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    chindonly
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    I have now completed my studies in bookkeeping but am unsure how to kick start myself off so to speak being a 1st year graduate. So I’m hoping for some advice from others to see how they started out.

    Do I try to find work in a temp agency to start with or start my own business maybe with a low hourly rate ( is this risky being 1st yr)?
    Do I just apply for bookkeeping jobs advising it is my 1st year etc. Talk to companies maybe & arrange to work alongside the bookkeeper to gain more experience?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    many thanks
    Carol (Brisbane)

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    NM Books
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    Congratulations Carol for finishing your studies.

    Working in your own business is very challenging and nothing like what you study in books. I’ve come across some ‘interesting’ ways that people do things and have had to try and get your head around it.

    Also, it’s hard to gain people’s trust when you have no experience. If you’re wanting to get your BAS agent licence, you also need to get supervised hours, I think it’s 1500 hours if you’re not a member of specific organisations, or 1000 if you are. It’s still a significant amount of time.

    If it was me, I would try to get temp work (which can be an immediate start) whilst trying to find find something on a more permanent basis that might suit your needs better. Try to find somewhere that would be willing to sign off on your hours so you can get your BAS agent licence. Then, if you’re still wanting to start up your own business, look into it then. But again, that’s what I would do.

    Hope this helps.

    Above all, enjoy and the best of luck!

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    Hi Carol

    I”m not a book-keeper but my brother is an accountant and I can only think on what he did.

    Rather than seek out bookkeeping for anyone, perhaps target a specific niche market, maybe an industry your particularly interested in. It is easier to be focused on who your potential customers are that way and also become a specialist in a specific area rather than a general book keeper.

    Hope this helps.

    Peter

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    chindonly
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    Thank-you Natasha and Peter for your responses..

    It gives me a few ideas to think about thats for sure!

    Nice to hear from others who are out there actually doing this who can share some of their expertise, ideas, tips with a newbie:)

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    For me its best to get a job first, so you’ll see how business is done in the corporate world. If ever you’ll open your own business someday, you’ll know what you’re talking about, and people are more likely to trust you.

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    Hi Carol,
    I worked in an accountants office for about 12months before starting out on my business. Working for an accountant you get a lot of experience with different types of accounts and believe me, they are all different. I would definitely advise getting some experience first, the make believe accounts you do in your cert iv are very different from real accounts especially if they are mess when you first start working with them.

    Hope this helps
    Shelly

    http://Www.ShellysBookkeeping.com.au
    Shelly@shellysbookkeeping

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