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Getting Qualified and Starting Out

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Hi all. 

I'm after a bit of advice if possible. I have worked for a company for 6 years as a Senior Accounts Assistant, but with no formal qualifications. I have recently completed my ICB Level 2 qualification and I am now starting Level 3. My current job is only 2 days a week, so I'm hoping that on completion of ICB Levels 3, 4 and my Payroll Management Course I can advertise for clients and start working from home, until a time when my self employed income will (hopefully!) be enough for me to go completely solo and leave my job to focus on my own work. 

My current role involves journals, purchase and sales ledger, payroll journals (I have run the payroll before but not regularly), bank reconciliations  and all the ad hoc accounts department duties. My question is, how do you know if you have enough experience to work for yourself from home? And what are the duties expected of a self employed bookkeeper? Anything I don't do on a regular basis like Payroll, CIS returns, VAT returns etc, I have background knowledge of but not a great deal of experience. 

I really need need a nudge in the right direction. I have always dreamed of running my own business, but I want to make sure I am absolutely confident and know what's involved before taking the plunge! If anyone could share their own experiences or give any advice it would be greatly appreciated. 

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  • # 115991

Hi Louise,


Please feel free to email me on my personal email and I would love to share any information with you.



Many thanks,


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