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Updated Bookkeeper Launch Review: Why It’s Even Better Now — 27 Comments

  1. Hi Robin! Thank you very much for the full description of the program!.. I do have questions about the ” you could work anywhere anytime.”
    I live in Canada. How this program would be affected by Canadian procedures, opening a new online business, also taxes and law? I noticed there are a lot of successful students from USA. But what about Canada? Are there any limitations that I should know before join it?.. Would love to see experiences from Canadian students and see how their success is going. Thank you very much if you could share any knowledge about it =)

    • Hi Gabriela,

      I’m happy you found the review useful. Lots of good questions!

      More than 130 Canadian students have registered to do the BBL course this year past alone. And they even have a BBL Canadian support group!

      There are no bookkeeping differences really, but definitely some differences in what are allowable deductions for taxes, differences in payroll, in sales tax, and in the types of tax forms and remittances.

      The basics are the same, and you do need to learn about Canadian federal as well as provincial specifics in those cases.

      Also, there are students who have international clients. It is just recommended to make sure to follow local law and regulations when conducting international business.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  2. Hi Robin!

    First off I loved your review! It was so detailed and answered a lot of questions that were buzzing in my mind. I was also wondering if I would be cut out for this course because while I do believe I possess a lot of the traits that are needed, I realize I can be a somewhat unorganized person although I actively work on this with time. With that being said, would I be in over my head in starting this course?

    Thanks in advance for your time!

    • Hi David,

      I’m glad you found the review useful and got answers to many of your questions. Regarding your question about whether or not you’d be in over your head starting this course – personal questions like these are always hard to answer. So let’s look at a few things:

      For one, you can work on your organizational skills as you said you are doing. There are books, workshops, online videos, and help groups dedicated solely to helping someone become more organized.

      In relation to Ben’s bookkeeping course, anyone, whether they are organized or disorganized can register and go through the lessons. They are step by step and entirely self-paced, so the student can work on learning the bookkeeping skills and setting up their business at their own pace and according to their own schedule. (And he has a 30-day money back guarantee so that if you realize that it isn’t for you, you can get a refund no questions asked within the first 30 days.)

      However, we must keep in mind that when working directly with clients and their sensitive financial data, you should be as organized as possible to ensure that the clients are served, and their work is done in a timely and accurate manner. You would spend a good amount of time interacting with the clients and letting them know what goes on. So being on time, with the appropriate paperwork for meetings is a necessity.

      Most of your work would involve categorizing and organizing financial records, and then pulling those into financial statements for clients, and then advising them on what they should be doing. Ben’s course shows how this can be automated as much as possible, and also how to batch the activities to be as efficient as possible.

      BUT – at the end of the day, only you, the student, can say if you are organized enough to handle that responsibility. So I guess it is up to you to decide.

      Let me know if this helped enough or if you have any other questions,
      Robin

  3. I have been on the fence for some time about this course and cannot decide what type of online business would be beneficial, worth my time, expense and meet my qualifications. I have accounting experience, customer service, email, mostly receivables and it has been quite a few years, so I worry that, like most virtual businesses, I need a lot of education ( I do have a business degree) or current experience and technology to gain trust and acquire clients.
    Why would anyone want to hand over their bookkeeping to someone not very credible without a lot of degrees or education? I couldn’t tell if he offered some type of Quickbooks online certification or just used it for training. I feel like I need that to succeed. So confusing and I want to make the right choice jumping in. I feel I can do the work, it may take me longer to catch up to speed and gain clients.

    • It seems Lori, that your accounting and customer service experience could be helpful if you decide to take up virtual bookkeeping. Did you know that, according to Ben, bookkeeping is first and foremost a relationship business? So from his point of view, being personable and caring are the most important traits. I only mentioned that because you mentioned that you had customer service experience.

      As far as why someone would want to hand over their bookkeeping to someone without a lot of degrees, etc – by law, you don’t actually have to be certified to be a bookkeeper! Ben teaches you the matter you need to know to get the job done well and he teaches you how to present yourself. So others aren’t going to think of you as someone who doesn’t know anything as you can prove otherwise. I’ve heard that few people even ask for qualifications as long as you show you can do the work.

      You can get Quickbook certified while doing the course and Ben encourages it as well. This is all taken care of in the course material – Ben teaches you what you need to know or shows you where to go to get it.

      The course also has a 90-day success plan. So if you put in the work and follow the plan, you can succeed. I’m not sure why you think it will take you longer to catch up and get clients – if you do the course work it won’t take you longer than anyone else doing the course.

      I don’t know if I’ve answered all your questions. But if there are more, please don’t hesitate to keep asking,
      Robin

  4. Very interesting. As I was reading along through the review I thought hmm, I could try that, but soon brushed that thought away because i’m Not numbers oriented.

    This course sounds pretty complete in that you learn book keeping and business as well, but my concern would be that after this little training I would come across things I didn’t know about. 10 weeks seems like a quick bare bones course that wouldn’t really prepare me for the real world.

    • Well Stew, I can see why you would brush it aside if you aren’t numbers oriented. But unless you actually have an aversion to numbers, it most probably wouldn’t be an issue.

      As far as this “little course” goes, it is an intense course packed with nearly everything you need to be prepared for the real world. Ben teaches what you need to know to actually get the job done, not a bunch of theory. He explains concepts/processes, shows them and then has you do them. The course is organised to build your skills and business as you progress through it. Of course no course can actually teach everything… so there is plenty of support in the form of a very active Facebook group, emails and other one on one ways to get you the answers and help you need to be serving your clients in the real world.

