Founder’s Friday featuring Marci Brennan @ Past Present Pix

M Brennan Pastpresentpix

Please provide a brief description about your company.

I help busy families and small businesses manage, organize and preserve their photo and video collections so their valuable memories are always at their fingertips and safely backed up.

Two hashtags that best describe you 

#disciplined #historylover

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Starting my business five years ago, despite having no intention of ever starting a business. But I come from a long line of entrepreneurial sales people, so I should have known better!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A beautiful summer beach day on Martha’s Vineyard with my husband, which includes biking, swimming, eating oysters and watching the sun set.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing my health.

Whom do you most admire?

Julia Child.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To speak other languages fluently.

What are your top tips for balancing work and life?

Prioritize sleep, honor your boundaries and get outside each day.

What is something new that you learned about running a business this year?

Having a repeatable, documented processes so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. For example, I now have standard client onboarding process. Took me a while!

What is your most marked characteristic?
My reading habit – my family childhood nickname was “Bookworm”.

What is your greatest regret?

That I didn’t start my business 10 years ago.

What is your motto?

Nothing learned is ever wasted.

What is a legal mistake you wish someone warned you about?

The importance of becoming an LLC rather than staying a sole proprietorship.

When running your business, what do you struggle with most?

Trying to do everything well, which is just not possible for one person.

What advice would you give to yourself at 25 years old?

Live below your means – but still have fun. It’s totally possible and you’ll thank yourself later!