We had the good fortune of connecting with Marilyn Orozco-Hachem and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marilyn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It is definitely scary to jump into starting your own business. I am thinking back to the day I asked myself “why the hell not?!”. Very quickly your mind begins to spit out all of the “why the hell not’s” but it’s just your fear talking. I will say, for me it was vital to have at least ONE person backing me up and cheering me on to go down this path. My husband was that ONE person for me. Without thinking, he told me to go for it and gave me a timeline to start getting clients and making money; to push myself and also because he couldn’t maintain the both of us forever. Haha! It was the best kind of motivation. Also having my husband, who is also my best friend, tell me that I was capable of doing this meant everything. So all I have to tell you, if you want to start your own business… JUST DO IT! Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can begin today.

What should our readers know about your business?
I do content creation and digital marketing for local businesses in South Florida. I am mainly in the restaurant and craft beer community but I work with all and any brands. I specialize in local brands because that is what makes my and any city special and different from one another. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to have good marketing to stay in front of people’s faces which generates sales. If you’re silent, no one will know you’re open or who you even are. Everything is digital now so I take care of everything for my clients from websites and managing all of their social channels like Instagram, Facebook, Google, Yelp, etc.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being that I live in Kendall which is suuuper South Miami, I would love to show them around South Miami. It’s off the beaten path and definitely not touristy. It’s what REAL MIAMI IS. First, I’d stop by Magic City Perks to grab a light breakfast and coffee. This is my favorite local coffee shop. Then we’d drive off to sky dive in Homestead, just 15-20 mins out. It’s a whole different POV of Miami from way up high. Robert is Here is nearby which we can grab a fresh picked fruit shake and then head over to a Buddhist Temple nearby. All of these are hidden gems that most tourists miss. The ride back is also very lush with farmland and greenery. Finally, we’d end the day with some pizza and beer so we’d head over to Strange Beast Beer and end the night there.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The book ‘YOU ARE A BAD ASS’ by Jen Sincero was a catalyst in my life to help me push myself towards the life I have today. If you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it. It’ll speak to you in ways you should be speaking to yourself on the daily. Especially because YOU ARE a bad ass. I send all of my love to the brands and clients that trust my vision and heart. I do everything with love and I truly believe that they know that. For people to actually give me their business and run with it to help bring them eyes and clients, is a thrill. I love my job. I love what I do. It’s the trust these brands and clients put in me that keeps me going. My husband is my rock, my biggest cheerleader and always the one to throw perspective at me when I needed it, most. He had my back since the moment “I want to be my own boss” came out of my mouth. He supported us for at least six months before I could even contribute to bills and the life we live now. That’s how long it took me to get a client and begin to understand my rhythm and flow in what I do. Life came full circle when my husband, who was a civil engineer for 10+ years decided he wanted to become a brewer. I was able to repay him by supporting us so that he can follow his dream job too. You can try his beers at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing and Strange Beast Beer, in Miami, FL.

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Image Credits
First photo : is with my husband please mention him Haidar Hachem also known as @thirsty_samurai_piggy on Instagram.

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