Entrepreneurship

Interview with Margie Newman: Intesa Communications, on Entrepreneurship

MIn this interview with Margie Newman, we’ll discuss how Margie left the corporate world to begin her own entrepreneurial endeavor, moved her life to sunny San Diego, and how she did it all as a new mom!

Margie was one of the first people I was fortunate enough to meet in 2010 when I had first graduated from college. I got off the plane from Houston to DC, dropped my bags at my brother’s house, went to a WWPR event at a bar somewhere in the city, and started networking and looking for a job. Margie took me under her wing, offered me guidance, introduced me to some fantastic public relations folks in the area, and is now running her own successful PR agency in San Diego, CA!

Check out the Intesa Communications blog here, and leave your thoughts for Margie in the comments section below! 

(Recommended “to-do list” tool from Margie in the interview: Good To Do)

Entrepreneurship, Guest post

The Long, Hard Road of Entrepreneurship

Compete

This is a guest post from Jake Thompson, Compete Every Day

2013-06-07 16.16.56“What did I get myself into?”

Those are the words that consistently ran through my mind for the first two years of starting my own business. I was overwhelmed, and to be honest, had no idea what I was doing half of the time. It was a trial by fire, where every day you are learning on the fly. I think it’s a position most of us who start a business can relate to. We have an idea, we launch the idea, yet we don’t know everything that we will encounter.

And that’s the fun of it.

There’s nothing like finally taking that leap and launching your idea, turning a dream into a reality. It’s exhilarating, frustrating, motivating, and humbling all at the same time. I had spent a few years designing plans and strategies for businesses that never left the ground. Some were of my own creation, others of clients. Regardless, they ended up staying on paper and never found life. I started Compete Every Day with no retail experience, no fashion experience, and no ecommerce experience. But I had a lot of passion and I was going to be damned if this idea never came to life. So I launched it.

I’ve spent the last two-plus years grinding. I started with a small investment of my own and decided to bootstrap this business without investors for as long as I possible could. My goal was to build the business the right way – not by forcing a product down customers’ throats, but instead, building a powerful story and inviting others to be a part of it. I feel that’s the area we’ve been hugely successful with at Compete Every Day. I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way. Budgeting was one of my hardest skills, and it showed, but the experience gained from experimenting different projects has been valuable.

We grew over ten-fold in the last two years. We’ve already surpassed our 2012 sales only six months through 2013, and are anticipating a big remainder of the year with upcoming events. The same shirts that were sold out of the back of my car when I launched are now the same products being worn by professional athletes, country music stars, and individuals worldwide. The support and success has been overwhelming, but it was far from easy. The road has been long, difficult, and full of many failures along the way. But it’s a learning experience you could never find inside of a classroom or staring at pages writing a business plan that you’ll eventually lock away in a cabinet.

If you’re passionate about an idea want to launch, here’s what I’ve learned that should prepare you for the road ahead. Continue reading “The Long, Hard Road of Entrepreneurship”

Entrepreneurship

HOT Summer Reads (Okay, maybe not HOT, but they’re really good)

4474421855_4b20643258_z copyUsually I like to take the summer to read a lot of trashy fiction, but I didn’t even realize it was summer until someone asked me if I had any trips planned. Apparently, life after college means forgetting when Spring Break and summer vacations are supposed to be. That being said, I’ve been seeking out a lot of business and self-help books (you know – for when I’m not rereading The Hunger Games books yet again)… Last year, I wrote this list of books – and I still highly recommend all four of these! In addition to those, here a few more books from personal finds and my book club (which I’ve never actually attended – but  I like to read along with the crew).

If you’ve read any of these, what did you think, and what others would you recommend?  Continue reading “HOT Summer Reads (Okay, maybe not HOT, but they’re really good)”

Entrepreneurship, Life and Happiness

Buns of steel, baby – life in a 6-story walk-up

New York City

I’ve been in New York for a little over two weeks, and it’s been such a fun transition from nomadic life to city life! I’m no stranger to public transportation, so the Subway is perfectly fine… but every time I hail a cab, I giggle and think to myself, “this is so New York.”

I signed a lease in a six-story walkup with two other girls (who are awesome, might I add… Craigslist isn’t that bad)!

Day one, aka moving day, … I’m just going to admit… it hurt the buns. Day two was not much better. Day three – cue the super sore quads and wobbly calves.

Walking up 75 steps (yea, I counted), was miserable at first. Carrying groceries, luggage, shopping bags, trash, or walking in heels was surely going to kill me before I had the chance to actually explore this great city.

Two weeks later, I realize it’s not that bad. I am less winded when I get to the top of the stairs, my legs feel tighter already, and I can feel myself getting better at tackling the challenge of walking up the stairs in 3-inch heels.

I’m adapting. I’m getting used to a change, and it’s making me a stronger person because of it.

If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you probably already know that the point of this article is not to talk to you about my buns and 3-inch-heel-woes. This article is most definitely about your business, and how every new challenge is going to help it grow and make you a stronger, more powerful, and a more educated humanoid. Continue reading “Buns of steel, baby – life in a 6-story walk-up”

Entrepreneurship

How to become a consultant

(Oyster Bay, New York)

I’ve recently had a few inquiries about how I am able to do what I do – i.e., how did I become a freelance online marketing consultant? I’m not entirely sure if there is a black and white answer for creating a path toward becoming a consultant, but this is what I did.

Backstory: When I was working in DC, a friend of mine (high five, Mitchell), whom I had interned with during the previous summer had asked me if I would be interested in helping out one of his family friends to get started with social media. I had never thought about it before. I said sure, and I met with my very first client (and someone I still get to work with on a daily basis) for lunch. We discussed what her goals were, how much I would charge, and we ultimately decided to work together. I began managing her social media accounts, and she has been an incredible referral source for me ever since. Shameless plug: BabyBookBaskets.com

A good majority of my clients come from word-of-mouth, however, a few of the businesses I work with come from this website and social media platforms. You’ll find your clients in various places, as well.

Hopefully you’ll find this post useful, and you will go away with plenty of ideas to get started with your freelance consulting business! Continue reading “How to become a consultant”

Entrepreneurship, Life and Happiness

12 things I love from 2012


2012 has been a crazy blur of changes, travels, moves, decisions, confusion, and happiness. Between love, business, heartbreak, and awesome friends … a lot has happened in a year!

My blog is one year old this week (woo hoo!), so this post seems appropriately timed for some reminiscence with the upcoming New Year. Below are 12 things I love from 2012, and I hope you’ll love them, too. This list includes bloggers, communities, travel tips, health and fitness, business skills, and miscellaneous tidbits. I hope you like, and if you do, please share with your amigos and/or subscribe to receive updates in your inbox via the box to the right! Enjoy!

Continue reading “12 things I love from 2012”

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Memberships and Education

This is the third and final part of the Holiday Gift Guide for 2012! Part one covered great books for entrepreneurs, part two included products and techie goodness, and part three is all about memberships and education. If you don’t want to give a material gift this year for the business owner on your list, try one of these suggestions! Happy holidays :) Continue reading “Entrepreneur Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Memberships and Education”