Tania Oxley talks to us about her decision to join AIMS Accountants and running her accountancy business in Birmingham.
Setting up my own accounting practice wasn’t something I’d ever thought of doing - having left KMPG immediately after qualifying and spending the next 15 years in line management roles. But then I heard of AIMS through a friend of a friend and after some thought and research it felt like the right move for me. The opportunity sounded great and what really attracted me to AIMS was the fact that I would be in charge of my hours, and I could grow the business to the size I wanted to suit my personal circumstances.
As any working parent knows, juggling work and home commitments can feel like a constant battle and after 12 years I’m still not sure I’ve got the balance right - I know how things should work in theory but the reality is never quite as simple.
Building my practice with AIMS has given me more flexibility over the hours I work, so I was able to attend school sports days and Christmas plays when my boys were younger. Now they are teenagers I’m more of a taxi service and a bank, but being in control of my own diary helps me stay sane.
Running your own business requires huge amounts of energy and perseverance – the core work is only half the story (and most of my clients, whichever line of work they are in, would say the same). So I empathise when clients are struggling to plan their cash flows or to deal with computer crashes. But, like me, they appreciate the freedom and opportunities of being their own boss and I also have the added benefit of the central office support provided by AIMS which is a godsend.
Sara Passey completed her weeks training with in June and is already speaking with two potential clients with the help of AIMS.
Gulshan Uddin started her AIMS Accountants business in May 2016 and has already signed up 7 clients!
Philippa Scobie chose AIMS Accountants as it offered her a part time job that fitted her qualifications and experience.
Steve Hunt is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience whose AIMS Accountants business has grown from zero to 71 clients.
The support of being in AIMS has given me the confidence to be independent.
So many thanks to you all for providing me with the opportunity to have a good life and may it continue for many years to come.
My clients come first and with the backup I can call on, I am confident that the relationship I have with them, and the work they receive is first class.
Local presence and national strength - You benefit from both the local accountant’s dedicated personal attention and the support and quality control of the head office and national organisation. Where else can you get this?
Our focus is on your long-term success and helping you to grow which is why we do not charge high start-up fees. We have excellent benefits and you have the support and quality control of the head office and a national organisation – so you are never alone.