Lately, the business community has observed a shift in employment opportunities from hiring staff to work in a traditional office environment to starting to use domestic home-based employees with the appropriate skills. Workers welcome this transition as it allows them to seek rewarding employment opportunities which allow them to apply their skills and expertise outside of the traditional cubicle jammed office environment, while also achieving a better work-life balance.
Bookkeeping is vital to the financial health of any organization. Every business is well aware of the need to keep their books in order. Unfortunately, few find the time to do so as regularly and properly as they should. Enter the remote bookkeeping industry: an efficient solution for businesses and a rewarding career for home-based workers!
Do I have what it takes?
In terms of education, most homesourcing companies require that remote bookkeepers have at least a high school diploma. Remote bookkeeping positions, like all homesourced jobs, also require stellar communication and computer skills.
Bookkeepers have to be careful, organized and detail-oriented in order to avoid and recognize any mistakes. You should also be discreet and trustworthy, as it is quite likely that you will come in contact with sensitive and confidential material. As a bookkeeper, you will be responsible for making numerous calculations a day and should be comfortable crunching numbers and recording data. A knack for numbers and basic math skills are a bookkeeper’s best friend.
In order to be a big-shot bookkeeper, you’ll also need your own home office. You’re home office should be stocked with a computer, high speed Internet connection and telephone. It should also be in a location that is relatively quiet and free of distractions. Depending on the company or client you work for, you may need additional equipment. Particular specifications are available for you to browse on company websites.
While previous work experience in bookkeeping, accounting or data entry is definitely recommended, it’s not necessarily required. Once hired, at-home bookkeepers receive on-the-job training in order to learn about any specialized software and specific company procedures. You’ll be working like a pro in no time.
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