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​Bookkeeper Business Launch Review — 173 Comments

  1. I’m going through the 4 day free class right now. Before I get too interested, though, can you tell me how the payment plan impacts the course delivery? Do you get all of the material up front like with the one-time payment, or is it dribbled out over the year so you don’t get everything until you’ve paid in full?

    • The payment plan doesn’t impact the course delivery, Janine. Once you’ve joined, you have access to the whole course. (Early on the course was being delivered in weekly modules, but that has changed.) The only difference between the two payment options is that the one-time payment is less than the total of the 12-time payment option.

      Hope that answers your question,
      Robin

  2. Very in-depth review and great idea, this kind of business.
    Though I am not too bookkeeping inclined, it is good to know that this option is viable.
    Sounds like it would be great for a work-at home mom or dad – something to tell my mom-friends about. 😉
    Wishing you $ucce$$ – Orion-

  3. Hello Robin,

    What a thorough review, thank you very much! You really got me interested in the course. I have no special financial education, but I’ve always been interested in finances – I’ve been working in a financial industry as a software developer, and recently passed State exams in Life and Health Insurance.

    Your review of the course very well illustrates the high quality of the course content and I like the variety of methods that Ben Robinson is using to deliver the material. It’s very convenient to have a lifetime access to the course, and even latest updates.

    Does free ICB membership include the option of taking the examination or there is an additional cost for the exams? Do you know how much the fee is?

    Thanks a lot! All the best to you,

    ~ Julia

    • I try my best to provide a through review of any course I write about including both the pros and cons, Julia. I’m happy that you found that to be true.

      The free ICBUSA membership does not include the cost of the exams. I don’t want to quote an amount here that may change. So why don’t you check out the exam fees here.

      If you decide to go for it, let us know how the course was for you.
      Robin

  4. I found this bookkeeping review very inviting. I do hope to go into it for the virtual online training and build a retirement plan for myself. Do I have to be paying yearly for the training or is it a one-off payment to have all my training?

    • You only have to pay for the training once, Peter. Check the review above for the payment options as they do change from time to time. (Presently there is a single payment option and a 12-month payment plan.) Once you’d paid for the course, you have life-time access to the course and all it’s updates and revisions.

      Hope that helps,
      Robin

  5. Hey,

    Thank you for this thorough review of Bookkeeper Business Launch which I highly interested. Can I apply these bookkeeping concepts in my home country, Malaysia?

    Thank you.

    • Glad you found it useful, Shui.

      The principles of bookkeeping are the same everywhere. You can register and take the in-depth course from any location be it Malaysia or the US. There are other international students taking the course. As far as starting your own business, if you plan to conduct international business and seek to retain clients in the US, you may want to research regulations in your region regarding that specific process. And if you plan to use the principles to have clients in your own country, you will need to be aware of and research differences in some procedures.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  6. Hi Robin, what a thorough review you have made here of this Bookkeeping course work-from-home option. I did not know that this was a viable option at all. Knowing that there are such courses online to do and become “self-employed” is great!
    I see that your site has other great ideas of what to do for stay-at-home mums. I will bookmark it to keep up to date on your new reviews.
    Cheers,
    Ory

    • Happy that you like it, Ory. A few years ago I didn’t know either that there were so many online courses that teach skills allowing you to work from home. Transcription, proofreading, bookkeeping, becoming a virtual assistant, freelance writing, auditing websites for SEO, affiliate marketing, building websites to name a few.

      One neat thing about these courses is that most of them include the marketing training as well. Many of them are task-based step by step training. So by the end of the course you actually have your basic business set up.

      And… they all take work! They are not get-rich-quick schemes. They are real careers you can do from home; but you get out what you put in. With all the fake promises floating around these days, I like it when I hear someone say that such and such a program takes hard work to succeed – sounds realistic doesn’t it?

  7. Hi, this sounds like a great course. I would love to find a simple and easy way to do my bookkeeping.
    What is the average of how long it takes people to start making money? Do I have to complete the course first to start my business or does it grow with the course where you are going step by step? Is this mainly for American clients?

    • From all I’ve seen of the course and heard from the graduates, it is a great course, Sylvia. Students say that material is presented in a simple and clear manner. But as far as the whole process of doing bookkeeping and starting a business goes, it does take work!

      I don’t think it is fair to give an average of how long it takes for people to start making money: there are too many variables – how much time and effort you put into doing the course work, how easy or hard it is to grasp the material, whether or not you go for paid advertising to get started and so on. I have heard that those who are persistent and hard working have managed to get clients pretty soon after completing the course and a couple I’ve talked to have been able to break even and start making a profit after a few months.

      No, you do not have to complete the course in order to start your business. It definitely grows as you do the course work, step by step. The course is quite action oriented – Ben tells you about a topic/process, shows you how to do it and then has you do it.

      The course is geared towards American clients. There are a number of Canadian students as well who work together to figure out the differences needed for Canadian clients or just work with American clients. The course has students from all over the world – the basic bookkeeping skills are the same everywhere. Ben suggests that international students who plan to conduct international business and seek to retain clients in the US may want to research regulations in their region regarding that specific process.

      Hope that answers your questions,
      Robin

  8. What do you mean by “effort” exactly? Besides the obvious studying how exactly does one start a virtual business like this?

    • Well Greg, that is what the whole course is about.

      Ben leads you through the steps to learn not only the bookkeeping skills you need, but also the skills needed to market yourself and build your business. The course material is explained mainly through video with text documents to go along with it and plenty of hands on practice. The effort is studying the course work and applying all of it to be able to do the necessary bookkeeping using technology (i.e. all online) and then to build your online presence through your website and other techniques Ben teaches. So the effort is simply the work you need to put in to learn and apply everything that is taught.

      I don’t know if this actually answers your question or not. If not, fire away and I’ll keep answering. 🙂

      Robin

  9. Hi. I’m a sahm, and i’m very interested. Can you let me know what the success/drop out rate is? I’m sure there are those who try it and can’t make it work like they were hoping as in any business. I was just wondering what the rate was compared to other things like trying to get anywhere in sales, which I learned had a huge drop out rate when looking into that, even though you “could” make it big etc.

    Thanks

    • Hi!
      As with any program, many people sign up with great intentions and then fizzle out . Just check out how packed a gym is in January vs. February 🙂 The program has everything you need to succeed including a private Facebook group full of students, graduates and staff who are there to help you every step of the way. You have lifetime access to that group, email support, live Q&As and all updates to the course.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

  10. Hello, I am definitely interested in starting my own bookkeeping business and signing up for this course. However, I do have a couple of questions before making a final decision. With the amount of effort and hard work that needs to be put in to be successful in this business, is that possible to do while working a full time job as a RN? Also, on average about how long does it take for someone to get their first client? I feel as though marketing would be a big issue for me, how would this course help me with that part of my business?

