How to Plan a Home Based Bookkeeping Business

Are you planning to start a home based bookkeeping business, but have no idea where to start and how to go about doing all the technical stuff? Stop worrying as starting a record keeping business from home is not something beyond you. If you are expert in accountancy and are looking for a job, you can give starting your own business a try and earn money while staying at home.

You do not have to be CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in order to set up your accountancy business, all you need is basic business and management skills. Read on to find out how to do it.


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    Make sure you know enough about accountancy

    As said earlier that you don’t have to be chartered accountant or a certified public accountant to start a bookkeeping business. However, you should know basic record keeping, different software and accountancy for taxation. It is wise for you have a certificate or a diploma with proper training. If you have not worked anywhere before and just possess a certification or two, you’d better jump right in. Get yourself familiar with practical work by working at a small company for a few months. Remember, bookkeeping is simple and far easier than managerial accounting and finance. So a bit of training should help you start your own business without any trouble.

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    Establish a business plan

    Create a business plan that describes your bookkeeping services. A well-crafted business plan can help you attract investors who may want to work with you as partners. Since bookkeeping service is a varied field, covering lots of topics and types, you have to mention what services you will be offering to your clients. A business plan will also introduce your business to prospective clients.

    Major bookkeeping services that you can work on include invoicing, payroll services, keeping sales records, budget projections and creation, basic cost accounting services, and maintaining taxes. Your business plan should also include how much money to be spent on equipment and marketing and training of staff.

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    Make your workplace like an office

    Although you plan to work at home, the look and feel of your workplace should reflect that it is a proper office. If you make your workplace comfortable to work in, your clients will want to do business with you.

    Do not fool yourself into thinking that you can run a successful home-based business without making it look like a proper office. Moreover, your working staff will work efficiently if everything is professional at your home-based business.

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    Register business

    You can now get a business license for your home-based business from county clerk’s office.

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