Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Every business needs to keep track of revenue and expenses. The smaller the business, the more likely that bookkeeping is not an in-house or full-time position. That’s where you come in.

Amava Take: If you’re great with numbers, understand money and have some bookkeeping know-how, you’ve got sought after skills. From start-ups to surf shacks, small businesses tend to need help keeping the books. Most will count on you to manage bank statements, run or oversee payroll, pay bills and send invoices. If you’re reliable and timely, you can usually make your own hours and work from wherever you want. Thanks to you, it all adds up.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Self-starters who pay attention to detail and put in the energy to get things right.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Ask questions when they come up so you don’t have to go back and fix all the math!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

As long as the money comes in and goes out on time, there is no need to punch a clock or do face time.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

When the books are organized and everyone has been paid.

How would you describe the hard parts?

When I know there’s an error but I can’t figure out what it is!

Do you work for more than one client at a time?

I used to do just one, but I have more time now and I enjoy interacting with more people, so now I’m up to three.

Special Requirements: If you have some experience and a basic high school degree, that may be all you need. However, you find that more credentials lead to more gigs. Here are some tips about running your own bookkeeping practice that take on that issue and more.

Finding a Position: In addition to local job listings and asking around in your community,  there are many sources for freelance bookkeeping jobs to check out. Many bookkeeping jobs can be done remotely and certain metropolitan areas, such as Washington D.C. and Boston, have tailored listings for bookkeeping professionals.