Why am I independent?

Posted on September 11, 2015 By

I’ve had any number of people ask me this over the now six years that I left corporate america.  I’ve had plenty of answers to that question.  It was a multi-layered reason for leaving.

I knew that there had to be a better option than being in a grey cubicle for 8 hours a day.

I spent hour after hour waiting for work, finishing the work, and connecting with co-workers.  I would go past their cubes and see that they were shopping, reading CNN, or chatting online.  It became clear that I would have perfect the appearance of being busy rather than actually being busy.

I talked to a few mentors before making my decision.  I was told I was crazy for giving up my grey cube just because there was so little to do.  After all, there was a 401(k) and bennies, why should I trade in my window cube?

I love coming up with new workable solutions.

I love working with a variety of people and solving their problems.  It’s something that I enjoyed when helping people resolve their IRS problems.  It’s all in the wording, calculations and grounded in reality.

I like talking to people.

I like hearing the stories that led to prior decisions, current decisions and will lead to future plans.  In corporate america my supervisors mostly did not want me talking anyone outside of the department.  I’ve never been sure why hoarding information to be unloaded at a large meeting is the best outcome.

Girls Scout to the End

I was a girl scout for over twelve years.  Over that time I progressed from an enthusiastic brownie to a senior.  I learned to attack projects with enthusiasm and gusto.  I think it prepared me to be independent.  Selling thousands of girl scout cookies has left it’s mark on me.  You never know what is behind the closed door if you don’t knock on it. 🙂

I’m pretty good at using a tarp to create a shelter too.

Trend spotter

I’ve always been good at spotting data trends, thinking outside of the box, and creating ways to test the financial analysis.  I’ve always been the heavy lifter on teams that created new processes.  How do you down load the data?  What is the report measuring?  How do we create an easy method to capture the information.

In fact, that is why I wrote multiple books on QuickBooks.  I simply couldn’t figure out how anyone would be confused using the program.  It’s pretty straight forward.

Enter sales, download data, code it correctly, shake a bit and you have accurate financials.  Easy Peasy.


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Laura Dodson, CPA is a Seattle Financial Planning & Analysis consultant.She has attended Western Washington University, Pierce College and Bates Technical College. She has written four accounting instructional books. She has worked for small family businesses, mid-sized businesses and a Fortune 500 company.She founded and operated Blue Stone Accounting LLC for five years.She currently runs Paper Butterfly Forge LLC.
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