before there was exciting web code, there was bookkeeping. i learned this on the job back when it involved large pads of green paper with many columns. i’ll never forget the first time i took a trial balance and it actually balanced, this was deeply thrilling. over the ten years that that was my primary career, i never lost that thrill, though my last position (with a CPA firm) took much of the rest of the joy out of the work. there’s a difference between hands on full charge bookkeeping, and having someone, or 16 someones, present you with records in various states of disarray and you’re tracking your time by the 1/8 hour as your struggle to make sense of it all. plus, that place was the antithesis of what i consider a sustainable work environment. you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a dozen pretentious, success-dressed up and coming yuppies, casting around looking for that fast track to partner or whatever. politics thick in the air, suffocating, really, and as if that wasn’t bad enough they were really anal about that whole, arriving at a specific, predetermined hour in the morning every day. every day!
i could have blended in better trying to infiltrate an alien civilization.
after that, i explored a number of career paths, from secretarying, to job developing, to … well, remind me someday to tell you about the mid-90’s. anyway, when i discovered the internet, i knew this was what i wanted to do.
however this does not prevent me from being entirely delighted to learn that the car wash would like to hire me as a part-time bookkeeper, which takes almost all of the pressure out of the freelancing without in any way interfering with it. and it fits in with my delicate flower sensibilities, which dictate that i not try to fit in where there are dress codes, politics, specific work hours, or pretentious yuppies.
also, i’m sleeping with the manager, which helps.