Brian R. Schobel, CPA
What is a Bookkeeper? from Brian Schobel, Spotsylvania CPA
Bookkeeping - the only word in the English language with three consecutive doubles
Definition of Bookkeeping
Bookkeeping includes the recording, storing and retrieving of financial transactions for a business, non profit, individual, etc.
Examples of Bookkeeping Tasks
Typical financial transactions and tasks that are involved in bookkeeping include:
· Billing for goods sold or services provided to clients
· Recording receipts from customers
· Verifying and recording invoices received from suppliers
· Paying suppliers
· Processing employees' pay and the related governmental reports
· Monitoring individual accounts receivable
· Recording depreciation and other adjusting entries
· Providing financial reports
Today bookkeeping is done with the use of computer software. For example, QuickBooks (from Intuit) is a low-cost bookkeeping and accounting software package that is widely used by small businesses in the U.S.
Bookkeeping requires knowledge of debits and credits and a basic understanding of financial accounting, which includes the balance sheet and income statement.