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Hi fellow bookkeepers,

Just thought I would drop by and say hi. I recently became a Member and PM.Dip and have received my Practice Licence.My next step will be the self assessment taxation exam.

As i have previously been employed as an Accoiunts Manager / Bookkeeper, self employment will be a whole new ball game for me.

I would love to hear how other members found the first few months in practice. Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Keith Bath MICB

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KeithB said:

Hi fellow bookkeepers,

Just thought I would drop by and say hi. I recently became a Member and PM.Dip and have received my Practice Licence.My next step will be the self assessment taxation exam.

As i have previously been employed as an Accoiunts Manager / Bookkeeper, self employment will be a whole new ball game for me.

I would love to hear how other members found the first few months in practice. Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Keith Bath MICB


Hi Keith

A little bit like your situation,  I am a newbie MICB ex Account Manager who has recently passed L3 exams and am currently halfway through the payroll course befiore I tackle SAT. My practice licence starts on 1 June so I have a little time to go yet but, like you, would also be grateful for any guidance from our Community!

In addition to studying I have been trying to ready myself the best I can by setting up a structure for the practice, including a website and a little networking, which is a little scary but has to be done... I am hoping it becomes easier and maybe even fun with a little practice!?

More than happy to help you in any way I can as we both start our bookkeeping adventures.

Richard Milner MICB

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Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, be good to maybe bounce ideas. Bit daunting isn't it?

How did your networking go, how did you go about it? Also, did you design your own website?

Keith

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Hi KeithB welcome and good luck! There's lots of information under the resources tab of the website, here on the forum and on our Facebook Group:

ICB Members Group

We highly recommend you find your closest branch and attend as many events as you can. We also have a Monday AML webinar 'Mike on Mondays' and our Friday webinar helping you with everything from Covid to Brexit and MTD 'Thank Furlough It's Friday', as well as monthly technical update webinars run by Jacquie Mount and guests 'Technical Tuesdays'. All of these can be booked on the events page:

www.bookkeepers.org.uk/Events

and don't forget to keep up to date with our News, emailed once a month but always available here:

www.bookkeepers.org.uk/news

There's a few recent articles you should find helpful, including a member blog with tips about starting your business:

https://www.bookkeepers.org.uk/resources/news/member-profile/top-tips-from-a-top-bookkeeper/a/8991

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KeithB said:

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, be good to maybe bounce ideas. Bit daunting isn't it?

How did your networking go, how did you go about it? Also, did you design your own website?

Keith


 Hi Keith
Networking doesn't come easily to me and I find it all daunting but it has to be done so I hope I learn to like it quickly! We will see! I am starting out slowly with attending a few ICB group webinars and local small business forums/start-up sites.... not too bad yet but it is early days!
As for my website, I have a family friend designing a bespoke logo/brand for me and then I have a web builder who will put it together for me; I will gladly share her contact details with you if you like? I hope she will be well suited as she has designed a couple of sites for bookkeepers, one of these happening to be one of the Ideal Schoools ambassador's...
Richard

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Hi Richard,

 

It is most definitely a bit daunting, but I am sure that we will get there. There are a lot of fellow ICB members who have done it!

Yes, I would appreciate contact details of your web designer.

Have a good day,

Keith

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> Hi Keith

Sorry for the relay responding, I lost the email in my inbox!

The web designer is a lady called Isobel Brown from Usk Valley
Promotions - see following contact details, I will let her know you
might be in touch:

Isobel Brown

+44 7815 785291

Hope this helps

Best

Richard

07507 927114

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Hi Richard,

No worries. :-) Thank you for the info, I will be in touch with Isobel in due course.

Many thanks,

Keith

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Best regards

Richard

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