What Makes A Good Book Keeper?

What Makes A Good Book Keeper?

3 July 2017

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A good book keeper can be a fundamental part of an Accountancy firm. Dedicated, enthusiastic and responsible, it’s the type of role that requires a truly talented individual. Certainly, there can be challenges and stresses, but more often than not, it’s an incredibly rewarding, client facing role. Book keepers can often be seen as the beating heart of a business; keeping everything ticking over nicely.

I often help candidates find their ideal book keeping role, marrying them up with a business that is a good culture-fit and in need of their expertise. It’s a position that requires many specific attributes in order to be successful.

Here are just some of the qualities it takes to be an excellent book keeper.

Client Orientated

Every client that you work with will think that their business is as important to you as it is to them – you must show them that you are just as invested as they are. You need to be professional, dedicated and able to relay important information to them without resorting to complicated jargon. Treat every client like a priority, even if you are juggling multiples workloads at once.


The very nature of book keeping means that you will be privy to sensitive information about a company. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential that a client feels like they are able to trust you with their details. It’s hard to demonstrate how trustworthy you are if you’re very new to a business but by putting in lots of hard work, a client will soon make you their first port of call.

Able to Evolve

The Accountancy world is changing as it finally brings itself up to date with new technologies. Cloud based software is now a major element of many Accountancy firms, and a good book keeper should be able to evolve with the technology. You can no longer purely rely on paper work and filing. By keeping your skill set fresh, you’re more likely to be offered new opportunities.

Attention to Detail

There’s little room for error as a book keeper. Your daily and weekly tasks will no doubt feed in to monthly or yearly spreadsheets, meaning a small mistake could have bigger consequences later on. You have to be able to spot mistakes and, more importantly, know how to fix them before they become a real issue. Keeping on top of everything is key.

A Good Example

As a book keeper, there’s every chance that you will be a client’s first contact with a business. You will be the person they seek advice from and report to most regularly. So, if your company is to win more of that client’s business, say for auditing or taxation, you will need to have made a good impression. Make sure that, if you are the ‘face” of the company, you are giving it your all.


You have to be able to adapt to a client’s needs and expectations fairly quickly. One day you could be dealing with a sole trader who likes everything on paper via post and the next you could be liaising with a large IT firm who expect everything to be done via Cloud. That’s why it’s so important to keep your skills set up to date. You never know what a client may require.

If you would like to speak to me about securing a book keeping role, I would be happy to speak with you confidentially. Click here to see my details.




Written By Eilidh Black


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