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Advise on going forward

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  • # 112857

Hi All,

I am hoping someone can advise me of the best plan of action.

I am a part qualified accountant and have worked in finance for 12 years. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and have decided I do not want to go back to work in an office full time after having my baby, so I have decided to start studying to obtain the bookkeeping qualification to enable me to become a self employed bookkeeper and work mainly from home.

Any advice regarding this would be brilliant but in particular I am curious if there is an accounts package I can use as a pay as you go just to get me through the exams as I would like to complete as many as possiible before baby comes and then may not need it until I start working.


Many Thanks In Advance



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  • Practice Licence
  • 30 posts
  • # 112873

Hi Karla,

As you are already doing accounting I would advise to not go through a study company but merely use the mock exams and syllabus details on this website to see what is required of you and to take a book from the library that will help you in any areas that you still need.  I paid a lot for the study (I don’t have any previous experience so a tutor was necessary) but have recently loaned a book from the library which is virtually identical in content to the study packs I have got!!

I am not really sure about software packages as I received Sage to get me through my studies, having looked at others though quite a few do a 30 day free trial so if you know what exams you need it for and time it right this might be the way forward.  Hopefully someone with more software knowledge will be along to help you.  I also know that Exact Online have a monthly fee and a 30 day cancellation period.

I have just passed my BA6 and booked my final BA7 for Friday 13th May!  So still in the process but hopefully getting my practice licence soon.

My email is if you wanted to chat about anything away from the forum.

Good luck with the baby :)




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