Suzan Bond, Founder of Bet On Yourself
Hi. I'm Suzan Bond, the founder of Bet On Yourself.
I'm here to help you transform your freelance gigs into a business that gives you the flexibility and meaning -- while earning an income that allows you to support your family and do all the things you want. I spent years working for others. It drained me being chained to my desk, working according to someone else's schedule and churning out work I didn't believe in.
I had a different vision. I wanted more.
I started my first business in an emerging industry, in the middle of an economic downturn after being laid off. In the beginning, I made a ton of mistakes: not knowing what kind of work I really wanted, dealing with problem clients for too long, not understanding my value.
Despite the steep learning curve, it was the best decision I've ever made. I make all the decisions about my work, pick the clients I want to work with, set my own schedule, travel as much as I want and never get my stomach twisted in knots over my work. I love walking into my office every day in control of my work and my future.
I've learned so much in 12 years working for myself, I now help freelancers transform their work (and life) without sacrificing who they are or what's most important to them. And, with less stress.
I've worked for myself for 12 years. I love it.
I started working on the internet as the head of project management for an interactive agency. My love affair with technology continues to this day. I'm slowly learning how to code (in Ruby) in my spare time.
I've helped hundreds of people do some pretty remarkable things like launch self-published books, start their first business, and create a sustainable income well into the six figures. I love working with my clients: talented solopreneurs who are respected authors, teachers, and consultants in the tech industry.
Before founding Bet On Yourself, I worked for all sorts of companies from the top 5 consulting firms like Accenture to growing business and numerous startups and TechStars companies. I've also worked as a consultant for the Small Business Development Center and have served as a mentor for Startup Weekend and Telluride Venture Accelerator. I'm also a certified business coach and write for Fast Company.
I'm really curious about human behavior so I've spent years studying people, motivation and productivity. I love to learn so I ended up with degrees in psychology, sociology, administration and community organizing from Michigan State University and University of Michigan. Though I'm out of school, I still read voraciously. Loving to learn is a good trait for a solopreneur.
You should know that I...
- Deeply value self-sufficiency.
- Am a recovering Type A -- and always will be.
- Won't B.S. you or try to sell you something you don't need.
- Abhor marketing that makes you feel bad about yourself.
- Have a special fondness for engineers. (hi dad!)
- Am nerdy to the core and am obsessed with time travel.
- Grew up in Detroit....so I drive the freeway like a race track.
- Need to travel frequently or I become a very cranky person.
- Love avocado. Just mentioning because I talk about them. A lot.
Want to learn more about working with me?
"Suzan is my entrepreneurial muse."
Avdi Grimm, author, Confident Ruby and creator of Ruby Tapas