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My whole life changed when I became a Mum to 2 beautiful girls.......

Sandra Douglas

I have been in finance for most of my working life.  I began with a BA in Accountancy Studies and then went on to become a fully qualified CIMA management accountant, working in such big name companies as Co-operative Retail Society, Coca Cola Enterprises and Comet.

My whole life changed when I became a Mum to 2 beautiful girls.  I decided that a job as a childminder would fit in perfectly with Mummy life, and it did but the numbers kept calling to me.

After helping the daughter of a friend by tutoring her a couple of times for her AAT exams, my husband suggested that a career as a self-employed bookkeeper might fit with the family just as well now that the girls were getting ready to go to school.

I jumped at the chance, however I knew how different Management Accounts in a big corporation was to bookkeeping for SMEs, I knew I would have to retrain – the bits I learnt on my degree were such a long time ago.  After a bit of research I found Ideal Schools – the best decision I could have made was choose them to do my studies with.  I took the ICB Career Path package and 10 months later I opened my shiny new practice and took on my first client – a friend of a Mum I spoke to on the school run.

Since then, my practice has gone from strength to strength.  I now have 2 part time people working for me and am about to start looking for a third.  I have around 50 clients ranging from twice per week bookkeeping to once a year self-assessment tax returns. 

How to arrange contact with Sandra:
Using the following contact information, provide us with your contact details, preferred time of contact and a brief description of what you'd like to discuss. Sandra will then be in touch as per your request.

Phone: 0141 248 5200 / 0800 028 1404
Email: admin@idealschools.co.uk