Louise Woodhouse MICB has made the jump from science teacher to self-employment

Louise worked as a secondary school science teacher and private Maths tutor before having her son, Adam who has autism and ADHD. Louise started looking for a more flexible job to be able to spend time with her son, so she embarked on a Social Media Marketing course. However, this was not quite the right fit for her and after voicing her worries to a friend, Louise decided to look into accountancy roles and came across the Ideal Schools website.  After speaking to Ideal Schools’ Director and Tutor, Brian McVean, Louise enrolled on a course the next day and has not looked back since.

Louise feels that ICB’s core qualifications have really prepared her to work in the profession and is confident that she has the knowledge and support to approach real-life situations. This enabled her to apply for her Practice Licence and Louise has also achieved stellar examination results, her average mark being 98%.

With clients across different industries, from plumbers to funeral celebrants, Louise’s working days are varied. She particularly enjoys helping people to understand their accounts, which she believes is a result of her years of being a school teacher.

Louise is inspired by other entrepreneurial working mothers or ‘Mumpreneurs’, as they need to have multi-layered thinking to run a household, a family and a business. She is also inspired by LUCA Award-winning Ideal Schools tutor Eszter Petrinovics FICB PM.Dip, as Eszter obtained her qualifications in her second language, her native tongue being Hungarian. Eszter was Louise’s tutor and gave Louise confidence and support through her studies.

Adds Up Bookkeeping & Accounts Services, named after Louise’s son Adam, has gone from strength to strength and Louise is planning to take more ICB qualifications so she can offer a wider variety of services to her clients.

One piece of advice Louise would give to other ‘Mumpreneurs’ is,

“Go for it, as you never know what you are capable of until you try!”

You can find Louise’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.