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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.
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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.
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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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