Bookkeepers take care of a business’s financial records, and are responsible for the paperwork, organisation and accounts that come with it. Bookkeeper jobs can be found in businesses of any size, however, as larger businesses will normally be able to hire teams of specialised accountants, bookkeepers are a huge book to small traders and companies who might not be able to afford an in-house accounting expert.
Unlike other accounting jobs, bookkeepers need to be extremely efficient in all parts of business accounting, as they will rarely have a team to work with. If they’re keeping to books for several entities, they need higher levels of organisation and a keener eye for detail, as keeping track of irregularities or discrepancies between these entities will be harder to spot.
While some small business owners might take their finances into their own hands, self-taught or taking a short course, professional bookkeepers should have attained an undergraduate or master’s degree in business or accounting.