Passionate About Accounting
A few years ago I went to visit an old friend I don't get to see too often. I was telling him about my Controller position and that I was thinking of leaving to go back to freelance, and he says, "You're the only person I've ever heard of that decided he was going to become an accountant at the age of 12 and actually do it." He reminded me that night that I told him when we were in 7th grade that I was going to go the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and get an accounting degree so I could become an accountant.
I've been passionate about accounting since I was a kid. I know, that sounds ridiculous. Are either of my parents accountants? Nope. How about grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters? Nope. The first accountant I ever met was my senior high school accounting teacher. Honestly, I'm not even sure she was an accountant as much as a good teacher.
I decided long before meeting anyone in accounting that I wanted to be an accountant. I was drawn to the point where math meets business that drives success without even understanding what it truly meant to be an accountant.
When I took my first accounting class during my senior year I can say I don't think I ever found another class in my life that just made perfect sense to me, that I learned with eagerness, and that I felt like I was well on my way to mastering before the semester was over.
The funny part is that I was supposed to take a marketing class that semester with a teacher that both of my older siblings loved but it was canceled due to low enrollment. So I opted to take accounting instead (since I was going to major in it) and that canceled marketing class ended up being the best class I never took.
During college when asked about my major I would always say I wanted to become an accountant so I could help my friends start and run their own businesses.
Since then I've learned accounting and payroll and startups and taxes from tons of jobs and industries: retail big and small, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, professional services companies, real estate commercial and residential, technology-SaaS, non-profits, self-employed writers/designers/painters/musicians/freelance developers.
And I've helped quite a few friends start and/or run their businesses.
I started Ledger General in 2013 after I realized there was a huge need for an accountant who could help serve the needs of small businesses and startups. So I quit my full-time Controller job, and have loved it every single day since.