I am a member in practice and have 3 long standing clients. These clients only take around a day a week of my time and I have always worked in employment for the other days.
I have recently changed my employment (bookkeeper in practice) to assistant accountant in practice. I am not enjoying the new job for various reasons, the main one being the long commute and am wondering if instead I should think about expanding my own practice with some more local clients.
I am nervous of completely going it alone because although I have years of bookkeeping experience, I am not very extroverted and wonder how well I will do at selling myself and my practice.
So, can I pick your brains please;
How did you obtain your clients?
What marketing techniques worked and what didn't?
What mistakes have you learnt from?
Do you work from home or at the clients address?
On average how much time does each client take per week?
How good is ICB at giving technical advice?
How easy is it to set up an agent acount with HMRC?
Anything else you think I should know?
Thanks in advance!