What is The Bean Online?
We are a business blog/tool kit for online entrepreneurs.
Our focus is to recommend services that we have used over the years and test new technologies to keep up with the current trends. We want to save our customers time by doing all the research and analytical work, providing detailed content for their current needs, and facilitating their decision-making process.
We are bold, honest, clever, analytical, practical & a little sassy.
We are confident, we dare to take risks and we hope to inspire others along the way.
We focus on what is effective and proven to work, not on overly complicated theories.
We believe that our values and integrity are the foundations of doing what we do (and doing it the right way).
We are determined to provide you with tools that will help you and your business grow while saving time and money.
Hi! My name is Iria Talladay.
I’m the founder of The Bean Online and this is my story.
My first steps inMarketing
I have proudly been working for myself for over 5 years!
After getting my bachelor’s degree in PR, Advertising, and General Management I fell in love with Marketing and got a first glimpse of what my professional future would look like. I topped my studies off with an MBA focused on management and operations. I was loving what I learned and knew that I wanted to continue learning about it forever.
With an insatiable hunger to conquer my dreams and make a difference, I started my first brick-and-mortar business endeavor, a restaurant that I ran for over four years. Restaurants are intense and messy. There is constant hard work, long hours, a high rate of employee attrition, dealing with unforeseen variables, and the utter talent it takes to deal with one of the most difficult customers of all (a hungry one!)
Something about carrying a tray full of drinks (because your waiter pulled a no-show) while making a mental list of what you need for the next day’s service is both humbling and exhausting. I knew I needed a change. I was tired, unmotivated, and felt like a hamster spinning on a wheel. Still, I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, they prepared me for what was coming.
I started teaching at a local university. Helping others grasp concepts I was passionate about, felt like a soothing balm for my soul, but was still not enough. I was ready for a drastic change. I wanted to experience corporate America, a steady paycheck, and a boss. I wanted to know what it felt like to thrive in an assigned role (versus trying to carry the weight of an entire business on my back).
I packed my bags and became the operations manager for a ski resort in Vail. After doing that for a while I fell back in love with supervising the daily operations of a business and successfully leading a team towards a common goal. That middle management spot, that should have been sweet, felt kind of sour to me. I knew I wasn’t a basic-level employee, but it was also painstakingly clear that I wasn’t the ski resort owner either.
I wanted more. When you are born an entrepreneur, there is this constant yearning that makes you want to keep going down that road, even though it’s way bumpier than a corporate job highway. If you are here and reading this now, you are probably part of this rare and special breed too, and I know you can relate!
I was ready to create something of my own again. Little did I know, that “of my own” would stop applying once I fell in love with an incredible man and we got married.
The first step was taking the Drop Ship Lifestyle by Antón Kraly course. I took full advantage of everything I learned and was fascinated. The industry felt fresh, meaningful, and aligned with my goals. I felt that this would provide me with the freedom I was looking for.
Developing marketing strategies that drove profitability, boosting brand image, improving conversion rates, and maximizing sales and ROI became second nature to me. I also developed an intuition for knowing what niches and industries to focus on (an incredibly useful skill for the complex, competitive markets e-commerce works with).
From Student to Mentor
As I became known as an innovative industry thinker, my strong e-commerce acumen was not only evident, but it also kept growing. I managed to create several successful e-commerce, one of them being a 7-figure drop shipping business focused on security. I felt like I had cracked a code. The best part? I know you can do it too.
Not only was this life and business model possible, but it was also infinite. In this industry, if you are willing to put in the work, constantly learn and challenge your preconceived notions, you can grow exponentially without worrying about hitting a ceiling, because there isn’t one.
I became a business mentor and started sharing my knowledge with brave entrepreneurs who were willing to change their lives and grow incredible brands and business models while doing so.
2 under 1!
Last year, our family of four (Husband, two puppies, and I) happily expanded to include our first son! To my surprise, my brain was not taken over by cute baby outfits, it felt more creative than ever before! I had new ideas left and right, and the motivation of knowing that my son was watching and taking notes.
I wanted to keep expanding in the direction of eCommerce and entrepreneurship, but in a different way. In a world that has such a need for present mothers, I needed to focus on building a business model that allowed me to take care of my family while staying home.
As if the mentoring services, 7-figure eCommerce, and baby under one were not enough, guess what happened? I found out that I was pregnant, again! This time with our daughter.
Humans (and let’s admit it, women) are remarkable. Just when we think that our plates our full, we manage to find a way to transform them into bottomless bowls that keep holding more. More ideas, more thoughts, and more dreams!
This is how The Bean Online was born and what it stands for. On top of it all, I challenged myself to launch this new project in just 30 days!
If I can do it, so can you. Come join me in this new adventure, quench your entrepreneurial thirst, and start making things happen!