How Much Do Bookkeepers Make? Let’s Break It All Down

By | September 2, 2017

How much do bookkeepers make from home? This is probably the one burning question that you have been asking yourself, right?money flying out of laptop  After all, everything sounds good, your ready to pull the trigger to learn everything you are going to need to know to run your own business, but how much money can you actually make? That is a legit question and one that you deserve answers to.

How To Get Paid As A Bookkeeper

Before I get into how much you can make as a bookkeeper, I thought it would be important to touch on real quick how you will truly be a success in the field of bookkeeping. After all, what good is knowing how much you can make if nobody wants to take you on as their bookkeeper.

To provide value to your clients you simply need to be personable. Care about your clients business. Find ways to improve their finances. Simplyprofessional offering help to married couple listen to them. By doing these simple things, you are going to guarantee your success as a bookkeeper.

Don’t simply be someone that simply organizes their books. There are a million other bookkeepers that can do that. You need to be the one that takes a vested interest. Do these things, and you can bet that the clients and the money will begin to flow in.

Now that that is out of the way lets get back into how much you can make as a work from home bookkeeper.

A Hypothetical Breakdown

Okay, lets do a little number crunching to give you a general idea on what you can expect in terms of cash flow for your business. For this example, lets say that you are going to charge your client $300 a month for yourcalculator and piggy bank bookkeeping services. This is a pretty good number to expect when obtaining clients, but I should also mention that I have seen bookkeepers earn far more a month per client. It really just depends on what all is involved with the business, but $300 a month is a pretty good number to expect.

So, the first thing that we have to do is add in expenses that you will incur to do the bookkeeping for each client that you obtain. It would be misleading for me not to mention this part of it. So, we are going to subtract $50 a month from the $300 to go towards your expenses.

That leaves you $250 profit per month per client. Multiply that times twelve and you get a profit of $3,000 per client per year. Getting five clients will approximately bring you $15,000, ten clients $30,000, twenty clients is going to bring in $60,000 a year.

How Much Time Per Client?

You may be saying to yourself, that’s all fine and dandy Nate (that’s my name in case you didn’t know… geez here is my About Nate page) but how much time will I be putting in towards each one of my clients per month? That is also an important piece of the puzzle. After all, what good is it making $250 a month per client if you are spending 40 hours a month doing their books?

You should expect, on average, to spend about 3-4 hours per month per client. Keep in mind that this may be a little longer when you are first happy woman with money coming out of laptopbeginning since it will take a little time to familiarize yourself with your clients situation. Also, in many cases, you may have to clean up your clients books from back before they hired you. I should mention that you will charge extra for that as well.

But, back to the time. So, you’re spending 3-4 hours per month per client. In this example we will just say 4 hours per month. So, if you have 5 clients, that is 20 hours per month or 5 hours a week. 10 clients comes out to 40 hours a month and with 20 clients you should expect to spend about 80 hours a month doing their books, or 20 hours a week if you talking a normal 5 day work week.

Let’s say that your goal is to work 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday) just like you would in an average full time job. After doing the math we know that you would need 40 clients. How much monthly positive cash flow will that bring you? How does $120,000 a year pure profit sound to you (remember this is after we took away your expenses) not to shabby if you ask me.

Let’s Keep It Real

Please keep in mind that this is a rough example as to the potential that you can earn a bookkeeper. There are many factors that go into the above examples but generally speaking that is a pretty good expectation. You should be able to see how you are able to turn this into a full time income. You also have to keep in mind that your not going to have 40 different small businesses knocking on your door the second your start your business.

Building up your clients is a step by step process. The better you get at marketing your business the quicker they will come knocking on your door asking for your services.

I am not here to exaggerate things. Starting any legitimate business takes a lot of hard work and bookkeeping is no different. But, with the right attitude combined with the right characteristics that make up a great bookkeeper, this can lead to a pretty lucrative business for you.

