. Although it is designed to be gone through in 10 weeks, you can work through it at your own pace. You can possibly have your first client signed before you have even finished the course (yes, this does happen)!
You are not going to simply learn how to do bookkeeping but will learn how to be the best bookkeeper around which separates you from almost any bookkeeper out there. The marketing training is amazing! There are students that have years of bookkeeping experience that swear that the marketing training alone is worth the price of the course.
In saying that, you are going to want to do your research. First, head on over and check out my complete review of Bookkeeper Launch to get all the details about the course and if you like what you see I highly suggest signing up for the free training video here you will gain a much better understanding of what it takes to be a successful bookkeeping business owner.
It is also with these free training videos that will help you to determine if this type of business is for you. After watching all 3, you WILL know if this is something that you would like to pursue or not.
So, now the ball is in your court. To learn more about the course you are first going to want to read my full review to gain a better understanding of what it is all about and to help you answer that all-important question, can anyone become a bookkeeper and start a business?
I hope to see you on the other side and if you have anything to add or any burning questions, feel free to drop them below and I will be sure to get back to you.