In fall 2010, my parents started doing a lot of rumbling about starting up a new business and they told me there would be a job opportunity. Well, being that I had been unemployed and living with them since 2008, I was excited to see what I would be doing. I was a sign waver. Due to the fact that we are in Hutchinson, Minnesota the first part of the season was quite cold, but I did not quit and finished the season off. Tax season 2013, my parents decided I should be a tax preparer, which is not a bad job.
I completed tax school, and all the rest of that fairly easily and we had a very good season. Well, here is where my parents starting this business started changing my life. I landed a job at Menards in less than 24 hours of applying as a morning stock. The reason being - it had to do with me being able to state clearly I had been successful in a detail oriented job, and being able to show that I had a clear path of advancement from the previous year. So, as it stands right now I have rehabbed my student loans and am looking at going back to college, still debating for what program or major. However, given that my parents own Liberty Tax and as part of that business, they do bookkeeping on the side - accounting is looking good for something I might decide to go into.
As tax season 2014 is looking to finish strong, and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, had my parents not taken the risk on Liberty, that I would probably still be living in their basement playing video games with no prospect of going back to college, nor of having the beautiful girlfriend who graced my life shortly before tax season 2014.