Name: Amanda Abella
Business: Amanda Abella LLC, coaching and consulting for millennial entrepreneurs
Industry: Coaching & Consulting
Location: Miami, Florida, U.S.
Reason for starting: I graduated from college in the middle of the Great Recession and couldn’t find a job for six months. When I did find a job I was underemployed. I realized that many others in my generation were dealing with the same work and money struggles so I started a site where they could go for uplifting information and positive advice during this difficult economic time. As time went on I realized this brand could be my business and the idea of working a 9 to 5 until retirement sounded daunting. Little did I know so many others would also resonate with me.
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How do you define success? Success for me is the ability to wake up in the morning and do work you love with people you love. It’s not having to ask for permission from your boss to take a trip or go to the doctor. It’s creating beautiful work that you put out into the world in order to make it a better place.
Biggest Success: Launching my Amazon best-selling book, Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur’s Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? My money mindset. I came of age in a time when a financial slump and fear were running rampant and it deeply affected me. It’s something I’ve really had to work on as I’ve created my own business. I’ve tackled this by making money management fun. I consider checking my bank account an act of self-care. Whenever I have to get on a sales call I tell myself, “It’s not sales, it’s sharing. You are sharing information that can help people with their problems.” Little mindset shifts like that work wonders. I think business is a huge personal transformation journey. You start to see things differently and the people around you may not come along for the ride.
Who is your most important role model? Oh there are so many! I’d say the role model who has had the most impact on my life is Gabrielle Bernstein. When I stumbled upon her work a few years ago I said “Oh my God it’s like I’m staring at myself on YouTube.” I resonated so deeply with her style and energy and her work has helped me get where I am today.
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