I know I was excited to do this series but I didn’t realize how pumped my community was! I had 5 shares on Facebook, countless likes on Facebook and twitter and had over 100 clicks last week to the article itself. Those are some awesome stats!
My follow up to last week is my dear and lovely friend Michelle. We met just over a year ago when she casually walked into my co-working space looking for a place to work. Michelle is bright, bubbly, fun and has a ridiculous eye for design. (Don’t believe me, check out the homepage of her website, that is the level of her talent.)
I got the chance to chat with her about her business, her inspiration and how she conquered the challenge of opening up a new design studio in a city where she didn’t know anyone.
1. Give me your best quick elevator pitch:
Building a home or designing a space that matters to you and represents who you are is a wonderful, yet overwhelming, experience. You need a partner to help you navigate through all of the options to find your personal vision, instead of just recreating something from a magazine or off the shelf. My job is to be your partner. I will manage the project, narrow the options, and compile a plan that enables you to make the choices for your space, giving you something that you are truly happy with and can enjoy with your family and friends for a lifetime. I will help you discover that vision and bring it to life, while keeping it a fun and enjoyable experience along the way.
2. How’d you come up with your idea/company?
I have had a passion for Interior Design before I ever really understood what it was. As a little girl, I built houses out of index cards and filled them with crayon colored furniture. My junior year of high school, I was introduced to the concept and career possibility of Interior Design. A lifelong career of something that was a beloved hobby – no brainer! After working with a firm in Houston for over seven years and gaining rich and varied experience, I moved to Chicago with my husband and decided it was time to begin my own brand. Michelle Glennon Interior Design, Inc., was born and has been going strong for nearly two years.
3. What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been getting my foot in the door in a city with a highly established Interior Design industry without knowing a soul in the field. It took and still takes a lot of networking, and courage, to continue to grow, establish references, find reliable resources and build my brand.
4. What has been your biggest success?
So far my biggest success has been establishing a wonderful and ongoing relationship with a highly regarded architectural design and build firm in the Chicago area. They have been a huge source of work and collaboration. I continue to work on growing other relationships with similar firms and individuals; however, I’m so appreciate of this opportunity.
5. What is your best piece of advice for other entrepreneurs?
Force yourself outside of your comfort zone, and do not give up if you are not successful right away. Networking is still not my strong suit and I admittedly do not enjoy that part of entrepreneurship; however, it is the best tool for a growing business. It truly is a small world and you should take full advantage of that fact.
6. Who inspires you?
I worked with Slovack-Bass in Houston for over seven years before moving to Chicago and beginning my own company. The Owner and Principal Designer, Margie Slovack, was truly an inspiration to me and my design career. It was incredible to watch someone each day with such a strong passion for design. She was an amazing mentor. She encouraged me to discover my strengths as a designer, fight for what I believed in, push myself and my resources to reach the best design possible, take initiative to get the job done, and truly listen to my clients’ needs and wants, as well as helping them to determine what those needs and wants truly are when they are uncertain. My time with Margie and her firm were invaluable and I will always cherish it.
To learn more about Michelle Glennon and her services, visit her website at http://www.michelleglennoninteriordesign.com