Member Since: 13th Apr 2004
5th Apr 2020
Not too old. I did just that, but it is hard going as you will have to do a lot of self study, and getting first role involved some luck.
Biggest (and hardest) lesson I learnt, if you go down a self study path make sure you have clear understanding of syllabus and any upcoming changes. I was two modules into a CIMA qualification when they changed the syllabus and I found I didn't get any credits on new syllabus (almost any other combination would have been ok)
I started with an AAT course at the local FE College (this was 19 years ago, so don't know if they still exist)
Getting the first role was the most difficult thing I rang round the agencies every week for about 3 months, you have to keep your name in their minds. I decided my best chance might be in temp roles and my break came when someone dropped out of a role at the last minute and they needed to find someone that day.
Pay was a pittance, but luckily the first role was with a good company and people who were prepared to show me the ropes.
I was lucky because I had a cushion from redundancy so could take a big pay cut initially. I've done temp contracts pretty much ever since and if you go in with an attitude of what can I learn from this (even if it's I never want to work in this sector again) even the not so good jobs can be rewarding.
11th Jan 2011
The old company had been trading for several years. The husbands shareholding was 51%, wife's shareholding 24% and remainder with other unrelated parties.
The new company was set up to separate out the business activities, not with the intention of purchasing the goodwill. The goodwill arises from internet domain names, web sites, clients etc. The issue came up doing the new company year end accounts and adjustment to put costs with relevant business.
20th Sep 2007
Use SAGE EIR add in in Excel
To answer my own question, thanks to helpful people at Sage, you need to activate the SAGE EIR add in in Excel. This then allows you to log in to Sage through Excel. There are a bunch of predefined reports which you can select and filter in usual way. You get all your data in Excel in nice tidy columns, just the way you want them. Beats exporting the report from Sage and having to tidy up to get rid of page headings etc. DEFINITELY worth knowing this one, and if there isn't a tutorial on it, it's overdue!!!!!