Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Michelle Garrett, Founder of Garrett Public Relations, located in Worthington, OH, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm a public relations consultant and writer. I work with B2B clients, primarily businesses of about 100-1,000 employees. I love working with companies that have been around but have yet to do much PR. They have great stories to tell and often are led by experienced subject matter experts.

Tell us about yourself

My parents were both self-employed. I lived in a house where no one ever got up and went to work for someone else. That impacted my view of the working world because I ALWAYS wanted to work for myself. I worked in F-T jobs for a while to gain the experience I needed, but I was always intending to start my own business. I genuinely enjoy working with my clients and getting them results. I get to do many things I love, like writing and building relationships with media on behalf of my clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Staying in business ALL these years! Surviving through several recessions, learning, and continuing. It's really about the long game and staying consistent.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

You have to wear ALL the hats. It can be a lot sometimes because you have to do things you don't necessarily enjoy - like sales, marketing, administrative tasks (chasing invoices at times!), and so on. It's only sometimes fun, but it's a worthwhile trade-off for my freedom and flexibility.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find a support network of other freelancers or business owners - people you trust to turn to with questions or for advice.
  2. Focus on your brand. If you're a freelancer or entrepreneur, you are your brand.
  3. Be sure to pay attention to your mental health and wellness. If you work for yourself, you can easily get burnt out. Try to take time for things you enjoy that help you de-stress.

Where can people find you and your business?


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