Joanne Turner FICB PM.Dip became fully self-employed in December 2017

Joanne joined ICB in 2012, after deciding that she wanted to study something that would lead to a career. She studied the first nine ACCA qualifications while studying ICB’s qualifications at the same time but felt that the ICB’s qualifications offer a more hands-on approach. They have given Joanne a good platform to work in the bookkeeping profession, as she feels that the ICB syllabus provides a more thorough understanding of how transactions work.

Joanne became fully self-employed in December 2017 when her practice had ten clients. She now has over seventy clients, with daily prospective client meetings and a team of four staff. However, Joanne has faced challenges with her health and found herself working from a hospital bed on more than one occasion. While these experiences made it difficult to work and study, Joanne feels that the experiences taught her to become more methodical and focused.

The satisfaction of reconciliations and the knowledge that everything is balanced once her work is complete is one of Joanne’s favourite parts of being a bookkeeper. She also enjoys interacting with her clients’ businesses and making a difference in their business plans, by providing a real-time, friendly and cost-effective service. With Making Tax Digital soon coming into effect, Joanne believes that automation in business is the way forward, so she is utilising technology more and more, which is yielding positive responses from clients.

Joanne is inspired by her mother and grandmother, as her mother has supported Joanne through all of her endeavours and has given her a strong work ethic. Her grandmother sadly passed away when Joanne was young, but Joanne honours her grandmother’s memory by working hard in her business.

One piece of advice that Joanne would give to future women entrepreneurs is,

“If you really want to do something, just go for it and give it your all. Take the risk or lose the chance!”

You can find Joanne’s business here:


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This is part of our year-long #ICB100Women Campaign honouring 100 influential and inspiring women bookkeepers, to celebrate the suffrage centenary.