My Totally Honest Review of Bookkeeper Business Launch

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Meet Ben Robinson, owner and creator of Bookkeeper Business Launch, a training program designed to train bookkeepers with the skills they need to launch their own remote bookkeeping business — even if they have no bookkeeping experience to start with.

Many of you know how passionate I am about helping people find legitimate ways to earn real income from home so they can spend more time doing what they love with the people they love.

(And if you don’t know, now you do!) 😉

So when I heard about Ben’s course a few years ago, I knew I wanted to write a thorough review of it so you can get a real glimpse into the program — especially if you think this might be a niche you’d like to explore.

Then life happened… for 2 1/2 years.

Motherhood, y’all. Am I right? 😛

But thanks to a wonderful reader who recently asked me about Ben’s course, I was encouraged to get my butt in gear and get this post written for you guys, so here it is! (Thanks, Jessica! I hope you find this helpful. <3)

A lot of people connect with me, asking advice on how to earn money from home, and I’m actually rather surprised at how few realize that bookkeeping can, in fact, be an excellent way to earn a living from home!

But to be honest, it wasn’t until I heard about Ben and his course that I really connected the dots myself.

I mean, my mom’s a bookkeeper and has been for decades. And you know what? She’s actually been doing it old-school using the methods she was trained on — from home. 

How did I not see this?! 

The difference between what she’s been doing all this time and what Ben teaches is that she’s been confined to her local bookkeeping market all these years, while Ben teaches his students to cast a wider net.

So when my husband and I gifted her an enrollment into Bookkeeper Business Launch, I think she was a bit shocked at the idea of being able to use those skills to work with clients all over the U.S. — no matter where she is.

Mind. Officially. Blown.

A Little About Ben Robinson

Ben is a former CPA firm owner, a published author, and an experienced public accountant who has devoted his life to teaching people the necessary skills to become excellent bookkeepers, as well as how to build their business from home.

I originally heard of Ben through one of my virtual assisting clients who has worked with him in the past. And from my own interactions with him, I can honestly say that Ben is one of the nicest, most generous people out there.

He really does have a passion to share his knowledge to help others create successful businesses, and it really shows in his program.

A Little About the BBL 3.0

As I mentioned before, my mom is currently enrolled in Bookkeeper Business Launch, and I’ve been watching her progress to gain some first-hand insight into Ben’s course myself.

As soon as my mom started training, I was immediately impressed with the care and attention Ben has put into creating this course.

Ben Robinson Bookkeeper Business Launch

Ben’s whole approach to teaching is phenomenal because he addresses the two most prominent success killers when it comes to starting your own business: mindset and motivation.

He specifically addresses these two things frequently throughout the course — and for good reason, too. 

Throughout my time as an online entrepreneur, I have personally seen more budding businesses get sniped of success for two reasons: doubt and fear. They were too afraid or unconvinced of their abilities to see that just over the hill of intimidation lies the vast opportunity for success.

But most will never get that far because they give way to fear. 

Trust me, I’m totally guilty of this too.

This is why Ben takes GREAT care not to just teach his students the skills they need to do the work as a bookkeeper and how to build their business; he also strives to nurture his students’ mindsets and help them identify their motivation.

This is priceless!!

Something he shares early on in his course is:

“Your outer success is 100% dependent on your inner success.”

~ Ben Robinson

This is SO true for pretty much everything in life, especially when it comes to building a business. There is nothing more indicative of your success in life than the success you possess inside.

Nothing.

In his course, Ben strives to help his students overcome the “can’t” mentality and foster a “can-do” attitude toward their goals to give them the best chance for success.

In my mind, this is just as valuable (if not more so) as all the training students receive in bookkeeping and marketing throughout the course.

Seriously. If you feel one ounce of doubt inside of you, that’s proof of the need for mindset nurturing in courses like these. IT’S ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS, FOLKS.

In fact, even as someone who works full-time from home, I still need to nurture my mindset because I get scared every. single. day. that I’m going to fail.

But you know what? I’ve learned to do it afraid. And it seems to be working out just fine. 😉

Course Overview

The course itself is broken down into 6 separate sections of content topics:

  • Skills
  • Clients
  • Systems
  • Clients (Advanced)
  • Resources
  • Bonuses

 

The units within each topic contain multiple modules (Foundations unit example shown below):

And each module contains the actual lessons (START HERE module example below):

Throughout the course, Ben teaches his students the foundational knowledge they need to get started as a bookkeeper.

