About Me

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My name is Chris Peden, and I am a freelance accounting writer.

I am a CPA, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager with over 20 years experience helping people, small and medium size businesses organize and make sense of their finances.  I particularly enjoy helping make clear the sometimes confusing terms and topics that individuals and businesses have to understand to function and succeed in today’s fast paced and competitive business environment.

Back in college, I earned some cash by working in my school’s tutoring center, helping my fellow students understand the concepts they were being taught in their accounting and economics classes. I enjoyed helping them making sense of the somewhat confusing terms and concepts, and loved it when they came in and told me they did well on their exams, and that they finally understood what they were learning.

After graduating, I started working in the corporate world in the accounting departments of various companies, while earning my CPA, CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CFM (Certified Financial Manager) certifications. I also started my own bookkeeping and tax consulting business, helping my clients organize their financial information and make sense of the complicated topics that come with keeping track of their business finances.

While working in the corporate world and in my own business, I found that I was still very good at communicating the complicated concepts in a manner that was easily understandable to my co-workers in other departments, as well as to my clients in my business. I wanted to find a way to use this strength to help people understand these complex and confusing topics so that would not be so intimidated by them that they would not go out and start their own business.

So it finally dawned on me to start blogging about these accounting and tax concepts. Please see the work samples page to get an idea of the kinds of things I blog about.  If you are interested in my background, please see my LinkedIn profile.