Bookkeeping Skills List

The more bookkeeping skills you bring to the job, the better

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Here's a list of bookkeeping skills to add to your resume when applying for jobs. Bookkeepers and accountants often possess similar sets of skills, but many states govern whether you can call yourself one or the other. Bookkeepers often start from a data-entry level, maintaining a business’s financial records and documenting its transactions. Bookkeepers can add certifications to their resumes, from college programs to professional organization certifications, such as the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) and the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB).

If you're new to bookkeeping, we show you the ropes with a helpful bookkeeping and accounting tutorial. If you're ready to apply for jobs, the below skills will get you started in crafting a bookkeeping-specific resume. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping Skills

Accounting skills are the foundation for bookkeeping since you are maintaining the financial books for the business. You need to know your way around debits and credits, to say the least. Any additional skills you can add will give your resume a boost.

  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Balance Sheets
  • Bank Deposits
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Debits and Credits
  • Deferral Transactions
  • Depreciation
  • Financial Statements
  • General Ledger
  • Inventory Transactions
  • Nonprofit Accounting
  • Journal Entries
  • Notes

    Payroll Accounting Skills

    If the business has even one employee, and that includes you, it has to deal with payroll bookkeeping and accounting. Employers will be looking for skills that include these.

    • Benefits Calculation
    • Bonuses and Commissions
    • Depositing Payroll Taxes
    • Overtime
    • Payroll Journal Entries
    • Payroll Tax Calculations
    • Reporting Payroll Taxes
    • Wage and Salary Calculation
    • Withholding

    Vendor and Customer Skills

    Managing transactions and the flow of cash is a critical bookkeeping function.

    • Billing
    • Customer Relations
    • Invoicing
    • Monetary Exchange
    • Payments
    • Vendor Relations

    Computer and Technology Skills

    As a bookkeeper, your technical skill set will almost always need to include familiarity or expertise with some form of computer software.

    • Accounting Software
    • Computer
    • FreshBooks
    • Google Docs
    • Less Accounting
    • Microsoft Office
    • QuickBooks
    • Quicken
    • Sage
    • Spreadsheets, Excel
    • Tax Software
    • Wave Accounting
    • ZoHo Books

    Soft Skills

    Soft skills are often called people or interpersonal skills, but they're more than that. They also include your "emotional intelligence" and your ability to understand situations and respond in a way that produces the best results.

    • Attention to Detail
    • Continuous Learning
    • Critical Thinking
    • Decision Making
    • Detail Oriented
    • Error Correction
    • Finding Information
    • Job Task Planning and Organizing
    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Significant Use of Memory
    • Supervising
    • Working With Others
    • Written Communications

    Hard Skills and Proficiency With Numbers

    Hard skills are skills you can learn through study or skills that you can easily quantify. These are part of your technical skill set and demonstrate your ability to perform specific tasks.

    • Math Level
    • Numeracy
    • Recordkeeping
    • Typing Speed (WPM)
    • Using Calculators
    • Using Adding Machines

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