132: Mary Honan: Don’t dabble. Don’t settle. Go for what you want.

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honan-1208-photo-webMary is a passionate, fact-based marketer. As founder of For Marketing Matters LLC, Mary developed the perfect outsourced marketing model for savvy CEOs seeking an ongoing partner. As a marketing evangelist, Mary preaches the marketing gospel, addressing the common misunderstandings of marketing and its function. At her core, Mary is strategic and analytical, planning and executing to maximize ROI. A high energy leader and entrepreneur, Mary enters year ten running her business. She earned her MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and has two bachelor of science degrees in Finance and Marketing from Boston College, graduating summa cum laude.

Mary shares…

What motivated her to start a business in the first place?

  • The marketing department at Mary’s company was eliminated. She decided to explore why marketing is misunderstood.

Did she start the business on the side or dive in full-time?

  • Full-time

What were the first steps that she took?

  • Initially, Mary took short-term contracts for cash flow. To find her ideal clients, Mary leveraged her past connections as well as developed new connections when she went through an accreditation process.

What type of people does she surround herself with?

  • Mary had a business coach throughout the years of building her business. She also surrounded herself with other experts.

One personal habit that contributed to her success?

  • Mary is a planner. She writes down what she wants to do and do it.

What book(s) would she recommend aspiring entrepreneurs read?

What advice would she give to someone who is starting their journey into entrepreneurship?

  • Meet with your accountant and attorney early. Don’t dabble. Don’t settle. Go for what you want. If people tell you and you hear feedback you don’t want to hear, don’t accept it. Find and secure real colleagues.

How to reach Mary?


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About the author, Melin

Melin is a sales and business coach who works with aspiring, part-time, and new entrepreneurs to launch and grow their business. She partners with her clients to figure out their gifts and talents, explore opportunities that are aligned with their interests and purpose, create strategies to launch their business, develop sales skills and mindset, gain confidence and clarity, and so much more.

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