Quick side note, did you know that bookkeeping has the highest profit margins out of any other business? Along with this is the fact that it also has one of the lowest start up costs out of any business! Its win win for you!

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to drop a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you ASAP!


 

 

12 thoughts on “How Much Do Bookkeepers Make? Let’s Break It All Down

  1. Kevin

    Nice article on bookkeeping. I took a bookkeeping class in high school and thought about getting a degree in it, but ended up in computer programming. $300 a month per client? That’s sounds good! Of course, keeping up with the clients information must take some time and effort. I’m good with numbers, but keeping everything organized is another issue.

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    1. admin

      Nothing wrong with a degree in computer programming, that’s for sure.  When you take on new clients there is definitely more that needs to be done to get things in order.  The nice thing is that there is typically an extra “cleanup charge” to do this and although $300 a month per clients is a pretty good gauge to go by, there are students that have clients that make much more than that.

      As far as keeping everything organized, there is software out there that makes this much easier to accomplish so that something to consider as well.  Thanks for stopping by Kevin!

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  2. andrejs

    Great article and forwarded it to my sister as she is a bookkeeper and sometimes worries about that little earns. I have often told her that she has a great job. Even on parental leave, she was able to work with her small clients. You wrote about building a client base, and I have always told her that the customer base, even the smallest, is one of the cornerstones of bookkeeping business.

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    1. admin

      Thanks for forwarding it to her hopefully she finds the value in it.  

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  3. Eliane

    This is an interesting article.

    I had no idea Bookkeeping was that lucrative ($120,000.00 / year sounds pretty good).

    Besides, the flexibility of working from home is one of the things more and more people are looking for these days.

    Now, I believe there’s a need for a specialized software, am I right? How much would it cost? Would there be any other initial cost to consider?

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    1. admin

      Thanks Eliane!  Of course it would take time to get to that point but it is definitely possible.  Yes there is software that you are going to need but its not over the top by any means and what ends up happening is is that are able to pass some of the costs off on your potential clients.  Feel free to check out my article that talks about the startup costs that are involved to give you a more in-depth look.

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  4. jessie palaypay

    If I were to start a bookkeeping business, what should I anticipate my startup costs to be if it is a low cost business with high profit margins?

    Also, would I be asking my friends and family for their business when I am first starting out as a new bookkeeper?

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    1. admin

      Hi Jessie!  Check out this article to see what kinds of startup costs are involved and you could ask anyone that you wanted to be their bookkeeper, there are no limitations.

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  5. DorcasW

    Nate; Bookkeeping is not a bad choice after all personality I know of software on the market that will make the job easier for Bookkeepers. It is imperative that people who are inclined to work in this capacity to build their clientele by advertising their service so that client can know the avelibelity of the service they offers. You will agree that every business needs a Bookkeeper ( Accountant) be it small or large, won’t you? DorcasW

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    1. admin

      I agree with you 100% that every business needs a bookkeeper.  As a business owner, I would recommend to find a bookkeeper as opposed to doing them yourself.  Use your energy growing your business not doing your books.

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  6. kmv

    I found this article as I am going through the process of trying to create new streams of income. With some training, it sounds like bookkeeping could be something worth taking a closer look at.

    After reading your article, I just has a few questions.

    Do clients often ask for a discount if they have multiple businesses?

    It seems like there are a lot of folks offering bookkeeping. Any ideas on how to differentiate yourself?

    Thanks for the info!

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    1. Nathan Glick Post author

      As far as your 1st question is concerned with offering discounts, that is really hard for me to answer since that is going to simply depend on how you want to run your business.

      As far as how to differentiate yourself from other bookkeepers, that is actually what Bookkeeper Business Launch teaches you.  Not simply how to be a bookkeeper, but how to be the best possible bookkeeper by providing value to your clients.  By going above and beyond, you make your bookkeeping business more valuable then just about any other bookkeeper out there and Ben shows you exactly how to do this

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