Bookkeepers: not just bean counters, but entrepreneurs

The bookkeeping profession is changing, and quickly. Technology is transforming the way a bookkeeper has traditionally worked: less focus on data entry, more focus on making sense of the financial data. Many companies value the advice their bookkeepers can give them, e.g. on how to improve their accounts receivables performance – much more than merely compiling a set of books.

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Skydiving bookkeeper promises clients happy landings

IAB member Alison Gale speaks about her career as a bookkeeper and why she enjoys her job so much. Skydiver Alison Gale loves jumping out of aircraft at 12,000ft. She has raised thousands of pounds for good causes by doing it, and the daring sport also landed her first client. She recalls her first jump. “I’m fine with heights, but

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Scams awareness month

May is Scams Awareness Month, and it’s all about fighting back; it’s about giving consumers the information, skills and confidence to spot and stop the fraudsters. It’s about organisations that represent consumers promoting awareness and taking a proactive stance against fraud. According to Citizens Advice an estimated 4 million people last year were the victims of various frauds and scams,

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Bookkeeping isn’t a massive expense but it’s massively helpful!

Sarah Goodfellow, founder of Out and About Showroom, explains the value of her bookkeeper, IAB member, Charmaine Melrose of CJM Bookkeeping Services, Brackley, Northamptonshire. Sarah explains why bookkeeping is so important to her business. www.outandaboutshowroom.com Sarah Goodfellow ran a PR firm in Australia before returning to the UK with husband Phil to set up Out and About Showroom in 2006.

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Repetition and practice are the keys to success

The good thing about the vast majority of bookkeeping, is when studying, you do the same thing each time. This does not mean that the tasks are monotonous, but rather, that you will follow the same procedures every time you perform a task; and do the different tasks in a specific order. When you have gained a little experience, it

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Top reasons to be a bookkeeper

Qualified, professional bookkeepers have a vital role to play in the health of the country’s small businesses.  A bookkeeper will often be the first to spot signs that a company is heading into difficulties by flagging up late paying creditors and cash flow issues. As members of the IAB, they will be up to date with legislation changes which they

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Bribery Act

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph has once again highlighted issues regarding companies and banks which fail to prevent fraud and bribery activities by their staff who could face huge fines and be blacklisted from European contracts under a proposed amendment to the Bribery Act. A bribery conviction would bar a company from bidding for certain contracts under EU

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Top Tips For Study Success

We have created a ‘Top Tips For Study Success‘ infographic to help aid your study time and increase your chances of success in your exams. Whether you are a fresh student straight from school, long distance learning student or CPD student these tips can help you manage your time and stresses regardless of the subject you are studying. Feel free

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Career tips

With the CBI, Britain’s business association, forecasting a 2.4% increase in the UK’s economic growth, it is predicted it will have a significant impact on the business world and the job market.  With lots of competition for vacancies looking for a new job can become a job in itself.  However, with careful planning you could soon be on your way

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