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#GoingBold :: Yael Bendahan

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan
Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

 2 years ago I was a stay at home mom with 4 little kids (including a baby) and we were struggling financially. I didn't believe I would ever be able to make any decent money because, although I've probably read more than most college grads these days, I had NO higher education. I didn't even have a high school diploma. And after I did the calculations I realized that going out and finding a minimum wage job would end up just about paying for my baby's childcare. And there was NO way I was going to leave my family and go out to work in a menial job just to break even! I'd always been firm about being there for my children as they grew, and the idea of leaving them for no good reason broke my heart.

I'd tried photography and ended up hating it because I was a perfectionist and never felt my work was good enough. I'd tried cake decorating but there wasn't enough of a profit margin. I tried gift basket creation but, while I realized I had a talent for wrapping gifts, the profit margin again wasn't great and it required a certain amount of investment in stock and materials.

So I decided I'd have to find something I could do from home, that was scalable, and that I could get paid WELL for!

And I discovered the world of online business.

The more I learned the more I realized that I didn't need a degree, or even a high school diploma. What mattered was how hard I worked to learn and implement!

I started off as a virtual assistant getting paid $300 a month, and now I'm currently growing a digital marketing and visibility coaching business that's running at a 6-figure run rate!

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

I joined a mastermind run by a 7-figure business owner, and it's exponentially grown my business! A huge win for me was when I did some marketing work for her, and she was blown away by how good it was! It really made me feel like I'd "arrived". Another one was helping a client decrease her cost per lead by 50% - she was able to reach so many more people with her message and it was amazing!

Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Yael Bendahan

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Excuses will ALWAYS be there for you. You can always find an excuse not to do what you know you need to do to grow. But...if you really want to grow and achieve, you'll crush those excuses and TAKE ACTION!
If I could do it with 4 little ones and no household help, you can too!!!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Catherine Hildner

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Catherine Hildner Founder of Kitty Meow: A Creative Boutique
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Catherine Hildner Founder of Kitty Meow: A Creative Boutique

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Catherine Hildner Founder of Kitty Meow: A Creative Boutique

Hello! My name is Catherine and I’m a designer of beautiful paper goods with my biz, Kitty Meow: A Creative Boutique. I’m about to launch a total rehaul of my brand where you can shop stationery based on your mood. Feeling a little witty and saucy? I got you! Looking for sweet sentiments instead? I got you too, girlfriend. 

When I graduated from college with a degree in graphic design I packed up my Honda Accord and moved from Illinois to Las Vegas. I didn’t have a job but my cousin lived there and thought it would be dream job city. I worked for a bunch of years in advertising for some of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs and hotels. While it was a fun job in my early 20s it soon became taxing on my soul.

I started to build up my invitation business on the side and that consisted of a few lonely designs in a little Etsy shop. I hustled really hard and after about a year took the plunge to quit my 9-5. It was so freeing but scary and lonely at the same time. My husband’s, then boyfriend, job moved us out of Las Vegas to Phoenix. In the 3.5 years we’ve been married we’ve gone from Las Vegas, Phoenix, LA, and currently Seattle.

All those moves and 2 baby girls later we are looking to settle back in the Midwest really soon. It’s been really challenging to juggle new cities and babies, but I am so grateful to be able to take my business with me wherever we go. It’s a piece of me and I’m damn proud to work hard for something I can call my own.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Bold boss moments? Oh wow! I feel like I’ve been living in a constant of bold boss moments in the past few months. After the birth of my second babe in under two years I told myself it was time to make it big or take a step back from my business completely. I felt like I was being a bad mom and bad business owner. My husband decided to take severance from a job after 14 years because they wanted us to move AGAIN and we finally said no go. I wanted to use this gift from God of him being home with our girls to really see if I can make it happen for my beloved Kitty Meow Boutique. 

I took the plunge and hired the business coach I’ve been dreaming about, Bonnie from B is for Bonnie Design. I pulled the plug and made the investment on an awesome new website with Rachel from Intentionally Designed. After attending TradeShow Bootcamp I’m looking to launch into wholesale and made the investment in custom product photography from Bethanne Arthur Photography. I’ve been designing up so many new invitations and greeting cards, making connections with other creatives, doing collaborations, planning effective copywriting, and so much more. I’m even taking new head shots with Danielle Motif Photography to replace the before kiddos pics I’m currently using. My new website even has an education page that highlights my passion to share my smarts with other creatives and be a speaker at Creative events. 

For once I’m being strategic about all my planning and not flying by the seat of my pants. I should have done all of these things “the right way” years ago, but live and learn I guess! The fancy new Kitty Meow website launches on June 6th and I’m so proud to show the world a piece of who I truly am! I’m done being afraid or thinking people might not care. I care! And I’m ready to put it out there. I hope you'll celebrate with me and check it out!! 

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Just go for it! It’s scary but you don’t have to go it alone. Find your people and lift each other up. Life is too short to not do the things that get you fired up. What gets you fired up might not fire up everyone but that’s absolutely ok! Your audience is out there. For real! Go find them right now. 

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#BoldBossTribe :: Stacey Hagen

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Stacey Hagen of Create Coaching & Consulting
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Stacey Hagen of Create Coaching & Consulting

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Stacey Hagen of Create Coaching & Consulting

I run Create Coaching & Consulting where I help women build purpose-driven businesses based on their goals, strengths, and talents. I have a passion for helping others create work and lives that are meaningful and fulfilling. My inspiration was sparked in my own journey to finding my true career path. After many years of climbing the corporate ladder, I ended up exhausted and unsatisfied, and I realized it wasn't for me. I began a journey of soul-searching and reconnection to myself during which time I decided to sign up for coach training. Eventually, I was able to combine my skills and passions, honor my dream of working for myself, and focus on an area I loved: Helping others grow and step into their power. My journey took a great deal of self-awareness, patience, perseverance, and trust, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I love what I do and feel so privileged to help other women create work that fulfills them and has a positive effect on the world. I am super inspired by other women business owners and find that this community as a whole is so supportive, resourceful, and full of connection.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Owning my expertise has been a real boss moment (or journey, rather!) for me. I always struggled to combine my passions and interest and skills and once I did, it wasn't enough to do the work -- I needed to step up to the plate and play bigger. That required me to own my own expertise and put myself out there. Confidence comes with practice and I think it's a skill anyone can learn and improve. (And a necessary skill for business!)

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Stacey Hagen of Create Coaching & Consulting

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

One piece of advice that might be surprising to hear from a coach, is that YOU are the ultimate resource on your business (and your life, for that matter). When you learn to listen your intuition and rely on your own sense of knowing, that is where the real magic comes in. The best support you can receive in your business will be from those who allow you to lead from your intuition and brilliance, while providing the necessary skills, resources, and tools that help you accomplish your goals. And, mindset is everything. When you learn to master your mind, you have done 90% of the work :)

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P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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