Accounting isn’t what we think of as a particularly glamorous career field, but accountants are some of the true heroes behind a business. From managing payroll to tracking purchase orders, accountants work behind the scenes, making sure that everything stays in order throughout the year, so that

there’s not widespread panic come tax time. Accountants serve businesses of every variety, and while many hire in-house accountants, lots of businesses turn to freelancers to manage their accounts. If you’re good at crunching numbers and have excellent organizational skills, you could enjoy a fruitful career as an Accountant VBO.


Accountants typically obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting and may complete licensure requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant or CPA. Accountants have many responsibilities including managing payroll, tracking cash inflow and outflow, maintaining detailed property records, conducting audits, and more. Accountants prepare balance sheets and financial reports like profit and loss statements as well. They also analyze trends and other factors to predict future revenues and expenses. And they use their expertise to advise their clients on tax strategies, resource utilization, and budget forecasts.

Accounting is a great VBO opportunity for a number of reasons:

  • Accountants are in high demand and enjoy a wide pool of clients.
  • Accounting provides a lot of transferable skills that can take you into consulting, teaching, recruiting, and more.
  • You don't need a degree, you can learn online from plenty of free and low-cost courses.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for an Accountant
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Primary Niche


SUB Niche

Accountant for Small Businesses

VBO Niche

Accountant for VBOs in the Tech Industry

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as an Accountant. If you have questions about becoming an Accountant, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Prepare asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
  • Maintain financial security by following internal controls.
  • Answer accounting procedure questions by researching and interpreting accounting policy and regulations.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local financial legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Prepare special financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends.
  • Recommend financial actions by analyzing accounting options.
  • Summarize current financial status by collecting information; preparing balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by Accountant VBOs ranges from $25.00 to $70.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $35.00 to $55.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


The Accounting Onion

On the Accounting Onion blog, Tom Selling is able to share his knowledge and experience by “peeling away financial reporting issues one layer at a time.” Prior to launching the Accounting Onion, was a professor, author, and Academic Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Accounting Today

Accounting Today provides accounting industry opinions. You’ll find the latest accounting news & information for the public accounting profession, along with practice management advice.


AccountingWEB is a community site full of useful insights and trend highlights to help tax and accounting professionals improve their practices and better serve their clients. We regularly provide useful and practical content for this audience. The vast majority of content comes from the community itself as well as thought leaders and others looking to influence the profession in some way.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales with virtually all lessons available for as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes that are often helpful for VBOs focused on design, business, tech, and more.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are probably a bit more like what you would imagine getting in higher education.







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