I started to toy with the idea of setting up my own accounting practice about a year after my second child was born and the eldest starting school. School pickups and drop-offs and holidays just seemed to get in the way of full-time employment and I began to feel that I wasn’t really giving either my job or my children the time that they needed.
I came across the advert for AIMS whilst reading through a workingmums.com email – looking for that elusive part-time job that would fit in with my qualifications and experience and decided that I could really benefit from their expertise to turn the dream of being my own boss into a reality.
I was naturally sceptical of franchises and expected the costs to outweigh the benefits, however, I was pleasantly surprised at the ‘value for money’ offered by AIMS. There were no initial high franchise which gave me great comfort because AIMS aligns their long term interests with my long term interest – in addition the amount and quality of support available is fantastic, allowing me to remain in control of my own destiny and most importantly, my own working hours.
I am still in the very early stages of running my practice, however, I already feel confident about going out there and selling myself and building up an adequate income that I am not sure I would have had by going it alone. It was very clear from the start that their focus is on my success. From helping with social media marketing to setting up my home office, AIMS have been there with the knowledge and experience to get things right first time, no doubt saving me money as well as precious time.