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Michelles Bookkeeping Services
South Africa - West Rand and JHB South
Michelles Bookkeeping Services - Full Member of the ICB (UK)
Processing of debtors and creditors
Processing cashbook, including credit card statements
Supplier reconciliations
Books to Trial Balance
Monthly management accounts
VAT calculations and submissions

What skills do you need as a bookkeeper?

As a bookkeeper, one should be good at problem solving and be able to record data accurately. A systematic and organised approach to the work undertaken is needed and attention to detail is vital. It is of utmost importance be discreet and trustworthy when dealing with clients financial information. Good record keeping is also necessary.

What tips can you give to anyone doing their own books?

Make sure there is a paper trail for every transaction done and ensure that data is entered and accounted for correctly. Keep up to date and make sure you know the dates your statutory payments e,g, tax, VAT, PAYE, etc are due. Set up an accounting system from the start and maintain it on a daily basis. Ensure your accounts are easily understood by the person who will be performing an audit (if required), or assisting with tax and make sure all relevant paperwork is filed correctly and easily accessible.

Useful software packages for bookkeepers?

Depending on the needs of the business, accounting software should be chosen accordingly:

Are payroll calculations required (PAYE, SDL, UIF)
Does the company need to track stock, jobs, work in progress etc
Can multiple bank accounts be set up, if necessary
Are foreign currency transactions required
Does each department need to have separate financial records
Is a CRM system available

Software packages to consider: Pastel Pastel VIP Payroll Omni SAGE, SAGE Online

How do you become a certified bookkeeper?

Study programmes and courses offered by a professional body, such as the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, allow one to become registered as a certified bookkeeper once having completed and passed the relevant studies. As a certified bookkeeper, you are approved to provide bookkeeping services to clients.

Could you describe a bookkeepers duties?

Bookkeepers perform general accounting duties. They maintain complete sets of financial records, keep track of accounts, and verify the accuracy of procedures used for recording financial transactions. Financial transactions include posting information to accounting journals from source documents such as customer invoices, bank statements and supplier invoices. The bookkeeper also reconciles accounts to ensure their accuracy.

Further duties include paying supplier invoices timeously collecting monies due timeously producing monthly reports maintaining the chart of accounts maintaining petty cash etc

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Books to Trial Balance
Monthly Management Accounts - Balance Sheet, Income Statement
Debtors processing and reconciliations
Creditors processing and reconciliations
Cashbook processing and reconciliations
Monthly Journals
VAT calculations and submissions
Assistance with debtor management, if required

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Having completed a bookkeeping certificate via UNISA and going on to complete the manual and computerised bookkeeping diploma via the ICB (UK), I am a registered certified bookkeeper with the ICB (UK) and have been working in the profession for 10 years.

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