Amanda Abella – Amazon Bestselling Author
Amanda Abella is the creator of the Make Money Your Honey Coaching process, business coach to millennial entrepreneurs, and the author of the Amazon bestselling book Make Money Your Honey.
What has been your biggest motivation in doing what you do?
My motivation started as climbing myself out of a hole when I graduated from college and couldn’t find a job in 2010. At the same time there were all these awful media stories going around about my generation – how millennials would never be financially free, how the economy would destroy us, how we are all failures and had to move back home with our parents etc. At that moment I realized I must not be the only recent college grad going through a tough time and started a blog where others could come find answers to their work and money problems.
This continues to be my motivation to this day. The economy may be better but a huge chunk of millennials realized that they want more out of their lives than a 9 to 5 and a pension plan. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but I think many 20 and 30 somethings were forced to take a good look at what they wanted out of their careers simply because it wasn’t so easy for them. As a result they noticed that a traditional career path just isn’t for them.
You are a strong believer in vocational freedom. How would you inspire others to have this belief?
I often times run into people who are freaking out because they’ve put themselves into a box. They got certain degrees because their parents influenced them to do so and they feel stuck in that particular career path. Or, they won’t go into business for themselves even though they really want to because they feel unqualified without an MBA. Or – and here’s the big one – they went after something they didn’t even like for the money. Many times this results in a certain kind of self-made prison.
I think the first step is to really take a good look at what we as individuals want for ourselves regardless of what others or society is telling us we should do. We know in our guts what we want, we just have to listen. Owning what we want out of our careers is more than half the battle. We can figure everything else out from there.
What would you consider to be the hardest part of staying on top in the business world?
I feel like I’m learning new lessons everyday. Business in and of itself is a huge personal growth opportunity. It will bring up every single doubt and fear you have and you’re then forced to look at it square in the eyes.
The good news is once you overcome the certain obstacles they won’t seem so scary they next time they come up.
Sometimes, money is looked at as a negative aspect of today’s society whether it is because people believe it causes corruption or because it affects others on an individual basis. How have you been able to change the way your readers and followers look at money?
To be totally transparent, I used to be one of those people who kind of hated money. I would blame corporations and politicians for the horrible time I had looking for a job because of a down economy. When I worked in recruiting I used to loathe some of the giant corporations we recruited for because of the way they would something treat employees. Once I quit my job and went into business for myself I realized I needed to get over it if I wanted to succeed. I realized that I have no control over the economy or how other companies operate but I do have control over how I behave.
The single most important lesson I’ve learned and teach my clients is this: money is just energy. It comes in and out of our lives just like everything else. It’s a flow. It’s not some sort of external factor out to make or break us. Once we take out all the frightening emotions and beliefs about money we actually enjoy taking care of it.
Make Money Your Honey is an Amazon bestselling book. Do you have any future plans for writing another book?
I’m a writer by nature so I’m sure I’ve got a few other books in me. For now I’m focusing on launching an online course that goes deeper into the work in Make Money Your Honey. You can find more info about that here:http://www.makemoneyyourhoney.com
What was your favorite part of writing Make Money Your Honey?
I think my favorite part was conducting research interviews with clients, friends and colleagues. The whole book actually started as this whole other group coaching concept. Once I got on the phone with people and really talked with them about their business and money fears I realized I needed to write a book instead.
It was really eye opening to see that most people have the same money fears. The fear may show up in different ways, but at the end of the day it all goes back to a lot of the same stuff.
What would you say are positive aspects of internet business versus traditional business?
Well from a financial aspect there’s lower overhead (that’s always a plus!). I think for me the most positive aspect is that I can work from anywhere.
It’s nice to know that I can travel or move and that I can work wherever I am. It’s also nice to know that my client base isn’t limited to my local community and as such have had coaching clients all over the world.
What are your past experiences with owning/operating new businesses, if any?
I started as a freelance writer in 2010 and had no idea what I was doing. Soon after I got a job working for a small job placement agency in South Florida. It was a traditional small business that had been around for over 40 years so as you can imagine it was pretty old school.
Working in that small business gave me the traditional business chops I needed to learn which I then combined with all the online marketing stuff I was learning through freelance writing and blogging. By marrying both I was able to create my coaching business which I’ve been operating for a year.
Do you have any advice to give to a beginning entrepreneur?
Start before you feel ready because the frank truth is you’re never actually going to feel ready.
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