Career Focus: Work at Home as a Bookkeeper or Accounting Clerk by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated


Do you enjoy working with numbers?  Do you have an eye for detail?  Bookkeeping may be the work-at-home job for you.   An expensive education is not required.  Most bookkeepers and accounting clerks need a high school diploma, while some professionals advance their careers through a 2-year associate degree.  On-the-job training is common in this field.  Flexible telecommuting options make this career especially family friendly, and a great fit for the work-at-home mother.spring-trees


Required Skills


A strong aptitude for numbers is a must for bookkeepers and accounting clerks.  Familiarity with computers, word processing software, and spreadsheets is also required.  You must be an organized, detail-oriented person, with an ability to spot and correct errors.  A bookkeeper or accounting clerk must also be trustworthy with a strong sense of ethics, as she will frequently work with confidential information.  Good communication skills are always beneficial.


The Technology


You will need a computer equipped with a printer, as well as word processing and spreadsheet software to work as a bookkeeper or accounting clerk out of your home.  Basic communication tools, such as a phone line and email address, are also necessary.  Fax capabilities are a plus.  An online fax service may be a viable option for those who do not wish to invest in a fax machine.


Getting Started


The easiest way to build bookkeeping and accounting skills when you are starting out is to volunteer your time to a nonprofit organization.  There are plenty of organizations looking for bookkeeping and accounting assistance.  Try searching for local or virtual opportunities.  If you put forth your best effort, a satisfied patron will usually be happy to serve as a reference while you search for a paid position.  




The Certified Bookkeeper designation is awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.  Candidates must have at least 2 years of bookkeeping experience, follow a code of ethics, and pass a four-part examination.  Though certification is not necessary to be successful, it will boost your credibility with potential employers.


Mother's Day Tribute to Amazing Moms!

We thought it would be fun on mother’s day to honor our mothers- who are our own, our friends, our sisters and our inspiration in our own unique way.  Since this is a public blog, where better to honor our mothers!

We will post any blog that is respectfully written. Please for privacy issues, please only list the mother as name and initial: like Gloria B. or Susan H.   We think this would be a fun way to honor our mothers in cyberspace.  Please keep the blog under 150 words and tell us either a funny story, a great example or a tribute to this special mom.  No pictures please.

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On mother’s day, email your special mother and tell her to check out her own blog!  Tell her friends and family to expect it and it will be there. We think this will be a blast – we hope you do to!

Job Posting #101

Motherhood Incorporated is seeking someone who is well versed on the Mac. We have a variety of clients who need training in Word, Excel and Photo programs — along with searching the Internet. These clients are very specific MAC people and want to speak to a MAC person.  Anyone out there reading this on the MAC please contact us immediately for work…using our online system of GOTOMEETING.COM…you can train from your home to theirs over the phone and Internet. Please reference MAC Training when you email us at and make sure you fill out our simple application so we can best place you with a client…located on the  page!

Motherhood Incorporated Job Posting #100

Motherhood Incorporated is looking for a mom who wants to train a client on the computer in Excel and Word.  This job can be done from home using our online software. The client uses a MAC. The mom trainer needs to be skilled in Excel and Work and very patient as this client struggles a lot with the computer.  Interested, please head to the Work For Us Page on our site and click on the link on the bottom of the page.  Job can be done from anywhere, but the client lives in the Pacific Time Zone.  Please let me know if you would like to do this.