That means you don’t need any previous experience to take the course. Ben provides all the instruction you need to start from the ground up!

After Foundations, Ben helps you dive deep into learning the proper processes of bookkeeping while providing you hands-on training in Quickbooks Online, the most popular bookkeeping software among businesses today.

To do that, Ben walks you through using the software to manage a mock business with different scenarios so you get the opportunity to actually build your skills as though you were working with an actual client.

And there are a TON of video tutorials and instructions, which makes the lessons really easy to understand and apply. Plus, Ben is an excellent teacher, and it’s very easy to listen to his lessons and learn a lot.

He really, really knows his stuff and knows how to teach people.

Another HUGE bonus is that Ben pays for an attorney to be available for all students to ask those burning legal questions surrounding building a business from the ground up.

FOR. REAL.

I haven’t seen a course do this before! This alone is probably worth the price of the entire course.

So what’s included when you enroll?

As I mentioned before, this course actually comes with a TON of content and resources to help you learn the skills you need to become a bookkeeper and how to actually start your business.

Here’s a list of everything you get when you enroll in the course:

  • The entire Bookkeeper Business Launch program (valued at $2,997) – includes video lessons, worksheets, templates, quizzes, interviews, role play scenarios, case studies, and checklists.
  • Access to the Rockin’ BBL Students Community 
  • Access to the weekly Q&A support calls
  • Unlimited email support with our Student Success Team
  • NEW IN BBL 3.0!! Office Hours – Expert 1-on-1 bookkeeping advice from established bookkeeping professionals
  • NEW IN BBL 3.0!! Legal Lunch – Ask an attorney any questions you have about starting your business
  • Full access to the Bookkeeper Business Launch Resource Library – includes guides, templates and worksheets you need to start your successful bookkeeping business.
  • Unlimited upgrades to future versions of Bookkeeper Business Launch
  • The Bookkeeper Business Launch Action Guide: Your “Step-By-Step” action plan to launching your own virtual bookkeeping business. This 41-point action plan highlights the most effective “breakthrough work” items that will rapidly accelerate towards success, right from the word go.
  • Special Bonus #1: Hacks and Facts
  • Special Bonus #2: Profit Maximizers
  • Their IRONCLAD “No Questions Asked” 60-day Money Back Guarantee

Updates to program as of September 10, 2019

New Course Material:

  • New Custom Exercises – real world scenarios to help students hone their skills
  • Additional Assessments – quizzes, tests, and exams to measure success during the course
  • 5 Star Student Material – measure of success based on 5 important success criteria
  • Additional New Course Content – new lessons from bookkeeping skills to marketing
  • Spreadsheet Training – step by step course to teach complex formulas and reporting

Extra Resources:

  • Process Checklists – step by step, covers onboarding to end of year closing
  • Improved Q&A – curriculum focused, written and video content
  • Pricing Calculators – tools to assist students in pricing proposals for clients
  • 12 Month Quickbooks Online (QBO) Trial – $420 value

Added Value & Support:

  • Acclaim.org Certification – completion certificate provided by globally recognized accreditation body
  • Increased staff support – added resources and personnel
  • Extended guarantee – unconditional money back guarantee doubled from 30 to 60 days
  • BBL Family – Facebook Community of like minded BBL students/bookkeepers to support and promote one another.
  • Inc. 500 Recognized Brand – Ranked #211 on the INC 5000 Magazine list of fastest growing companies

Things I love about this course…

Ben seems to undersell and overdeliver on everything he does, which is by far my favorite thing about this course.

There is SO much training and support involved for students that I personally feel this course would absolutely help someone go from zero to bookkeeping professional if they’re committed to doing the work*.

*Like that overt disclaimer in there? It’s there because it’s true. His course isn’t magic. You’re the only magic you need to make it work, friend.

Same goes for pretty much every training program out there. Moving on… 😉 

Something my mom has RAVED about is the student Facebook group where she says the community support among the students is incredible. And I can honestly say that for the training courses I’ve taken, the student groups are what makes the program absolutely shine.

Knowing you have the support you need whenever you need it as you venture out to build your business — from people who have actually been there — can be SO helpful in relieving the fear involved with starting something new.

