Embarking on a new career path can be both exciting and challenging. In this article, we share the inspirational story of Lisa Cresswell, who transformed her passion for finance into a successful bookkeeping business, with Ideal Schools providing the necessary support and resources. Lisa’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, determination, hard work, and finding the right educational partner.

From Finance Enthusiast to Aspiring Bookkeeper:

In late 2019, Lisa Cresswell began her journey towards becoming a self-employed bookkeeper. At the time, she was working in a full-time role with various responsibilities, including finance. Lisa found herself drawn to the financial aspects of her job and wanted to learn more to enhance her knowledge at work and lay the foundation for starting her own bookkeeping business in the future – a venture that would allow her to strike a better work-life balance.

“I really enjoyed the financial side of the business and wanted to learn more, so [I] took my ICB level 2 course as I thought it would not only enhance my knowledge at work but also enable me to start a business in the future which would fit in more with my family life, give me more time to spend with my grandchild and also look after my mum a bit more.”

Finding the Right Support:

Initially, Lisa enrolled in an online course with a different school for her ICB Level 2 qualification. However, she soon realised that the support provided by the school was not sufficient for her needs, especially when studying remotely. After a short break, Lisa discovered Ideal Schools and found their comprehensive support system – available through email and phone – to be precisely what she was looking for. Ideal Schools also recommended a series of courses that would enable Lisa to start her own bookkeeping practice and offer services in all areas of bookkeeping, payroll, and tax.

“When I spoke to Ideal Schools, it was clear that their support was much more comprehensive and available not only via email but on the phone as well. They also recommended a series of courses which would enable me to start my own bookkeeping practice and provide services in all areas of bookkeeping, payroll and tax.”

Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success:

Studying for a new suite of qualifications, MICB – The ICB Career Path, after more than 25 years was not without its challenges. Nevertheless, Lisa persevered, thanks in part to the friendly, responsive, and helpful course tutors at Ideal Schools, as well as the encouragement and support from fellow students in the Ideal Schools Facebook group. The coursework and testing provided by Ideal Schools – available in both hard copy and online – ensured that Lisa was well-prepared for her ICB exams.

“I’m not saying that the studying was easy and having not taken any qualifications for over 25 years, I found some of it tough going, but the course tutors were incredibly friendly, responsive and helpful, and I also found encouragement and support from other students in the Ideal Schools Facebook group.”

Launching a Bookkeeping Practice:

Following her achievements and equipped with the knowledge and skills acquired through her studies, Lisa has since launched her own bookkeeping practice, Mint Green Bookkeeping ( Her bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services are now available to clients, demonstrating the successful realisation of her career aspirations.

Lisa Cresswell’s journey is an inspiring example of what can be achieved with dedication, persistence, and the right educational support. While Ideal Schools played a crucial role in her success by providing her with the knowledge, resources, and community she needed, Lisa’s own determination and hard work were the driving forces behind her achievements.

If you are considering a career in bookkeeping or looking to enhance your existing skills, Ideal Schools offers a comprehensive range of courses and support services to help you achieve your goals. With their expert guidance, you too can embark on a successful and rewarding career in bookkeeping.

Exploring the Benefits of Distance Learning:

Ideal Schools’ distance learning program has not only benefited Lisa but countless other students looking to further their education and careers in bookkeeping. Distance learning offers numerous advantages, such as flexibility, accessibility, and the opportunity to balance personal and professional commitments. Studies by Means, Bakia, and Murphy (2014) and Johnson (2017) support this, indicating that students often perform better in online learning environments and report improved satisfaction.

Lisa’s experience with Ideal Schools is a testament to the effectiveness of their distance learning program. She stated, “The coursework and testing, which is available both in hard copy and online, meant that when I got to the ICB exams, I was more than prepared.” This level of preparedness not only helped Lisa pass her exams but also enabled her to confidently start her own bookkeeping practice.

A Bright Future Ahead:

As Lisa’s journey demonstrates, hard work, focus, determination, and a comprehensive support system can pave the way for a successful career in bookkeeping. By utilising the latest technology and resources, along with a strong focus on student support, Ideal Schools is committed to helping individuals like Lisa achieve their dreams and aspirations.

In closing, Lisa has a message to anyone considering a career in bookkeeping:

“I can wholeheartedly recommend Ideal Schools to anyone wanting to study ICB bookkeeping.”

Ready to start your own success story? Join Ideal Schools and begin your journey towards a rewarding career in bookkeeping.


Means, B., Bakia, M., & Murphy, R. (2014). Learning online: What research tells us about whether, when and how. Routledge.

Johnson, G. M. (2017). Learning matters: The transformation of learning experiences in higher education. Journal of Transformative Learning, 4(1), 17-34.