Member Since: 22nd Nov 2011
16th Jun 2017
Don't worry, it happens to everyone sometimes.
Maybe yoga / mediation practice is an idea to keep calm.
I am going to start this soon to strenghten my lower back and de-stress myself.
I am in a similar position to yourself, needing interesting flexible work, I have subcontract p/t accounts role on a but the amount of work is limited really.
I have not got a practicing certificate though, and need more practice experience which seems impossible with a commerce/ public sector background. I am interested in a tax role, but it will be difficult to get the experience.
Have you considered marketing/ advertising your services, networking or buying a fee block ?
Have you heard of Jessica Pillow, she set up a remote accounting practice with part time staff ! Perfect !
Is it possible to pm me at all to chat further.
25th May 2017
Great advice, very forward thinking.
6th Jan 2017
Fantastic, read up about it a few months ago, they also go to Boston. They have new planes, fly to many destinations.
Also, there is a points scheme for future discounts.
Will try this year !
4th Jan 2017
It sounds like you are having a confidence crisis ??
You are highly skilled / experienced and it is such a waste to not use that in future in any capacity.
Have you thought about training/mentoring others at all ?
If all your experience is in practice, there are lots of people working in companies who are desperate to get into practice and need help ! Me included !!
Also, maybe reading an inspirational book may help - there is one out now, named "the most inspirational accountants in the world " features Jessica Pillow , who runs an accountancy practice using remote staff - maybe worth a read, to give you a new perspective.
5th Feb 2016
I think AAT offer a practice certificate so you can offer your services to the public.
I cannot see why you cannot still be FCCA & have a PC from AAT ??
Blog is great - will send more replies when time allows !
6th Mar 2014
Part-Time Accountant Practice Support Group.
Hi Lilac & All,
Its a great idea to set up a network of Mums trying to get a part time practice together. Let me know when you set it up & I will join.
Its great to get a support network going of like-minded people, who know's where it will lead... ?
I must say, I'm quite shocked about how difficult it is to get part-time, flexible accounts work to fit round kids etc,its such a total waste of talent , just due to small minded thinking men!! Its a disgrace !
I need some practice experience,( part-time / flexible of course). so I'm slogging on at that.
Looking at this site, I've noticed that Xero accounting seems to be mentioned alot lately, there was a feature of using Xero to become a 'Virtual FD' for a number of businesses. I think Xero is cloud -based so you can work remotely ? - Please correct me if I am wrong !
Also, you can get free software if you become a Xero partner. Maybe some of you may be interested. Maybe worth a look.
There seems to be more demand lately for accounts people using it and a lack of xero experienced people.
Clearly, the main problem when you first set up is getting new clients, I have heard some accountants, use adverts in free papers or contact new businesses , Chamber of Commerce / Network groups etc. I think you have to be bold about getting new clients, like any businesses I suppose.
One of my plans is to find other people who have achieved' working from home heaven' and pick their brains a little. I'll pass on the results.
One good story I found is Mossley Tax Shop, an all-female practice near Manchester. Check out the website when time allowes.
There are also firms that do telemarketing and cheapaccounting.co.uk a franchise, but costs are involved. Unless it can be split between a few people perhaps ?
Where are the networkers based ?
Cheers for now. LMP
21st Feb 2014
Remote work job.
Hi Lilac, hope your's daughters health is improving.
By the way, how did you manage to get a home-working, part-time job in accounts ?
I have been looking for years for something that flexible, are there any others going, can I have some contacts if poss.
Thanks for now.
19th Feb 2014
19th Feb 2014
Reply to Norman !
Yes, I totally agree with your comments. Norman dies seem a bit on the pretentious side, it is totally shallow to judge people on car / watch / clothes.
That is the wrong signal to send out to younger generations, and a reason for the debt-laden, credit addicted society we have become.
Too many people just want to show off with flash stuff. Better to be honest & true to yourself.
Where are you based btw ?
22nd Mar 2013
I know its difficult, but try to soldier on, the time will go very quickly & enjoy
the brief time you have with your little ones before school.
Just try to get past the 1st year, as they are changing so much on a weekly basis.
I think your having a ' grass is greener moment'. It happens to all of us.
We need a good balance, but just keep going on your very enjoyable blog, (too many males on here ), Its very refreshing for the readers.
After a year could you maybe get a couple of days / 1 day/week sub-contract work, do you think ? if the youngest is in childcare.
Do you have a practising certificate by the way ?
As I am hoping to get a small home based practice started, its a good idea
to get other contacts, and maybe collaberate in future re: work.
The work/life balance thing is not good with children, as I have found, my boy has a medical condition which means that he needs extra care. Employers aren't flexible or understanding enough really, so the only option is to be self-employed, I have found.
Can you look into doing more online/specialist studies while you/re on mat leave to keep your brain active / challenged.
Keep going / keep smiling.
ta ta for now.