    Thank you

    • Kalya, it isn’t easy, but there are others who have started their bookkeeping businesses while holding a full-time job. It takes a lot of discipline and “wanting to”. And obviously be prepared to limit your clients until you are ready to give up the full-time job. It IS possible, though.

      Regarding your first client, I have heard many stories – some getting their first client in the first week after finishing the course and others taking longer. I think it just depends.

      This course will definitely help you with marketing, In fact, about half the course is on marketing, how to find clients, choose the ones that will work well with you and then keep them. I think there are about 10 modules in the marketing section. And I’ve heard from graduates that the marketing training is top notch.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  11. I’m a sub for the post office and was wondering if this would be a possible second job, but I’ll need to work this in the evenings and my days off. Would evenings only make it harder to find jobs?

    • No, Tami, working evenings would be no hindrance in getting clients. The course teaches you how to do everything online and remotely. So all you have to do is get the job done in time for your client – when you work in the day is up to you. The course also teaches you how to get clients who will work well with you. If you haven’t so far, sign up for the free course to see if you think bookkeeping will suit your needs and interests.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

      • Thank you! I have a year of accounting done, but I ran into some issues financially and had to stop and find work, so I know I’ll like doing bookkeeping already!!😊

  12. Hi, I’m in the UK but would like to take the course to work with US clients. The market is larger, with a greater acceptance of virtual book keeping. Is this a realistic goal? Would US clients be willing to work with a virtual book keeper living overseas?
    In reality, a virtual book keeper in the UK is no different from one in a different state in the US but there may be a reluctance to use one?
    Your thoughts would be welcome, thanks.
    David

    • Hi David! The U.S. has been very quick to accept more virtual work opportunities which does make it easier here. However, I would say that it would be more difficult being overseas. If you already have business connections in the U.S. that can help you get a foot in the door, that might work. Otherwise, I honestly think it would be a real uphill battle getting clients.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

      • Hi Kelly, many thanks for your straight answer.
        I recognise the potential marketing issues.
        I’m hoping to overcome these by establishing an LLC in the US, along with a strong website marketing campaign. Not to deceive clients but to reassure them of commitment.
        I see on Upwork that some US companies do ask for overseas bookkeepers but at rates that are unsustainable for most. That would imply an acceptance by some, if not generally.
        At the end of the day, I’m not looking for many clients.
        Am I deluding myself? 🙂
        Thanks
        David

        • Upwork is a great place to start! Generally, when someone is looking to outsource overseas they are doing so to save money so the rates are lower. Having said that, we are firm believers in NOT undervaluing your services. If you demonstrate value, then you can get rates you deserve. I don’t think you are deluding yourself, but it will require more time and effort to get U.S. clients.

          Kelly

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  13. Good Evening Team,

    I currently hold a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration and am just not getting the results (happiness) out of what I want from my current position and the other possible career opportunities in my area.

    I am looking to this program as a possible career change that could provide me with a better work and home life balance while still being financially rewarding after building a clientele base. My main concern is the length of time that would be needed to build that base and what the potential income would be for an individual that pursues full-time operations.

    I understand that all situations are different, but was hoping someone could share some experiences and information regarding those who have done this full time and what type of financial security it has brought to those individuals.

    • Hey Matthew!

      I totally identify with your story. I am a business owner of over 15 years. Last summer, 2016, I found myself itching for a new journey, new project… anything to shake the struggle I was feeling.

      I found Bookkeeper Business Launch and things really started to change for me. It was just the challenge and direction I was looking for.

      I finished the program last September and didn’t launch my bookkeeping business until this January so I am not at my full time income goals just yet but I am confident that by years end I will have put a solid dent in that goal.

      I do still own and operate my consulting company but have taken a lesser role to focus on my bookkeeping business.

      I really think this program could help you. It has helped me find a better work life balance. It’s given me a new set of tools to follow any passion. I mean, it’s not just bookkeeping… there’s a whole world of marketing that will blow your mind too. So sure, it will take time. This isn’t a get rich quick program. You have to do the work and there will be some sacrifices along the way. But anything worth doing or having comes with sacrifice, right?

      I hope this helps you find the clarity you’re looking for! Good luck!

      Holly Ferris

      • Hi Holly,
        Have you recouped the costs of investment yet? Just wondering what the ROI is/was for you. I am in a very similar situation as you, but I have been working in the Corporate world for 30 years and my dream has always been to have my own bookkeeping business. Marketing and building clientele has always been my fear, because I felt I needed to be a CPA to have the credibility to establish clients.

        • Hello Denine,

          Very low startup costs, so yes, I’ve already recouped my investment. But if you’re wondering have I replaced my previous income, no. But again, I still own and operate my consulting company. I knew going into this, like almost any other business, things take time. And this bookkeeping business is no exception. My consulting business of 16 years was never an overnight success and heck, I had a lot of setbacks along the way.

          With that said, I learned a lot and I’m hoping to avoid some of the pitfalls I took with my first business but nothing is perfect, nothing is certain. I launched my bookkeeping business in January of this year and I’m getting ready to send out a proposal to my 6th prospective client. Growth is steady and balanced for me right now. Wishing you many blessings as you consider taking this important leap of faith! Good luck!

          Holly Ferris

          • Thank you Holly. I know! I have dabbled in a few businesses myself and you have to work hard, and stay very consistent. Thank you so much, this really helps. 🙂

  14. This program sounds very interesting. I have a few questions about the program. After completion of the program, are there referrals or job/contact type fairs to help you begin the start-up of your business? Are there discounts for the course for active duty military, their spouses, or retired military/their spouses? I noticed that it says the program is accredited, so would the GI Bill pay for a portion or all of it? Is there any type of funding that would help pay for this program? Thank you.

    • There aren’t any referrals or job fairs, but the Business & Marketing modules give you all the tools you need to be successful. There are also live Q&As and an active Facebook group where you can get tons of help and advice. There is a discount for active military, retired military, and their spouses. You can email success@learntobeabookkeeper.com for information. The course is accredited by the ICB USA, which does not qualify for the GI Bill or other funding.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

  15. Great article! For those who have completed the course and started with clients, how difficult was it to get clients if you had no previous bookkeeping experience? Is the course completion and certification enough experience for clients to hire you?

