We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Middleton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what role has risk played in your life or career? Risk taking is necessary in business ownership. I have always had to take risks in my life personally and in my career as a teacher in now as a business owner. When I first started my business I was comfortable doing things I had already experienced but as my business grew amongst the community, I would get requests to do things I was unfamiliar with, or had never tried before. Exploring those things was certainly a risk, but so is having to invest my personal money into a startup. When you’re first starting out, you’re not sure exactly if your business will thrive, so it can be a bit scary. However, it always ends up proving to be rewarding in the end. You will never grow if you stay in your comfort zone and as a business owner, stagnation is death.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I fully embrace that I am a creative, and I’ve been so my entire life. My first and forever love is music, songwriting and singing; but as I grew older, I took pleasure in other forms of creativity which is how I discovered crafting. In my crafting business I create various things from T-shirts, door wreaths epoxy tumblers, and much more! What sets me apart from others like me is my dedication to quality. I work passionately and with excellence in mind! It may cause me to be considered a perfectionist, but I take pride in producing quality work whether it is a craft, a song or even in regular work, I am going to give it everything I’ve got. I’ve always thought out of the box, and I’ve always tried to live in a colorful way. It didn’t come easy initially because it is only recently that creativity and art have become more and more appreciated. Previously, people who think outside of the box has been labeled weird or has been encouraged to be more conforming to societal norms. So I have always been challenged to allow my creativity to flow without the impressions or need for approval from anyone else. I am proud to say that I have gotten over that, but I recognize the struggles that I’ve had to go endure to get to this place.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I reside in Columbia, South Carolina and one of my favorite things to do is hang out at the Soda City Market, which is held every Saturday, downtown. There are varieties of artisans selling their goods and products, as well as food vendors, and musicians. What I love most about this experience is being out in the air watching a diverse people interacting, just enjoying music, food, and fun!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout? God first, because my business would be absolutely nothing without His blessing and hand of favor. Every single one of my family and friends who support me by purchasing from me, referring me to others, or encouraging me to keep going. I’d especially like to shout out best friend and sister Fran, who deserves as much credit as I do. From the very beginning, she has supported and encouraged my endeavors as an entrepreneur. She has stayed up late nights to help me complete orders, has shared my business with anyone she comes in contact with, and buys from me like any other customer. She dreams big with me and encourages me to keep going!
Linkedin: Megs Makings