Getting started

Sarah started training with Ideal Schools in early 2013 and with their help and her own commitment and hard work, achieved distinctions in ICB Level 2,
3 and 4 bookkeeping diplomas and certificate, including accounts for micro-entities, self assessment tax returns and payroll. She had previously started training with another training provider but was disappointed with the level of feedback provided and lack of telephone assistance. She stated:

Ideal Schools had the opposite approach, contacting them was super easy and Brian or one of his team was always on hand to help.

Going into practice

Whilst qualifying, Sarah set up a bookkeeping practice which became successful and went on to grow this business steadily over the next eight years. By the end of this time period, the practice was serving more than fifty clients with one member of staff.

Family business

In 2019 Sarah’s husband left his job with Credit Suisse to join her in the business, starting the accountancy side, and they then converted to a chartered accountancy practice – SA Ledgers Ltd. They have continued to grow (largely by client recommendations) and last year merged with Baccs Accountancy. They now have in excess of two hundred and fifty clients and employ nine full and part-time staff. Sarah explains that she is still learning, this time about technology:

We enjoy working closely with our clients, embracing new technologies to help us provide them with the best possible service.

Why Ideal Schools

Sarah believes that anyone embarking on a bookkeeping journey should seriously consider using Ideal Schools at their training provider:

I would heartily recommend them for both the training and early years of practice when their expertise and support is invaluable.

Create Your Own Story

While you may not necessarily have an accountancy practice in your future, Sarah’s story demonstrates how starting with the intention to change your life by undertaking training can lead to much bigger things. Whether you dream of self-employment or being an accounting or bookkeeping employee, we can advise you which course and career path are right for you.

Ready to create your own success story? Contact Ideal Schools and start your journey towards a rewarding career.