I know that I’m on the top of many people’s “hate” lists because of this, but I had to do it – for my sanity. I had gone through three tax seasons and was halfway through my fourth and knew I couldn’t go on and be miserable a quarter of the year, every year, forever. I had been applying for jobs since last July, but none of them really got me excited. Then, on a whim, I applied for a part-time job (that has nothing to do with accounting) at a great company. It would eliminate the non-compete issue of starting my business while at the public accounting firm and give me much more time to start my business, accounting for creatives. The time I spend on my business flies by and it has been such a fun learning experience.
But, here’s where my fear comes in. I’m scared to death my business won’t take off and I will look like a failure who has wasted her hard-earned CPA designation. I’ll be left with a part-time administration job and an expired CPA license. Or, I’ll have to suck it up and go back to a traditional accounting role of month-end closes and busy seasons. This fear motivates me to work even harder on the business I’ve started because I never want to go back. I love this too much. I love having my own clients, working on my own marketing, and teaching people the basics of accounting so they can feel empowered and not scared of the unknown.
I won’t let my fear paralyze me and get in the way of my dreams!
Amy Kerr is a Certified Public Accountant who has recently started her dream business – Amy Kerr, CPA The Accountant for Creatives. Besides working on her business, she loves brewing beer, home-improvement projects, and trying out new recipes on her boyfriend.
Fear Confessions is a series of essays by creatives who share personal stories about facing their fears. It’s a celebration of vulnerability.