Extreme Professional Makeover

 

Julieane Frost
Julieane Frost

In today’s blog post, SPC vice-president and freelance writer Julieane Frost offers her thoughts and insights on Margie Dana’s March 9 presentation on how to reinvent your job, your career, and yourself.

What happens when a woman gets married at age 40, has a baby at 42, and tries to balance a demanding career, a new marriage, and motherhood?  According to Margie Dana, “all hell broke loose” when it happened to her 15 years ago. In a lively presentation at the SPC meeting on March 9, Margie described how she “jumped off the corporate merry-go-round and landed on her feet in her own business.”

She began with an overview of her journey from college English major to proofreader, editor, print buyer, and, 12 years ago, to founder of Print Buyers International, a company that offers networking and educational opportunities to professionals who buy commercial printing.  Margie showed how she has evolved even further, by embracing social media, including Twitter and Linkedin to promote her business.  The cornerstone of her outreach is a weekly column, “Margie’s Print Tips,” which is distributed electronically to 4,500 subscribers every Monday morning.

Margie shared lots of tips on how to start your own business.  These included basics, such as how to set up a home office, be your own IT department, and let the world know what you do.  Her advice was sprinkled with memorable tidbits, including:  “Be nimble and flexible – adapt!” and “Be where the ‘eyeballs’ may be.”

Margie summed up her breathless “how to succeed on your own” story, with one final sound bite: “I wouldn’t change one minute or one day of it!”

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