Your Complete Guide to Online Accounting Jobs

While the fallout of Covid-19 continues to affect large portions of the world’s economy, working remotely is becoming a new work trend. Online accounting jobs are no exception. Fresh-graduate accountants, those with a CPA certification, and people returning to work should still be able to find opportunities for remote and virtual accounting jobs. Instead of working in an actual office, virtual accountants work from home or another location outside of the office. 

However, finding those opportunities may take some additional digging to understand which professions and industries are best situated for remote workers. Check this article for the complete guide to online accounting jobs! 

What does a virtual accountant do?

Virtual accountants are in charge of a wide range of responsibilities, depending on their profession. Like the duties of their traditional counterparts, a remote accountant’s responsibilities may include:

  • Examining and verifying financial statements
  • Calculating, preparing, and filing tax returns and other tax-related work during tax season
  • Helping business owners reduce costs and/or improve profits to run more efficiently
  • Keeping the books and financial records up to date
  • Ensuring that accounting procedures adhere to best-practice standards
  • Overseeing payroll operations

Though an outside auditor is usually brought in to review the accountant’s work, for smaller companies an accountant may double as an auditor around tax season. Some other common duties of virtual accountants may include: 

  • Documenting individual expenditures
  • Reviewing financial statements for quality assurance
  • Verifying transaction compliance 
  • Identifying potential internal and external risks for fraud
  • Estimating and evaluating the efficiency of financial operations and decision-making
  • Making best-practice budget recommendations to increase the financial efficiency of their clients

With the given duties, it’s common for employers to seek experienced virtual accountants who are familiar with accounting software and cloud computing. Additionally, some software-based companies like Shopify, Stripe, and TaxJar require their candidates to have technical skills.

See more: What Are the Differences Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant?

How much do online accounting jobs pay?

Since a virtual accountant is involved in several different tasks on any working day, the salary possibilities for online accounting jobs are wide-ranging and often based on the applicant’s accounting experience, not the job location. 

According to ZipRecruiter, a virtual accountant’s annual salary currently ranges between $44,000 to $63,000, with top earners making $86,500 annually across the US. The average annual salary for a Senior Regulatory Accountant that works from home is $98,833. 

Salaries in certain cities can be significantly higher. For example, in California, the annual salary for virtual accounting jobs varies from approximately $63,000 to $70,000.  

Again, the pay rate isn’t affected by the location of the job but is usually influenced by supply and demand, cost of living, job requirements, and whether the position is full-time or part-time.

Where can you find online accounting jobs?

Given that work situations have changed for so many people and businesses, virtual accounting jobs are available all around the country.

Cloud-based enterprises

Cloud-based companies were thriving before the pandemic hit, and they will likely continue to grow once the pandemic ends. These companies are finding innovative ways to reach new clients, expand their employee base, and transition office environments to remote work. Staff in these companies can work from anywhere across the country, as they serve clients through cloud-based applications, software, or online platforms. 

E-commerce companies

Many e-commerce companies have grown dramatically during the pandemic as buyers have turned to shop online while staying home. Online shopping has become a new global trend that helps consumers avoid going to a physical store and dealing with reduced capacities, empty shelves, or the general anxiety that can arise from catching Covid-19.

E-commerce companies often have a flexible working environment. This allows their accountants to work from anywhere and connect virtually through meeting software. 

Financial institutions

When most people think of a financial institution, they likely think of physical locations such as ATMs, bank tellers, and loan officers. Though most of these locations have stayed open for customers to handle their day-to-day tasks, most of the back-office work of financial institutions can be done remotely. This makes them an ideal option for accounting professionals looking for remote opportunities.

Some popular financial institutions hiring online accounting jobs are Citizens Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and USAA. These financial institutions often hire accountants for various roles, such as audit managers, home lending specialists, and loan underwriters.

