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How to Start a Successful Home-Based Freelance Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation Business [Paperback]

C. Pinheiro Ea , Gabrielle Fontaine Pb
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Book Description

Jan. 15 2009
This book is a genuine resource, packed with proven methods and valuable interviews with real bookkeepers and accounting professionals. These ideas and techniques show you how to quickly build a flourishing full-time or part-time bookkeeping or tax practice, and keep it running profitably. Some of the topics covered in this volume: *How to get clients and keep them *How to attract the most profitable clients *How to set and collect fees *How to offer tax services to your existing clients *How to get referrals from CPA offices *Information on how to become a Certified Bookkeeper through the AIPB *How to comply with the IRS recordkeeping requirements *How to avoid your liability for the dreaded IRS "Trust Recovery Penalty" And much, much more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for every bookkeeper May 12 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book for every Bookkeper that aspires to earn more and work more efficiently. It's a blue print for success.

Gordon Skillen
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1.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION!!! Nov. 22 2009
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an MBA/CPA and must wave a caution flag and DO NOT recommend this book. I purchased this book because I am considering starting my own practice and wanted to avoid mistakes of others. This book is a step in the wrong direction and let me explain why:

First, the recommendations are VERY general. For example, "to start a home bookkeeping business you need BASIC bookkeeping skills." I hope so! I hope that business starters also know a bit more about bookkeeping than the BASICS!

Second, the author suggests during tough times to start selling items.... such as a printer!!! WOW! A financial advisor's nightmare!

Last (and I could go on and on), the authors use this book as an opportunity to promote there other books and organizations. Pinheiro uses the book as promotion for her EA Review course - which I would be highly skeptical of.

To conclude from the authorship of this book, please spend your $40 on another investment to develop your skills. The lack of professionalism also makes me question the success of their personal business endeavors. In no way am I trying to offend the authors, but they should be held to much higher standard if they are going to be any respectable authority on bookkeeping!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for learning some basics, but not worth the money July 13 2009
By Denis L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This books certainly contains some helpful information if you're going to start you own bookkeeping business, but 3 major things make me recommend you think twice before purchasing this book:

1. To say frankly, this books is about starting ANY professional service business, not just bookkeeping. It certainly refers to some accounting topics - i.e. choosing accounting software etc., but essentially it gives you no idea about how to build competitive advantage of your bookkeeping business and doesn't tell you any ins and outs of this particular business type
2. This books is poorly edited - it has two authors and it looks like these authors wrote different part of the books and nobody took time to make sure that the book is cohesive and doesn't say the same ideas twice. Pictures in this book just magnify the impression of a poor editor work - they are absolutely not stylish and resemble the standard picture set of MS Word in 1990s. This is certainly not to say that poor editing will preclude you from understanding what this book is about, but I expected much more from the item priced at $40.
3. Talking about "Tax preparation" part of this book, the whole content of this chapter can be put into one sentence "At some point of time in developing your bookkeeping business, you might find it interesting to expand your services into tax preparation field". Well, this looks too simplistic to me - taxation is one of the most complicated areas of finance and just to say that sometimes you will wake up and decide to get into this field and next morning you will be there is just odd.

To put is short, if this book cost $15 and were titled "A couple of nice ideas about getting into the world of services business", I would certainly give it 5 star. But a combination of this book's actual name and its $40 cost only earns a 3 star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to start your own bookkeeping business Aug. 10 2009
By T. W. Oleary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found the book to be very informative.It is a common sense, no nonsense read.I am sure it will be very helpful to many just starting out.It makes it so much easier to have all the steps laid out for you and organized.
The tax prep chapter is good and,as a tax preparer,I am so pleased they clearly stated you need to take a tax prep class with an established company prior to doing taxes.Please,please do not try to do taxes without training.Not only will you lose your business but you can get very stiff penalties from IRS if you do not know what you are doing.
My only negative is the glue.It really needs a better glue.I solved this by using a hole punch and putting the pages in a binder.Other than that I would have given it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book April 16 2014
By Erin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has everything I need to know for starting a home-based freelance bookkeeping and tax service business. You can use ti as a check-list
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good info April 30 2013
By Marc S. Kopelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Some interesting commentary on how to leverage accounting skills to set up a small business. Could have used some more info on the tax side of the business. Worth the read.
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