Ever wondered what it takes to ditch the cubicle and become a full-time girl boss? Our Student Spotlight Series interviews our students who have made the transition from 9-5 to remote CEOs!
From what inspired them to start their own business, their favorite podcasts, go-to morning routine, advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs, and so much more!
Today, we’re sitting down with our Bucketlist Bombshells Academy almuni and current Bucketlist Bombshells Collective member Julia Spector, Founder of Impact Design by Julia! Originally from Columbus Ohio, Julia gives us a glimpse into her online business journey…
Q: What type of online business do you own and what services do you offer?
I am a creative marketing specialist who helps entrepreneurs to position their brand & high converting marketing strategies so that they can attract consistent clients and close more sales.
Through utilizing strategic brand positioning, email marketing, social platforms and sales funnels, I help entrepreneurs to authentically marketing their unique talents so that they can bring in new leads and clients when they are feeling overwhelmed & exhausted by the process.
I officially launched my business in 2020 and I have partnered with a variety of amazing clients from creative entrepreneurs, law firms, non-profits, wellness experts, real estate agents, the National Retail Federation as well as other clients. The creative services that I have worked with these clients in include consultations, branding, social media strategy & design, video editing, web design, email marketing and overall marketing strategy.
I am also in the works of launching a 3-month program, Marketing Made Magnetic for early to middle stage coaches and service-based entrepreneurs who want to feel confident in their brand positioning and marketing strategy so that they can attract consistent clients and close more sales.
Q: What inspired you to enroll in the Bucketlist Bombshells Courses and then join the Bucketlist Bombshells Collective?
I was inspired by the idea of creating something of my own and having a bigger impact! Creating a life of my dreams where I can find balance and do something that I love.
I learned so much in terms of both mindset as well as technical skill and online tools that help me to run my business.
Q: How long was it until you landed your first client online?
A couple months, through personal connections, posting on Facebook and having family friends and other connections reaching out to me.
Q: What is your process for finding and landing clients online?
I show up online with my personal brand, as well as integrate what I am doing into conversations. Most of my clients have all come to me through referrals as I am showing up with confidence and as an expert in my field.
Q: Why do you recommend business owners join the Bucketlist Bombshells Collective to propel their business growth forward?
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Q: What has been your biggest setback and how did you overcome it?
My biggest setback was overcoming stress and burnout. I have overcome this through self-care practices such as having a morning and evening routine and practicing yoga and pilates. I also have always been open to pivoting and changing directions when I feel that a path that I am on is not leading to where I want to be (I have pivoted multiple times in my business and am finding the path of best alignment).
Q: What’s the most challenging part about running your online biz?
The most challenging part is just having enough time in the day! I have overcome this through time blocking, taking action even when I feel not 100% ready, as well as prioritizing most important tasks. I am currently dedicating evening and weekend time as I am in the growth phase of my business and am working with clients, launching a group program, as well as planning a retreat!
Q: Looking back on your online business journey, what is something that you’re most proud of?
I am very proud of my dedication to each client that I have worked with. I feel so grateful to have worked with such a variety of clients from smaller entrepreneurs to larger organizations. I am always grateful to receive raving reviews as I love building connections and creating a lasting, long-term impact for my clients through my business Impact Design by Julia. I am also so proud at my perseverance through the tough times, ability to pivot and improving my ability to face rejection when I receive a no in business.
Q: If you could speak to your past self, what piece of advice would you give her?
I would give my past self the advice to keep following my intuition and to have confidence in myself as I have so much to offer.
Q: How do you stay inspired and motivated to run your online biz?
I stay inspired and motivation through my method of defining my vision and goal setting. I also gain inspiration through connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs. Joining communities and masterminds, as well as reading books that inspire me!
Q: Tell us what a “day in the life” looks like for you now that you’re running your own online biz!
I start the day off with a powerful morning routine to put me in the best possible headspace to set myself up for success. I then eat breakfast and look at my list to determine my priorities for that day / what is most important for me to accomplish this day before getting to work. I also advocate for taking break in the day to re-energize yourself, such as having a snack, exercising, going on a walk… I end the day with my evening routine and usually some self care, such as doing a face mask 🙂
Q: What’s the best part about being your own boss?
I love the ability to create a larger impact and to have something that is entirely my own that I can feel so proud that I created.
Q: What do you love most about the work you do and the clients you work with?
I love connecting with others and taking a deep dive into what is going on right now for them and how I can make a difference so that they can thrive in their business. It feels so meaningful to me when I am able to connect and inspire others!
Q: What is your favorite destination to work remotely from?
I love working from my family’s home in Sarasota, FL. It is just so beautiful there and I love getting to be in the sun and close to a beach. I truly feel so re-charged whenever I am there!
Q: What’s your favorite business tool that you’d recommend to other aspiring or current business owners? Why do you love it?
In the past few months, I have started diving into Kartra and am loving all of the connectivity within this platform. I am using Kartra to host my course platform, landing pages, sales pages, check out processes, sales funnels, email marketing as well as the affiliate program that I am launching. There is truly so much that this platform has to offer. I love using the AI powered tool, Descript for video editing recently, it saves me so much time compared to in the past when I would use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. I am also a huge advocate for using all of the features within Canva! I am using Canva a lot right now to design logo and social post templates, worksheets and slideshows for the program that I am launching, Marketing Made Magnetic. I even have created and ordered both thank you cards and business cards for different clients just through Canva.
Q: What is one of your favorite business books that you would recommend to another business owner and why do you love it?
I would recommend reading: Discover Your Dharma by Sahara Rose, it is so inspiring and helps your to discover your life purpose and path. I would also recommend Chillprenuer by Denise Duffield Thomas as there is such amazing and tactical advice here.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO FAVORITE PODCAST THAT YOU’D RECOMMEND TO OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS?
I recommend the Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose, also check out the amazing The Freedom Filled Life Podcast with Bucketlist Bombshells. Both of these podcasts are so inspiring!
Q: What is your number one piece of advice for aspiring Bucketlist Bombshells?
Follow your intuition and trust yourself. You are given your vision for your business for a reason, you are meant to make it happen!