Recruiting platforms or agencies

There are plenty of recruiting, hiring, and job-placement platforms and agencies which can help accountants find remote work that fits their job needs and skillsets. Some platforms even focus on specialized roles, such as accountants, financial experts, etc. This helps avoid a one-size-fits-all recruiting partner who sometimes feels like they’re looking for a sale and not the right fit.

Accounting Principals, Kforce, Randstad, ZipRecruiter, and Robert Half International are some notable recruiting platforms for remote jobs. 

Even if a recruiting agency can’t find the right online job opportunity for an accountant, it can still offer many job-seeking benefits. For instance, these agencies can help applicants become aware of available types of work, as well as help match their knowledge and experience level with the best-suited job. This allows the job seeker to make an informed decision about their next place of employment.

Startups

The term “startup” refers to a company’s current status rather than the industry in which it operates. However, startups are often ideal places to look for remote work, especially online accounting jobs, simply because most startups transition the traditional office setting for a more flexible working environment.

Startups also need financial professionals to help them better understand where they are and how stable their finance is. For example, if a startup seeks IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), they’ll need help ensuring their financials pass the audit. 

The bottom line

Many companies found out that they don’t need an actual office to continue running and growing their businesses. On the other hand, they still need accountants to manage the financial aspects of their business. So now is the time for job seekers to be aware that online accounting jobs are out there. You just need to find the right fit.

Shoeboxed is the complete receipt tracking and expense management solution for freelancers, virtual accountants, or small business owners who are looking for the most versatile accounting app. Shoeboxed helps users scan paper receipts into digital data, create comprehensive reports, and prepare for tax seasons. 

What’s more, Shoeboxed offers exceptional features that allow users to track mileage for business, store business cards, and there is even a receipt scanning service. All you need to do is send your paper receipts to Shoeboxed’s facilities in our postage-paid Magic Envelope™. We’ll then scan your receipts and turn them into organized and actionable digital data. Our human-data verification function will double-check to ensure that your receipts are human-verified, audit-ready, and accepted by both the Internal Revenue Service and the Canada Revenue Service. 
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5 Essential Gadgets for Clearing Up Cord and Cable Clutter

A pile of dusty cables on your desk can be distracting (and dirty!). Here are some gadgets to help you find a solution for your cord and cable clutter.

When I decided to abandon my cushy office job and join the world of the self-employed, the first thing I needed to do was set up my home office. What many people forget about a home office is that it’s in your home, so it needs to look attractive. Where piles of dusty cables behind your desk in an office building don’t concern you much, they’re far more of a bother in your home environment.

IMG_0287When I set about coming up with a simple solution for managing my home office cord and cable clutter I had three main goals:

1. Accessibility
With no IT department hanging around in the basement to help me when my network cable came unplugged, I needed quick and easy access to all my cables, plugs and paraphernalia.

2. Minimalism
‘Wireless, wireless, wireless’ was my mantra. Less wires equals less clutter.

3. Aesthetically Pleasing
As you can see from the picture, my desk is in a very central location in my house, between the living room and the kitchen, so it needed to look as attractive as possible.

After a lot of trial and error I came up with this system for controlling cable clutter using these 5 simple gadgets.

IMG_02851. Surge Protector
This vital piece of equipment performs double duty, protecting your gadgets from electrical surges and keeping all your cables neatly organized. I opted for a Belkin 8-Outlet Surge Protector. The 6 foot cord and detachable cord-management clip, combined with the option to wall mount it, means I can keep the cables neatly tucked away and up off the floor.

I mounted it centrally under the desk and labeled each cable with a handwritten bread tie (an idea I stole from ThePhotographersLife via Pinterest). If you want to get a bit fancier, or don’t eat bread, you can find a vast array of ready-made cable labels at office supply stores for around $6.

2 & 3. Wireless Gadgets
I have a wireless keyboard and touch pad and a wireless printer. It is amazing how much cable clutter this reduces — easily a third of my cables are no longer an issue. And when wireless charging for phones and tablets is finally ready for primetime I’ll be first in line, cutting out another third of my cable clutter. I dream of the day where the only cable on my desk is that elegant Apple iMac power cord.

