JavaPrimo Coffee House, Cafe & More
Hot Springs, AR
It’s okay. You can call Shelley Lea Buck Hughes a bean counter. For Shelley, it’s all part of being the owner of a growing coffee shop and café. Beans just come with the job.
Shelley didn’t start her career planning to be a coffee shop owner. And she didn’t start college knowing she wanted to be an accountant. She double-majored in math and computer science. Somewhere along the way, she decided she didn’t want to make her living writing code at a computer all day. So she shifted into accounting, graduating with two degrees – one in accounting, the other in computer science.
From there, she was able to become a CPA and build experience in a bunch of different settings, including a major wireless company, a software company and a pharmacy chain.
After several years as an accountant, she decided to make a big change. She opened a coffee shop. “I still laugh when people ask me if I’ve always worked in restaurants,” Shelley says. “I had never worked in a restaurant before this year. When people find out about my accounting background, they always tell me how lucky I am to have the tools I need to make my business successful.”
Shelley believes that no matter where life takes you, an accounting degree will always provide a sturdy foundation. “Whether you work for private companies like I did, or a CPA firm, the knowledge and experience you gain will help make you successful,” she says.
No matter what kind of beans you’re counting.
“The knowledge and experience you gain will help make you successful.”
Years as a CPA: 9