Work from home
This is an area where you will definitely need experience
and/or qualifications in a relevant field. If you have
those qualifications, however, you are able to do a
professional level job, rather than taking a lower level
job in order to work from home.
Preparing taxes is one of the main areas of work for
work at home accountants. This may be for individuals,
small businesses or corporations. Alternatively you
could be doing bookkeeping, consulting or teaching in
your area of accounting.
What you'll need is a computer and the current software
for your area of expertise, along with your own professional
Finding Accounting jobs from home
One option if is to look for companies that hire people
to do this kind of work at home. Many prefer that you
live within a particular geographic region as some parts
of the job may require meeting with your clients.
A second option is to look for your own clients. Many
small businesses would rather hire an individual to
handle their bookkeeping and accounting than do it themselves
or hire a regular employee for the job.
Most of these jobs will primarily involve filing taxes
for businesses. This can make work a bit sporadic, with
the majority of the work at the end of the financial
year, perhaps with smaller requirements on a monthly
or quarterly basis, depending on the way the business
files its taxes and GST.
Your experience with different softwares, and the software
you have available at home, will partly determine the
clients you can work with. Being within easy reach of
the client might also be important if you need to go
to their office/home to pick up the paperwork.
For a job like this, you will definitely need you own
work space, preferably one that can be shut off from
the children, as the clients need to know their confidential
information is being handled safely.
The busier times may pose a challenge in terms of balancing
child care and work. You need to make sure you only
take on the amount of work that suits
With small Business Tax returns, there may be the opportunity
to specialise in a particular area.
e.g. when I worked in Family
Day Care, a lot of the carers used the same accountant,
as he was knowledgable in the business area and knew
the relevant tax rules. He was also flexible and able
to come to their homes of an evening if required.