According to PayScale.com, bookkeepers earn on average $17.37 per hour. Top bookkeepers’
earnings exceed $56,900.
CareerBuilder.com cites bookkeeping skills as highly transferable to financial supervisory,
analysis, or managerial roles. The site calls bookkeeper an "ideal choice" for those
who are motivated to keep organizations on track with regard to their finances.
Technology is highly relevant to the bookkeeper's role. Mastery of bookkeeping software
applications is the key to matching bookkeeping skills with expanding requirements
for analysis, visual data presentation, and reporting that provides value-added to
the traditional bookkeeper's duties.
WHAT DOES THE BOOKKEEPER ROLE INVOLVE?
Bookkeepers serve on the front lines of a person, company or organization's financial
health. Strong bookkeepers set up, deploy and manage systems that record the flow
of funds into and out of an entity's coffers. Using reporting tools and systems, bookkeepers
help individuals and operational managers stay aware of and improve an entity's financial
status and performance.
HASN'T TECHNOLOGY REPLACED BOOKKEEPERS?
Technology has had a huge impact on the bookkeeping field. However, the bookkeeper's
underlying organizational skills and precise attention to detail are as valuable as
ever to their employers and clients. Programs like QuickBooks® or Microsoft Excel®
have widely replaced the manual entry functions of traditional bookkeeping. However,
the organization, reporting, and use of financial data still rely heavily on human
input and processing.
IS CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT FOR BOOKKEEPERS?
Certification in any profession signals to employers, colleagues, and clients that
a professional is committed to the highest standards of excellence and accountability.
Certified bookkeepers meet the AIPB’s highest standards for financial accounting,
business practices and ethical conduct.
HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED BOOKKEEPER?
To earn your AIPB Certified Bookkeeper designation, you must pass the AIPB certification
exam and be able to submit proof of at least two years of full-time or 3,000 hours
of part-time experience.
IS BOOKKEEPING A GOOD OPTION FOR REMOTE WORK?
Because bookkeeping relies heavily on technology and can be done almost entirely using
digital tools, it is considered an excellent prospect for remote, contract, and work-at-home
This course is designed for experienced bookkeepers with at least two years of work
experience in bookkeeping or accounting.
BECOMING A CERTIFIED BOOKKEEPER
Eligibility requirements, code of ethics and certification maintenance
ACCRUALS, DEFERRALS AND THE ADJUSTED TRIAL BALANCE
Why accruals, deferrals, and other adjustments are made; recognizing revenues collected
in advance and expenses after a prepayment
CORRECTION OF ACCOUNTING ERRORS AND THE BANK RECONCILIATION
When and where accounting errors occur and how they are discovered; finding and correcting
errors on the unadjusted trial balance
How to pay different types of employees; federal and state wage-hour law
The difference between book and tax depreciation; depreciation under GAAP
General concepts of accounting for inventory; the perpetual, periodic, FIFO and LIFO
INTERNAL CONTROLS AND FRAUD DEPRECIATION
How to prevent or spot theft of inventory and other non-cash assets by employees;
preventing employee theft, embezzlement or fraud by hiring the right personnel
Wade Lindenberger is a CPA with over 20 years of financial accounting and management
experience in public accounting and private industry. He is currently Director of
Finance and Administration for New Children's Museum. Before his current position,
he worked as the National Finance and Accounting Service Line Leader for Premier Alliance
Group, a national professional services firm. Wade was also Director of the Finance
and Accounting service line for the San Diego office of a global, publicly held professional
services firm. He has previously served as an instructor for courses at Coopers &
Lybrand and at the University of California at San Diego for the Extension Course
and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Business.
Helene K. Liatsos
Helene K. Liatsos is business advisor and QuickBooks Certified Advisor with more than
25 years of experience. She consults for a range of companies, from travel agencies
to startups. Her company Home Office Management Experts was awarded the 2004 Home-Based
Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Helene holds a Bachelor
of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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