    Thanks,
    Jocelyn

    • Glad you found it useful, Jocelyn.
      I’m leaving your questions for Rocsy to answer. She’s taken the course and now has clients of her own.

      All the best!
      Robin

    • Hello Jocelyn,

      I completed the course Fall of 2015 and had no prior bookkeeping experience when I officially started my business. It took me almost four months before I was able to acquire my first client. After the 1st client it was much easier to add on to my client base. Explaining the course, certification process and network of bookkeepers and accountants that I was working with (whom I met through the course) went a long way to helping me acquire the first client. Hope that helps!

      Best,
      Rocsy

  16. Hi Robin,

    Is the program working for Canadians as well? Students from the US benefit from a membership upon enrollment from the IPB. Do you have any contract with the Canadian IPBC as well? I have a diploma in accounting and currently working as a bookkeeper, but I would like to start my own business soon…so mostly I need to learn the “business side” of running a bookkeeping practice. Also, is it include any contracts, templates…etc, which is useful for Canadian students? Thank you for your time!

    • Hi Janos! We have many Canadian students. We currently offer a 1-year membership to the ICBUSA, but you would need to join a Canadian branch (we do not have a relationship with other ICBs to offer free membership). We do have sample proposals and engagement letters, but with all such documents, it is wise to run it by a lawyer to make sure it is in compliance with laws and regulations where you are. Our private FB group is a great resource for connecting with our other Canadian students.

      Kelly (A member of Ben’s team)

    • Hi Janos

      I am Tammy also from Canada, i am interested in joining this program, but i have the worries about the variation between the two countries, i noted that your enquiry was posted last year April, wonder if you have joined this program, would you pls share your experience with me. Thanks a lot.

  17. I completed the 3 courses, I didn’t get a fourth. I am also curious – are these courses available on day one or are they released over the 10 weeks? I work very fast paced and I would be impatient to see what comes next.

    • Amber, being as you are already a student, you can email them directly to mention your missing lesson and ask them to release your lessons at a faster pace. Ben had purposefully spaced out the lessons to prevent overload. But he is happy to give students who want it faster access.

      All the best,
      Robin

  18. Where do I go to pay for the 10 week course so I can Get Started NOW!?? The links I’ve clicked on within this website hasn’t gotten me there.

    Thanks!

    • Have you taken free introductory course yet, Kathy? If you have, you will get an offer to join the full course after the fourth video which explains the content the course in full detail. (The first three are purely informational – what bookkeeping is all about, the skills you need, etc.) You will also receive emails with lots of useful info and sale offers when the course occasionally goes on sale.

      If you are planning to take the full course without taking the free introductory course, let me know and I will find out from Ben how you can go straight to the registration page.

      Robin

  19. Hi,

    Ben’s course sounds interesting, but I’m wondering if it’s the right track for me now, or maybe down the road. What are the bookkeeping industry standard certifications? I was thinking of maybe getting certified and finding a normal not-at-home job with a company and then add a home based business based on Ben’s course a little at a time. So I’m wondering what certifications I should start with. I’ve heard of ICB and NACPB. Any advice?

    • Hi Jeff! There are no official certification requirements for bookkeepers. We recommend that you do get certified, as this increases your credibility and shows you are a professional. We like the ICB, but you can get your certification anywhere you choose. You should also get certified in the bookkeeping software(s) that you will be using (Xero or QuickBooks Online).

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

    • Jeff,
      Enrollment in Ben’s course offers free one-year membership in the ICBUSA (you can get your certification here) – as well as partner enrollments in both QuickBooks online and Xero – two accounting/bookkeeping software applications. You can (and should) get certified in both bookkeeping systems – the training and certification is included in the price of the couse. If you are considering getting certified as a bookkeeper through ICBUSA or another professional entity – I think it is better to do it under the umbrella of the Bookkeeping Business Academy (or Business Launch).

  20. I’m a 49-year-old African-American male. Will I be able to attract customers? I am really considering the course. Cause I am retiring in 4 years, and I want to start my own business. I love the whole concept of the program. Just wanted to know how will I be able to grow my business. Thanks in advance,

    • Half the course is about marketing and building your business, Reginald. So if you follow the training, using the strategies and tools provided and make use of the proposal and engagement letter templates provided, you should be able to attract customers. Who you are doesn’t matter, but how you present yourself and your services is the important part, and that is all taught in the course.

      Does that answer your question? If not let me know,
      Robin

    • A full 50% of the course is dedicated to helping you market and grow your bookkeeping business. We show you multiple marketing strategies to use to attract clients, give you the tools for conducting a consultation, as well as proposal and engagement letter templates to use.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

    • Hi Mary,

      As the owner of this site, I search for great flexible work-from-home opportunities and accompanying training, research the course by accessing the course material, interviewing students and graduates and bombarding the course creator with all my questions. 😀 Long story short, I don’t have any clients myself, but I’ll ask Rocsy (a course graduate and present bookkeeping business owner) who has been kind enough to answer readers’ questions (that require actual experience), to answer this.

      Robin

    • Hello Mary,

      I currently have 3 clients. After I acquired the 3 I stopped taking on clients. Right now I work on my business very part time until my daughter is in school. Once she’s in school I plan to go up to 10 clients and then stop.

      Rocsy

  21. Are there any resources that will pay for this course that a person with no money can go through to be able to take the course? I’ve been deemed UN-hirable and need a way to start my own business because I can’t get hired do to health issues.

    • I’m sorry, Deborah. But I don’t know of any such resources. I’m sure you already saw it, but there is a 7-pay plan. I don’t know if that helps.

      You could also check out my page of free courses to see if there are any other career options that might work for you.

      I wish you all the best,
      Robin

    • You can definitely take the course, Cherie. Bookkeeping strategies are pretty much the same all over the world. So most of the skills taught in the course are applicable wherever you are. And the marketing skills taught are definitely applicable wherever you are. The whole point of this course is to train virtual bookkeepers – great bookkeepers that can work from anywhere for clients that live anywhere.

      There are some differences in the tax rules for Canada and the US, though they are quite similar. But since a bookkeeper handles very few tax related issues, that shouldn’t be too big of a hurdle to deal with.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  22. Rocsy, I am very interested in this course but like a lot of other people don’t want to be scammed. I have had some bookkeeping experience and enjoyed it but I have these questions:
    is it legitimate;
    I am 70 years old and on social security so money is tight, besides the class fee how much of the startup cost is needed right away;
    do you believe this is something I shouldn’t start at this age;
    did Ben’s timeline for getting everything rolling prove to be fairly close?

