Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I’ve been quite busy these past two months. You see, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge. I’ve decided to close down my accounting firm after 4 years of running it.
Well, for personal reasons, reasons that are really too private for me to write about in a platform that is for public consumption.
How did I know I want to close the firm?
Well, I knew I had to make a decision when I realized I don’t have the drive anymore to run this firm. No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t revive my previous drive to do my job and to run this firm. I finally realized that it’s just unfair for my clients and for my staff if I continue doing something I no longer have the passion with, hence, my decision to close down.
So what am I doing right now?
I’m pretty much doing what I did when I left my previous employer 4 years ago. I’m talking to my clients, I’m talking to my close friends, I’m going to talk to my staff and I’m going to talk to the other people I have been involved with in the past 4 years or so. I know these are difficult tasks but then again, I’ve steeled myself to do all of them (again). I know it’s not easy (I’ve already experienced some odd questions and odd looks when I inform them that I’m closing down), and there will be negative (hopefully, not violent) reactions along the way but I’d like to think I’m prepared for them.
Next, what will I do?
Now this is the million – dollar question. You see, despite making this huge decision, I’m still undecided what I will do in the future. Do I go back to my previous employer, that big firm where I spent 8 years of my career? Do I go to an entirely new career different from this one (like perhaps online writing or outsourcing or online bookkeeping)? Or do I rest for a few months, think about what I really do want with my life, plan ahead and think about how I will stick to this plan? Or do I take up further studies in areas I am most likely to be interested in (believe me, I have quite a few that I want to study, and they’re not all related to accounting or auditing)? Or do I do a combination of all these things?
Will I regret closing down?
Uhm, I know I will not but ask me again in a few months’ time and I may give a more definite answer.
And I know I’m talking to myself in this post, but heck, I consider it good practice in my non-virtual life. I’ve already encountered some of these questions and I’m pretty sure I will encounter all of them by the time this year ends.