It was nearly 20 years ago my husband came to me and said, “Will you support me if I do this thing?” This thing was leaving his present place of a seemingly secure job and open his own practice…Accounting practice, that is.
Working diligently for various firms over the years, and earning his CPA license 10 years prior to the above question, he was itching to move forward, to hang his own shingle. Not an uncommon dream like most young adults when they’re first starting out. A desire to further themselves, earn good incomes, develop skills, while establishing a home, raising a family – you know…live the good life.
That’s the American Dream – right? But as is life…it’s always important to expect the unexpected…
As it was for us…we didn’t expect the sudden shift that one September afternoon.
An accident left Ron literally shattered for several months….physically, emotionally, spiritually. His American Dream was turned upside down by one twist of fate – so to speak.
As Fall turned to Winter that year, his long recovery gave time for more serious thought about pursuing self-employment. We lived through setbacks, frustration and discouragement in those long months. We also encountered unexpected blessings, and answer to prayers not yet asked. A transition was unfolding right before our eyes.
“If God can provide when I’m physically unable to get out and make an income, He certainly can provide for my own practice.” Ron said.
You see, my husband is a relational kind of guy. He is a servant at heart. He will be the one to see a need and respond in a way to try and help fulfill that need. He yearned to serve people.
I saw that so vividly as he received visitors to his at-home hospital bed during his recovery. People would come bringing cards and words of encouragement. But, what actually took place was quite the opposite. I witnessed this husband of mine praying with his visitors while encouraging them.
Financial struggles face all of us at one time or another. There are those who anguish over the basics of finances, where others need help with ideas for making a business plan, or selling property, or comforting the grieving adult-child closing an estate of a beloved parent. Each piece requires relationship – understanding with an element of compassion. Business expertise and forms are needed, and not always does a client wish to hear bad news about their finances. At the same time, there is great satisfaction when significant savings are discovered, where the client didn’t have a clue. Personal attention is Ron’s way of doing business. He loves to serve.
I answered Ron, “Yes, I will support you.” Heck – we had six young kids, were homeschooling, all while he was still recovering from his accident. What’s one more thing?
As his ability to get around became easier, he made the decision to leave his current employer. It wasn’t but a few short months when Ron set up a desk and computer in our partially finished basement – next to the washer and dryer – and opened our front door for business! From that day forward, we believed in faith based business…because no small business can function without working first from the knees.
Business not as usual.
Stay tuned for more – Interviewing Your Client Through the Rinse Cycle – and other quirkiness to owning a small business.