Starting your own bookkeeping services can be profitable and quite rewarding. While it is rewarding, it is not so easy to get started. A good bookkeeper must be organized and able to handle multiple tasks. Getting started can prove to be even more difficult when you are trying to earn a living from it. Here are a couple of things to to become a bookkeeper and to start your own service: Each state had their own rules for becoming a bookkeeper such as testing, exams and licensing. One of the most basic methods to becoming one is by attending a two-year junior college where you can attain an associates degree in accounting, business or finance. Whatever classes you take should be geared towards being able to work with accounts payable. You should have basic knowledge on preparing general ledger balancing and quarterly tax preparation. It also helps to get updated with the new technology and becoming computer saavy. This can be done by taking extra computer classes at a workshop or junior college. This is important to get access to information regarding accounting software such as Peachtree and Quickbooks. Most accountants now use software and accounting systems to organize their information. Advancing your career is also recommended in order to get more job opportunities.