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$250
Fixed-price

Expert
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Hello there, I am looking for an account who is specialised in international accounting, but in particular Italian accounting, with kn…

Accounting International Accounting Standards Finance & Accounting Financial Accounting Italian
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Need someone in USA to help register an account Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$5
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Hey we need someone located in USA to help register an account in a platform and it will take around 10 minutes or less please make su…

Accounting Data Entry
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Bulk Gmail Account Creation Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$10
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a freelancer to help us create a large number of Gmail accounts in bulk. This project requires the creation of multi…

Accounting Administrative Support Email Campaign Setup Email Communication
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International Tax Expert/ Accountant Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I'm searching for an international accountant, specializing in European and US taxation. Preferably, an in depth knowledge of Port…

Accounting Portuguese International Taxation CPA
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Audit 2023 Financials for Small Non-Profit Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$350
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Audit 2023 Financials for small non producing Xero accounting software. Prepare a report of findings and recommendations - Independent…

Accounting Financial Report Financial Accounting Financial Audit Internal Control GAAP
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$200
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Expert
Experience level

I am seeking an experienced accountant to assist me with developing a comprehensive three year financial plan for my start-up business.…

Accounting Financial Projection Financial Planning Financial Accounting Financial Analysis
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

OVERVIEW Our team is searching for a talented Account Executive AKA Chatter to communicate on dedicated sites and sell our digital pro…

Accounting Sales
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French Accountant for Payroll and Filings Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled French accountant who can expertly handle payroll and manage filings to the French authorities. The successful…

Accounting International Accounting Standards Payroll Accounting
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Seeking talented accountant Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Seeking an accountant that can handle the following responsibilities: Categorizing 50 transactions weekly Send weekly checklist of ite…

Accounting Microsoft Excel Chart of Accounts Financial Variance Analysis Balance Sheet Cash Flow Analysis Income Statement Month-End Close Assistance
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We're a Florida-based law firm seeking a part-time bookkeeper to join our team for approximately 10-15 hours per week. Proficiency in Q…

Accounting Microsoft Excel Intuit QuickBooks Bank Reconciliation Data Entry Financial Audit Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation GAAP
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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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