If you were to do a simple Google search for online bookkeeping courses, you are going to find 1 of 2 different things.
The first thing you will notice are a wide array of online universities that all offer you the opportunity to learn bookkeeping online. The other, if I have done my job right, would be this post.
My hope is that this post will stick out like a sore thumb in the search engines since I am not looking to lead you to just another online university.
Depending on what you are looking for is going to determine what kind of course you should pursue. If you are simply looking to learn bookkeeping to work for someone else than one of the online universities should do just fine.
Simply Learn Bookkeeping
There are quite a few to choose from so please make sure to do your research so that you are confident in your decision. Looking at the tuition costs from these online universities, the average tuition is going to run you somewhere in the ball park of $700-800.
Here a couple different online courses that are available for you to check out. The examples below fall on the first page of Google.
What I have to ask you next may never have even occurred to you before now so I want you to give this a little bit of thought. Have you ever considered not only learning to be a bookkeeper but also how to run your own bookkeeping business from home?
Maybe you’re thinking, “hold on Nate, I know nothing about bookkeeping how in the world am I suppose to start my own business?” That is a legit question, and the answer is that it is very possible!
Keep in mind the reality is that not everyone is meant to run their own business. In saying that, if your not sure, than check out this list of the 7 traits needed to run a successful bookkeeping business. This should give you a pretty good idea where you stand.
Learn Bookkeeping… And More!
If the thought of running your own bookkeeping business is intriguing to you than allow me to offer you another alternative that will allow you to do just that.
Up until 2015, there was no such course that would show you how to not only learn everything about bookkeeping but also how to market and run your very own bookkeeping business from the comfort of your own home.
Then, a CPA by the name of Ben Robinson decided to change all that. He decided to develop a program to show you how to do all of the above. Learn everything about bookkeeping, how to successfully run your own business and how to market your business to obtain your very own clients.
The great thing about the course is that it is designed with the novice in mind. So even if you know nothing about bookkeeping or marketing, you are still good to go. In fact, Ben claims that in some ways its beneficial to be brand new at it since you will likely have to unlearn some things if you do have prior bookkeeping experience.
Support Makes All The Difference
One of the main points that makes this program stand apart from anything else on the internet is the support system that is in place. This comes in a couple different forms.
The first is having the ability to sign up for a series of free training videos that help you to determine if a bookkeeping business is a good fit for you. Ben is not simply looking to separate you from your hard-earned money. He truly wants to turn you into a successful bookkeeper, plain and simple.
By the time you get through the free training you should not only have a good idea if this business is a good fit you but also the cost involved with start up and some of the tools and software involved. To sum it up… he lays it all out for you so that there are no surprises when you decide to jump in.
The second type of support that I wanted to touch on will be your go-to once you are inside the course itself. It comes in the form of a private Facebook group filled with students just like you, as well as, students that have already gone through the course and have thriving businesses of their own.
I promise you that no question will go unanswered. Lets face it, you are going to have questions and concerns. I’m telling you that this very active private group alone is worth its weight in gold.
Tell Me More, Tell Me More!
The course is designed to be gone through in 10 weeks. Of course, you are able to go through it though at your own pace though. Ben even claims that it is possible to have your first client before you even finish the course!
You may be thinking that there is no way, but I can tell you that I have seen it with my own eyes within the private group again and again where students actually do this! Of course, there are a lot of factors that go into this. It is simply a matter of how aggressively you jump into it.
Maybe at this point you are wondering how much you can be making. How does, on average, $80 an hour sound? Does that grab your attention. Check out this post that really breaks down the earning potential of running your own bookkeeping business.
One other point that I wanted to touch on real quick is the fact that you are able to get certified in Xero for free! In case you don’t know, this program is basically the brains of your bookkeeping business. It does all the number crunching for you, you just have to learn how to use it.
I should also mention, that because of this software, you do not have to be some math wizard to be a bookkeeper. What you do have to have though is that you enjoy working with numbers but that is covered more in the free training.
One last point on certification. You will also have to opportunity to get your ICB certification. This is what is going to make you a real professional bookkeeper in the eyes of your clients. This is also included in the price of the course.
What Do You Do Now?
I know that I threw a lot at you in this short post and that I just touched on a lot of different points. If you want to learn more about the course your next step is to check out my full review. This is where you will get a complete breakdown of what it is all about, as well as, everything you are going to get on the inside.
I try to give you as much information as possible to help you make an educated decision so that there are no questions left unanswered. At that point, you will have the chance to sign up for the free training videos where Ben tackles everything about what it takes to be a bookkeeper and run your very own business.
Online bookkeeping courses are abundant but there is only one that, at least to my knowledge, shows you step-by-step everything about bookkeeping AND marketing.
Check out the full review to get a complete rundown and if you have any questions, comment or concerns don’t be afraid to drop them below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!