Schools Training

After Accounting Training – Is Working at Home For You?

27 FEB 2012
Career Path : Accounting

According to one Amazon review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, a new book by American writer Susan Cain, most of the world is geared towards extroverts, even though more than a third of us are introverts. In an interview, also on Amazon, Cain explains that introverts do best in quiet environments. At work, they need privacy. Open concept offices are difficult for them. They don’t perform well at meetings.

As one Canadian freelance writer, Angela West, so eloquently puts it on her website, “Let’s face it; most of us freelance because the very thought of office politics make us cringe.” But writers aren’t the only people who can work from home. This is also an option for graduates of accounting training.

The book 200 Best Jobs for Introverts by Laurence Shatkin lists accounting training as a possible pursuit of the more socially reserved.

But how do you know if you are an introvert?

Think back to when you began your accounting training. When you first met your fellow students, did you do most of the talking? Or did you gravitate towards the role of listener?

As your accounting training progressed, did you develop a wide network of friends or prefer to focus on a few key relationships?

If you listen more than you speak…

If you prefer quality over quantity in terms of friendships…

Then you may just well be an introvert!

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have what it takes to run a home-based bookkeeping business after finishing your accounting training.

A high tolerance for your own company is an advantage, but not the only skill you’ll need to launch a home-based bookkeeping business after accounting training.

Self-discipline

Can you resist the lure of Facebook? Of the refrigerator? Because without colleagues to police your behavior, you may find it harder to resist some of your demons. For your home-based business to succeed, you must learn self-discipline, a trait that most business colleges and accounting schools try to instill in their students before graduation.

Tip: Use time-tracking software to make sure that you are putting in the desired number of hours each day.

Boundaries

As the owner of a home-based business, you will be responsible for determining your workload, which will involve setting limits and saying no.

Students of business colleges and accounting schools often pull all-nighters and work on weekends, but if you want your business to succeed in the long run, you may want to limit your work to normal business hours, in spite of your clients’ urgent requests to the contrary!

Tip: Newbies sometimes forget that not all hours will be “billable.” When you are determining your rates, remember that one to two-fifths of your time could be spent on administrative tasks, for which you cannot bill your clients.

If you have an introverted personality, self-discipline and a strong sense of boundaries, running a home-based business after graduation from accounting training may be a good option to consider.

Contact the Academy of Learning for more information on their Accounting Programs.