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Mark wanted more control over his own career!

Mark Williams

Mark Williams found he had a knack for bookkeeping after volunteering to do the books for his local branch of the British Legion, and developed a taste for the work. As a sales rep for an agricultural business, he was looking for something to add to his skills, and give him more control over his own career; consequently, he turned to Ideal Schools.

Starting in March 2016, Mark passed the Level 2 & 3 exams of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), and is currently sitting the Level 4 Advanced Bookkeeping, Self-Assessment, and Payroll qualifications, all through Ideal Schools.

Mark said: “I chose Ideal Schools to start my journey because they were the best I had found online. I tried another few online colleges, and they were all high-pressure, pushy, and trying to talk me into signing up to finance agreements.

“I called Ideal Schools, and spoke to Brian McVean, one of its senior tutors, and he focused on what I wanted to learn, and how he could help me. From then, I knew they were the college for me. I’d definitely recommend them to anyone.

“They provided clear, easy to follow materials, help and support at any time, even on the weekend, and all my assessments marked in less than 24 hours. By far the best I’ve come across.”

Based in Raglan, South Wales, Mark was eager to get started with the journey into bookkeeping, and soon discovered there was a gap in the market. He built his own website, created a social media presence, and in less than two months of operation, he had seven clients; including a not-for-profit, limited companies, and sole traders.

Mark’s business, Choice Bookkeeping, has gone from strength to strength, and is one of the fastest growing bookkeeping businesses in the Monmouthshire area. He credits Ideal Schools with making the material digestible and easy to understand, and his own dedication and hard work in turning academic learning into a going concern.

Mark said: “I was a bit worried about the idea of home study at first, because I’m dyslexic, but I was able to grasp the work quickly and intuitively, and my confidence grew in leaps and bounds.”

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