      I know it almost sounds too good to be true, but it is a well thought out course which Ben is continually tweaking and adding content to based on student input and other things he himself continues to learn. Obviously it does take work – lots of it. You have to be ready to immerse yourself into it and give it all you have. Some people do this slowly as their schedule permits and others zoom through it getting their first client even while still working on the course!

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to go on and on. But when you described it as a bare bones course, I couldn’t but respond as bare bones is the last thing this course is!

      Robin

  5. My dream has always been to work for myself online at home. I don’t have any background in finance at all but I really like the idea of being able to work from home with a bookkeeping business, do you think someone without much financial background can succeed?

    I also feel like there’s a lot of hills to climb here. There’s the 10 week course, then after that you still need to advertise your business and skills to attract customers, then you need to build that customer base. Seem like all this could take a year or two. Is there a faster way to make money after completing the 10 week course?

    you mentioned that the course teaches you how to do bookkeeping as well as build a business. What if I don’t want to build a business and just want to work for someone else, do you know of any websites that hire you to work for them as a bookkeeper?

    • You might be surprised to know, Kent, but it is possible to successfully build an online bookkeeping business even without much of a financial background. Bookkeeper Business Launch is a very thorough course and Ben starts from the ABCs. The course is organised so that you are starting to build your business as you progress through the course.

      Some students have had their first client towards the end of their ten weeks, others have taken longer. But a year or two is not at all needed. In fact Ben offers a 12 Month Double Your Money Back Achiever’s Guarantee which is: if after 12 months you have completed all the work and don’t see results, he will refund your initial investment and pay you an additional $2,000.00. Either way, you will have made your money back plus some (if you do the work!).

      The course is geared towards building your own business. Unfortunately I don’t know offhand of any websites that hire bookkeepers. I’m sure a quick Google search could provide you with some though!

      Robin

  6. Wow, very impressive review.  I am in the process of reviewing potential new business ideas and came upon your review.  I must admit I had not considered bookkeeping until now.  I have always enjoyed accounting, it is a business that very straight forward and once you understand how it works, it’s only a matter of keeping up with the changes.

    The primary focus for my new business search is the ability to work entirely over the web.  I get the impression from your review that this business can be primarily web-based.  In your experience can it be done entirely online?

    • Yes, Glenn, this can definitely be done completely online. In fact Ben’s course aims at that – being able to build an online bookkeeping business that allows you, where ever you are, to serve clients who are also from anywhere. He teaches all the techniques and skills you need to do the bookkeeping tasks and find clients and communicate/serve them all virtually. With online bookkeeping programs, online banks, the Cloud, Skype, email, etc and a scanner this all become quite easy. The world has sure changed, hasn’t it!

      Hope you find what you are looking for,

      Robin

  7. As more and more businesses are created and are expanding services like bookkeeping will indeed be in high demand, just as this article has said it. 

    After reading this review of the Bookkeeper Business Launch course it seems like it might be on the top of the list for people who want to start up a bookkeeping business. For such specific business models, it is often hard to find courses or guides as most places online just say to go with your idea. But sometimes extra detailed lessons are really needed.

    Is it easy though to take the course at a slower pace than advised?

    • It is a fact, Rihard, that it is hard to find courses that give the specifics for a particular business model. Of course you can go back to college. But that takes time and you still need to wade through everything you learned to pick out the main things you actually need. Because this course is based on a “Tell, Show, Do” approach, you really get the theory and experience you need to just go for it and get a business up and running.

      The course provides a 90-day plan. But the full course material is available from the time you get access. So you can do it at your own pace according to how much time you have and how hard/easy the material seems to you.

      Hope that answers your question,

      Robin

  8. Different areas have different rules, regulations, and taxes. Could you tell me what areas this training is good for? (Example: States, provinces, territories, or countries.) Thank you.

    • Actually, Betty, the training is applicable for bookkeeping pretty much the world over. Basic bookkeeping strategies are pretty much the same everywhere. And bookkeepers aren’t actually responsible for taxes, so you don’t need to worry about that. Most of the students of Ben’s course are practicing in the US. But I know of students from Canada and Australia as well.

      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, if any at all, that shouldn’t be too big of a hurdle to deal with. And of course, every country has different regulations and laws that you need to research if you would like to pursue starting a bookkeeping business.

      Let me know if this doesn’t answer your question,
      Robin

  9. I worked for financial institution working with both numbers and money for 23 plus years. I have enjoyed this type of work. I also do our yearly tax return.I have plenty of customer service experience and am a detail oriented person. I would like to sign up for this class then eventually work at home and earn additional income.

    Would this class work for me if I don’t have a Facebook account for webinar. I am not interested in opening a Facebook account. Is there an alternative other than webinar? Also, do I need to take a state certification test before starting my business. I hated taking timed tests.

    I hope to hear from you.

    • You do not need a Facebook account for the free classes webinar, Faith. And you don’t need a Facebook account to watch the video taped classes in the course either. So, no Facebook account is not required. But the Facebook group associated with the course is very active – many questions are asked and answered, tons of support provided and so on. So it is up to you whether or not you decide to join it.

      And luckily for you, the second answer is also no – you do not need to take a state certification test before starting your business.

      Hope that answers your questions,
      Robin

  10. I am looking to make extra income on the side of my teaching job. I like math, but don’t know if the fact that I could only work in the evenings or on weekends would make it difficult to get clients. Do you know?

    • That shouldn’t be a problem, Patricia. The course teaches you how to develop your skills and business completely online. Your communications with clients may include Skype calls (or other similar methods of communication), but a lot will be done via email, etc. And the bulk of the work you do for your client will be on your own time – the timing of it doesn’t affect your client as long as you get it done.
      Have you taken Ben’s free course yet? It should give you a good picture of what a virtual bookkeeping career entails.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Robin

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