    After considering your response to these questions I will make my final decision.

    • Hello Shirley,

      I understand the hesitation. I had a lot of doubts when considering this course, but I’m grateful that I took the plunge because it ended up being the perfect solution for me and my family. So I spent exactly $1,612.78, including the cost of the course, before I started making money. That cost included the Bookkeeper Business Blueprint course, cost of the domain for my website, cost to my tax office for my legal business name, cost for my logo (I paid someone to design it), cost of my website, cost of my email account and cost of advertising. I didn’t have to buy a computer (not yet anyway) so that helped keep the cost down. I made that money back and was already making a profit after two months.

      I know that there are many fellow students that are retirees that completed the course and went on to successfully start their own bookkeeping business, so I don’t think your age would be a deterrent at all.

      As for Ben’s timeline, it’s pretty accurate on how quickly it would take to get your business up and running. Of course, it all depends on how much time you put into the course and business. I worked on my business part-time, like very part-time, since I’m a stay at home mom. I acquired my first client five months after officially starting my business.

      This course really is an amazing opportunity! However, it does take a lot of work and effort on your part in order to make it a success. Ben gives you everything you need to create your business, but you have to put in the work. I hope that answers all your questions, Shirley. If you still have some, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Rocsy (course graduate and bookkeeping business owner)

      • Thank you for responding to me. I will get my decision made and get a look at how I can finance it. I am very interested and believe it would be a good fit.

      • I love Rocsy’s responses! Solid info and to the point answers. Thank you again, Rocsy, for being willing to answer questions based on your own experiences with the course and your career thereafter.

        I did want to add one thing though – Ben has added quite a bit of material to the course since then and hence increased the course price. So the total cost will end up a bit higher than when Rocsy took the course.

        Robin

      • Rocsy, in your comment you mentioned that you were making a profit after 2 months, but then later stated that you had your 1st client after 5 months. Could you please explain what you mean and how that worked?
        Thank you for your time.

        • Sure. I didn’t acquire a client until 5 months after I started my business. However, I didn’t make a profit until 2 months AFTER I had my first client. Which means, that after 2 months with my first client I had recuperated all the money I had put into my business. Hope I explained that better 🙂

      • Rocsy,

        Please excuse my doubts but I am a very detailed and direct individual. I am currently caught in the corporate spinning wheel and am looking for a change that allows me more time with my family and to regain my life as it pertains to financial security. I have read through these posts and you mention making your money back after 2 months but not locking in your first client five months after starting your business however in another post you mentioned not obtaining your first client for almost 4 months.

        I am a Navy Intel Vet, numbers being what I did best, and I am puzzled by the variance in your replies as a bookkeeper as I would hope attention to detail and logging would be a priority within the field. Again, my apologies if this comes across as crass but my role as the provider and protector for my family demands a very thorough review of any path that may impact them.

        Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your response.

        -Ryan Easter

        • Hello Ryan,

          I don’t find your post crass and completely understand the confusion. This is a clarification I’ve been asked to make several times. I officially started my business in January of 2016. I can’t give you an exact date but it was early in the month. I signed my first client on April 17, 2016. Two months AFTER signing my first client, which means on the 1st of June, 2016, I had made back all the money I had invested in my business since starting the class and was officially making a profit. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

          Rocsy (a course graduate and bookkeeping business owner)

          • Thank you Rocsy for the clarification. That timeline does provide a clear path of a possible outcome after successful completion of this course.

            -Ryan Easter

          • Hi Rocsy,

            Curious… how many client do you have now? Are you still in pursuit of more? Would you mind sharing what your monthly ongoing costs are? Just trying to get some benchmarks.

          • Hi Denine, sorry, I missed your question. I currently do the books for four vet practices. I only have room to take on one more client. I have a toddler that is home most days so my time to work is limited. I also work for my mentor and do bookkeeping for 11 different businesses. Those 11 businesses are her clients. My monthly ongoing costs are limited to the following: insurance, subscription software for bookkeeping, subscription software to Hubdoc and credit card processing fees. Since my business is completely virtual my costs are minimal. I pay a yearly fee for my website and email. The different programs I use to store documents or to request signatures virtually allow a certain amount of free usage before they charge you. I make sure to stay under their limit monthly so that I don’t have to pay a subscription fee.

            Rocsy

  23. I would like some information please. I’m a retired veteran and I have my educational benefits. Can I use my VA benefits to pay for the course, if so please tell me how to do it.

    • Hi Andrew! Usually that does not work as they are typically only allowed to pay tuition to accredited schools. I do want to let you know that we have a big discount for active military and retired military.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

      • To add note, Andrew,
        If you sign up to watch the free training, you will not only get a good idea of what the course takes, but you will get updates from Ben. These include useful information including course discounts AND you will have email access to Ben and his team to be able to ask more detailed questions. Just letting you know…
        All the best!
        Robin

  24. I have not seen any reviews about the product that are not given by you or someone directly linked to the company. Is there any sources outside of his company with reviews not sponsored by Ben? I have taking many online classes and most of them had reviews that were not sponsored by the teaching institutions or business. I’m just not convinced that this product is not a scam. I haves had to previous small businesses in another state so I’m familiar with starting a business. Also, the person explaining the product, Robin, states that she has not taking the course in earlier threads. That is a major negative in my opinion.

    • Just to give you a bit of background, Lucus, I (Robin) am not sponsored by Ben (though I have gotten to know him and members of his team in the process of writing the review and keeping updated on the course.) And as you said, I have not taken the course. But I was given access to the course and have gone through the course material. I have also corresponded with several graduates of the course to get their feedback. I am particular that my reviews are thorough and honest, and take time and effort to ensure that.

      From the feedback I’ve received, I don’t think it is a scam. Have you contacted Rocsy or Kirstin who both took the course? Their contact info is below in the comments.

      Hope this helps,
      Robin

      • Hello – this response may be a bit late for Lucas; I researched this bookkeeping course prior to signing up – precisely because I was afraid of getting scammed. I can assure you Lucas – Ben Robinson’s course is NOT a SCAM! I’ve been involved with accounting and management of governmental agencies for 15 years and wanted to retire, but still use my skills and earn money to supplement my retirement income. I’ve given seminars and taught others how to do technical work throughout my career. Ben’s course is 100% top-notch, and he partners with some of the best in the business as far as developing a bookkeeping business. I’m in Week Nine – and after taking the coursework, my vision of possibilities has expanded to go beyond having a bookkeeping practice (where I do all the work) to building a bookkeeping enterprise (where I run a bookkeeping business that employs others to do the actual bookkeeping.) My goal is to keep it small (3 – 5 clients) until I actually retire. Of course, if all you want to do is get a few clients – Ben’s course teaches you how to do that, but if you want to build a business the resources and training are there in the Business track. Again, I know it is scary to shell out good money for an online training – but I’m very happy I took the leap – this is the real deal!

