Can Accountants Work from Home?
With tax season fully upon us, many accountants have entered their busiest time of year. But accountants often do much more than file taxes. Accounting work can encompass handling financial records and documentation, analyzing data, and helping to ensure the smooth financial operation of an organization—all duties that can be done remotely.
Much of accounting work is digitized, which means it can be done online, often from anywhere. And if you’re a job seeker with an accounting or related degree, CPA certification, experience, or other qualifications, you can find a range of employers offering remote accounting work.
Remote Work and Accounting
Accountants can take on a variety of specialized roles such as financial accounting, auditing, budgeting, government accounting, forensic accounting, and certified public accounting. This means accounting professionals can work across a range of private and government employers, and it’s often work they can do from home.
The major accounting firms, known as the Big Four, are leaders in work flexibility. Those firms are Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. There are also many smaller accounting organizations offering fantastic remote accounting jobs for qualified candidates.
The accounting and finance field was one of the most represented career fields on FlexJobs’ list of the top 100 companies with remote jobs. This list of employers posted the most remote jobs on our site over the last year. Accounting and finance came in as the sixth most popular field for remote work.
Great Remote Opportunities and Job Growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected job growth outlook for accountants at 6% from 2018 to 2028.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also noted that while the work environment for accountants and auditors is often a traditional brick-and-mortar workplace, accountants often work from home. Many accountants are self-employed, and enjoy work and scheduling flexibility as independent contractors, too.
Accounting and finance jobs can also pay well. Nationally, the median annual wage for accountants was more than $70,500 in 2018, according to the BLS. The top 10% of accountants and auditors earned more than $122,840 a year. Across the U.S., about 1.4 million people worked in the profession in 2018.
Common Remote Accounting Jobs
Bookkeepers maintain financial books, most often by using accounting software such as QuickBooks. They will record transactions and provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Compared to an accountant, bookkeepers do not analyze financial reports or give tax advice.
An accountant’s main function is to review financial documents for accuracy and completeness and to make recommendations based on a company’s or individual’s financial status. Accountants can work from home, staying in touch with clients via phone or email.
This managerial role oversees the operations of the accounting department, such as accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, cash forecasting, etc. They may also work with other departments to discuss budgets and expenses.
An auditor works to ensure the information reported on financial statements is accurate and in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The auditor will gather information from a company, speak with departments as needed, and develop recommendations and action items for an organization.
A CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, prepares and reviews financial statements, prepares tax returns, and represents tax payers for audits. CPAs have passed certain examinations and met licensing requirements to be certified in their state.
Financial analysts assist businesses and individuals with making investment decisions, such as stocks and bonds. They assess investment performance and make recommendations. This type of role can be found at banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, and more.
The duties of a payroll accountant involve ensuring timely and accurate payroll operations. They calculate employee paychecks, track time cards and requests for leaves of absences, assess payroll and tax documents for accuracy, and more.
Companies That Hire for Flexible Accounting Jobs
Here’s a sampling of companies that hire for flexible and remote accounting jobs on FlexJobs. For even more companies, read our post “12 Companies That Hire for Virtual & Remote Accounting Jobs.”
Accounting Principals is a recruitment and job placement agency that specializes in the full spectrum of accounting and finance professions. Its focus areas include accounts payable and receivable, collections, payroll, bookkeeping, data entry, cost accountancy, and financial analysis.
All In One Accounting provides customized on- and off-site accounting services to companies of all sizes and in all stages of growth. Services provided by All In One Accounting range from CFO advisory to on-demand accounting projects and fully outsourced bookkeeping services.
Ignite Spot Accounting, founded in 2008, is a privately held firm that markets itself as “the entrepreneur’s solution for outsourced accounting.” The company is passionate about helping its clients become not only more profitable but completely debt-free. To reach its goal, Ignite Spot offers its customers profit coaching via a highly skilled team, as well as CFO, tax, and bookkeeping services in a customized package.
Supporting Strategies is an outsourced operational support and bookkeeping firm that was founded in 2004. It specializes in on-demand, outsourced accounting services for small businesses, such as payroll and human resource administration; accounts payable and expense management; financial reporting, budgeting, and analysis; revenue recognition, customer invoicing, and accounts receivable; and bookkeeping and month-end close.
Starting Your Search for a Remote Accounting Job
FlexJobs provides a safe job search experience to find a work-from-home accounting job. Our accounting and finance job category is updated daily with new jobs that can be done from home. Check out our listings and consider joining FlexJobs to get access to the hiring companies and application instructions.
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Adrianne Bibby, FlexJobs Staff Writer
Adrianne Bibby is a staff writer at FlexJobs, the premier website for telecommuting, flexible schedule, and freelance job postings. Her writing focuses on work-balance issues, finding joy in your job, and using life experience to transition to a more meaningful,…Read More >
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