IMG_01484. Keep the Cables on the Table
Until that wireless charging revolution becomes a reality however, I will rely on this ingenious little gadget by Quirky. Cordies quite literally does what it says on the packet, keeping my charging cables on the table and within in easy reach, i.e. not constantly dropping behind the desk.

5. iPhone Dock

This was a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it as it does double duty as a stand and a charger for my iPhone, which is easily my most used accessory. I purchased a short lighting cable to connect the dock to the back of my computer so that I don’t have to deal with hiding an unwieldy charging cable. A good tip if you have lots of devices you charge on your desk regularly is to charge directly from your computer, rather than taking up precious space on your surge protector.

IMG_0284As you can see, the combination of the Cordies and the iPhone Dock, combined with Apple’s ingenious cord holding design, keeps the cable clutter at the back of my computer pretty streamlined:

Conclusion
I truly believe a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind, and even if you have a pile of paper and cables off to the side of your desk, you’ll be surprised at how much having a clean, clutter-free surface to work on will boost your productivity.

Jennifer Tuohy is a writer who works from her home office. She writes for The Home Depot about the challenges of being self-employed and provides technology solutions to make things run more smoothly. To find a selection of cable management products, visit homedepot.com.

7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

Working out of the office can force all your good habits out the window. Here are seven proven ways to be more productive when working remotely.

Unless you’re used to being in a new city every week, working remotely can throw all of your good, productive habits out the window. Simply being away from your normal environment is enough to squelch productivity and leave you feeling frazzled, stressed and out of sorts.

Here are seven proven ways to be more effective (and more productive!) when working remotely.

1. Schedule your day

When you work remotely, you’re more likely to attend business dinners, meetings, events and social gatherings related to your new work site and temporary team.

Plan your day to account for interruptions and outings, making sure to allow more time for your daily tasks than you normally would at home.

2. Ask for what you need

Do you require a large desk, a desktop scanner or a quiet workspace in order to be productive?

Don’t assume that the hotel staff or worksite manager can read your mind. Take a good, hard look at your home base workspace and figure out how you can create your productivity must-haves off site.

3. Use Sitedrop

Sitedrop is an app that lets you collaborate via Dropbox in real time. It’s perfect for working remotely because it lets a team of your choice access, share, upload, and comment on a project right from within Dropbox.

4. Scan your receipts

At the end of day working remotely, be sure to scan all of your receipts and beam them to your Shoeboxed account.

You’re likely to collect more receipts than usual working off site, especially since many of your expenses will qualify as travel business deductions if you’re staying overnight away from home.

Scanning at the end of each day will keep you organized and prevent receipt overwhelm at the end of your trip.

5. Work on the plane

Even if you rarely work remotely, take your cue from tried and true business travelers – work on the plane!

As soon as electronic devices are allowed, pop open your laptop or tablet and get to work. If you’re on a plane without WiFi capability, prepare your tasks beforehand by asking yourself “What work can I get done without Internet access?”

6. Anticipate non-work time

Just as you should always pack less clothing than you think you’ll need, you should always assume you’ll get less done when working remotely.

Whether you’re at a business convention or working from a satellite office, all of the new distractions and people will make it nearly impossible to be as productive as you are back home. Accept this and plan for it so you don’t finish your trip feeling like a productivity failure.

7.  Prep for your return

If you followed steps #1 and #4 above, you should be ready to return to your home office with everything in order.

If things got a little crazy (as tends to happen when working remotely), make sure to spend the night before your return getting organized. Look at what goals you accomplished, and what new tasks must be added to your to-do list based on what happened while working remotely. Double check that all receipts are scanned, and plan to give yourself a day off before returning to the office if need be.

How do you stay productive while working remotely?