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Advice on starting up as a bookkeeper

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Hi all,

I am ACCA qualified and work fulltime as a systems accountant in the private sector. I'm interested in doing some bookkeeping as a way to earn an extra income, so I'd like to know what I need to do in order to get started. I am not looking to conduct audits, give advice etc but only to carry out general bookkeeping activities. 

Any advice that can be given would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance 


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By paul.benny
20th Jan 2020 08:16

Firstly, you will need a practising certificate. Check the rules and related guidance on the ACCA website.

Then search here - questions like this are asked (and answered) every few weeks.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
20th Jan 2020 08:18

paul.benny wrote:

Firstly, you will need a practising certificate.

No he won’t.

I’m ACCA and had a bkpg client whilst I was PQ & NQ. I read & reread the PC rules and spoke to the helpline. No PC needed if it’s just bkpg.

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By paul.benny
20th Jan 2020 08:48

You're right of course for ACCA, although AML requirements still apply.

ICAEW does consider bookkeeping to be public practice.

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By kevinlord80
20th Jan 2020 12:26

Hi Richard,

At FreeAgent, we recently held a webinar with Christine Aplin of Caplin Bookkeeping around the topic of "Top tips for starting your own bookkeeping practice"

Christine is an award winning bookkeeper from the ICB and the recording can be found below. I hope you find it useful!



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