Tamara Paylor is A Woman Making It Happen

Welcome to our weekly edition of Women Making it Happen (#WomenMakingItHappen). Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we feature a woman entrepreneur who’s making it happen in the world of entrepreneurship! She's gonna share with us how she keeps it moving for her business venture(s). 

"Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes." —Nancy Pelosi

Today’s featured woman is  Tamara Paylor, owner of Mae Lea Designs, a graphic design firm specializing in branding and marketing materials for small business owners.

We asked Tamara to share a bit about what keeps her pushing and striving to #MakeItHappen!!!

  1. First, we’d like to thank you so much for being a featured guest on our blog.Tell us a little bit about your business ventures. My company is Mae Lea Designs, it is a graphic and web design firm that specializes in branding and marketing materials for small businesses and start ups. As of January 1st, I've launched Entrepreneur Life™ Apparel. This is a clothing and accessory line that celebrates the entrepreneur lifestyle.
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? I've always want to run my own business and actually started Mae Lea Designs right after graduating with my design degree however it was only part time due to gaining an internship. After being laid off due to the economy and years of customer service and sales jobs, my mother said to me one day, "I think you could make a run for it." This was in reference to going full time in my business. I took the leap once hearing that and I've been full time ever since.
  3. What are three important lessons you have learned since starting out in your business(es)? 1. know your worth. Do not sell yourself nor your craft short just to make a quick buck. 2. Continue to learn and perfect your craft. 3. Everyone is not your client. It's ok to turn down work. It's ok when people do not support or purchase from you. It doesn't necessarily mean that something is wrong with your business.
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? I have found that there are male clientele that will try to take advantage of you. I've been given fake or rubber business checks. I've unfortunately had more negative experiences with male clients than female.
  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? My mom is my number one supporter/not-so-silent partner. She is the influence and namesake of my business along with my late grandmother. I also have an awesome circle of womenpreneurs that help keep me motivated and we support each other's endeavors. I also have a few male counterparts that I can reach out to for advice as well, which comes in handy for my male oriented designs.
  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? Get a mentor or a group of like minded individuals to help guide, get a plan together, and research. I would also advise her to not easily give up, stay focused on her why.
  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? I have a Mompreneur Extravaganza event.  I would also like help promoting my Entrepreneur Life™ line.

We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Friday Entrepreneur, Tamara Paylor. Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page.

If you know of a woman who’s pushing to #MakeItHappen in the world business, tag them with the hashtag #WomanMakeItHappen. We’d love to feature them in our weekly blog series. If you are interested in being a featured womanpreneur, visit this LINK to sign up!

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