Today I wanted to share a little bit about how I became the Sassy Southern Accountant.
I am so proud of the journey I have taken and since I named myself the Sassy Southern Accountant I have evolved in my role and now think of myself as more of the Sassy Southern Financial and Profitability Mentor but I’m getting ahead of myself.
A few years back I was working in the financial industry in corporate America, working 60 hours a week, making a lot less money and never having the time for my family that I really desired.
I was burnt out – but I didn’t really know how to leave. I had to provide for my family and I wasn’t sure if I could make it doing it on my own.
But…I pushed that fear away and I started working on my business on a very part-time basis. I took on a few clients and helped them with their numbers and taxes and it felt great. A little extra money and something that I could call mine.
Fast forward a little bit and I was let go from my cooperate job. At the time I worried, how would I pay the bills? How would I keep a roof over my girls head? Yes, I had this part time business but it wasn’t bringing in enough money to replace my job.
However, I was also feeling – relief. I hated my job. I hated working for someone else when I knew I could provide better services on my own. I loved my business and I did want it to grow. I wanted the freedom of making my own schedule. I wanted to be home for my girls when they needed me. So I again, swallowed my fear and said “I’m not going to look for a new job, I am going to grow my business”.
Did people think I was crazy? OF COURSE! But I did it anyways and I knew that I could because I had not had the easiest life growing up and I was told I wouldn’t make anything of myself but that just made me more determined to prove them wrong. That might be the Sassy part of me shining through.
I took a leap of faith and dove in. I hired a business coach and started making my business a full time priority. It wasn’t easy. There were times I questioned my decision and wondered if I had what it took to really grow a sustainable business but let me tell you…I am SO happy that I didn’t give up.
My business did grow and it has changed A LOT since I first started working at it part time. The services I offer are different, the prices I charge are different and my level of confidence is COMPLETELY different.
I love what I do – I love being able to show women how to stand on their own two feet (whether they need to or not), I love that they can feel empowered by their money like I do and I love to show them that you don’t have to live in a constant state of fear and overwhelm when it comes to your finances. You too can grow a successful business and do whatever is in your heart because we all have to start somewhere and I want to encourage you, if you are feeling defeated – keep going. Keep pushing through, try new things, talk to new people and some day you will look around and realize how far you have come.
I love being the Sassy Southern Accountant and I cannot imagine what my life would be like without it now, but a few years back I would have never believed this is where I would be. So, keep believing in your message, keep pushing through the hard days and keep believing in yourself because it WILL make a difference and you are doing incredible things!