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    Becoming a self employed bookkeeper - help!


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    Mrs HHG was made redundant earlier this year. She has been unable to find anything new that allows her the flexibility we need for childcare.

    So she is looking to retrain as a bookkeeper, and look to become self employed in a year or so once fully qualified.

    We have found some distance learning courses - Level 2 and 3 in bookkeeping and accounts - through the professional body (ICB).

    Has anyone gone down this route? Any tips?
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      Study AAT, not the others, it’s THE professional body. Even if your wife only see out a level or two (there are exams), it will give her a great grounding and potential clients/employers will often recognise AAT ... possibly the first thing they look out for.

      https://www.aat.org.uk/training-providers/search
      There are very reputable organisations providing excellent distant learning courses.

      Give the AAT a call for free advice.

      Please don’t go by price, by selecting the other bookkeeping ‘bodies’. The investment will be worth it, AAT giving your wife the key skills, and often leading to a greater hourly charge out rate.

      Good luck to Mrs HHGull!
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      Study AAT, not the others, it’s THE professional body. Even if your wife only see out a level or two (there are exams), it will give her a great grounding and potential clients/employers will often recognise AAT ... possibly the first thing they look out for.

      https://www.aat.org.uk/training-providers/search
      There are very reputable organisations providing excellent distant learning courses.

      Give the AAT a call for free advice.

      Please don’t go by price, by selecting the other bookkeeping ‘bodies’. The investment will be worth it, AAT giving your wife the key skills, and often leading to a greater hourly charge out rate.

      Good luck to Mrs HHGull!
      Thanks - I had heard contradictory advice, hence heading to ICB. I’ll give AAT another look.
      "It all ended Hereford United 1, Brighton & Hove Albion 1. We've got dogs on the field, we've got Hereford fans coming across to attack the Brighton players, we've got riot police, we've got stewards, we've got everything here that football shouldn't have. The Brighton players have gone across to their fans, and Albion remain in the football league"
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      Thanks - I had heard contradictory advice, hence heading to ICB. I’ll give AAT another look.
      I’ve been in the accounting/tax profession, sadly for over 30 years. I’ve seen that debate.

      More important than anything is common sense, logic and getting things right first time by taking your time until you’re very competent. With a studied grounding in the logic/rules too.

      I’ve seen people who could pass exams all the way to the highest level, but lacked common sense = woeful work.
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      Thanks - I had heard contradictory advice, hence heading to ICB. Iíll give AAT another look.
      AAT is the one to go for.
      When I was looking for accounting support staff, AAT was the qualification I would require from applicants
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      I graduated from Uni 2 years ago with an International Business Management Degree and was looking to add another string to the bow and was also looking at the AAT qualifications. I have seen numerous companies advertising them and can't remember which one's I was recommended, but be careful as most of the advertised courses show the lower price approx £700 which does not include membership to AAT, mock exams and also the examination costs. With the bits added its over £1000 per level.
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      Quote Originally Posted by StillHateBellotti View Post
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      I graduated from Uni 2 years ago with an International Business Management Degree and was looking to add another string to the bow and was also looking at the AAT qualifications. I have seen numerous companies advertising them and can't remember which one's I was recommended, but be careful as most of the advertised courses show the lower price approx £700 which does not include membership to AAT, mock exams and also the examination costs. With the bits added its over £1000 per level.
      Backing that up.

      I’m currently home studying for an additional tax qualification. About £300 per paper through Tolley’s, but their manual and question bank is the business and they do genuinely have a great pass rate.

      (That’s not necessarily advice to use them for bookkeeping studying. AAT will recommend).
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      I did the level two AAT qual doing evenings at Brighton City College. She could look at that although I felt it could have been done a lot quicker. Level 3 is where she needs to get but circumstances changed for me so I didnt take it any further.
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      I'm an accountant and I echo the advice re AAT. Furthermore, it is essential for new bookkeeper to be proficient in either Xero or QuickBooks accounting software, they are the top two and Xero is best. With Making Tax Digital it's a must.
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      AAT is the most recognised before you get to the big stuff, ACCA, CACA and CIMA
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