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Accounting Advice for Debt Cancellation Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$70
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

I am seeking an experienced accountant to provide an ad hoc advice on how to cancel our company's debt, specifically the borrowings fro…

Accounting CPA Financial Accounting
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

JOIN A GROUP WITH ACCESS TO TOP AGENCIES: Benefits: 🤑 Earn an hourly rate along with lucrative commissions! 🤑 Requirements: ✔️ 1-2…

Accounting Sales
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Consultancy on QuickBooks Desktop Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$20
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I need to have a 1 hour call with someone who is well versed with QuickBooks Desktop. Need to understand the following aspects: 1.…

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Expert Comptable Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

**Annonce d'Emploi : Expert Comptable Expérimenté (Télétravail)** **Description du Poste :** Nous recherchons un expert comptable expé…

Accounting Cost Planning Financial Accounting Data Entry Budget Management Balance Sheet Accounts Payable Financial Analysis Accounting Software Microsoft Excel
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Executive director for UK Ltd Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

not_sure
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Entry
Experience level

Hello you, I am looking for an UK based executive director for my small limited company registered in the United Kingdom. It sounds…

Accounting Accounting Basics Email Communication Administrative Support
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Amazon Seller Central Account Re-activation Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$5
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are in need of a skilled professional who can help us re-activate our Amazon Seller Central Account. The account has been temporaril…

Accounting Amazon Amazon FBA Amazon Web Services Amazon Webstore Amazon Seller Central
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

🤑 Hourly Wage + Attractive Commission Structure 🤑 Role Overview: 💰 Excel in promoting and upselling content from our models. 💬 Pro…

Accounting Sales
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

I have a client that need to run ads for its offshore bank opening and financial consultancy service. Every ad account I open on Googl…

Accounting Google Analytics Pay Per Click Advertising Google Ads
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced Corporate Accountant based in the United States to help our company, a C-Corporation, properly process an…

Accounting CPA Accounting Principles & Practices Corporate Tax Financial Projection Chart of Accounts Intuit QuickBooks
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Jr. Accountant Hourly ‐ Posted 2 days ago

not_sure
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Accountant responsibilities include auditing financial documents and procedures, reconciling bank statements and calculating tax paymen…

Accounting Intuit QuickBooks Bank Reconciliation Balance Sheet Accounts Receivable Account Reconciliation Accounts Payable Microsoft Excel
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Accountants on Upwork
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How to Become a Freelance Accountant

If you enjoy numbers and business, you might be well suited for a career as a freelance accountant. Freelance accountants work with clients across all industries and revenue sizes.

With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or an equivalent field, accountants can work with organizations by handling their books, creating financial reports, and conducting financial analysis of a department or an organization. By becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) after passing a CPA exam, freelance accountants can become more marketable.

What does a freelance accountant do?

Freelance accountants participate in several activities related to the financial health of an organization. As an accountant, your role will include reviewing financial statements, data entry, developing financial reports, and reconciling/balancing general ledger accounts.

In addition, freelance accountants bring best-practice financial management to a client’s organization, including working with other financial professionals and adhering to standard corporate financial practices.

What skills do I need to become a freelance accountant?

Receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or an equivalent field is necessary to become a freelance accountant. In addition, those with a master’s degree/MBA or a CPA certification are more attractive to potential employers, and an involvement in some sort of an accounting program is considered an education requirement for many accounting firms.

Common skills a freelance accountant should possess include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working with the latest accounting software, including QuickBooks and Sage
  • Knowledge in basic financial accounting tactics such as auditing, managing financial records, and handling financial statements
  • Working and cooperating with other business administrations, bookkeepers, certified internal auditors, certified management accountants, accredited accounting firms, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Should I get an accounting certification?

In addition to developing your skills, it may be helpful to obtain a professional certification to help your Upwork profile stand out. The most popular accounting certification is a certified public accountant (CPA). In addition, other certifications available for accountants are:

  • Chartered financial analyst (CFA)
  • Certified management accountant (CMA)
  • Certified internal auditor (CIA)
  • Certified information systems auditor (CISA)

There are numerous other fields of accounting out there that don’t have “accounting” in the name. Different educational requirements or skills may be required for each.

What are the job responsibilities of a freelance accountant?

An entry-level freelance accountant will have several responsibilities when it comes to serving a client’s financial needs. Depending on your career path and degree programs, business administrations may require more responsibilities to be handled than an entry-level position.

The responsibilities of a full-time freelance accountant may include:

  • Assist with the day-to-day activities of financial ledgers and reporting systems regarding accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, taxes, and more
  • Perform financial reconciliations, account analysis, auditing, and other related accounting procedures
  • Conduct internal audits, controls, and checks throughout all departments
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts
  • Engage with banks, credit card companies, accounting firms, and tax firms, as needed, in relation to corporate financial best practices

Jump-start your freelance accountant career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance accounting jobs on Upwork? Check out these additional resources:

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