Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sami Bedell-Mulhern, Co-Founder of The First Click, located in Excelsior, MN, USA.

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

The First Click helps nonprofit organizations raise more money online. We help them set up their websites for better conversions and use content marketing to build more awareness and email marketing for better retention of their donors.

Tell us about yourself

I started my first nonprofit when I graduated college and was instantly hooked. Throughout my career, I've worked with nonprofits of all different sizes in all various capacities. What I found is that marketing is something nonprofits struggle with. I started the First Click to help more organizations get the word out about their incredible work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I would say I have only one significant accomplishment. My passion is helping nonprofits feel less stressed by their marketing efforts, helping them simplify and see successes. The "aha" moments from our clients and building their confidence in the marketing side of their work are what I love most about what we do and the support we provide.

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

I'm part of a small team, and we all work in different locations. It can sometimes feel isolating when working on strategy or trying to work through changes in the business. I don't have someone to bounce ideas and things off of. I've built a great network of like-minded business owners, which helps, but it would be nice to go down the hall and brainstorm with someone! :)

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

  1. Have patience - do one big thing at a time, and understand who you want to serve and how you want to help them.
  2. Trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Your business is your unique business, and everyone will have an opinion about how you should run it.
  3. Have confidence in what you're building and take it at your own pace.

Where can people find you and your business?


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