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Meet Amanda Benson of Ask Amanda in Santa Clarita

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Benson.

While you may notice Amanda first by her infectious laugh and second by her strawberry hair, the next thing you’ll know is: she can solve your problem. Amanda Benson, the owner of Ask Amanda Small Business Solutions, is first and foremost a problem-solver. She offers the skills, tools, and network it takes to get the job done — no matter the task. From consulting to full-scale project management, Amanda steps in to help you level up.

The seeds of Ask Amanda were planted young. A naturally inquisitive girl from Castaic, Amanda was influenced by her father, who taught her that, while no one grows in the comfort zone, growth was always worth the squeeze. She also learned how to lighten any room with a good joke, and how to dream as big as her crazy ideas would let her.

As she struck out on her own, Amanda carried that drive and inquisitiveness with her when she opened her first brick-and-mortar business, an adorable flower shop in Santa Clarita. While she eventually ended up closing the shop, the experience was essential to her journey. Amanda intimately learned the challenges of running a business, and it sparked an empathy and passion within her. From that moment on, she would support local business owners whatever way she could.

Life continued to throw Amanda curveballs, however — from becoming a single mom to enduring financial hardship — and she suddenly needed a better way to provide for her two young children. She had the opportunity to join Hyatt Regency Valencia as their Business Travel Sales Manager and quickly started looking for ways to turn a job into a career.

Immediately, Amanda focused on adding value to the staff and company. She honed her skills in customer service and sales, and she set her own goals for revenue growth. Corporate leadership took note of her initiative, making Amanda a Social Media Ambassador and using her business practices as a model for all other Hyatt hotels. By the time she moved on, her dreams were a little bigger.

Still searching for a career that would give her kids a better life, Amanda accepted an opportunity to chase a childhood dream: working in the publishing industry. An avid reader, Amanda was thrilled to head up sales as the Associate Publisher at élite Magazine. At this point, she was dead-set on helping her advertisers increase their profits — through connecting her clients with each other, targeted ads, social media and more.

During this time, Amanda started to identify her deepest strengths: a knack for creative problem-solving, strong project management skills, and a natural ability to connect people who needed each other. While she focused on the magazine, Amanda accidentally became known as Santa Clarita’s go-to source for referrals and the girl who got things done. She was making her mark in the non-profit world, as well, as she took on leadership positions for local charity fundraisers. Without really meaning to, Amanda had been collecting lessons, strategies, and tools to help people make more money — in business and nonprofits.

Like magic, Amanda watched a new career form right in front of her, one step at a time. More importantly, her community was noticing it, too. Amanda started getting more requests for business advice, and she helped produce even more results. As her talents were recognized, Amanda received offers for side jobs and contract work. She paid attention to what small business owners needed, and she looked for the gaps in their collective knowledge and resources.

Amanda was helping small businesses thrive — one problem at a time.

At this point in her career, this little girl from Castaic was eager to tear the roof off of her potential. Finally, Amanda saw the perfect way to both serve her community and flex her strengths.

In 2016, she launched Ask Amanda — a small business consulting company that uses her natural strengths to solve any problem, so businesses can finally get the results they need. It provides expert support for the entrepreneur’s most common pitfalls, as well as customized solutions for complex, large-scale problems. And the best part is: Ask Amanda doesn’t fit in a box because neither does Amanda. She takes a completely customized approach to each client, so she can focus on the result.

Today, Ask Amanda supports businesses at whatever phase they are in, just as Amanda learned to do for herself and her family throughout her own journey.

Has it been a smooth road?
A challenge that Amanda faces is hiring a team to help clients that come her way. She has decided that no one has her voice and that Ask Amanda is her, so there won’t be any other staff. “My way around that is simple. I don’t overload my schedule. I take projects or clients that will fit within the time frame allowed and so I can deliver the best possible results for each task or client. I won’t take on more than I can handle or deliver.”

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ask Amanda – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Amanda takes great pride in her business connections. She has a trusted network of professionals that is years deep. If Amanda can’t help you, she’ll find someone who can. All you have to do is, Ask Amanda.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
“The best part of Santa Clarita is the fact that I grew up here, so when I launched my first business, I had the communities support. Years later, I am now able to support the community with Ask Amanda, as well as all the nonprofit work I do. We truly live in a unique community.”

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