In Honor of Small Business: Ray Marklin Interview

In honor of Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2015, Liz Watkins Media & Designs has interviewed 18 business owners.  These interviews will be featured on Liz Watkins Media & Designs' blog.  The goal is to shine a light on small businesses. Continuing with the Small Business Interview series is Ray Marklin. This is the 7th interviews

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 Ray Marklin Photography

Owner of Business: Ray Marklin

Address of Business: St. Louis MO

What does the business do?  

I have many corporate, and business clients and I also photographed artists work for their websites.

When did you start the business?

1982

What did it take to get the business started?

It took being laid off my full time job working for an engineering company, in fact is one of my biggest clients now.

How long did it take to make profits and why?

It took a few years as I was deciding if I wanted to do the same type of work I was doing or something else. I decided to make my hobby of photography my work.

Why did you choose to start your own business?

I figured I could do it better than anyone else and so I went with it.

What are you responsibilities?

All aspects of running a business as I am a sole proprietor and do the books, scheduling, shooting and PR.

What are some of the problems/risks you're faced while running your business?

 Sometimes I have to educate my clients as to what they really want. We work back and forth to finally see what they want and what I can provide visually for them.

What are some of the benefits of owning your own business and running it?

It is 100% up to me to make decisions, account for revenue, schedule events and I don’t have to take a gig if I don’t feel good about or if it is not worth it to me.
Being self employed has allowed me to visit and work in almost 70 countries and I also photograph world class music venues and meet the performers in the green room afterwards. 

What are some recommendations you would give to someone who was trying to start their own business?

Do your homework in the area you are pursuing, have money saved up as u will need it. Follow your dream and don’t give up   ever

Do you enjoy what you do?

Absolutely, I have bee self employed for 33 years.

Why?

Because I still love it and I get to meet the most interesting people at each of my photo shoots

Do you also support other small businesses?

Yes I do and I try to keep the local businesses profitable.

Anything else you would like to add about your experience as a business owner?

Yes, some days are good and some days are better, but at the end of the day you can feel satisfied that you made theright decisionsfor your business and that is real satisfying.

 


Liz Watkins Media & Designs thanks Ray Marklin of Ray Marklin Photography for taking the time to interview.

This is the seventh interviews in honor of Small Business Saturday