5 Reasons to Become a Bookkeeper


For as long as there have been businesses there have been bookkeepers. Even with the arrival of accounting software, their skills have still been highly sort after. This is because someone still needs to input the data, create the financial reports and keep an eye on day to day business transactions. Bookkeepers are the intermediaries between the business owner and the Accountant. They may be part of an administration team, have a sole charge position in the company, or have their own business with multiple clients.

If you are considering a career in bookkeeping, here are five reasons why that is a great idea.

Every industry requires bookkeepers

Whether it be a forestry or an adventure tourism company, there will be someone “looking after the books”. Which means you can choose to work in an industry you love but may not be qualified for E.g. love being around animals but do not want to be a Vet.

Flexible working hours

Yes, there are financial deadlines to meet during the year but bookkeeping doesn’t have to be a nine to five job anymore. The advent of accounting software which can be accessed through the internet, means work can be done from anywhere, anytime and often now is.


Accounting software is updating all the time with new ways to report and input data. This makes it an interesting field to work in as the likelihood of becoming bored is low, especially if you love working with numbers.

Transferable skills and opportunities to progress

A sound grounding in the financial skills required for bookkeeping can easily be transferred to other occupations in business administration. If your ultimate goal is to become an Accountant, it is possible to earn an income as a bookkeeper while studying for your degree in accounting through online and distance learning.

Steady Income

According to, the entry level pay rate for a bookkeeper in New Zealand is around $23 per hour. This can increase to around $30 per hour for the more experienced administrator. In general bookkeeping is considered to have an above average pay scale.


Bookkeeping is essential for every business. The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) will give you a sound understanding of crucial business accounting functions. Make it happen at eCampus NZ!

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