Is going self-employed right for me?

How to make the decision to be your own boss

Running your own practice is potentially the most rewarding step you can take in your career. You could enjoy greater freedom. More variety and flexibility in your work. Higher earning potential. And perhaps most importantly, the job satisfaction and work/life balance you’ve always wanted.

It’s a such an exciting opportunity – but it’s a big decision. It will mean big changes to your lifestyle and could come with some financial uncertainty while your business grows. You’ll also need to put your business skills, confidence and determination to the test in order to make your practice a success.

Licensed member stories

Hear from these AAT Licensed Accountants and Bookkeepers on self-employed life.

Abul Nurujjaman FMAAT

"I arrived from Bangladesh in the UK as an international student at the age of 21. After completing my degree, I studied AAT and opened my own small practice. Now at the age of 35, I have an accountancy firm with around 400 clients."

Read Abul’s story

Abul Nurujjaman


Carole Alexander FMAAT AATQB

"I did a part-time bookkeeping course to help me in my job and realised I could do bookkeeping for my own clients instead of working for someone else. I started my business in 2012 and now support around 40 businesses."

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Carole Alexander