It's important to have a bookkeeping business software that will be compatible with your prospective clients. In my experience, the most highly used and recommended bookkeeping software is QuickBooks. There are many different types of QuickBooks accounting software available, so I recommend that you compare QuickBooks 2009 Editions to get a feel for what is out there.
You may also wish to consider giving your prospective clients more confidence in your abilities. This can easily be accomplished by completing the QuickBooks Certified User Program . Anyone who completes this program will come away with a great advantage over the competition. And in these times, any little advantage could make all the difference.
A very affordable and convenient alternative to jumping right in to buying the QuickBooks software for your desktop would be to try out the QuickBooks Online Edition – Starting as low as $9.99 a month. The online version actually makes doing your bookkeeping work from home more easy as it streamlines the process of exchanging information between you and your clients.
There are many different kinds of free bookkeeping forms available that will be of benefit to you. Income tax deductions lists can help give you an idea of the different account categories that you will need to set-up in the chart of accounts for a given industry. While a tax organizer can be given to your clients to help them get organized for the tax season.
A great way to get started finding new prospective clients is to read through postings for bookkeeping jobs Many times you will find a business who is only looking for a part-time employee with flexible hours. This is a great opportunity to present yourself and the bookkeeping services that you provide from home. Especially if you are using the QuickBooks Online Edition. Just explain to them the benefits of hiring you instead of hiring someone in-house. They will save on health care (that is always a big one) and payroll taxes as you would be a sole proprietor. And the ability for both of you to exchange information easily online makes your being in-house less of a need.
Finally, I highly recommend setting up your own website as a means of advertising and finding clients. My business started making a substantial online income within 6 months after starting this website with the help of Site Build It!. SBI! makes online business success do-able. Anyone can succeed with the Site Build It! all-in-one process, tools, and guidance.
The Action Guide presents a step-by-step process, presented in both written and video formats. All you have to do is follow it. Really! The most successful SBI! owners say "all they did was follow the Guide." They don't get sidetracked, or have to guess at what to do next. SBI!'s guided approach helps you reach your goals. They also just launched a convenient new SBI eLearning program.
I highly recommend you join their affiliate program to give you an extra passive income stream to your bookkeeping work from home as well. You can do so by visiting their Affiliate Center directly.
Look into Site Build It! to see if it makes sense for you and your business. You should start with the SBI home page, watch the 2-1/2 minute video there, and then follow any of the links that interest you. The 30-minute video tour is a must do. It really helps to clarify everything for you. The video tour starts out very motivational and then it dives into the details of how the tools and monetization strategies work, using real web sites as examples. I think you will find it interesting and educational even if you only have a limited interest in making money online.
For more information please visit my Bookkeeping page - I look forward to hearing from you!