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For many bookkeepers, particularly those running their own businesses or working from home, the boundaries between professional responsibilities and family life can become incredibly blurred. The need to manage accounting records while also making time for family dinners, school events, and meaningful interactions is no small feat. This constant juggle can often lead to a feeling of being stretched too thin on both fronts. However, achieving a balance is possible with the right strategies. Here are several insights and tips to help bookkeepers find equilibrium between their professional duties and family life.

Set Defined Work Hours

One of the most effective ways to separate work from home life is to establish clear, defined work hours. Treat your home office hours as you would at a regular job. Communicate these hours to your family so they know when you are 'at work', even if you are just in the next room. This helps set expectations and reduces interruptions during focused work time.

Create a Dedicated Workspace

If possible, set up a dedicated workspace in your home. This could be an office room or even just a specific desk area. Having a physical separation from the rest of your home activities can help mentally differentiate between 'work time' and 'family time'. It also signals to your household that you’re in work mode when you’re in that space.

Leverage Technology to Increase Efficiency

Use technology to streamline your tasks and save time. Invest in reliable bookkeeping software that automates routine processes like invoicing, payroll, and financial reporting. Time saved here can be redirected to family activities, helping you step away from the books more regularly.

Prioritise Tasks

Apply prioritisation not just to your work tasks but to family activities as well. Identify key activities that you value most with your family, such as weekend outings or evening meals together, and schedule them into your calendar as non-negotiable appointments. This ensures that they don't fall by the wayside during busy periods.

Delegate and Outsource

Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks, both at work and home. If certain tasks can be handled by other team members or through outsourcing, take advantage of this to lighten your workload. Similarly, involve family members in household chores to distribute responsibilities evenly at home.

Use Breaks Wisely

Small breaks during the day can be a great opportunity to touch base with family. Have lunch with your partner or play a quick game with your kids if they’re home during the day. These breaks can refresh your mind and strengthen family bonds, making you more productive when you return to work.

Communicate Openly With Clients and Family

Keep communication lines open with both your clients and your family. Let your clients know your working hours and availability, and explain to your family about critical work periods when you might need extra focus. Honest communication helps manage expectations on all sides.

Plan Family Activities in Advance

Just as you would plan for client meetings and deadlines, plan for family time. Whether it's a movie night or a weekend getaway, having these activities scheduled in advance gives everyone something to look forward to and ensures that work doesn't always take precedence.

Reflect and Adjust

Regularly take stock of how well your work-life balance is functioning. Are you managing to keep up with professional responsibilities while making time for family? Adjust your strategies and routines as needed based on what is or isn't working.


Finding a balance between managing books and family time requires thoughtful planning, but it is entirely achievable. By setting clear boundaries, prioritising effectively, and using technology to streamline tasks, bookkeepers can create a harmonious balance that enriches both their professional and personal lives.

Katrina Aarsman

Article by Katrina Aarsman

Author of Grow, Profit, Exit, mother of two and mentor Katrina Aarsman has been with Pure Bookkeeping since 2018. As spokesperson for Pure Bookkeeping Australia, Katrina uses her role to help bookkeeping businesses in a meaningful way. Along with leading development, implementing goals and upholding values, Katrina is dedicated to staying in touch, on top of trends and issues with the bookkeeping industry. Before Pure Bookkeeping, Katrina built a multi-staffed bookkeeping business that she sold in 2015. Since then she has guided, supported and helped bookkeepers build and grow their businesses. She continues to find new things that inspire her and the people around her. Currently, she is exploring meditation and dreaming of one day living by the water.