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#BoldBossTribe :: Brittany Turner of Countless

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Brittany Turner of Countless Accounting
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Brittany Turner of Countless Accounting
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Brittany Turner of Countless Accounting

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

My team and I provide bookkeeping and tax services to (mostly) female founders across the country. I absolutely love supporting women-owned businesses. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I get off calls with my clients because I can't even believe that this is my life. 

I've always had an entrepreneurial heart since I was young. I remember going through those old Oriental Trading catalogs my mom would get in the mail, and mapping out the items I would buy, how much I could sell them for, and what my profits would be. I'd also figure out how I'd get the money to invest into my retail business, usually from washing cars or babysitting. When I was around 10, my friend and I built a website from scratch and would go around into different AOL chatrooms recruiting people to sign-up for our newsletter. I think we were trying to create an online version of MoxieGirl magazine (did I just date myself?!) or something similar. 

Once I was older, my entrepreneurial drives got more serious. While in college and struggling to juggle a 9-5 (or two) while in school, I quit my job with nothing lined up to start my own housekeeping business. That grew rapidly, all from referrals. I had a couple girls assisting me, made great money for a student, and had all the flexibility in the world! Once I progressed through my educational career, the housekeeping turned into tutoring, which turned into bookkeeping, which turned into tax prep. When I moved to NYC about 7 years ago, I worked full-time jobs (but always had my side hustles) to get the experience and training I needed for my CPA license. If anyone's worked a corporate job in NYC, I'm sure you can relate to burnout. It was real and rough. I tried finding other jobs, but I kept running into the same issue during the interview - that there was no work-life balance in sight for me. I'd leave interviews crying, making vows to myself and my work wife that if ever given the chance I'd build a place where women in finance could thrive without having to make a choice between career and family. My friends and family kept asking me why I didn't just go out on my own. I was scared. 

But then something changed. Things in the universe started conspiring to make it possible for me to leave my job. My side hustle work was growing, and I had an offer on the table from a large client that I wouldn't be able to accept if I was working for someone else full-time. This was about a month before my wedding. I was so torn about what to do. Leave my job a month before my wedding to make less than half of what I was making, all banking on one client? Uh, hello riskiness?!?!? 

But I'm telling you - there was this voice inside that made me feel like it was the right move even though it was not logical. My husband, who is literally the most supportive person ever, was even like, "Uhhh I don't think so. This can't be right." But I was still torn, because I knew it was the right move for me. So - the thing that did it for me was one of those cheesy viral videos on Facebook. Yup. As crazy as that sounds. It was something like "We put up a chalkboard in NYC for a day and asked people to write down their biggest regret - you'll be shocked to find out what it was." (LOL) - #dontjudge - the whole video was just about people regretting the chances they DIDN'T take. It made me think about my late father, who had his share of successful and unsuccessful businesses. I imagined that in the moments right before and after he passed he was not thinking about his failed businesses - he was thinking about his family, his friends, the love he experienced in life, the memories he made, the moments of joy. And how the decision in front of me was not about whether or not my perfectionistic ass was going to be successful or not in this venture, the decision in front of me was whether or not I was going to show up in my life and say YES. I knew in my heart of hearts, that if my father was still alive, the only advice he'd have for me in this situation was to do it. I got up, right then and there, and quit my job. 

The best part was that they offered to keep me on as a contractor at 60% of my existing salary, and allow me the flexibility I needed to grow my company. I'm in tears as I type this. This shit makes me need to pinch myself, too. 

The journey from that point hasn't been easy. I've considered giving up. I've told myself I'm not cut out for this. I've been lonely, depressed, tired, hopeless. But it's these divine moments of grace that keep me going. Sometimes all we can do is put one foot in the front of the other, even if we can't see more than 6 inches from our nose. 

So - what inspired me? My father, my family, my friends, and feminism.

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

In my second year of business, I saved up all of my tax season profits and invested them into brand and website development. It's easily the best money I've spent in my business to date. It was a scary amount of money for me, but I just knew that the firm I worked with would be able to really bring to life what I was trying to accomplish. It's no easy task to make accounting cool. That was really the first real investment I made into my business. 

My other bold boss moment is a series of moments. Being a serious workaholic (I literally cannot even sit still; my idea of relaxing is doing chores around the house) I was on my way to some nasty burnout. In my first year, I was literally up until 2am working on the reg, having constant anxiety, and just not living my best life. I started going to acupuncture to get help with sleeping, but it's really helped me with everything. No matter what, I go about every other week and have been for almost 2 years now. It's allowed me to listen more to my body - I don't overextend myself any more. I used to be scared that if I wasn't always going, going, going - doing, working, hustling, shaking, everything would fall apart. But I've learned that the literal only thing that was falling apart was me! I no longer work past a certain time, I got a separate cell just for work and turn it off at a certain time (GAME CHANGER!), I made sure I worked routines into my day to keep me balanced and sane, and I just try to make different choices. It's not always pretty or easy, it's a literal balancing act, but I've made a lot of progress. Sometimes being a boss doesn't involve work at all :)

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

You got this. I truly believe that we have all the answers and guidance we could possibly need within, so make sure you're taking time to connect with and nurture the relationship with yourself - it will never lead you astray. 

Also - don't get behind on your taxes - make sure you're saving at least 30% of your net income for taxes as you go throughout the year and save for retirement! It will be here before we know it and compound interest is powerful AF.

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#BoldBossTribe :: Jeannine Morris of Jeannine Morris Media

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Jeannine Morris of Jeannine Morris Media

Jeannine Morris | Jeannine Morris Media

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I've always wanted to write for a women's magazine. While studying English and journalism in college, I began my career as a journalist in the beauty and wellness industry in 2006 as an intern at Cosmopolitan magazine. I worked in the beauty department and shorty after became the Editorial Assistant of the department.

 
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Jeannine Morris of Jeannine Morris Media
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Jeannine Morris of Jeannine Morris Media

Fast forward to today, I've been freelancing for nine years and established the company, Jeannine Morris Media, LLC. and have since written for Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Well + Good, Women’s Health, Self, PopSugar, Refinery29, and Glamour. I’ve also appeared as a beauty and wellness expert on major networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and morning shows like the Today Show and Good Morning America to name a few. I also have a monthly TV segment on NBC's New York Live, which enables me to bring my blog, Joyfully-Me.com, and Instagram content to life on air. 

My message has always been clear – that with a few tricks of the trade, encouragement and support, everyone can live beautifully. It is through my blog that I aim to help inspire women to own their self-worth and celebrate the moments they feel most alive and well while providing informational beauty, skincare, fitness, nutrition and travel tips. 

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

When I set my mind to something, I work hard and manifest it into reality. When I first went out on my own, most of my content was about celebrity beauty, but as I grew and evolved as a person, I decided to make the shift in my work as well to remain authentic and my audience followed and grew. I didn't want to just report on wellness, I wanted to own it so I became a yoga teacher and certified holistic health coach. I'm proud to truly be the expert behind my content.

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

Make a decision or a goal, commit to it 100% with hunger and either find a way to make it happen or create a way.  

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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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