Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in branding and marketing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Gabrielle Pickens, Founder of Media Maker, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

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

MediaMaker is a comprehensive PR training program for Black small business entrepreneurs.

Tell us about yourself

I am a Chicagoan and a fierce advocate for women and remote work. I believe remote work is the future, and the "work from anywhere" phenomenon is here to stay. This realization motivates me to create products that empower and enhance the lives of the most silenced voices in our community - Black women.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Surviving three years despite adversity and setbacks is my biggest accomplishment. I have not quit!

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

One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is getting sucked into the problems and not appreciating the journey. It's all about the experience, people!

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

  1. Start now - don't delay! You can only learn by doing.
  2. Build a team of mentors BEFORE you need them.
  3. Hire early! The faster you hire, the faster you grow.

Where can people find you and your business?


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