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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762761261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762761265
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I hope this book will help you start and run a profitable and satisfying business from your home. Whether you are just starting to learn the trade or are an experienced accountant or bookkeeper looking to be your own boss, this book will help you build your own successful business.

After college, I worked in public accounting and corporate finance for several years.  Upon the birth of my first child, I decided I didn't want to work full time any more.  I wanted to start my own home-based accounting business so I could set my own hours and schedule.

Although I was a CPA with quite a bit of experience, starting my own business wasn't as easy as I anticipated.  I discovered there was a lot to learn, lots of details and tons of questions.  I utilized the resources of SCORE and many library books to help me start my business.  I made mistakes and learned as I went along.  I wrote How to Start a Home-Based Bookkeeping Business (and my other book Successful QuickBooks Consulting) to help others start their own business with the information and resources I wish were readily available when I started my practice.   

After owning my own traditional accounting practice for about five years, I realized I did not enjoy the work I was performing. I went back to school and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship. My business has evolved over the past 20 years. 

Now, I am the owner of Long for Success, LLC specializing in QuickBooks consulting and training services a well as coaching small business owners to start and grow their own business.  I love what I'm doing and very glad I went on my own 20 years ago!

I love being my own boss, setting my own work hours, and choosing the clients and type of services I want to provide. Most importantly, I was home with my children while they were growing up!  It hasn't always been easy and there have been some bumps along the way, but starting my own business was one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

It is my hope that I can help share my knowledge to help others achieve the same in their lives. I truly enjoy helping others start and grow their own business as well as helping small and growing businesses to utilize QuickBooks to manage their business with good financial information.

From the Back Cover

How to Start a Home Based Bookkeeping Business is a comprehensive guide which takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based bookkeeping business, from estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to being on top of financial considerations, establishing an online presence, and staying profitable.  Whether you're just starting to learn the trade or are an experienced accountant or bookkeeper looking to be your own boss, this guide will help you build your own successful business.
Look for useful charts and worksheets throughout the book, including:
  • Home Office Checklist
  • New Entity Setup Checklist
  • Business Entity Selection Guide
  • Create Your Own Mailing or Contact Lists
  • Sample Engagement Letters
  • Sample Business Plan with Industry Statistics
  • Questions to ask New or Potential Clients
  • Client Setup Checklist for QuickBooks Setups
  • Guidance on Setting Billing Rates and Policies (an Average Billing Rates)
  • and much more

More About the Author

Michelle L. Long, CPA is the owner of Long for Success, LLC specializing in QuickBooks consulting & training, coaching small business owners, speaking and writing. She was named one of '10 Women who Inspire a Profession' by Accounting Today and a Financial Services Champion of the Year by the SBA. She has been mentioned in the New York Times, Inc.com, Business Week, Investor's Business Daily, WebCPA, Accounting Today, PCMag.com and more. Michelle is the author of "Successful QuickBooks Consulting" and "How to Start a Home Based Bookkeeping Business".

Michelle is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has a unique relationship with Intuit as one of the few national trainers in Intuit's Trainer/Writer Network. Michelle is a consultant for Intuit product development and author for Intuit Academy.

Since 2000, she has taught hundreds of seminars to thousands of people about QuickBooks, filmed QuickBooks training courses and been a guest speaker for Office Depot's Web Cafe multiple times.

You can learn more at her website and blog www.LongforSuccess.com

Customer Reviews

This book has some very valuable information.
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This is a comprehensive book on how to start your own home-based bookkeeping business.
Casey Stokes
I would recommend to anyone starting their business.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert L Panebianco on June 25, 2011
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This book is a great resource - it presents key concepts and tips needed to kick-off a bookkeeping business, or any business for that matter. I especially liked the blue "tips" pages - they offer practical solutions for real-world scenarios that business owners encounter. I've already used several recommendations for our QuickBooks consulting practice that have been a huge help. I also recommend Michelle's book "Successful QuickBooks Consulting". Michelle's books & advice has been a huge lift for growing our
business.

Thanks Michelle and please, keep the books coming! Robert from RFQ.
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I was admittedly skeptical when I first ordered this book. I thought to myself: I'm an accountant, I've already started my bookkeeping business, I've secured a few clients - what can I learn from Michelle that I don't already know? Well, it turns out there's a lot. Instead of assuming I know nothing about accounting/bookkeeping, Michelle writes with people like me in mind, those who are already trained in the technical stuff, but need help figuring out how to use those skills to build a business and generate revenue.

This book is perfect for you if you're already an accountant/bookkeeper and you want to take the leap to hang out your own shingle (from your home office). She writes about the pros and cons of working from home and even offers advice on how to set up your office with the right furniture and equipment. There are also short essays from established home-based bookkeepers who offer different, sometimes competing perspectives. I found these anecdotes especially useful since they raised concerns I hadn't considered.

Marketing is one of the key topics Michelle writes about and it only makes sense, since it's how you'll develop business. She discusses websites, social media, networking and more. There's also information on setting billing rates, collecting fees, setting expectations and much, much more. Sprinkled throughout the book are also wonderful templates and samples, including a full business plan and several engagement letters! She also offers checklists you can use when setting up your own bookkeeping practice and again when you've just secured a new client and need to get them set up.

All in all, the book is a good, easy read that's chock full of information - more than you'd expect from a book its size that you can carry with you on the train. I recommend it to anyone who has made the decision to branch out on one's own (or is even considering, since this book may help you decide home-based bookkeeping is NOT for you).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By st on June 29, 2012
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This book has some very valuable information. after being out of the bookkeeping business for over 15 years i needed some refresher courses. while going back to school may have been an option it was too time consuming and too expensive. this book gave me information for organizations that would get me those refreshers courses while recertifying me for bookkeeping. that in itself was worth every penny. this author is a proadvisor for the intuit/quickbooks products so she mentions them frequently but not in a pushy way. examples mostly. There is a lot of good information for business plans, setting up websites, naming your business, etc..... its a quick read too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Neilson on February 10, 2012
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Where can I begin. This book has all the information you need to start your business and keep going and be successfull. I would recomend this to anyone considering starting and/or already with a business. Extreamily complete and one of the best books on the market. I have both of Michelle's books and they are great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sysbook on June 10, 2012
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Verg well -written book with lots of valuable information for getting started in the bookkeeping busines. Wished I had purchased this book before spending a lot of time researching marketing. It guides you step-by-step how to get started and succeed in the bookkeeping business. Very practical information other bookkeepers have used to their advantages.. You definitely will obtain clients if you follow suggestions pointed out in this must have book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2011
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You hit on everything we freelance bookkeepers have done to keep our businesses up and running. For those just starting, you provided even the technical end with all of the highlighting the new technology and social media that is a must to be competitive. Your research was outstanding, not missing steps we sometimes take for granted.

For us already in business, a bright new look at what we might be missing and things to do to keep us up on the cutting edge! I truthfully am so honored that you quoted me on several pages of your book! Great job Michelle!
Joan Miceli-Muhlbauer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candace on December 31, 2011
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This was a great book! Not only did it give me all the info I need to start my own bookkeeping business, but it gave me so much motivation and encouragement! I highly recommend this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casey Stokes on June 12, 2011
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Great job! This is a comprehensive book on how to start your own home-based bookkeeping business. A must read for anyone thinking about doing this.
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