This is actually what I did - I was a corporate trainer when the kids came along and came back off maternity leave to find my role had totally changed to a lesser role than before. Took redundancy and decided to go down the AAT route. I initially did evening classes, then changed this to a day a week at college as this was much easier to do with small kids. I got a bookkeeping job on the back of my training - no experience in bookkeeping, but the employer was willing to train me on Sage which helped. Doing bookkeeping alongside the AAT really helped in understanding the training. I did find that AAT was very relevant to what I was doing bookkeeping wise so would recommend that as an initial step if you have no experience at all. I'm now a Practice Manager of a busy accounting practice, and halfway through my ACCA qualification.
If using Receipt bank make sure its set up correctly - we have one client using this and every VAT is wrong and generally every nominal code is wrong.
Even when its uploaded correctly you still have to match the entry to the bank - one transaction for each receipt.
Having just switched from Iris to TaxCalc in the last 6 months I agree with all the comments.
With regards to the practice management - we are working our way around the reports and data mining and now are getting similar work schedule reports that we got out of Iris Practice manager.
Customer support is also fab with TaxCalc - responses to email within a day, and happy to talk you through the silliest question on the phone. Iris - I once got a response to an email 3 months after sending it - better than no response at all! Very happy with TaxCalc
Hi, you're definitely not too old! I'm 51, and currently half way through my ACCA. I qualified with AAT in 2010 - doing a part time course round part time work (which I got on the back of doing my training) I now work as a practice manager for a very family friendly firm of accountants, and couldn't be happier! Yes it is hard work training around work and kids, but very rewarding!