I Quit My Day Job – Helena’s Update

With my 3rd entrepreneuriversary sneaking on up me in less than 2 weeks (eek!), I’m so thrilled to give ya a more recent take on ditching the (dream!) job. Helena Swyter is a creative-friendly CPA (we all need one of those, you guys) who’s about to give us the good, the bad, and the ugly (and she doesn’t mean taxes).

On April 4, 2012, I left my former-dream job to start SweeterCPA. I was a CPA in my day job and I’m still a CPA now, so the transition was not so much what I do but who I do it for. This small change has made a huge difference.

Today I’m sharing about the moment I realized what I was meant to do with my professional life and the best and worst parts of starting my own company.



A licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with her Masters in Taxation from the University of Illinois, Helena Swyter helps people turn their passions into careers. After seven years with Deloitte, Helena formed SweeterCPA – a company dedicated to providing tax, accounting, and business advisory services to creative entrepreneurs and independent small businesses. Helena handles the finances, allowing her clients to focus on following their dreams. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two cats.



  1. Leigh says

    Wow! What a great way to help creatives who may not like the math-accounting side of life with your passion for math! Your story was so encouraging. Thank you for what you do, Helena! And thanks for sharing her story, Michelle!

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