    • Hi Heather,

      Bookkeeper Business Academy is accredited by ICB USA – International Certified Bookkeepers (www.icbusa.org). Students of Bookkeeper Business Blueprint receive a free membership for one year in ICB, are enrolled as ICB students and take ICB assessments at the end of Ben’s course allowing them to then upgrade into higher levels of ICB membership. They are thus in a position to take ICB exams and obtain ICB accreditation.

      I don’t know the specific exams, but I hope this helps,
      Robin

      • ICB has several levels of exams. You should be able to pass ICBs Level II exam after the course. Ben is currently working on aligning the curriculum more closely with the Level II and Level III exams.

        Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

  25. This course looks interesting and I’d like to give it a try. But do you know if getting a refund is easy if you decide that you aren’t really cut out for bookkeeping?

    • I know several people who have gotten a refund, Jenny, and I haven’t heard any complaints about it being a problem. I think that the only condition is that you ask for the refund within the first 30 days of joining the course.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  26. This sounds like a perfect opportunity for me. I have a little experience in bookkeeping and really enjoyed it. But as a single mother of two, I don’t think that even the 3 pay plan is realistic for me to manage at this point. Do you know if there is any way to spread the payments out over, say, 6 months? This would be more doable for me.

    • Actually, Patricia, I think that there is a 7-pay plan. It has been in the developing works for a while and I think if you contact Ben about it, he can tell you how to get it. I think it is about $197/month for 7 months.

      Hope that helps,
      Robin

    • Building a virtual or remote bookkeeping business can definitely be a great side income, Angela. It just depends on if you have the time and energy to do the course work along with your full-time job and then continue, thereafter to build your business.

      If you still have energy after you get home from work and the time to do the course work – yes, go for it. Then you will even have another income coming in when you do quit your job. On the other hand if you are drained when you get home or have kids or other responsabilities after work, then there probably wouldn’t be time. The course does take commitment – Ben doesn’t hide that fact.

      There are moms who have done the course at their own pace and are now running their own businesses part-time. So it is possible. You will have to decide if you have the interest and energy to do it.

      Hope this gives enough food for thought for you to come to a conclusion. Let me know if you have any other questions,

      Robin

        • Sounds good!
          Have you watched the free intro course yet? Ben gives estimates of what you need to get started, etc. I guess you probably have to be taking the full course though to find out about all the nitty-gritty details unless you have previous experience.
          In any case, best of luck!
          Robin

  27. Rocsy,

    In the qualifications and skills needed, nothing is mentioned about math skills in this review. I don’t remember much of the math I learned. Did you find that to be an issue when you were doing the course?

    • Hello Jenny,

      As long as you understand basic math, you should have no problem with bookkeeping. It doesn’t involve a lot of math beyond addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and percentages. You will only need a basic calculator to take care of the few math issues that come up. Hope that helps!

      Rocsy (course graduate and bookkeeping business owner)

  28. What a wonderful and thorough article! I have gone through the class myself and find that this article very clearly reflects what the course offers. I know that when I considered taking this course I had a million questions and doubts. If anyone is considering this course and would like to speak to someone that has already gone through it, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
    (You can ask me in the comments section here. I’ll see them and answer. Just address the question to Rocsy. 🙂 )
    Rocsy

      • Rocsy, I’m 59, very interested in the course, but not sure anyone will take me seriously? I’ve always kept our books at home. Do you think I have a chance?

        • Hello Carla,

          I think your age would be an advantage, not a detriment. The fact that you already have some experience with bookkeeping will mean you are starting with more experience than I did when I started the course. So to answer your question, I think you have as much of a chance as anyone that takes the class and puts in the time and effort necessary to make their business succeed.

          Rocsy (course graduate and bookkeeping business owner)

          • Hi Rocsy – Are you actually getting clients and making money? I’d love to eventually do this full time and not work for anyone’s office anymore.

          • Hello Cate,

            So I finished the class in December of 2015 and started my business in January of 2016. I acquired my first client in April (the first is the hardest) and then stopped paying for advertising. I acquired my second client in June. Because of what I charge as a bookkeeper, which Ben goes over in the course, I recouped what I invested in the class in just two months with only two clients. By the third month, I recouped every expense I had invested in the business from the beginning. I am still doing intense clean-up work on my second client’s books so I still haven’t tried to acquire a third client.

            I’m a stay-at-home mom so I really don’t have that much time to dedicate to my business. If you dedicate more time you could be making more money a lot faster than that. I know of fellow students that already have 10+ clients and are doing this full-time from home. Hope that helps!

            Rocsy (course graduate and bookkeeping business owner)

  29. Military wife here and have been searching for the ideal career to work with my ever changing life style. This seems great and I am super interested. I began watching the first video and was wondering if how to exactly gain clients is discussed? Clients whom I imagine are comfortable with having bookkeepers this way. Please let me know. Thank you!

    • Definitely, Jess! Ben gives a bit of info on it (or more the mindset involved in going about it) in the videos you started watching. But the full course has 10 modules on business and marketing and it goes into great detail about how to get clients – not just getting clients, but finding clients who you want to work with and who will stay with you. The other 10 modules of the course are on the needed knowledge/bookkeeping skills. Check out the syllabus here if you’d like a bit more detail.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  30. I am almost ready to jump in with both feet! However, my sister brought up some good questions that I would love to have answered before I “jump.”
    1. Are businesses really looking for a bookkeeper who may live across the country to keep their books? Wouldn’t they rather find someone locally?
    2. Are there at least 3 people that have taken the course who we could actually contact to see how it is working out for them?
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi Resshena,

      To answer your questions:
      1. I’m sure there are businesses who want local bookkeepers. At the same time, there are many online businesses or small home based businesses that do everything online. These people may be moms and dads, caregivers or physically challenged people who work from home or people who want to travel and not have their business bound by geography. They want to be able to work wherever they are and on their own schedule. Such people are happy to have a bookkeeper who they contact online (via Skype, email, chat, etc) and who uses online bookkeeping software to manage their affairs. So to answer your question, there are businesses (plenty of them in fact) who do not care where their bookkeeper is as long as the job gets done well. (And that is what Ben’s course trains you to do – do the job well so that the bookkeeper is an investment, not another payment to be covered.)

