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Maryland Daily Record, Friday, July 30, 2004
Author: Andrea Cecil

'CB' Equals Higher Salary, Respect for Bookkeepers

The demand for full-time bookkeepers is expected to increase as they are asked to perform accounting-type tasks, as well as a wider variety of financial transactions, from payroll to billing, according to the Bureau of labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005 edition.  

"Those with several years of accounting or bookkeeper certification will have the best job prospects," the handbook reads.

Congress' 2002 passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, enacted to tighten regulation of public companies, has put more pressure on the accounting field in general," says Laughman, a Certified Bookkeeper.  "I think down the road there may be more of a demand for bookkeepers to ... know what they're doing and be trusted," she said.

For the most part, Certified Public Accountants don't focus on the day-to-day operations of their clients' businesses.  

"So bookkeepers are really important in the scheme of things because they're the ones that are digging into the nitty gritty every day.  I'm always getting calls from clients every day, asking for advice on activities," Laughman said. 

Lastly, a 'CB' after the name can command not only more respect, but a higher salary, Laughman added.