What is a Bookkeeper?

What is a Bookkeeper?

Every business by law must ‘keep the books’ – hence the term bookkeeping. But what do you know about bookkeepers? Ever wondered:
Good bookkeeping is essential business maintenance. In short, a bookkeeper keeps track of monies coming into and out of the business. By maintaining accurate financial records, bookkeepers help SMEs and micro businesses:
Traditionally, bookkeepers kept paper records of business transactions. Today, a bookkeeper’s tasks are diverse and highly sophisticated – requiring skilled knowledge.
Top reasons to be a bookkeeper
Bookkeeping is an extremely rewarding career and has many benefits. If you are considering a career in bookkeeping, please view below the top reasons to become a bookkeeper.
If you are considering a new career path in bookkeeping, we hope that this will inspire you to gain bookkeeping qualifications and make your dream a reality.
What’s on a bookkeeper’s ‘to do’ list?
As well as keeping a financial ‘paper trail’ to balance the accounts, a bookkeeper’s role is extensive. Here’s just a snapshot of different tasks undertaken:
On top of this, bookkeepers use data to prepare financial statements – ensuring annual returns are smoothly administered.
And because qualified bookkeepers are experts at accounting ledger systems, they help business owners stay in complete control of their finances.
How to get qualified … and what opportunities there are
You can study a range of level 1-4 bookkeeping, payroll and accounting qualifications through the IAB. As well as flexible study options, you can also get on-the-job training through an apprenticeship.
Afterwards, with recognised qualifications under your belt, you can opt to:
Whether you’ve just left school, you’re ready for a career change or want to extend your skills, bookkeeping qualifications open new doors to a better future.
Bookkeeper and accountant… What’s the difference?
In essence, bookkeepers are technical wizards! They set up and oversee day-to-day record keeping in a client’s business – then monitor the accounts ensuring they are up-to-date.
By comparison, it’s the accountant’s job to interpret bookkeeping data to assess whether a business is running efficiently. Without well-kept books to refer to, an accountant can’t give invaluable tax and financial advice to business owners.
So if you’re meticulous, have a head for numbers and enjoy problem-solving, bookkeeping offers you countless career choices.
Ready to find out more?
Check out the four steps to starting a new career in bookkeeping here. For further enquiries or to talk to one of our advisers, contact the IAB team.