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Career Story: Freelance Bookkeeper

Freelance Bookkeeper

Job Title: Bookkeeper

Type of Company: I work for various business; health professional and auto repair business

Education: BS, Notre Dame College (Manchester, NH)

Previous Experience: I worked as a medical technician while my husband attended medical school and then as a bookkeeper for my husband's business.

Job Tasks: I create invoices, balance check books and develop financial reports on a monthly basis. I work part-time and usually when I want. I work at home for one client and on location for other clients. I do different types of bookkeeping for each of my clients.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is being able to balance a checkbook without too many problems. Often the clients are a little sloppy in how they record information and I have to review every entry that they make.

The worst part is when the books don't balance the first time through. One client is very meticulous in how he records information and makes my job a lot easier but he is the exception. The rest are pigs.

Job Tips:
1. Be willing to work long hours to get a job done. You cannot expect to be hired for a top-level position without some experience.

2. Starting at a low-level position is often the only path to advancement. Hopefully you'll choose a business that has opportunities for advancement.

3. Don't expect a tremendous income at the beginning. Hopefully the entry-level job you take will allow you to make a living wage.

Additional Thoughts: When I took accounting courses at the local junior college it was not with any idea of having a career in accounting. The bookkeeper at my husband's business retired and I was offered the opportunity to do basic bookkeeping. I was given a trial period. I continued to work in his business for many years before I retired. Now I only do freelance work.

Be willing to continue taking courses in your chosen field. These will all help to expand your knowledge as well as show your employer you are serious about your job and your future in their business. If your current job isn't the one you wish to stay in for a long period of time, still do the best job you can until another better job opportunity presents itself.

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