It Takes All Kinds

?Do you think you are still perceived as professional??

Hmmm. This is a question I get on a semi-regular basis, to include today.? I?m a CPA.? I have purple hair. I wear jeans to work and meet with my clients. I have a tattoo of a dreamcatcher on my ankle.? I?m not your stereotypical accountant, let alone CPA.? Am I still perceived as professional?? You know, I’m not really worried if I?m perceived as professional by everyone.? Let me explain.? This should be a pretty quick read.

I am just as good at my job with purple hair as I am without.? In my mid-forty?s, I am more interested in being who I am, which is passionate, smart, fun-loving and generally delightful (insert eye-roll here), than cow-towing to a stereotype, which I have already spent YEARS doing.? I have a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, an MBA in Healthcare Finance (for my doctor clients) with an emphasis in general Finance, and a CPA certification. I spend a lot of my time cleaning up after other accountants who wear three-piece suits or pencil skirts and buns. I am more dedicated to accuracy and passionate about helping my small business clients succeed than most.? Clothes, hair and personality are not what makes an accountant professional.? So, if someone thinks I don?t look or act professional enough with my purple hair and passionate personality, I am not the right CPA for them, and they are not the right client for me. I love what I do and am having a great time doing it, tatto and all.

Misty Leinberger
Misty Leinberger

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