Prepare to be inspired… Meg Biram is a journalism graduate turned multi-passionate entrepreneur. After giving five years to roles in the corporate world with The Observer Media Group and Hallmark Cards, Meg followed her entrepreneurial instinct. She’d been blogging to curate fashion, interiors and art since 2007 and, four years later, was able to turn her online home into a business. From there her business has evolved to include a shop, online marketing and social media consulting, speaking and collaborations with brands including Kate Spade New York, Nike and Macy’s. Meg also co-founded The B Bar – an online ebookshop.
I’m excited to introduce Meg today as she shares the secrets of her success….
What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today? What motivated you to start your own business?
I don’t think there’s been a defining moment for me, I just always knew I’d be an entrepreneur. There are a lot of entrepreneurs in my extended family so I grew up thinking it was normal. I did the corporate world for five years and it just further solidified that it was not my thing.
How did you go from the seedling of a business idea to ‘open for business’? How did you get started? And how has your business evolved (into now multi-passionate!)?
When I started my blog back in 2007, blogging wasn’t really a business for most people. None of us realised that blogging itself could turn into a business so I always thought I’d be doing something else and blogging was just to help market it. Obviously that changed as it became possible to monetise blogs, but once I left my Senior Designer position at Hallmark Cards in early 2011 and moved to Washington DC that’s when I started consulting seriously, and the rest of my businesses grew from there.
Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.
I’m always thinking about what’s next. I plan for it and act on my plan, but I allow flexibility and let things evolve and surprise me. I’ve got a lot of things in the works for 2014.
How do you stay motivated and inspired?
I guess I’m never not motivated or inspired. It’s just innate for me.
What has been your biggest lesson learned?
That even sometimes good ideas I have aren’t necessarily what I want to spend my time doing.
What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?
I tend to put myself in a lot of situations that challenge me because I feel like you can’t grow or you aren’t taking enough risk if you aren’t kinda scared sometimes. So I know that as long as I put myself in uncomfortable positions sometimes, I’ll come out of it stronger.
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What do you believe is the secret of your success?
Persistence and hard work.
What 3 tips would you offer women on how to follow their professional ambitions and design a life that sparkles?
Research anything and everything about the industry you want to be in.
Talk to as many people as you can that have done what you want to do or something similar.
Make sure that what you want to do is unique to you. Don’t just copy what other people are doing because you think it looks fun. Dig deep to find your true passions and work hard to make them original to you.
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