We at Trucker Charity would like to introduce you to James Krener, our accountant.
I'm writing to introduce myself to all the Trucker Charity friends and followers! Trucker Charity and I met because of my location: Mascoutah, Illinois. I'm located about 15 minutes away from the Trucker Charity, Inc. headquarters in Summerfield, Illinois.
I began my accounting career in 2000 after graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For the next 10 years, I worked for a few local CPA firms. My work included monthly accounting services, audits, payroll, individual and corporate tax preparation. In 2010, I was laid off and my wife found out that she would eventually need to begin dialysis. We had to make a few difficult decisions.
We decided to relocat to Mascoutah, Illinois. That was a difficult process for my family. It's not easy leaving a familiar, comfortable area and moving into the unknown. We did know a few people before moving to Mascoutah so that made the transition a little easier. We chose Mascoutah because of it's location to our family and Kate's work.
After moving in, I began my job hunt. It was rather depressing. Eventually I realized this was the perfect opportunity for me to begin my own business: Krener Bookkeeping & Tax. I always talked about starting my own business but never did because of fear and money. Well I had nothing to fear and no money. So why not! I began working from home but Mascoutah does not allow at home businesses in a residential area to have clients/customers visit them at their home so I was unable to schedule tax appointments the way I planned. I began to know more of the local businesses and their owners and with that my business began to grow. I was offered a little office space in Mascoutah which I still occupy today and could not thank everyone enough who has helped me get to today. In two years, my business has grown into much more than I thought it ever would! My story is proof that determination and confidence, will lead you down the path you have visioned.
You may be wondering what happened to my wife...in 2010 my wife's doctor's informed her that she would need a transplant. Kate has a rare disease which made it difficult for them to find a "good" kidney match for her. They told us it may be 5 years or more before they can find her a kidney. Several family members including myself were tested but not a match. In early 2011 she began dialysis. I went with her 3 times a week to the dialysis center in St. Louis, MO. She was trained to do her dialysis treatments at home and our small apartment turned into a medical equipment supply outlet! There were boxes everywhere!! It was difficult emotionally for her, my daughter, and myself. But dialysis became part of our life. On December 28, 2011, Kate received the best phone call from her transplant coordinator. They found a match for Kate. She hasn't had a dialysis treatment since then.
Had I not lost my job or my wife needed a kidney transplant I may not have started Krener Bookkeeping & Tax. You never know what life has in store for you.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."~Winston Churchill
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