Things I wish were better…

Since I haven’t personally taken this course, I can’t really speak to the program from a student perspective.

However, after navigating the course myself and speaking to my mom about what she loves and doesn’t love about the course, we both agreed that navigating the course is not as intuitive as we’d like it to be.

That said, it’s still fairly simple to navigate.

I personally feel aesthetics and course navigation are, honestly, not that important. If the course content is good (and it is!), then the package hardly matters.

So is this a good niche for stay-at-home parents?

ABSOLUTELY!

This is a fantastic work-at-home niche for stay-at-home moms (and dads!) who are good with numbers and need a flexible work-at-home career to accommodate their family’s needs — even if you have really little ones at home who need your attention!

On my mompreneur scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome), I rate this a 10, meaning this job is ideal for parents of kids of any age. You can easily step away from your work to be with your kiddos at any given time.

(Yes, I just totally made this scale up.)

It is incredibly flexible so you can do the work with littles around, making it ideal for parents with small kiddos or kiddos with special needs.

WIN!

If you’re thinking about exploring this niche, I highly recommend checking out Ben’s FREE 4-part class to get you started — includes video classes and workbooks!

So bookkeeping… ever thought about it? Leave a comment below and share!

20 thoughts on “My Totally Honest Review of Bookkeeper Business Launch

  1. Thank you for a very in-depth and specific review. It was most helpful for me as I’ve been scouring resources for a money making way to use skills I already have as well as learning new skills that will allow me to not only travel and/or move after my husband retires in a couple of years but also will allow me the freedom of schedule and ability to become debt free.

    I was also concerned about the solitude but your insight and ideas are inspiring and enlightening. I’ve always been a little afraid to put myself out there on the internet, but if I’m helping people be successful with their businesses, that is a win-win and well worth it. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I am seriously looking into taking this course. It is actually the same cost as one course at my local community college; I have taken many of those with no guarantees and less resources. So, I am ready for the leap. Thanks for an honest review.

    1. My pleasure, Lynn! I totally agree that with Ben’s guarantee, there is simply no reason to risk tuition costs at a traditional college. You’ll be learning so much more with greater support and far less risk involved with BBL. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you complete the program!

      Wishing you all the best as you build your skills!

      1. I watched his introductory videos and really felt that i need to complete his course, but was disappointed to find out how expensive it is. I am a bookkeeper but currently unemployed.

        1. Yes, it’s quite expensive. There’s a $199mo. payment plan which may still be a bit much depending upon financial situation. {Updated by admin to reflect that they now offer a 3-pay plan.}

  3. Thanks – I’m still finishing up some other online credits to receive my associates (40 years after I started) and have been looking into this course as a “what do I do next?.” I have some good work experience and skills but I am raising a 21 year old nephew with autism and it’s looking like working outside the home again, which I have loved, is not going to work after he ages out of high school next year.

    Thank you so much for your review!

    1. Wow, Susan! I have two nephews with autism and a son with special needs, so I know how difficult it can be to pursue a career while also raising a child (especially an adult child!) with special needs. You’re amazing to be raising your nephew, and I think you’ll find working from home to be such a great fit for someone in your situation.

      I’m cheering for you Susan! It can be done! 🙂

  4. I have to say I am rather confused. One thing I am very cautious of with work at home programs is the hook and then the increasing costs to get to the end so you end up paying much more than you ever thought you would pay. Making that much off a student makes it a business model of recruiting as many students as possible to maximize profit selling the course. a 100% failure rate? who cares, they have their money, you are just a revenue source.

    What I am confused about is when I watched his recruiting video he said the cost for your booking business would be around $1,200 and included getting your business liscense, web site hosting cost, cost of your website etc. Now here you are saying $2,997 (97 because in marketing psychology more people respond to 97 compared to 99) and that is just for the course.

    So now what I feared may be the case. You get hooked in with very little at the beginning and then as you progress you have to pay more and more to get out the other end.

    1. Hi, Mark!

      I can understand your confusion, but I disagree with your assessment. When you enroll in a college program designed to train you in a particular skill set, does the tuition for that program also include business start-up costs? No, in fact they do not. Not any college training program I’ve ever taken. They provide the theory, and you’re then in charge of taking the knowledge and applying it in your field. Likewise, Bookkeeper Business Launch is a training program, it is not a “business in a box,” meaning he does not hand you a functioning business upon graduation.