      2. I know one of the graduates, Callie, and can give you her website (The Smart Keep), where you can contact her via the Contact Me page. If I come to know of any others, I’ll let you know.

      Hope this helps,
      Robin

    • Hi Resshena!

      1. Some businesses do look for someone locally, but that’s mostly because they don’t realize there are other options available. Other businesses don’t really care. 🙂

      2. I have taken the course. I started the course in mid-September and signed on my first client on Feb. 1. I now have another client for sure and one in the works. And I’m currently in the middle of a reconciliation project for a tax person who has been doing the books on the side for a client.

      Feel free to contact me with any questions!

      • Kristin, Thank you so much for your response. It means the world to me to know there are actually people I can contact for questions and help. Thank you!!!
        So far, I am really enjoying the course.

  31. What type of Certificate would one get after completing this course? Do you earn a Certificate in Bookkeeping, Business & Marketing, Cyber Security or anything else? What does this course give you after completing it that tells people or clients that you are actually a trained Bookkeeper?

    • As with other professions, you get your certification from a board or professional organization. With the course, you get a one year membership to the ICB USA (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers). You can take their certification exam. You also will get certified in the accounting software (Xero and/or QuickBooks Online).

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

      • Is the cost of Xero and QuickBooks certification included in the cost of this course or is there an additional fee? If additional what is the cost? Is there a cost to take the ICB exam in addition to the cost of this course? I am trying to budget what the true cost of course + start up would be after doing the 3-session intro course.

        • Hi Tiffany,

          Robin here. Yes, the cost of Xero certification is included in the cost of the course. And QuickBooks certification is free if you choose to do that as well.
          Ben has a section on the cost of start up in the 3-session intro course where he goes into all the details.
          I’m not sure about the ICB exam, so I’ll leave that detail to Kelly to answer.

          Robin

          • Hi Tiffany! So sorry for the delay in responding. I was on vacation. 🙂 The ICB offers 5 levels of certification to their members. You get a one-year membership to the ICB, but their certifications are done independently, including fees. I don’t know off hand what the fees are, but you can check out their website. And keep in mind that you are not required to be certified in order to be a bookkeeper. It helps with your credibility and we do recommend it, but it is not required. http://www.icbusa.org/Membership

            Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

  32. I can imagine this sort of education taking quite a long time and that you must have to be at some sort of level of academics before you take it on – would I be right in saying this?
    I feel that anything linked with accountancy and that niche is WAY above my pay grade – how easy are the lessons to follow in this course?

    • Actually Chris, the course is designed assuming no prior knowledge of bookkeeping. It teaches everything you need to know to start, market, grow and manage your own bookkeeping business. The course is about a 50/50 split between teaching the bookkeeping skills and teaching the business skills and is designed to take about 10 weeks on average. But you have lifetime access to the course material so you can do it your own pace – if you need more time to cover everything it is not a problem.

      And Ben’s presentations are quite clear and easy to follow. So if you have a basic education and the interest to do the work it takes, join Ben’s free introductory course to get a general idea about it and then decide whether or not to take the plunge.

      Hope this helps!

      Robin

  33. Do you have a syllabus or an outline of the content in each of the lessons of the 10 week course? I would like to know some more details before plunking down nearly $1000. I want to make sure it is worth the money.

    • It is funny you should ask, Calvin. I had just requested a copy of the syllabus yesterday. I just got it and added it to the Training & Resources section of the review. You can read it here. It is a pdf. So you can view it or print or whatever. Hope this helps you make your decision.

      Let me know if you need to know anything else,
      Robin

      • What is the difference between the 10 modules in “Knowledge” and the 10 modules in “Business and Marketing”? Are there two different 10-week courses, or are all subjects combined? In other words, will it cost me another $997 after I finish the 10 week course?

        • No, no, Calvin! The $997 covers the whole course which you have lifetime access to (i.e. you will have access to all future updates of the course as well.)

          The Knowledge modules cover all the bookkeeping skills and the Business and Marketing modules teach you how to use those bookkeeping skills to get clients (i.e. build your own business.) The modules go hand in hand – one module of each per week was the way Ben originally designed the course in order for most people not to get overloaded.

          Have you watched the videos in Ben’s free introductory course? They answer a lot of general questions. Also, since you will be on Ben’s mailing list, you will be notified of Ben’s Q & A sessions for people on the fence which he periodically hosts .

          Let me know if there is anything else!
          Robin

    • Once a client is established, then you can estimate about 4-5 hours per month. There is more work in the beginning to get them set up, but then it levels out. There are definitely clients that require more or less work, but that will be assessed when onboarding the client.

      Kelly (a member of Ben’s team)

  34. Good Afternoon!

    Is this course for someone that lives in Georgia, also what is the total price for the course??

      • Hi Monica,

        Are you referring to Georgia, Europe or Georgia, USA? If you are in Georgia, USA – yes, for sure!! 🙂
        And even if you are in Georgia, Europe, bookkeeping is pretty much the same the world over. So most of the skills would be applicable. The whole point of this course on virtual bookkeeping is to make great bookkeepers that can work from anywhere for clients that live anywhere.

        If you have more detailed questions, regarding doing this course from Georgia, Europe, I would suggest that you join Ben’s free course. Then you will be on his email list and get notified of his next live question and answer session. He does these periodically to help people decide whether or not the course and the career ar the right thing for them and to answer any other questions people have.

        Let me know if there are any other aspects or questions I can help out with,
        Robin

  35. For someone doing this kind of bookkeeping work, would you be considered self employed, or would you be paid through a particular company?

    • You would be self-employed, Julie. The course teaches you the bookkeeping skills you need to become a top-notch bookkeeper as well as the skills to find clients. So effectively you are starting your own remote/virtual bookkeeping business. I guess you could just use the bookkeeping skills you learn and apply to work for a bookkeeping company, but the aim of the course is to produce good quality bookkeepers who can work from anywhere and serve clients from anywhere – you are not bound by geography.

      Does that answer your question?
      Let me know,
      Robin

    • Everything has been recorded, Wade. Once you join and have access to the course, you can do it at your own pace. Ben originally organised it into a ten-week course as that much information worked out well for most people. But some have taken their time and done it over a longer period whereas others have zoomed through it. So you don’t need to worry about timing.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  36. Hi Robin,
    I just signed up for the Bookkeeping Blueprint Yeeeeeh! I am so excited to start the journey and I will come back to give you my take on the course.
    Thanks again for your continued support.

