Stuck somewhere in between the retiring Baby-Boomer generation and the “Hipster” Millenials is my generation. I am on the tail-end of Gen-X. I am 38 years old. I am an accountant who happens to be credentialed as CPA since I was bored and decided it would make me a more rounded accountant (which I think is partly true). My career took the traditional path of any CPA – I took an audit position with a mid-sized firm in Minnesota. After passing my CPA exam and “getting my two years in” at a public firm, it took me a couple jobs before I found the right fit…non-profit and healthcare accounting. A beast upon itself.
My career progressed I was promoted, started a family, but didn’t feel fulfilled. I had an “ah-ha” moment shortly after I took my current position at a large hospital. THIS is what I LOVE DOING! I LOVE working with non-accountants and getting their departments of little joint ventures on track. I love helping them plan financially for equipment they might need a couple years down the line. I love calculating how many patients/customers it will take to break even or make a return on their initial investment. That is what I love.
Never in a million years did I imagine I would be sitting here about to kick-off my new business and venture in my own. A friend who has an entrepreneurial mind encouraged me. My husband has supported this pursuit and my kids are tolerating my mood swings.
I feel my generation was not taught or given the opportunity to think a different way that might lead to new businesses. Now they teach entrepreneurial classes in college and grad school. Everything I have done to set up this business has been self taught. I have poured my heart, my soul, and my whole self into this business. I am a different person. I am confident. I am able to talk to people I have never met. I am able to make connections easily because I listen. I am a Gen-Xer and I am an Entrepreneur.