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Name: Marcie Hill
Business: The Write Design Company
Type of Business: Business Writing and Blogging
Years in Business: 2
What does your company do? We provide writing, blogging and social media strategy services to businesses.
What made you want to be an entrepreneur? I have always had a high level of independence as an individual, and it flows to all aspects of who I am. Also, it’s not cool working to make someone else rich when I have all of the resources and opportunities they have to be equally or more successful. It’s just a matter of having courage and not giving up especially when your purpose says one thing and your cash flow (or the lack thereof) says another.
Why did you choose your business? Initially, The Write Design Company was a human resources consulting company because that is what I knew. It was also what I hated, which is why I never promoted it. There was no passion. Now I am offering all the services I love – writing, blogging, social media marketing, and writing coaching. And, it’s a breeze to promote because people feel my passion through my excitement about my business
What prepared you for entrepreneurship? Training classes at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC); the monthly luncheons with other female entrepreneurs provided by WBDC; business owners who saw my passion and took me under their wing even though I had no clear direction at that time; and my desire not to be a slave to a time clock.
What has been your greatest achievement so far? Leaving my job in human resources to pursue my passion of writing.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an entrepreneur? Having complete and total faith that I am doing what God would have me to do even when there are no financial signs of progress. Also, knowing that God will bring those resources and people to you when you discover you need them.
What challenges have you faced as an entrepreneur? My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur is a lack of personal finances. Right now, I have no cash flow but I cannot let that stop my dream. And, I refuse to return to corporate America as a full-time employee. I just have to hustle harder to get my business going. It will be there will my new event casting service.
My second challenge is having to work on and in my business. I’m working on building a business where I will teach people, especially teens and college students, how to do what I need them to do so I can manage what’s going on while working on ALL my visions God has me.
My third challenge is not having enough Marcie’s with the same work ethic. What is the going rate of cloning these days?
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? I wish I had not been afraid to make moves in my 20s. I would have been a millionaire by the time I was 30. Also, I wasn’t taught to be an entrepreneur and didn’t know they existed. I wish that education would have come earlier.
How can others get started in this business? I would encourage people to just start writing. Blogging is good, too. There will be a lot of free writing early in your career, but as you develop a name and reputation, writing gigs will turn into paying opportunities. The key is to be a well-rounded writer. Write in different styles on different platforms – print and online. Some writers can write but can’t spell well. Others don’t have grammar and syntax. If you can write and edit, and are consistent in your efforts, people will hire and refer you.
Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs? Here’s my advice based on my experience.
1. Do not be afraid to bring your ideas to fruition. It will take time, money and energy. You have nothing to lose except your dream(s)
2. Surround yourself with positive people
3. Build relationships with people who are where you want to be. Networking is not good enough; you have to make those connections and keep in touch
4. Remove all negative thoughts even when things don’t seem to being right. Keep thinking positive in spite of.
5. If there is something you don’t know, Google it. There are huge amounts of resources available if you take the time to look. YouTube and Twitter are great tools for information.
6. Giving up is not an option. It’s ok to slow down. It’s even OK to stop, rest and regroup. But it is NEVER ok to give up.
7. Don’t let money be an excuse. Unless you’re on Forbes richest people list, you’ll never have all the money you need to do what you want to do. Besides you probably don’t have a lot of money working for someone anyway, so you have nothing to lose working for yourself.
8. Start your business part-time to make sure it’s something you want to do. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone.
9. Make sure you love what you do. The day your business becomes work, it’s time to let it go.
10. You will never get rich working for someone else