      Students who enroll are learning the skills they need to do the work as a bookkeeper. That training is absolutely worth the cost, especially when you consider what it would cost to receive similar training at the college level. Every student is responsible for setting up their own business, and yes, that includes start-up costs for registering your business with the State and Federal governments, setting up your business website, and marketing your services. Again, students are not buying a business when they enroll; they’re investing in training.

      I hope this clears up a bit of the confusion. 🙂

  5. Thank you for the review. I first came across Ben’s course 3 years ago… I still want to be a bookkeeper (maybe accountant one day), and I need to start, but I really have not progressed much in three years since I first discovered my passion for bookkeeping. One reason, is of course, the crippling fear or being an entrepreneur. Another is my likely preconception of working for yourself and from home. I have wanted to work outside of the home for a long time for several reasons: to keep work separate from home life; to nurture relationships with co-workers; and to get out of the house. I’m not really a homebody and I love people. HOWEVER, I see the value of being self-employed and working from home because of the flexibility in time that it can offer. So, if you can shake up my preconceptions of the work-from-home world, I would so appreciate it. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Elise!

      What GREAT questions! I know a lot of people feel the same way, so I’m happy to offer my insight from my own experiences. 🙂

      The crippling fear of being an entrepreneur: If I were to guess, I’m thinking you might be talking about the variable income and being in charge of your own paycheck; am I right? If that’s the case, I TOTALLY understand where you’re coming from. It can definitely be nerve-racking not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. However, for anyone who is really good at what they do, finding and keeping a steady workload isn’t all that difficult once you get your clientele list going. All you need is ONE client. Wow them, and you’ll start finding referrals dropping in your lap. Treat each client as though they were your only client, and you’ll be set.

      In addition, I’m one who believes in creating a safety net by having multiple streams of income so that when one stream is dipping in revenue the others can pick up the slack. This could be different types of bookkeeping services that are offered or a whole different type of service/product. But there really are many different ways to smooth out the financial ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. I highly recommend the book Profit First when it comes to business finances. It is awesome.

      If your fear is NOT surrounding finances, let’s hash it out! Email me at katie@momismore.com, and I’ll see if I can offer some more tips on how to move past your fears. 🙂

      The solitude of working from home: I’m going to shoot really straight here and say that working from home can be a very solitary work environment, BUT it doesn’t have to be. If you know your an extrovert who gets really filled up by being around others, you can create a business surrounding that! For example, you can work in more public places whenever possible (if you can do so without compromising confidential information) or carving out an ICA (ideal customer avatar) who enjoys working closely with their bookkeeper. Maybe you can be a “bookkeeper on demand” who goes to the client, or an in-house bookkeeper for a really cool company that inspires you.

      With your training at BBL, you can still work with businesses outside of the home that may be looking for someone with bookkeeping skills. What’s great, though, is that you actually have the flexibility to choose how/where/when you want to work. So if you want to work around people, you can. If you want to build your work week around social events, you can. If you want to rent office space and hire subcontractors to work on site with you, you can!

      So while it can be solitary, it doesn’t have to be. 🙂 And while working from home can make it more difficult to keep work and home life separate, it doesn’t have to. You just have to get creative and figure out how to make it work. It may be working from home when the kids are in school and the spouse is at work. It may be renting office space and building your own team like I mentioned before.

      The point is that YOU get to decide, when it comes to working for yourself. Whether it be how much money you make, how you manage your business, how you build your team or work solo, where you work, you get to decide all of that. And if you get started and it’s not working for you, you get to change things up to make it better.

      I hope this helps kind of shake up the preconception that working from home is limited to one type of work environment. The point in working from home is freedom. You can make it whatever best fits your strengths, skills, and passions. 🙂

  6. I want to thank you for this review! I have been looking into this course and watching it for 8 months now and with your review, I think I am ready to take the plunge!!

    1. I’m SO glad you found it helpful, Barbara! And how exciting that you’re ready to take that next step! I really think you’ll enjoy the program. 🙂 I’m cheering for you!

  7. I’m seriously thinking about this! Currently a stay at home mum in the uk. Need to go back to work to get the money to pay for it though!

    1. That’s exciting, Tanya! 🙂 I definitely recommend reaching out to them to make sure what they teach is applicable to people within the UK before you enroll. I sure hope so because it I hear great things about the program!

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