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Even if you know nothing about bookkeeping, if you have the right characteristics, you can make $60 per hour running a bookkeeping business from home.
Something exciting is happening in the world of bookkeeping. What was once viewed as a boring business is now regarded as a real profession with great earning potential. More importantly, bookkeeping is an untapped business market waiting to be claimed by able individuals.
Do you have what it takes to start and grow your bookkeeping business?
You can find out by registering for this FREE online 3-part training.
We sat down with Founder and Chief Instructor Ben Robinson, CPA of Bookkeepers to learn more about this virtual, home-based business and his upcoming free training series.
Tell Us Your Background
I’ve been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA and of course the life of every party) since 1999. During this time, I’ve been the owner of two accounting firms and taught, as of this interview, 117 people how to become great bookkeepers.
After starting my first accounting firm, I realized that I needed help with bookkeeping. You see, bookkeeping is the foundation of all businesses’ financial success. It is mission critical that business owners have solid bookkeeping in place. And, of course, that means having a solid bookkeepER in place too.
So, I went out and tried to hire great bookkeepers: FAIL! They were like finding a senior citizen at a Justin Bieber concert: Impossible. When I was lucky enough to locate a great bookkeeper, they laughed at my request to join me and my firm.
They laughed because they had more than enough business and could earn a lot more money working for themselves versus working for me.
I moved on to Plan B which was to go out and find quality individuals and teach them how to be great bookkeepers.
At first, my results were average. Some people turned out to be great and others … well, not so much.
One day “it” dawned on me to study the characteristics of the handful of great bookkeepers that I trained personally as well as the ones I located during Plan A.
These great bookkeepers shared seven personal characteristics to a T. Without exception.
Now I was onto something. I started hiring people with these characteristics, and it was off to the races with my bookkeeping practice.
I am revealing these personal characteristics that great bookkeepers share with everyone in this free online training. I’ve taken my 14 years of training great bookkeepers and now teach people how to start their own bookkeeping business delivering a superior service to a starving audience of business owners.
Fast forward to 2015, and I sold my accounting firm. I soon discovered, through the unfortunate circumstances of a good friend, that my new mission was to help people start and grow their OWN successful bookkeeping businesses rather than work for someone else.
How Did You Get Involved in Teaching People How To Start a Bookkeeping Business?
My friend Kelly called me in tears. She had just lost her stay-at-home job due to downsizing. Losing your job is never a good thing, but for Kelly, it was double trouble.
Kelly is a single mom to three young boys. Losing this stay-at-home job meant Kelly might be forced to work outside her home and miss out on a lot of life’s important events, such as being there when her kids get on and off the school bus.
During this conversation, I told Kelly she needed to start her own bookkeeping business. At first, she laughed, thinking I was crazy.
However, the more I explained to Kelly the personal characteristics she needed to have, as well as the unique opportunity of owning a bookkeeping business, her laughter turned to joy as she now had learned of a way to earn a good living, stay at home with her boys and be in control of her schedule 100%.
What Will People Learn During Your Free Training Series?
I start by describing the personal characteristics of a great bookkeeper. Most people have no prior experience in bookkeeping, accounting, or finance. Now, I see this as a good thing, where others might see it as bad. The reason I see the lack of experience as good is that these individuals don’t have to be un-trained from bad bookkeeping practices of the past.
So, the goal for the first training is to help you determine, for yourself, if you have what it takes to be a great bookkeeper.
Through the 3-part training, students will also learn:
- Income potential working full or part-time in their bookkeeping business
- What you need to do to separate yourself as a great bookkeeper
- The exact technology and tools you need to start and run your business
- The mindset you need to be successful – this one is uber-critical
- How much it costs to start and run a bookkeeping business and, my favorite …
- The marketing system you need to get clients even if sales terrifies you
What are Some of the Benefits of Owning a Bookkeeping Business?
Am I limited here? There are so many … IF you set up your bookkeeping business the right way!
The first benefit of owning a bookkeeping business is the freedom to choose where you work, when you work, and with whom you work. You are in control when you own your own bookkeeping business and your schedule. Want to work from home? Do it! Want to work from your local coffee shop? Go for it! You’ve got the power.
The second benefit is the money. You can earn a solid income with a high hourly rate equivalent. I know of no other business that you can start for so little and have the potential to earn so much. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time bookkeeper earns around $45,560 per year. But remember, this is for an employee, not a home-based business owner. As a self-employed individual, you can charge much more while working fewer hours. In fact, in my course, I instruct bookkeepers to target at least $60 an hour as their goal.
The third benefit is that bookkeeping is in high demand. Bookkeeping has been around for nearly 500 years. It’s not going away. Technology changes, but the principles are the same today as they were 500 years ago! Every business is REQUIRED to do bookkeeping. With nearly 31.7 million small businesses in the U.S. alone, that creates a high-demand business.
Is Bookkeeping for Everyone?
If someone is looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, then a bookkeeping business isn’t their ticket.
If someone isn’t willing to invest the time to learn the Xs and Os of bookkeeping AND the proper way to run their business, they need to move on.
However, if you’re a hard worker and are willing to invest the time, I will teach you how to start and grow a successful bookkeeping business.
In this FREE training, I go over the characteristics needed to become a great bookkeeper. It’s important that anyone considering bookkeeping as a profession watches this and is honest with themselves about who they are. We all want success, and making sure you’ve got what it takes on the front end before you launch a business, is crucial to making this a reality.
Is There Anything Else You Would Like Readers to Know?
This is 100% quality content, and there’s nothing like it out there. This window of opportunity for great bookkeepers is open now. You owe it to yourself to check this out and see if you’re a candidate! Go!
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Ready to start your own home-based bookkeeping business? Go here and sign-up for the FREE training.
Originally published September 2, 2015. Content updated September 2022.
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