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The role of a bookkeeper is an attractive one for a number of reasons, not least because of the freedom and flexibility it offers. That said, you can't just wake up one day and decide to become one, can you? Well, not exactly like that, no, as you'll need to gain the necessary skills; however, thanks to financial planning short courses online, it's easier to get started now than ever before.

For instance, our Introduction To Bookkeeping is the perfect way to learn the basics of what you'll expect when you start the job in earnest. We'll give you a little more detail on what our online training involves a little later, but first, let's see what steps you can take to get the experience that can be just as important as having the right qualifications.

Getting Your Business Off the Ground

If you're hoping to succeed as a freelance bookkeeper, you'll need experience, as clients are much less likely to want to hire you when you've not got any. The knowledge gained from financial planning courses is essential, but you also need to demonstrate your ability to apply what you've learnt in the real world.

But how can you get that experience? A great way, to begin with is to offer significantly reduced rates and explain that it's to gain experience - many new freelance bookkeepers start this way. You'll often find that people are much more willing to give you a try when there's some money to be saved!

Also, if you're happy to work remotely, you can gain clients worldwide and grow your business slowly. Then, the more experience you gain, you can gradually raise your prices while adding to your skillset with more advanced online finance, budgeting and forecasting courses. It's possible to create a thriving bookkeeping business without ever having to leave your home, thanks to modern technology.

Another way to narrow down the field of competition is to specialise in a particular area of bookkeeping, e.g. working solely on restaurant, educational or charity bookkeeping services. Each sector will have specific laws and regulations, so you'll get specialised training that general bookkeepers likely won't have.

Simple, Affordable & Fully CPD Endorsed 

When you take one of the many financial planning and budgeting courses we offer at OCA, you get access to training created with the help of leaders within the industry. Our cheap, affordable courses also contribute towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points which highlight your dedication to anyone wanting to hire or employ you.

The great thing about our micro-learning courses is that they deliver learning in bite-sized chunks that are much easier to digest and fit your current obligations. Dedicated support is available 24/7, too, so you've got someone to turn to if and when you get stuck. As a professional bookkeeper, everything you need to know can be learnt this way.

Get Your Freelance Bookkeeper Career Off to a Flying Start!

As you can see, becoming a freelance bookkeeper is simpler than you probably thought. Sure, you'll have quite a few hours of study ahead of you, but everything good's worth working for. Match your passion for the role with how easy we've made it to train; you can see that it's a winning combination.

So, it couldn't be easier if you'd like to know more about accessing our industry-leading online training to get your bookkeeping career off to a flyer. Visit us online at You'll see the wide range of sectors we cover and that any short financial planning courses you take can be paid for in manageable instalments.

Alternatively, if you want to talk to us about your precise requirements or want some questions answered before you enrol, we'll be more than an assist. Call us on 1300 611 404, and we'll do our best to tell you what you need to know. 

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