Meredith Egeland – Founder of Clear Vision Creative

Meredith is the founder of Clear Vision Creative - a B2B Integrated Digital Marketing Agency based in Pittsburgh, PA. They focus on holistic digital solutions in Marketing, Branding, and Web Design.
Meredith Egeland
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Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m 23 years old and just celebrated my 3rd anniversary with my husband. I love dark roast black coffee, sitting on my porch swing to read, doing home improvement projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Tell us about your company and how you got started!

Between my sophomore and junior year in college, I got married. We began to go to a small church in Butler and the pastor’s wife was a web designer. She took me under her wing and I worked with her on things related to her business and social media. I worked with her and some family businesses throughout my college years. I noticed there was a need for digital marketing for the mid-life entrepreneurs who wanted to start or improve their business, and even though they might have had previous business experience, the digital arena was unfamiliar to them. As time went on, a added on a service or two onto what I provided as my clients needed it to grow their business. I now have B2B clients all over the USA in various industries and I LOVE my clients.

What advice do you have for other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Wow, I have learned so many lessons through the years.

  1. I think many entrepreneurs are so passionate about their businesses, making their dream/vision come true that they begin to wrap their identity and their value up in their job. Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle that is different from any other – we are accepting financial risks and insecurity to have more freedom. But there’s more to life than work and making money – even as an entrepreneur. The lifestyle gives you the opportunity to put time into and find meaning in things more important than work for the purpose of making money.
  2. Stop talking and do it. There’s a lot to think about as an entrepreneur but when it comes down to it, your customers need your product and/or service. Don’t half-ass your work, whole-ass it. Give people more than they are expecting. If you want your vision to become a reality, put the work in.
  3. You can’t do this alone. I would consider myself a lone-wolf but I definitely would not be where I am today as a person without my husband and people who helped me when I had nothing valuable to offer. People who can help you get customers/clients and someone to support you emotionally is so necessary. I can’t tell you how many times I told my husband I was quitting. I can’t tell you how many times he’s given up financial gain and security just to maintain my business status.
  4. There will be times when you just need the work, but always try to work with people who have similar values as you. Work towards building a QUALITY network of people who will get in the trenches with you and as you do this, let go of the people who are putting you there. If you’re in a position to choose who you work with, do so. Money is not the end game here.
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