Name: Nicole Fellini Bouchey
Industry: Coaching & Consulting
Location: Albany, New York, U.S.
Reason for starting: I love (am obsessed with!) small businesses. I have been working with them as a CPA for almost ten years and I’ve learned how much they really feel stressed and overwhelmed by their accounting. Knowing how vital this area of a business is to success and also knowing that women in particular are more often denied business loans and make less than their male counterparts – I decided I wanted to change things. I launched Bossology as a resource for women business owners to help alleviate that financial stress and show them how they can actually use accounting to pay themselves what they deserve. I do this through many outlets, but my favorite is my online program – The Profit Plan. It’s super affordable and can be taken at anytime from anywhere.
How do you define success? To me success is a long-term proposition. It is amazing to see something you have created come to life, but what’s even better is having it thrive over time.
Biggest Success: Starting my own company and being able to help women business owners everyday! It is a scary thing to jump out on your own; being an accountant and working for someone else is a great living and had always provided me with stability. It is hard to ditch the safety net – but I did it.
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? I’m a nerdy accountant – sales and marketing are not totally my thing. I decided instead of running from it I wanted to face it head on. I took every course I could find on copywriting, social media management, sales techniques – you name it. Then I created a plan and I’ve stuck with it. Is it always comfortable for me? Absolutely not, but being a business owner means wearing many different hats.
Who is your most important role model? Maybe this is cliche but absolutely my mother! She’s owned more than one company and showed me I can do anything – there are no limits. One of them was a bookkeeping company. She wanted to make her own hours, be a business owner, but still be home for us kids and that’s what she did. She has supported me through all my ventures. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and since I was 7 she has been my biggest fan.
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