I'm walking out to be a bookkeeper. Or am I?
December 27, 2007 9:37 PM Subscribe
You know all the boring, tedious stuff that you have to do to keep your business running? The stuff that you think is a waste of your creative genius time that you'd like to just pay somebody else to do? The bookkeeping, invoicing, budgeting ... everything having to do with spreadsheets, numbers, QuickBooks and filing cabinets? Well, what careers might that describe?
I run my own business and I've lost all interest in what I do. I've been agonizing over whether to keep working from home or to go get a full time job doing what I do, because I need a change. But the fact is, I just don't want to do what I do.
The only part of my work that I enjoy is, well, bookkeeping. I absolutely can not WAIT to get my paperwork in the mail so I can start on my taxes. I love tracking my expenses in Quicken. At the end of the week I can't wait to invoice all my clients. And, needless to say, I pay my bills the moment they arrive in the mail.
I could also spend ALL DAY LONG on Scottrade (where I have my brokerage account). And sometimes I do. I love crunching numbers and creating my own investment strategies, even though I know nothing about this stuff other than what other small potatoes retail investors know. No economics courses or anything remotely related.
(What I really want to be is a day trader, but I don't have enough money to start and I don't know enough yet to take that kind of risk.)
So. What do I want to go back to school to study? What are the available degrees here? I never thought I had any interest in "business," per se ... I don't want to run or build businesses; I only care about the numbers. I imagine it's "finance" I'm interested in. Or is "accounting" enough? I know that's what's required to start down the path to the CPA exam. Are there any careers that involve numbers but that do not involve paperwork? Because I'd like to avoid those. I love paperwork. I love having a desk job. This is counterintuitive to everything that everybody bitches about, but it's time I faced the facts. I want a desk job and I want to do your lousy paperwork. And it must be lucrative. Which direction should I go? Is there anything that doesn't require another degree? (I want to study, but the thought of going through another degree program kind of makes my belly ache. Except in this case, I imagine I'd be working with a lot of numbers, so I might enjoy it.)
I'm looking for people who have experience in these fields and who could throw some ideas my way. Be my career counselor for 30 seconds.