A few words from Becci Clark Badillo, Owner Nollypop Mobile Boutique
Tell me a little something about you that you would enjoy sharing?
I started my adult life wanting to be a rockstar. I did everything I could, and any job I could make ends meet while I pursued the unattainable goal of superstardom! After being a waitress, hostess, admin, temp, babysitter, child care worker, government contractor(while at the same time rocking out on the weekends) I realized that all of those jobs were a combination of my skills that would one day prepare me for something that I cared about as much as music.
When did you decide to become an entrepreneur and why?
When I had my daughter I got laid off twice from my corporate jobs, these were jobs that I was actually pretty good at and I was proud of how far I had come in a field I didn’t really like.
After the second lay-off my husband suggested I become a “stay at home” mom which is what I really wanted to do. Two weeks went by and as much as I loved being home with my daughter, I also had a fierce need for building a career of my own.
After randomly searching for hair bows for my beautiful infant daughter on Etsy. I realized they were overpriced and I could make them myself. I started to make them, and sell them at little tiny community events and people actually bought them. So exciting! As the years went by I wanted more out of my business, so I taught myself how to make jewelry, learned how to wholesale accessories/clothes and slowly built what has now become three amazing mobile boutiques.
What do you love most about your business?
Now that I have grown from a super small start up to three mobile boutiques, the thing I love most about my business is the flexibility. I am 100% my own boss, I make my own rules, I spend time with my daughter, I make time for family.
The American dream is to do something you love and support your family that way, that’s all I’ve ever wanted and I feel like I’m fairly close to that goal.
Do you ever deal with fear or self doubt in running your business and if so, how do you manage it?
This is a question that really interested me, I feel that every entrepreneur deals with self doubt and fear hourly, daily, non-stop really.
My parents were entrepreneurs and I watched them deal with it my whole life, and I still to this day.
The one thing that makes me feel calm and confident at the end of the day is that I know I’m giving it 100% of my effort and energy. I sometimes work too hard, I sometimes spend too much time thinking about next steps, I sometimes ignore household duties and possibly even my family because of my intense need to make my business successful. It’s hard to find a balance when you love what you do, as the old saying goes....”if you love what you do then you never work a day in your life”...That’s true, but I work harder now than ever before.
What has been your greatest challenge?
As I said before, balancing being an entrepreneur/mom/wife/friend/daughter/human...it’s not an easy task. But I do find if you surround yourself with people who understand your mission and your drive, they will also understand that you being busy is part of your life. It’s who you are.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone trying to figure out if being an entrepreneur is a right move for them?
The first thing I would tell them is, if you believe in it, it can happen. The second thing I would tell them, find people who help you grow, who believe in your dream, who have dreams of their own, once you surround yourself with a positive tribe, you can’t fail.
Best way to find you and your business?
We are currently open every weekend at Vanish Brewery in Lucketts,Va and Quattro Goomba Winery/Brewery in Aldie, Va
Nollypop is now online as well. You can find us at :