Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in marketing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Patricia Ross, Owner of Golden State Marketing LLC., located in Venice, CA, USA.

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

Full-service marketing agency offering social media, email marketing, website development, SEO/SEM, public relations, advertising, promotional products, graphic design, and marketing training services. We work with small to medium size businesses that are too busy and not inclined to create consistent marketing to grow their business.

Tell us about yourself

I have been working in marketing for over 20 years. My original interest was journalism which turned into PR and eventually marketing. I love what you do! I help businesses take away the marketing overwhelm either by giving them the training and tool to accomplish this on their own or take it completely off their hands.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I could not think of one big accomplishment. For me, it's the little accomplishments on a daily basis. Helping business owners with strategy or training so they can accomplish their marketing. When just one client tells me their implemented my advice, and it has worked to grow their business..that is a BIG accomplishment!

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

Owning your own business means balancing your time, building systems to work more efficiently, figuring out how to scale your business, keep money flowing. It all takes time and effort and many hours..but it's rewarding it doing it for yourself!

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

  1. Be prepared! Have a plan in place for what you want to do and how you want to do it.
  2. Set up bookkeeping and legal structures ahead of time..don't wait!
  3. Don't give up! Running your own business takes persistence and guts!!

Where can people find you and your business?


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