Once you’ve decided that bookkeeping is right for you, you need to know how to get there. Some people manage to pick up a finance-related job and work their way into a bookkeeping position. But on the whole, you need a credible certificate in bookkeeping and relevant experience. Here’s how to start.
Research the Industry
In the page ‘Is Bookkeeping for Me?’, we covered how to decide if this is the right job for you. But beyond knowing the skills and workload associated with it, you want to understand the industry. Before actually being a bookkeeper, it’s helpful to learn how the industry evolves over time and whether it’s a good fit for your lifestyle.
In particular, consider your needs such as where you want to live and how much work you want to do each week. Then see if there are bookkeeping opportunities in your area that allow for those specifications. As I said, though, this job can be quite flexible. Every company needs financial advisement, so it’s likely you’ll find an option that needs you.
Get the Credit
You can get an accounting or finance degree from a university. But most companies just require that you at least complete a bookkeeping course through a credible program. You need to either an FNS40210 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or an FNS40610 Certificate IV in Accounting, depending on which speciality you prefer.
After earning your certificate or degree, you are free to work! Network to find opportunities with a small company in your area. Then, over the next several years, you’ll just keep building up your résumé and gaining experience with the books. Over time, you can work your way up in the financial world and become more of an asset to your employers.
That’s the long and short of it. Like with any other job, you’ll just start working and improving in your field. But never stop learning about it. In particular, learn as much as you can about the software that bookkeepers and accountants use, especially MYOB and Quickbooks. In our technology world, the software is one of the most important things you can become familiar with as a bookkeeper.
It’s especially helpful if you pick one of those programs and make it your area of expertise. As you work and specialise, you become even more valuable to your company. You can network with other accountants and bookkeepers as well to find out about better work opportunities.