  37. Hi Robin,
    Thanks. Yes I have gone through the free training and I also attended the Q&A webinar with Ben. He answered most of my questions.

  38. Hi Robin,
    Does this program have a money back guarantee? Can I learn the modules at my own pace – may be longer than 10 weeks? Does the price include website hosting (domains) and website building tools? What about the content building, SEO, keyword search…….

    • Hi Lydia,

      Yes, Bookkeeper Business Blueprint has a 30 day money-back guarantee.

      Yes, you can learn the modules at your own pace. 10 weeks is just the average time it takes someone working on it at a reasonable pace not to get overloaded. Some people do it faster and others take longer. You have lifetime access to the course – you can take as long as you want.

      No, the price does not include website hosting and building tools. But the course does include a website setup tutorial (how to set it up, website copy, how to market it, etc) and Ben also will critique and give suggestions of how to improve your site (and marketing materials).

      Have you watched the free 3-session introductory course yet? The first class includes your virtual bookkeeping business’s income potential and the second class includes what it costs to start & run your bookkeeping business. If you click on this link, you will see the content of all three classes (no email required to see the content, only if you decide to sign up for the free course).

      Please let me know if this answered your questions or if you have any others.
      Robin

      • Hi Robin,
        Thanks for your response. How does this money back guarantee work? Must I have a valid reason why I want my money back or are there some conditions?
        This program is relatively new. Do you know people other than Callie Sitek whom you talked about in this forum, who have used the program and have clients? Is the course offered all year round? Have you gone through the course yourself? And if so do you have clients? How is this program different from the other bookkeeping courses offered out there? Sorry so many questions but I want to be sure before I commit this much money. Thanks.

        • Hi Lydia,

          The money-back guarantee is an unconditional guarantee provided you request it within 30 days. If you don’t think the course is a good fit for you or whatever, just contact Ben within 30 days and he will refund the amount.

          Yes, I know of a couple of others who completed the course, have started a business and have clients.

          Yes, the course is offered all year round.

          No, I have not gone through the course myself, but I have corresponded with some of the students who have, and obtained feedback from them.

          The major difference in this course is the business aspect. Most bookkeeping training ONLY teaches bookkeeping skills and their students end up with jobs, not a business. This is the first course I’ve seen that teaches you the A-Z of all you need to know to learn the skills of bookkeeping and how to build a virtual business, even if you don’t have any previous experience. The course teaches not only information but how to implement what you know. And it teaches you how to provide value to your clients which separates you from the regular run-of-the-mill bookkeepers. In several months you can go from your present position to a professional able to do your work around the needs of your family.

          I totally understand wanting to be sure before committing to something like this. Have you signed up for the free course yet? I’m asking because Ben periodically hosts live Q&A sessions for students of the free course. In these he answers everyone’s questions about bookkeeping, the free course and the full course. I attended one and it was quite interesting – lots of people asking lots of questions to figure out if this was the thing for them or not. So if you have signed up for the free course, you will be on his mailing list and should be informed about the next Q&A session. He just did one a couple of days ago though. I don’t know how often he does them.

          And if you are on his list, just reply to any of his emails with questions to get answers directly from him if you want.

          Let me know if these answer your doubts and if there is anything else I can help with,
          Robin

  39. Hi Robin,

    Having been a small business owner I can really relate to doing bookkeeping. Essentially it requires a person to be very thorough and follow a system. I think anyone should be able to do it.

    I think this is a great idea for people looking to start a home business in a field with huge demand and by the sounds of it Ben seems to be teaching people some really credible skills.

    It sounds like a great opportunity. Thanks for sharing and I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from it.

    Cheers!

    • It definitely requires a person to be thorough, Tim. And Ben lays out all the systems you need to do it efficiently. He shows you how to automate as much as possible to use your time in the most effectively manner.

      I agree that it is a great idea for people looking to start a home business. And the fact that you can start small and grow when you have more time on your hands is a great plus. Ben’s training really stresses on excellence which is what keeps you in demand once you get clients.

      Robin

  40. How much time would you say you have to commit per week for this course? Including time to watch the webinars, do any homework, etc. Also, I’ve watched the first intro video, and I just want to make sure this is as good as he makes it sound…do you know if his past students have been successful? Are there any that I could look up and see proof that they have their own successful business now?

    • Hello Sara,

      To answer your first question, one of the students who took Ben’s course the first time around told me that she spent between 16 and 18 hours a week attending the webinars, doing homework, etc.

      The students I know rave about the course. As far as someone who has finished it and has a business, I am in communication with Callie Sitek, whose interview you may have already read on this site.

      She finished the course in September and jumped right in. She told me this morning that she just got another new client, hitting her client goal for 2015 (just one week late). She was quite pleased. She also said that when she speaks to anyone about the course she always discloses that she works with Ben. She says feels strongly about what he is doing and wants to be a part of it. She is a huge advocate for female entrepreneurship and has found a way to serve them both by working with Ben and with having her own bookkeeping business. Her site is http://thesmartkeep.com/ if you want to take a look.

      I sent out some other emails as well. If I hear back from anyone else, I’ll let you know.

      I hope this helps,
      Robin

      • Hello again,

        I didn’t hear back from anyone else. But I don’t know them personally which may be the reason.

        Callie did get back to me again as I had asked her how it was going for her as a stay-at-home mom. She responded:

        “I now have 4 bookkeeping clients. So far it is definitely doable from a stay-at-home mom’s perspective. The actual hours worked is not that many and I can do the work at any time that works for me like after hours when the kids are sleeping. I choose the times I am available to speak over the phone so I only meet with someone during nap time or when the kids will be away.”

        I thought that may be of interest to you.
        Let me know if you have any other questions,
        Robin

    • Hi Cherie,

      The course is divided into 10 realistic-to-do modules. Ben has it the course paced so that students don’t overload themselves or burn themselves out. But once you have joined, you can contact him and request the modules to be sent faster. It has been done when he is convinced that a student can do it and will benefit from it.

      Presently the enrollment is continual. You can join at any time and start the course.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

      • Just wanted to update you:
        The course is now a self-paced course. The course material is available to you once you join so you can do it as fast or as slowly as you want to.

        Robin

  41. Hi Robin,

    I live in the UK and one of my previous jobs was an Inland Revenue Officer (tax man to you, lol) I also worked in a government department where I was in charge of Budget Control. Therefore I’m thinking given this previous experience I believe I could do this course with my eyes shut.

