What do you want to be when you grow up?
The most famous question of all time as a child growing up in school.
I remember being asked this question in grade school.
Do you know what my answer was?
A doctor? A teacher? A cop? As grownups, we know every child typically chooses one of the popular careers. Do you know the percentage of how many children follow their childhood dreams into adulthood? I don’t know the answer either. But on a more serious note, have you figured out what I was wanting to be when I grew up? You are probably thinking a doctor, right? Or perhaps a bookkeeper? Right?
I actually wanted to be a lawyer. Why a lawyer you ask? It’s not because I like to argue. Which I don’t. It’s not because I was good at convincing other in what I believe in.
Okay now, no judging with this one. I was only a child back then. It was because I loved paperwork. Even in fourth grade, I loved paperwork. I already know what you’re thinking… how in the world could a fourth grader know anything about paperwork? I can’t even answer that one. Haha. Fast forward a few years…
When I was in my late twenties, I realized I wanted to start my own business. I researched how to open an e-commerce store, a retail brick and mortar store, a café, and I even looked into selling crafts. Although I had learned a lot, none of these ideas were hitting the sweet spot. So, I continued my journey working in the corporate world. After a major life even, I finally decided to change career paths. I left the retail industry in pursuit of what I hoped was a more fulfilling career path. I went through a few different types of jobs. None of them made me feel like I was making a difference in someone’s life. I was still unhappy.
Then one day, I came across three videos conducted by Ben Robinson. I had finally found my calling.
It was a bit ironic because I remember driving past this CPA’s very small office in this tiny town. Every time I drove past it, I would just stare at the lettering on the door. I remember thinking: I want that. I want to be an accountant. Even though I did not understand exactly what an accountant did at the time. This went on for years.
So have you figured it out yet? Did you guess bookkeeping? Then you are right! I had found my long lost love. I took the training course by Ben Robinson and haven’t looked back since. Venturing into the bookkeeping world has fulfilled every need I was searching for in a career. I get to help others live their dreams, too. I get to help entrepreneurs understand why their business is struggling or ways to improve their cash flow. Any business core starts with their bookkeeping. A company’s books can tell a lot about the company. And I get to be a part of that!
– Tina Chandler, Owner & CEO