Local mum celebrates launch of new bookkeeping firm

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A Lincolnshire mother of one has launched her own bookkeeping business after leaving her previous teaching job to look after her autistic son.

Louise Woodhouse, 45, trained and worked as a high school science teacher before the birth of her son, Adam.

Adam has autism and ADHD, and as a result, Louise couldn’t balance both a full time job and caring for the needs of her son.

Now, following the completion of a number of e-learning courses, Louise has launched Adds Up Bookkeeping and Accounts Services in Morton, Lincolnshire, and services businesses nationwide.

Following the birth of her son, she looked into working for herself and had trained in Social Media Marketing, but had her doubts. While voicing these doubts with a friend, she decided instead on exploring the possibilities of bookkeeping and accountancy as an alternative.

The next morning, she spoke to Brian McVean of Ideal Schools and started a new chapter in her life.

Louise said: “The social media marketing just wasn’t for me.

“Ideal Schools took me through what I would need to study, and how to get it, and within 14 months, I had fully qualified with my practice licence, as well as accreditations in self-assessment, FRS105, and payroll management.”

She joined with 2000 students at the online college to secure Membership of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (MICB). She has now obtained her practice licence and has opened her new business, Adds Up Bookkeeping and Accounts Services.

Louise added:“My business is off to a flying start, with 12 limited companies and 13 sole traders on my roster, mostly for accounting services.

“I am totally client focused and I want my clients to be able to use their accounting data to inform their business decisions, not just to be a once-a-year chore.”