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#GoingBold :: Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hello! My name is Melo Hogan. I am a local Realtor in Tacoma, WA helping my clients with their real estate needs since 2011. Real Estate brokers are independent contractors and hang their licenses with their chosen brokerage. I hang mine with Windermere Abode, a boutique real estate company located in Old Town Tacoma.

I started the real estate business with my husband, Steve. I love working next to my husband and we made a great team! But 6 years later, he got a job opportunity that would work better for our family and this change made me reflect whether I should continue on make a career out of real estate. I continued on and missed having the teamwork I used to have but surprisingly, I also started to love working on my own and helping my clients on their real estate journey. I found pride in being able to work independently and pride in my work and the relationships that I have built with my clients. For the first day of 2019, I joined Windermere and plan to take my business to a whole new level!

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Melo Hogan, Real Estate Broker

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Aside from my 3 children, ( they are my ongoing accomplishments!) I feel accomplished when I am serving my community. My family and I volunteer 2-3 times a week at our local food bank; we pick up donations from local grocery stores and deliver them to the center for our clients to receive free healthy food! We also make sandwiches at the center and hand them out to our friends at the Tacoma Rescue Mission. One of the latest bold boss moment that I am so proud of is getting a group of women in business called Tacoma Boss Ladies! We meet each month, decompress, talk and learn about one another our our businesses and ask where we can provide support with each other whether in our life or work.

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

Love what you do - it is hard to do something you don't love. Having the mindset of loving what you do truly helps and everything else will fall into place.

Don't be too hard on yourself - I am guilty of this. I tend to be hard on myself but when everyone else is a critic, why add on to it? While it's always good to being kind to others, more importantly be kind to yourself.

Give back and pay it forward - Do good and good will come to you.

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#GoingBold :: Corinne Hone of The Food Scenes

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Interview with Corinne Hone of The Food Scenes
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Interview with Corinne Hone of The Food Scenes

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Interview with Corinne Hone of The Food Scenes

My name is Corinne and I am from Ireland. I now live in Utah and run my own Social Media Management business. 

How did I end up here? 

Well, it is a bit of a funny story. 

After college, I moved to Guatemala. I started my career in the non-profit sector and also met my husband. Life was sweet. Unfortunately though, working in a Guatemala for $500 a month could only be done for so long. After four years, that income was just not sustainable any longer. 

We moved to my husband's home state of Utah where I faced the long and difficult task of navigating the complex immigration system. Not being able to work for over a year led me to use Instagram as a hobby and I started a foodie influencer page. Not to toot my own horn, but I was able to grow the account rapidly and met a lot of people who asked what my secret was. I would be frank and say I had a lot of time on my hands but also, I had discovered a new passion. I loved working with local business owners to promote a new menu item or host a giveaway. It was so rewarding to connect with new people in the community and I soon learned that social media marketing was big business. Due to my own personal Instagram account's success, I thought maybe I could do the same for busy business owners and showcase their brand, food or product in the online arena. 

Now I never thought I would be a business owner but once I left Guatemala I realized that I wanted to keep on traveling, giving back to others and supporting non-profit organizations. The only way I saw that dream becoming a reality, was to start my own business and work for myself. That way I could have a flexible schedule, have the ability to work online from anywhere in the world and hopefully have the financial freedom to do just that. 

Now, I'm not there yet. My business just launched in March 2019 but I am excited to have taken those first hard steps towards that freedom lifestyle I know I will get back to. 

My social media business is set up to specialize in the food and beverage industry due to my background as a local food influencer but - none of my clients are in that industry! It just goes to show that although we can plan, the universe likes to play with us just a little. So, I have branched out and as well as offering social media packages, I also have Instagram engagement work, audits and social media strategy consulting on the books!

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

My business is still in its infancy but even so, I think it is important to celebrate every milestone! The first one was actually taking some of our savings and investing in myself. I paid for an online social media management course which gave me the skills and confidence to really make something out of my business idea.

Another bold boss moment I look back on was signing my first partnership. That moment took my dream of being a business owner and made it a reality! I still work with that client 3 months on and it is so satisfying to have a happy client on the books!

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

Ok, this is one for all the badass babes out there.

I am a big believer in the power of mindset. Allow yourself to dream and visualize those dreams becoming reality. Make note of how they make you feel. Use that feeling to motivate yourself to set big goals for you and your business. Write the goals down and look at them frequently. Do you want to live abroad? Do you want to make $120,000 a year in your business? Do you want to retire your husband and pay for your children's tuition? Whatever your dreamy goals are, keep them front and center in your mind.

Oh, and one more thing, allow the journey of reaching those goals to be fluid. We never know how we are going to reach our dreams so be open to the possibility that the journey will look and feel different from what you expect. But does that matter if we end up in at the same destination? I think not!

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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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