How I Grew My Accounting Practice With QuickBooks ProAdvisor

College wasn’t for me. I went for a year and wasn’t really happy. I thought about teaching, but back in the late ‘70s, there were more teachers than there were jobs, so I figured, “why go there?”

I didn’t know what I was going to do, so I stayed at home for a few years with my parents and worked retail jobs. Then, at age 24, I was hired for an inside sales position at a food wholesaler. I stayed there for a few years, got married and had my first child. I left the position to be a stay-at-home mom – as many of us did back then. It was very hard on us, financially.

When my son was about 6 months old I got a call from a former customer from the food company asking me if I wanted to be his bookkeeper. I really had no experience in this field, except that I had taken some accounting classes in high school. I made him aware of this and he was willing to take a chance on me. I worked at his company for a few years and then left when I became a mother again and needed to take time to be with my new baby.

However, working for the previous company gave me the start to work again as a part-time bookkeeper for another company I had found through a neighbor. Since then, I have worked for many small businesses.

It was in the year 2000 that I was first introduced to QuickBooks®. I was really only comfortable using the old One-Write system; I was doing everything longhand and had only used one other DOS-type of program for bookkeeping. I took and chance on QuickBooks 1995 (LOL) and basically taught myself the program. Back then, we had big teaching manuals that came with the program and I think I did a pretty good job figuring things out.

Over the next few years I changes jobs several more times until 2008, when I began working for a woman who was a QuickBooks ProAdvisor®. I had never heard of the program. She hired me to help her with her clients. In 2009, she asked me if I wanted to be certified; she was willing to put up the cash for this to happen.

The point? She also took a chance on me.

Then, in July 2010, a few days prior to celebrating my 50th birthday, my boss called me and told me her husband lost his job and she could no longer afford to keep me on. I was pretty much devastated and scared. She did, however, offer to let me keep the clients that I had actively been working with, so I figured, “What do I have to lose?” I had always dreamed of the chance to work for myself, but would this work for me?

I have now been working for myself for the last three years as a ProAdvisor and I keep asking myself, how did this happen to me? Becoming a ProAdvisor has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I have grown leaps and bounds, and see myself growing even more. I have many, many clients I keep books for and also teach for the CEDF (Community Economic Development Fund) where new entrepreneurs learn QuickBooks while starting their new business.

I think Intuit® is a wonderful company and is so supportive of us. I call for help and always get the best support. I also belong to National Advisor Network (NAN) where there is also another awesome support team. It amazes me every time my phone rings with a potential client who tells me he or she got my name off of the Find-a-ProAdvisor Website. There’s no need to advertise! All I do is a bit of networking.

I said in a Facebook post on the ProAdvisor page that I love my job. Hindsight’s 20-20, but I still wish I had known then what I know now. If I could have started this earlier in life, who knows where I’d be today! I share my story with everyone I meet and tell them about the ProAdvisor program.

I think of myself as a success story. I want to continue to grow. Thank you, Intuit, for giving me the dream job I always wanted!

Editor’s Note: To find out more about the QuickBooks ProAdvisor program and how it can benefit you and your practice, visit the ProAdvisor website.