We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marissa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started my business, I started it with it just being a hobby something I loved to do. It turned out to be more than what I expected. Within the first month of starting my business, I made over $1200 dollars with online sales on Etsy. When factoring in my local and word of mouth orders, I exceeded my own expectations and made more than I could ask for. Since starting my business a little over a year ago, I have probably made at least a quarter or my salary from my current job. I have grown to be more creative than before and teach myself to make new things everyday. With continuously learning new crafts I am able to successfully gain new customers and expand my business. I have went from making one shirt per order to my largest order being 25 shirts. I appreciate my growth and look forward to continuing to learn new things and perfecting my craft and business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am in the education field as well as a minority business owner. I think what sets me apart from others is that am extremely creative and talented when it comes to designs and creating things. Besides being a teacher and owning a custom shirt business, I also create business cards, flyers, logos, websites, decorate parties, create beautiful balloon décor, and much more. I have been told that I am a women of many talents. I have been in the education field since 2013. I have worked with a variety of students with many different backgrounds and learning environments. I have had many challenges being in the education field especially recently during the last year because of COVID-19. The education world in todays time is different and there had to be many adjustments made to how we teach children whether it be virtual or face-to-face. I have learned to take it one day at a time and to be grateful to still be working during a pandemic. I would like the world to know that my brand stems from me using my creativity as an outlet for dealing with life. I surprise myself sometimes with the things I am able to produce and pride myself on ensuring that I am always learn and perfecting my craft. I want to gain customers through my work and knowledge of being able to create just about anything you can think of.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to a few restaurants which include: Black Rock in Pompano Beach, Oceanic in Pompano Beach, Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale, Rock Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Big Pink on South Beach. Any beach is a good hangout spot at night or on the weekends. I enjoy a good hookah bar or a nice outside bar as well. I think the most exciting places to visit are on Fort Lauderdale Beach, South Beach and Hollywood Beach.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my success to my father. Although he has long passed away, I know that his creativity and tenacity is what keeps me going everyday. He taught he a lot about work ethic and work performance and how important it is to be punctual and how a business should be ran.

Website: www.jacksondesignsboutique.com

Instagram: @jacksondesignsboutique

Facebook: Jackson Designs Boutique

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