Hi there! Welcome to my website! Since this is my first blog post on this site, I figured it would be a good idea to post a little hello and welcome.
WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Bonnie Bryant O'Connor and I'm the owner of Bonnie Consulting, a Long-Island-based boutique marketing/branding firm. We focus on social media + email marketing + brand strategy + blogging + helping small business owners get it together. I'm also an artist and an interior designer.
WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO?
I handpick each client that I take on, and I care deeply about them and their businesses. Growing up in a small business showed me that small business owners are usually swamped with so much administrative work that they often don't get a chance to do what they started their business for in the first place. I take pride in partnering with my clients to help strategize their branding and marketing strategy, and to take some of that extra work off their plate. I've devised a menu of services and packages that is tailored to different types of small businesses.
WHY WORK FOR YOURSELF WHEN YOU CAN WORK A 9-5 AND JUST COLLECT A PAYCHECK?
I grew up in the family business - a funeral home! Growing up and watching my dad be a community leader, successful small business owner, and the best dad ever all in one showed me that if you do what you love, work isn't a 9-5 with a terrible boss: it's a part of who you are.
WAIT - YOU'RE HOW OLD?!
A question I get asked often is how did I start working full-time for myself at the age of 26?
I got my career started in the interior design industry in New York City. I worked on some amazing projects as an interior designer and project manager for a high-end Long Island interior design firm. I also worked in the luxury home decor industry for an iconic textiles company, climbing the ladder to become one of the top account executives in the company in less than a year. I managed the accounts of some of the world's most well-known and celebrated interior designers, and adored my clients and the product I was selling.
I learned two very important life lessons in my corporate life: if you truly believe in what you're doing or selling, it's easy to stand behind it and promote it; and if you work really hard and are a nice person, people will respond really well, trust you, and believe in you or your product. No matter what your business, you have to sell in some capacity to someone, and if you love your product and build fantastic relationships with your target customer, your product and personality will speak for themselves and selling should be a breeze.
WHAT TYPE OF CLIENTS DO YOU TAKE ON?
I handpick each client - since we work so closely together, I need to like my clients as people and be excited about their product! I love working with small business owners in creative fields or ones who sell really nice, unique products.
I've also instituted a no-jerks policy when taking on new clients - the best idea ever!
I feel like every good introduction has a fun part at the end. So, some fun, non-work related stuff:
- I live with my husband/high-school-sweetheart on Long Island.
- We have three pets from various Long Island shelters/rescue organizations. Ronan is a black cat (our first baby, he rules the household/our lives); Rudy is an orange cat (our second baby, he still looks/meows like a little kitten even though he's four); Rooney is a pitbull/black lab mix (I was scared to get a pitbull, but Rooney won me over - he's the sweetest and cutest little beast ever).
- Yes, I really did grow up in a funeral home - I lived above it till I was 5! My dad and my husband are both funeral directors now.
- I'm a mostly-self-taught artist - you can see my artwork on my instagram or my online shop.
- I love interior design and decorating - making spaces beautiful is my passion!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at Hello@BonnieConsulting.com!