Having started my career in a small accountancy practice, I found myself 20 years later in industry. I managed a large team, spending my day challenging budgets, looking at ‘efficiencies’, constantly talking in business jargon. I realised the work I had enjoyed all those years earlier was so far removed from my current situation – something needed to change. I wanted to actually produce something, interact with clients, get excited about winning business again! With a 2-year-old daughter, I also needed a degree of flexibility. My working week would still be significant, but I needed it to fit around that lifestyle.
But how could I generate a client base big enough to financially provide for me and my family, all from a standing start? I needed three things – marketing support, accounting technical support and IT support. In these areas AIMS has been faultless. My marketing has produced a steady stream of leads, IT have helped me in technical matters that would have crippled me in the initial stages and the accounting support has allowed me to take on work I wouldn’t have the confidence to take on alone.
It isn’t easy, there can be stressful times, but AIMS gives you a structure where it is within your grasp to succeed. 20 years on from being a filing clerk starting my AAT, I am back to doing what I genuinely enjoy. It’s just a shame it took me so long to realise it.