What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is a profession that stems back centuries, with bookkeeping records dating more than 7,000 years having been found in ancient ruins.  Fundamentally, bookkeeping is the day-to-day process of recording the financial transactions of an entity so that a business can keep track of what they owe, what they are owed and how business is going.
Bookkeepers today do so much more than enter data into a system, they are accounting technicians, business process analysts, implementation experts, business advisers, compliance specialists, HR intermediaries and a welcome relief for business owners!  It is the role of a bookkeeper today to provide guidance to business owners on the technological solutions that best streamline business processes to maximise efficiencies and empower with knowledge and drive business growth.
‘Bookkeeping’ and ‘accounting’ are terms used interchangeably and essentially have the same end goal, that is, assisting business owners to understand their businesses health and compliance obligations.
A bookkeeping career today is challenging, motivating and really exciting as we see exponential changes in the technologies that support the process, and an ever dynamic legislative environment to navigate.

What do bookkeepers say about bookkeeping?

“I enjoy the freedom that comes with being a self-employed bookkeeper.  The rules are the same for everyone, however the work is always varied and interesting” Vicki, AAT Member

Would a career in bookkeeping suit you?

A career as a self-employed bookkeeper would work for you if you are interested in:

  • Flexibility to fit around your family

  • Greater work/life balance

  • Assisting others to succeed

  • Tackling something new every day

  • Turning chaos into order

  • Continually growing and learning

If many of these factors appeal to you, there is a very good chance a career in bookkeeping is a great fit.


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