Local Badass Woman : Sabrina Houser
Meet Sabrina Houser! A local entrepreneur who has taken her experience and fearless and created a business to support companies and non-profits. Sabrina founded Capital CFO+ to provide consulting services to organizations looking to improve their operations and outreach. Creating an outsourced support system for her clients. She is a true inspiration to other entrepreneurs and serves as a role model for anyone looking to create a path as a business owner. I am lucky enough to call her my friend and can tell you that she is an incredible human and one of the most badass women I know.
From Nonprofit Leader to Business Owner: Her Journey to Capital CFO+.
Question 1: What inspired you to choose the industry you are in?
Sabrina: I spent two decades as both CEO and CFO of a local nonprofit that was my everything for a very long time. They saw something in me I never knew I had and taught me everything I know. Leaving them was one of the toughest decisions I ever made, but ultimately necessary. While I was ready for my next adventure, it took me another five years before I finally felt ready to go.
When the time came, I knew I couldn't go back to working for another nonprofit. So I took the time to reflect on what I wanted to do and bring with me. My goal was to create an outsourced bookkeeping and CFO service, but as I thought more about the kind of support I needed as a leader, the vision for Capital CFO+ began to take shape. Today, Capital CFO+ is more than just a financial service provider. We strive to help businesses and nonprofits thrive by providing the support and expertise they need to succeed.
Question 2: What is your passion? What drives you?
Sabrina: Recommitting to Life Balance At this point in my life, balance has become a top priority. I've spent most of my life trying to prove my worth, mainly to myself, and pushing myself to the point of burnout. Now, I focus on finding ways to rest and enjoy quality time with loved ones. I refuse to repeat past mistakes and acknowledge that my identity extends beyond just my job. Although I adore work, I'm determined to explore other passions and aspects of myself. It's time to rediscover who I am and what I love.
Question 3 : Who were the women mentors that encouraged you or inspired you?
Sabrina: "Strong women, may we know them, be them, and raise the hell out of them!"
Michelle Obama embodies this sentiment to the fullest. Though she was initially uncomfortable with being in the public eye, she has grown into an incredibly poised and respected figure. When she steps onto a stage, she radiates passion, intelligence, and a deep care for people. Her love for her family is evident and serves as the foundation for her commitment to doing what is right. Michelle is known for her sense of humor and her ability to inspire others with her radiant personality. She is a beacon of light for all.
Question 4: Why did you pick your business/industry niche? Was this something you went to school for etc?
Sabrina: No! I went to school to work with kids. I knew that I wanted to find a way to protect their childhood and my background was in sociology and psychology. I worked in direct service for youth institutions and programming. It was only through promotions and granted opportunities that I was handed leadership roles and learned more and more about running a business.
Question 5: What is the best part of what you do?
Sabrina: Running my own company is an incredibly fulfilling experience. My absolute favorite aspect is the ability to work alongside individuals I truly admire. By surrounding myself with smarter and supportive colleagues, we form a caring and cohesive team that works together to solve problems and take care of one another.
I adore every aspect of my work, including my new schedule, the opportunity to work from home, and the engaging conversations that arise. Above all, the knowledge that we're making a genuine difference for our clients is what makes me truly love what I do.
Question 6 : What do you do for encouragement or to be motivated?
Sabrina: For me, motivation has always come naturally. It's both a strength and a weakness, as I can keep pushing myself forward, not knowing when to stop. In all honesty, fear is what drives me - I'm afraid every day of my life and with most of my decisions. However, I've learned to channel this fear into something productive and use it as a fuel for motivation. That being said, it's important to recognize when enough is enough, and not let fear keep you motivated for too long.
Question 7: Do you think people have a misunderstanding of the many opportunities that your industry has to offer?
Sabrina: Absolutely. Initially, our company provided only two services, but it has since expanded. However, I believe that we are still primarily thought of as an accounting firm. But we offer so many solutions for businesses. Being able to support them through so many channels!
Question 8: What challenges did you have to overcome to be who you are today in business?
Sabrina: I am my greatest obstacle but I think that's true for a lot of people. I have so much self-doubt, and my inner voice is really mean sometimes. I have a lot of imposter syndrome. But, with that being said, one thing I am good at is using all of that self-doubt, fear, and nervousness and making sure I put in the work.
Question 9: What do you want readers to know about your business?
Sabrina: We have grown to be a solution for businesses and nonprofits. The biggest takeaway is that today, we offer 5 services: Accounting/Nonprofit Management/Marketing/Business Management Solutions/Administration Services
Question 10: With many challenges with being a woman in business, what about being a badass woman has benefited you and your business?
Sabrina: Ha! That would have to mean that I believed I was a "badass woman"! I'm not quite there yet. My greatest benefits include:
*Surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me, caring, and have my back. *I found a real partner in my life. Someone who understands how much I love to work and we show up for each other.
*Walking through fear and using it to push me forward.
*Listening, I really spend a lot of time listening to what our communities and my clients need and I built a business around their needs.
Question 11: Finally - What is a quote that inspires you?
Sabrina: "Strong is the new pretty"
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