After graduating from the University of Tennessee with honors in accounting, Anderson moved to Columbus and worked for various accounting firms. He realized, however, that he wouldn't be truly satisfied until he started his own business. About 11 years ago, with the help of a working capital loan guaranteed by SBA, he did just that.
He says his company, which currently employees five people, provides all CPA services except auditing.
Anderson paid off the original loan about five years ago, and four years ago obtained another SBA-backed loan to upgrade his computer and office equipment.
He advises potential business owners to consult with professionals before making major decisions, and lauds the freedom and flexibility of being an entrepreneur.
"I don't work less hours but I have more flexibility. I would go into business again without hesitation, despite the hard work."
He adds that staying in tune with customer needs is vital to success.
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