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Bookkeeping jobs from home in the UK: skills you'll need

If you're interested in bookkeeping jobs from home in the UK, we have some good news and we have some bad news. The good news is that your skills are in high demand, and the outlook for work from home jobs is highly promising. In these times of financial uncertainty, more and more big companies are saving money by outsourcing their bookkeeping to freelancers and telecommuters.

The bad news is that you're likely to face some stiff competition for the role. Work from home jobs are hugely appealing to a wide range of people - including stay at home mums, people who live in remote areas and recent retirees. Every vacancy has a high number of applicants, so you'll need to work hard to make your application stand out from the crowd. Here are some skills to emphasise:

  • Trustworthiness: trustworthiness is vital for bookkeeping jobs. You'll be dealing with highly sensitive information, and you need to be trusted not to disclose it or use it for your own gain. You'll need impeccable references and no suspicious gaps in employment.
  • Qualified: depending on the kind of records you'll be keeping, you may also be required to have a financial qualification. This will be specified in the job advertisement.
  • Organised: one of the most important qualities a bookkeeper can possess is excellent organisational skills. Demonstrate this in your application with a well laid out, well thought through, CV.
  • Self motivation: anyone who works alone from home will require very strong self motivational skills.

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