Accountant(CPA) career after getting degree?


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Luthor22

Hello. I just graduated with bachelor's of science in accounting degree
from a university in Southern California. My overall/cummulative gpa
was 2.7 out 4.0 and my accounting gpa was 2.1 out of 4.0 with 124
semester units. I don't have any experience in accounting field. Since
I am still living at home, I was thinking of studying by myself at home
to take the CPA exam in about 6 months. I have six questions.

(1)Will California board of accountancy let me sit for a CPA exam when I
have relatively low gpa?
(2)Is there a good study material that'll help me pass the exam the
first time?
(3)After I pass the CPA exam and work 2 years for a CPA firm and get my
own CPA license, is it better to open up my own CPA firm or is it better
to work for company?
(4)Is it expensive to open up my own CPA firm?
(5)What type of services will I be providing to clients?
(6)How will I get clients?


Thank you very much in advance.
 
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Ron Todd

Hello. I just graduated with bachelor's of science in accounting degree
from a university in Southern California. My overall/cummulative gpa
was 2.7 out 4.0 and my accounting gpa was 2.1 out of 4.0 with 124
semester units. I don't have any experience in accounting field. Since
I am still living at home, I was thinking of studying by myself at home
to take the CPA exam in about 6 months. I have six questions.

(1)Will California board of accountancy let me sit for a CPA exam when I
have relatively low gpa?
http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/ Go there all questions will be answered.
(2)Is there a good study material that'll help me pass the exam the
first time?
Gleim.

(3)After I pass the CPA exam and work 2 years for a CPA firm and get my
own CPA license, is it better to open up my own CPA firm or is it better
to work for company?
Only you will know the answer to that question at that time.
(4)Is it expensive to open up my own CPA firm?
Depends on what you want to do. You could do it out of the trunk of
your car, or Beverly Hills.
(5)What type of services will I be providing to clients?
Most CPAs these days can be descriped as certified public bookkeepers,
other than the ones who have gone into cross selling.

If your out of U.S.C. you should know about a hundred cpa's on a first
name basis and they can tell you exactly what they are doing to make a
buck.
(6)How will I get clients?
Since your out of U.S.C. you probably know the 300 men of business by
now that you will get your referals from.

U.S.C. is such a damn fine school, with fantastic alumni support, I am
supprised that you have not been aggressively recruited by evey
business down in the basin. Comming from a state college that has
always been ignored by recruiters and held in distain by H.R.
departments I admire your position.
 

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