It was a dark day for Melbourne. The clouds lingered a little lower than normal and seemed a little thicker too. There was a sense of loss around the city. I had known for a while that my stores would be closing down. I had to file the bankruptcy documents and tirelessly trawl through years worths of tax returns in ord
er to reach official closure. I simply couldn’t keep up anymore. It is a tough world for small businesses out there, you have to stay ahead of the game and playing catch up is essentially not possible. Luckily everything went well with the small business accounting in Melbourne and it wasn’t too painful a process. I actually found some comfort in going through all the paperwork, it was like a very neat and organised break up. In many ways I am glad it is over, the stress of trying to make money out of it was too much. I felt a great sense of freedom when it was all done and dusted, freedom peppered with sadness. I do still have one last job to do until it is truly over. I have been holding back on doing it, I can’t exactly tell you why. Anyway the time has come for me to file the final business tax return in Melbourne. It is time for another naive and ambitious entrepreneur to take to the stage and make it work. Whoever it may be I wish them strength, perseverance and luck. Luck is essential, it separates the mighty from the fallen. I unfortunately fell on the wrong side of it. This last business tax return symbolises the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one. I am not going to pursue anymore business ventures. I am going to visit my daughter in Ohio and watch the leaves change.