Jobs for the Work-at-Home Accountant and Bookkeeper
Accounting and bookkeeping are flexible careers that often allow telecommuting. If you have a degree in either field (or a closely-related one) or experience working as a bookkeeper, your chances of landing a remote position are much higher. Most of the jobs in the field start in an office-based environment, and it is probably best to look for a job locally and then see if it can be transitioned into a work-at-home accountant job.
If you have a lot of experience, you may be able to branch out and start your own home business in accounting or bookkeeping, but you will need to build a base of clients—which can take time.
Listed below are some companies that hire work-at-home accountants and bookkeepers. Most of these are not full-time, so they could be a way to earn some money while you build your business.
AccountingDepartment.com is an outsourcing firm that hires CPAs, bookkeepers with experience providing A/P, A/R, payroll, general sales staff, and appointment setters for work-at-home positions. Accountants need five years of experience, and bookkeepers need at least two. Some office work or local travel may be required.
ABBM Group is a Houston-based accounting firm that hires work-at-home accountants on a permanent and part-time basis. Three years of public accounting experience required, and as a work-at-home accountant, you would prepare individual, partnership, and corporate tax returns. Texas residents are preferred, but it's not mandatory.
Belay typically hires virtual assistants, but they also hire more specialized positions like virtual bookkeepers. Job duties include paying client's bills, reconciling bank statements, journal and data entry, 1099 preparation, and payroll processing. Candidates must have five years prior experience.
Bookminders provides automated accounting and information management services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. They hire work-at-home accountants and salespeople on a full- and part-time basis (minimum of 20 hours per week), and offer benefits for some positions. They require a bachelor's degree in business or accounting and five years of experience in finance or accounting. Some local travel may be required.
ClickAccounts provides business process outsourcing (BPO) service provider for small and medium-sized companies. To apply for an accounting or bookkeeping position, email your resume to careers@ClickAccounts.com.
Tax software giant Intuit employs work-at-home tax advisors for permanent and seasonal (November through April) jobs giving tax help to callers—no selling or tax preparation will be required. Intuit also offers seasonal jobs as a QuickBooks Live Senior Expert Bookkeeper. If you plan to work in the bookkeeping domain, a four-year degree is preferred; if you want to work in the tax prep domain, a four-year degree is required.
This Washington, D.C.-based firm has contracts with the U.S. government, which enables them to make work-at-home positions available to bookkeepers of various skill levels. Experience using Quickbooks is preferred.
This Kansas-based firm has remote positions available for experienced auditors, bookkeepers, and accountants. An associate's degree or bachelor's degree with a concentration in a finance or business field is preferred for most positions, as well as experience conducting audits and bookkeeping.