How to Become a Bookkeeper – With No Experience (Interview with Ben Robinson, CPA) — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you for this informative post on Free Online Bookkeeping Courses. I had no idea that good bookkeepers are so hard to find. It is amazing to me that you can make so much money doing this without having previous bookkeeping or accounting experience. I am not a stay at home mom, but I have always been someone that likes to play with numbers. At one time, I thought about being a tax preparer but don’t like the thought of meeting with so many clients. Would this training be appropriate for a retired male gentleman who worked in management over thirty years and is looking for part time work?

    • If you are ready to learn new things and put in the work, Rick, then sure!

      As far as not having previous experience goes, it is possible to make such money because of the well structured course and the way Ben teaches. He teaches everything from the basics up, teaches you all the systems and strategies he learned over the years and covers both the bookkeeping aspects and the business aspects. He makes sure there is enough time for everyone to get their questions answered and… he loves what he is doing.

      In this free three-session course, Ben lets you in on what bookkeepers really do, what kind of characteristics you need, etc and makes you think about the whole thing to see if it is really a good fit for you. If you think you would be able to make it work for you, then you can sign up for his full course. But either way, by the end of three sessions, you have learned a lot about bookkeeping and a bit about yourself as well.

      As far as your dislike of having to meet so many clients, this course is geared towards making the whole process virtual! So how does it sound?


  2. I am attracted to the virtual side of this, the work from home aspect of it and the fact that it looks like it is a real profession. One question though: how much math do you need to know? I can balance my checkbook and do other basic things like that. But is that enough?

    • Sounds like that should be enough, Patti. Basic math is generally enough to be able to become a great bookkeeper since most of the needed math skills are dealt with in the course.
      Hope that answers your question!

  3. I agree with you that bookkeeping is not for everyone. I do believe a lot of people would be great at this field. Especially people who are good with their finances and good record keeping.

    It seems like a great lucrative business for people. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to actually physically meet clients and you can work any time of the day.

    I have a few questions, Do you get a license after the courses? How long does it take to get a bookkeeping business going and how do you find clients? Thanks for this great info.

    • Yes, Evie, the virtual aspect of it is one of the main attractions from my point of view.

      This free course gives you the opportunity to understand what building your own virtual bookkeeping business really entails and whether it is the right fit for you. The next course after that is a 10 week interactive course which teaches you all the nut and bolts. You do not get a license, but believe it or not, bookkeepers aren’t required to have one.

      How long does it take to get rolling? One of the aims of the course is to get one client by the time you finish the 10 week course. After that it just depends on how much you put into it, whether you are working part time or full time, etc

      As far as how to get clients – there is a whole section on that in the course. 🙂


  4. Great post Robin and I’m glad I went through the interview.

    I know a few people that would gladly like to earn some extra money and with all the opportunities that the internet has given to people, including stay-at-home moms, it’s a no brainer for most people looking for work or another income to a least look into it!

    Another great point Ben Robinson made is that like any career or profession, the good one’s will get repeat business and keep clients and the people who are mediocre and don’t treat it as a real profession will not get repeat business. I always have to remind myself of that if I start to get ahead of myself!

    Cheers, Stephen

    • Actually, Stephen, that is kind of Ben’s whole aim – to make “great” bookkeepers. You really get into that mode when you are listening to him, it’s an infectious enthusiasm. And it solves many problems naturally. 😀

      Of course it is hard work though. You can’t forget that part!


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