    However it’s the price that will put me off actually signing up to it. Even 3 payments of $328 could be out off the reach of quite a lot of low paid workers.

    Isn’t there any way round this?

    Regards,

    Robert Allan

    • Hi Robert,

      It looks like you do have a lot of useful skills to build on! You might be surprised though, how many new little tricks Ben teaches that allow you to automate your business, make the most of your time and skills that get you the clients that will work best with you. The course is jam-packed with bookkeeping and marketing strategies, taught in a very simple and hands on manner.

      Have you had time to watch Ben’s free 3 session introductory course? In the first one, he talks about your potential income as a virtual bookkeeper. I know some of the students who have had their first client by the time they finish the course – he encourages that by the way he has the course set up. So even though the course fee may seem a bit hefty, if you put in the required effort, you can recover the costs before too long.

      Regarding your question about alternate payment options, I’m sorry to say that there aren’t any others. Ben offers two payment options – either a single payment at the beginning of the course or three payments spread over 60 days. But as I said above, if you sincerely work at it, you can recover it and more.

      Hope this helps,

      Robin

    • The tax rules for Canada and the US are similar, though not exactly the same. But the fact is that a bookkeeper handles very few tax related issues. So that shouldn’t be too big of a hurdle to deal with. The remaining content of the course and hence the job would be applicable to you since nearly 99% of a bookkeeper’s job is the same wherever you are.

      Yes, you can register and start anytime. Though the course content is divided into 10 one week modules, you can do it at your own pace.

      Let me know if you need any other information,
      Robin

  42. I would really like to take this course. Are there any other payment plans available? Being a single mother of two with somewhat of a tight budget, the $898 even when spread out in three payments over 60 days is not attainable for me. Would spreading the payments into six monthly installments be a possibility?

    • Hi Terresa,

      I contacted Ben about this and unfortunately he is not in a position to offer any additional payment plans. The only thing I can suggest is to save up for it and then take the course in a few months from now. I wish there was a faster option…

      Robin

    • This bookkeeping course isn’t actually a franchise, Kav, but a training that will teach you the skills you need to be a virtual bookkeeper and run an online virtual bookkeeping business of your own.

      As far as the content of the course and the skills you will gain, bookkeeping is 99% similar all over the world. So whether you are in the US or UK, I would think that the only real differences would be tax issues which a bookkeeper handles very little of. And of course the fiscal year which is different for different countries based on when taxes are due.

      So to answer your question, the skills you gain from the course can be adapted for the UK market. And you assuming you diligently do the course work, you could be a bookkeeper 3 months from now!

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  43. Hello,

    The article is very clear, even for somebody that does not know anything about bookkeeping…

    The pros, the cons, the price, the content, what do you have as benefits afterwards,…

    You already see it will provide success – this article and this course!

    Myself I am not that interested in bookkeeping, I know that from the past. But a course as described here might just change that! 😉 It definitely looks like a unique training.

    Good luck!

    Grtz,

    Bert

    • Yes, Bert, this course can provide success as long as you put in the work. But to be honest, Ben has filled the course with so much information, all you have to do is follow the directions, learn the processes and you will be on your way!

      I personally know one of the graduates and she literally had her website up and going and was on the way to get clients by the time she finished the course. I guess you can tell that I think it is worth every penny.:D

      Robin

    • Sorry for the delay in responding. Each webinar is 1 to 1 1/2 hours and there are two webinars a week. Besides that, the students I talked to who took the course first time around spent about two hours a day on “homework.” So I guess that puts it at about 16 or 17 hours a week, Jan. Does that sound doable?

      Also this time around, the time take to do the course can be extended if you need to – i.e. you can take more than 10 weeks to do the course if you need to. Ben is working to make the course as accessible as possible for everyone.

      Robin

    • Hello Marilyn,

      Enrollment for the present free course is still continuing. You can enroll here: Bookkeeper Business Academy Free Training

      The 1st and 2nd classes are live and available. The 3rd class will be released in the next 48 hours. All the classes will be available until midnight Pacific time on Monday, September 21st. So you have a week to go through the three session course!

      Hope you enjoy it!

      Robin

  44. The bookkeeping course sounds just right for those who are geared for that kind of work. It’s good to know that there is so much more to the work from home niche than just affiliate marketing. This course looks like it would be well worth an investment. Was wondering, however, about the free course they’re offering.

    • Rick, the free course is a 3-session course that starts on September 10th. It is an introduction to bookkeeping – what it actually is, the types of things you will have to do, the technology you will use and a bit about getting clients.

      It gives you a better idea about bookkeeping and the business you would build to see if the course is something you think would fit your needs. Ben is very upfront about what it takes to become a bookkeeper and build your virtual business – he is looking to make great bookkeepers, not just sell his course. And to become a great bookkeeper, you need to want to do it.

      Hope this answers your question,

      Robin

  45. It seems like the bookkeeper business academy course could benefit many people. Especially people who are not W-2 employees. I have several sources of income that do not provide a W-2 so I am always scrambling at tax time. I am great with numbers, just terrible at keeping books!

    There seems to be some great business potential with this course as well. You could be a “one person show” or, you could focus on building and expanding your business and hire part time bookkeepers to do the actual work. This is an opportunity that will be doable for many people.

    • Yes, Steve. It is good for people who aren’t W-2 employees. In fact that is the main drawing power for me. 🙂

      As far as business potential goes, half the course is geared towards teaching you how to use your skills and develop it into a business. Ben gives a lot of tips on how to automate as many processes as possible and use your time in the wisest way possible. He believes in “Work smarter, not harder” and that is useful!

      Robin

  46. Like your website, I have some questions. Is this program is delivered through easy-to-follow instructional DVDs and workbooks? Do you have the flexibility to complete the courses on your own time, in a way that fits your life? You may be training from the comfort of home, but you’re FAR from on your own. You’ll have access to the support of knowledgeable CPAs and other accounting professionals throughout your course and beyond.

    • No, Yani. The program is delivered through online, live webinars along with other resources. It is not a self-paced program, though it may develop into one by next year. At this point the course is a 10 week course. You do have life-time access to all the training webinars and materials if you need more time to absorb it all or if you need to refer to anything later on.

      You do have plenty of support. Ben Robinson, the course creator, is a CPA with many years of experience. He offers email support and there is a private Facebook group as well for the students.

      You really get everything you need to get get started.

      Hope I’ve answered your questions,

      Robin

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