Meet Margaret Jacobsen – A 20-something Business Owner
Margaret is one of those people who just stand out – in a totally good way. I’ve never actually met her, but I consider her a friend. I follow Margaret on Twitter and, along with the very occasional mention of her business, she posts some of the most inspiring and uplifting information out there. She’s someone who can make you feel happy in 140 characters or less. So, it was my absolute pleasure to find out that she was even more amazing in person (well, on Skype anyway). We talked for more than an hour about business and life, while her kids happily played by her side. I knew then why it was so important for her to own her own business. She is absolutely effervescent and lovely and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce her to you.
Margret has two of the most beautiful, happy children I’ve ever seen. Who wouldn’t want to take pictures of that, right? So it makes sense that that’s how she got started in photography. She’d always been interested in photography and had a passion for art, but she never thought she had the talent to do it as a professional. (That’s another great thing about Margret, she’s genuinely humble without being annoyingly self-loathing).
So, she bought a camera and took pictures of her little ones, and occasionally friends, and their little ones, and acquaintances and anyone who came across her work and asked her to snap some shots. Before you knew it, Margaret was a photographer. As her experience and talent grew, Margaret gained more and more confidence in her budding business.
Now, more than a year into her business, she can recognize what a huge step it was. For her, Margaret Jacobsen Photography is more than a company; it’s small piece of herself. Her greatest accomplishment as a businesswoman has been her ability to look at her work and say, “I am talented!”
Today, Margret strives to be wise instead of smart. She makes mistakes in her business all the time, but she grows from each of them and keeps evolving as a small business owner. It’s her ability to empower herself and the people around her that make Margaret an inspirational 20-something business owner.
So, what can you learn from Margaret:
- Always do your research. You can never know enough about your industry, client expectations and going rates.
- Protect yourself (and your small business). Things like contracts and insurance are a must.
- Don’t be scared of being vulnerable. Put a piece of yourself out there, but always remember that the good should outweigh the bad.
Check out Margaret’s great work here: http://www.margaretjacobsen.com/
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