Leonard was self-employed, running his own convenience store in Swindon, for 15 years. During this time, Leonard did all his own book-keeping, VAT returns and payroll. Having to know all the ins and outs of such a business has given Leonard a valuable ability to efficiently work through any book-keeping problems.

Upon selling the shop, Leonard successfully qualified as a bookkeeper. Leonard is now fully qualified to work manually, on Excel spreadsheets or straight onto SAGE.

Since qualifying, Leonard has been working independently, earning a reputation for his efficient, professional approach to bookkeeping.

Leonard is now an established bookkeeper in the Swindon area, with a long list of satisfied loyal customers.

Upon passing his bookkeeping exams, Leonard became an Associate of the Institute Of Certified Bookkeepers. This organisation is the largest bookkeeping organisation in the world and has been recognised by the Inland Revenue as a bona fide organisation, being given Inland Revenue authority to regulate it’s own members as regards complying with the money laundering regulations which have now been introduced and become law.

Bookkeeping Services

If you’re looking for a Bookkeeper in Swindon then Leonard Fuller is the perfect place for you. The right Bookkeeper should have more than just a bookkeeping certificate or software knowledge, they also need an bookkeeperst’s eye to see how your figures will affect the company accounts and tax, so that you are never short-changed.

Every business is different and we take time with your bookkeeping to understand you and your company, responding precisely, quickly and carefully to all your needs. We will always pay close attention to detail with every matter you have.

What Can We Provide For You?

We are very flexible when working with our clients and monitoring your payroll and other financial requirements. We offer four types of bookkeeping and will always work with whatever suits you best:

Remote Bookkeeping – Manage all your bookkeeping from our office.

On-site Bookkeeping – Manage all bookkeeping from your office.

Combined Bookkeeping – Work from both offices, using our own software.

Supported Bookkeeping – You stay in control of your own processing and leave us with the difficult stuff, whilst sharing one software.

No matter what service you need and what bookkeeping type you choose, we will provide a selection of services so you are always satisfied with our team. Our services available include:

  • Day-to-day Bookkeeping
  • Reconciliation Of Bank Accounts
  • Credit Control & Suppliers’ Payment
  • Running Of Payroll, Payslip Preparation & More
  • VAT Calculation & Submission Of VAT Returns
  • Management Reports & Bespoke Management Reporting

With so much on offer to every single customer who requires our personal service, you can place your trust in us knowing that we will keep your finances under control.

Our Questions

Convenience Store

1) When did you realise you wanted to go into business for yourself?

What made me buy the convenience store was that I had worked for a bank for 14 years and was not really getting anywhere. I must have mentioned this to my brother who was working for a chain store in the convenience trade. He said an ex colleague had his store up for sale as he had been in the trade since he left school and wanted to do something else.

2) Were you confident you would succeed or were you nervous of failing?

I had no knowledge of running a store but my brother said he’d help me get started. He also said the guy who was selling the shop was earning a living from it and he’d lost interest so there was a lot of potential for some-one who was prepared to give it 100%. So I went for it.

3) Did you seek advice from your family or friends? Did anyone close to you suggest it was a bad idea to go into business for yourself or did you receive a lot of support?

My brother.

4) What was the biggest obstacle you had to face and overcome in order to start your business?

The biggest obstacle was getting my head around all the paperwork involved, both from running the shop and all the legal requirements that had to be complied with. I’d never had so much post!

5) Do you remember your first customer and can you recall how you felt when you delivered what they were prepared to pay you for?

My everlasting memory of the shop was after I’d just done a leaflet drop advertising the shop’s new stock and advising every one the shop was under new ownership. The first Sunday morning after the drop there was constantly a queue all the way down the 2 aisles at both check outs. That’s when I knew I hadn’t made a mistake and that I could make a go of this.

6) What would be the ONE thing you would do differently and where do you see your business in five years time?

With hindsight I would have got a bookkeeper in to deal with that aspect of the business because as I’ve mentioned earlier trying to deal with all the paperwork was a headache.

7) What would be your advice to any startup or to anyone thinking of going into business for themselves?

My advice to any startup or anyone thinking of going into business for themselves would be to get a bookkeeper. Most people who go self employed are very good at what they set themselves up to do. Unfortunately an evil that comes with self employment is all the paperwork and legal requirements eg dealing with HMRC that comes with it. Unfortunately no matter how much this side of things gets ignored it doesn’t go away and the longer it takes to deal with it the more expensive this side of things then becomes.

Qualified Bookkeeper

1) When did you realise you wanted to go into business for yourself?

When I sold the shop I didn’t know what to do. My accountant suggested bookkeeping as he said my books were always very good and he had 3 clients whose bookkeeper was retiring that year.

2) Were you confident you would succeed or were you nervous of failing?

Once I’d qualified and understood more about bookkeeping I knew I could do it for a living.

3) Did you seek advice from your family or friends? Did anyone close to you suggest it was a bad idea to go into business for yourself or did you receive a lot of support?

This question doesn’t apply here as I’d already been self employed before.

4) What was the biggest obstacle you had to face and overcome in order to start your business?

Getting clients. Fortunately my accountant was as good as his word and supplied me with my first 3 clients.

5) Do you remember your first customer and can you recall how you felt when you delivered what they were prepared to pay you for?

I do remember my first bookkeeping client, he was a plumber, and how grateful he and his wife were that I’d done their bookkeeping after their original bookkeeper had retired as they were worried stiff about that side of things, because, as they put it they didn’t have a clue about sorting paperwork.

6) What would be the ONE thing you would do differently and where do you see your business in five years time?

I wouldn’t do anything differently. I have always listened to the advice and help given to me by accountants of my clients and intend to still be doing so in 5 years time.

7) What would be your advice to any startup or to anyone thinking of going into business for themselves?

Get a bookkeeper. So much is being set up by software companies to make bookkeeping look easy that many are tempted to do it for themselves. Unfortunately there’s so much more to it than they let on and if you do make a mistake and submit it to the Revenue there’s no turning back. Also if the Revenue make a mistake and it’s in their favour who’s going to check it.

We would like to thank Leonard Fuller for submitting this article for our readers!