Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in marketing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Stephanie Long, founder of Stephanie Marie Marketing, a woman-owned boutique marketing firm specializing in SEO located in Mill Creek, WA.

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

Stephanie Marie Marketing is a woman-owned boutique firm with over a decade of experience in marketing and SEO. What makes us unique is that our company specializes solely in SEO, and this laser focus means we are at the top of our SEO game. Most of our clients come from the following industries: Food & Beverage, Travel, Health & Wellness, eCommerce, SaaS, and Entertainment.

Tell us about yourself

I got an internship at my college's communication department doing SEO, and because of that, my first job out of college was at an SEO company. My skillset evolved as I worked in marketing at several companies, so I have done pretty much everything under the marketing umbrella, but SEO has also been my first love.

Over my career, I realized how SEO is really an unknown in marketing, and companies very much need help in this, so I decided to create an SEO-only company to be a very knowledgeable subject matter expert in this area. What motivates me each day is knowing that I am helping clients grow their businesses, and it gives me such a great feeling.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The biggest accomplishment as a business owner was honestly just putting my website live because it makes you feel more exposed and can make you second guess yourself.

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

The hardest thing about being a business owner is getting maintenance clients. We do a lot of projects, but the goal is always to convert those companies to monthly clients. The hustle is real, and I am constantly working prospects.

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

  1. Just do it - it will be so fulfilling.
  2. Make time for yourself, so you don't burn out and want to give up on the business.
  3. Don't give up. Yes, it can get discouraging, but if this is your passion, others will feel it, and you'll attract who you need to attract.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We offer free initial consultations, and if you don't see the results we promised in three months, your money back is guaranteed.

However, previous clients have seen major gains from using our firm, including:
A 313% increase in new users
An 80% increase in website traffic
A Keyword increase of 50+ ranks
An acquisition of several new Fortune 500 clients after implementing our SEO recommendations

Where can people find you and your business?

Instagram: @stephaniemariemarketing

If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.

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