Are you interested in a future filled with numbers and have aspirations of becoming a Bookkeeper? This is a fast growing, high demand career that is perfect for someone looking to enter the world of finance. Becoming a successful Bookkeeper is easier than you think and Bellview is here to show you how!

How to Become a Bookkeeper

If you are considering a role as a future bookkeeper, then you are in luck! As a bookkeeper you aren’t usually required to have any specific qualifications behind your name. However, you are required to have the knowledge and skills of someone who does.

The quickest way to gain these knowledge and skills would be to enroll yourself into a course. Here at Bellview Institute, we offer the ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting course programme. The first two levels are perfect for aspiring bookkeepers, and include the following certificates:

Due to Bellview being a distance learning institution, this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain some real world practical experience. You could apply for an internship or an entry level position as a junior bookkeeper and gain even more skills that are sure to make you a shoe in for any job listing you may apply for!

With our ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting course programme, you could even aim higher and go for the next two levels. Which consist of the following two accounting certificates:

The only entry requirement for this course programme is to have at least completed your Grade 10!

What Does a Bookkeeper Do?

As a bookkeeper, you are responsible for the management and tracking of a company’s income and expenses. Also, you will be responsible for the recording of all financial transactions, which will usually be reviewed by an accountant. 

Your daily tasks will include:

  • Recording sales
  • Filing receipts
  • Reconciling expenses
  • Managing payroll
  • Managing bills payment
  • Producing financial reports for record keeping purposes 

What Skills Do You Need?

As mentioned above, to become a bookkeeper a qualification isn’t always necessary. In fact, the skills you have are more than enough to land a job in this role. Some of the skills you need to have in your skill-set include:

Basic computer skills – In this day and age, this is a skill that most jobs require as hardly anything is done manually anymore. It is vital to know how to use basic computer programmes and even some accounting software programmes as a bookkeeper.

Multi-tasking – If you are planning to work as an independent bookkeeper, freelancing for multiple clients. You need to be able to multitask really well in order to give each client the same standard of work while juggling them all at once.

Organised –  As a bookkeeper, it is essential to stay organised and focused, and know how to prioritise work accordingly. This will prevent you from falling behind in your day to day tasks when new work is handed to you to complete urgently. 

Attention to detail –  A single error can cause great problems for the company, even just missing one number. Attention to detail is a skill that bookkeepers need to have as accuracy is very crucial in this profession.

Problem solving –  In most financial roles it is important to have good problem solving skills. To be able to quickly pick up mistakes and correct them in order to avoid any financial risks arising in the business.

How Much Can You Earn?

As a bookkeeper, your monthly pay depends on whether you decide to work for yourself as an independent bookkeeper or for a company. 

Independent bookkeepers can set their own rates per client. With this in mind, your monthly salaries won’t always be the same, sometimes you may earn more, other times less.

Or you could fill the position of the bookkeeper for a company, who will pay you a fixed amount per month. 

According to PayScale and Indeed, the average salary of a Bookkeeper is R14 500 per month.

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Is It The Right Career for Me?


Bookkeeping is the perfect fit for someone who loves working with numbers on a daily basis. 

Someone who thrives on challenges almost every day and finds it rewarding to provide crucial services to companies or individuals to help maintain their finances.

The job can be quite repetitive and will definitely keep you busy throughout the day, but it is the perfect job if you are looking to grow in the finance industry and perhaps want to become an accountant in the near future.

So whether you’re a social butterfly or maybe even an introvert, this job is so versatile that you can find something that fits you perfectly.

Hit the Books!


Bellview Institute wants to assist you in every way we can to achieve your goals of becoming a successful bookkeeper. We are a distance learning institution in South Africa that offers a variety of accredited career development courses. 

Our course selection includes a selected few NATED courses, as well as the full range of ICB courses to get you started on your journey to your dream future!

If you have any questions regarding our ICB Bookkeeping and Accounting course or any of our other courses, feel free to contact us by using one of the following ways;

  • Give us a call on our toll-free number 0800 39 00 27
  • Fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page
  • Chat to us on Whatsapp 082 318 8892

Author: Kayla Preston
Last Updated: 06 October 2020

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