JodieR wrote: »
Here's a few ideas:-
Sign up for some courses with business link or the like. You may learn something, but more importantly it'll put you in contact with other sole traders who may need your services
Make sure you offer things that bigger accountants don't/won't/can't. An easy one is to make yourself avaliable for evening/weekend appointments, and offer to collect/deliver papers etc. Point things like that out on flyers etc.
Do some voluntry work and make sure you do an excellent job to get a good reference for your marketing stuff.
Contact accountants and see if they've got any work they can subcontract to you. Probably be April before this kicks off, but might be an idea to introduce yourself during the quiet months of Feb/Mar.
If you use an accounting package sign up to forums where people can ask for advice on it. If you get a good name for yourself offering help you may well get clients from it.
When I started 4 years ago I got out the yellow pages and sent a letter to just over 100 small businesses (with a business card attached) - within the first year I got about 7 replies from this, and pretty much all my clients have come from referals from them. Then last week i got a call from someone who'd kept my business card from the letter I sent him 4 years ago!