ABOUT THE MARIN BOOKKEEPING NETWORK
In 1987 an imaginative bookkeeper had an idea that a bookkeepers' network would help her and other bookkeepers to polish their skills. She asked John Morre, CPA, to help her form the group, being sure that there were other bookkeepers who would be interested. That was the beginning of the Marin Bookkeepers Network. With a monthly meeting format of introductions and speakers that continues to this day, the Network grew to over 100 bookkeepers. We heard speakers on a variety of topics such as sales tax, accounting software, payroll services and organizers.
Over time presentations included tech topics as that became essential knowledge for bookkeepers. At the same time the group began to offer referral services to businesses and individuals and welcomed people in industries related to bookkeeping, like bankers and payroll services to join the group as affiliate members. One of the greatest values is the connections we made. Through the group we could always find somebody to answer a question or offer a suggestion. Our bookkeepers are on a path to greater knowledge of bookkeeping, more education in the growing impact of the Internet, and a place to expand our knowledge of the needs of our clients.
The idea of working remotely has greatly increased the range of clients we are able to serve. Webinars, both recorded and live have broadened our selection of presenters and increased the scope of education. Monthly presentations keep us in touch with the additional new applications offered enhancing our ability to keep records for large corporation and the smallest dream of one creative person. Our network of bookkeepers range from independent contractors to employees of large accounting firms. Some work full time for only one client, and others work part time for many clients. All of this has created the “Marin Bookkeepers Network” of today.