Hello I am Margaret O’Connor Flanigan
I’m Margaret O’Connor Flanigan and I put up this site because everyone kept telling me that I needed to “brand” myself!
I haven’t been too eager to put my name and face out there because it’s just not my nature and also, I think there are more than enough huge egos in this business already and I certainly don’t want to add to the problem.
I don’t like my marketing to be “about me.” I like to emphasize the products, the services and the resources I provide. I usually market anonymously or under a business name. I guess I am fairly shy in person and perhaps I have let too much of that carry over into my business.
I enjoy what I do and I don’t take myself too seriously. I get a big kick out of this business and (most of) the people I work with. Issues that I am very passionate about include helping businesses get started with online and social marketing, teaching people about new technology and trying to help small businesses get the most bang for their online marketing buck. I get pretty mad when I see marketing consultants taking advantage of internet newbies.
I am an experienced marketer and website designer. I started out many, many years ago as a computer programmer. I left the workforce to stay home when my kids were born. I home schooled and did day care for a while and then when my marriage broke up, I started selling the advertising on church bulletins. I realized that I loved sales and marketing! The church bulletin company pulled out of the Chicago area just as I was having my first success as an internet marketer and the rest… as they say… is history!
When my divorce finally went through (after 4 years, don’t ask!) I grabbed my kids and we fled to a very small town here in northern Wisconsin. I was so grateful for my online business because it allowed me to pick up and move without worrying about finding work locally.
I have embraced my new identity as a “cheesehead” because I have found northern Wisconsin to be extremely relaxed and down-to-earth. Compared to Chicago, where I am from originally, this is a very polite, low-key, easy-going kind of place. I enjoy living and working in an environment where people take time to listen to each other and enjoy life..
Several years ago my parents both became very ill. Originally from Chicago, they had retired down in Arizona 25 years earlier. But things changed when they were in their 80′s and my mother needed a great deal of care and my father had suddenly been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and so he needed care also. Once again, having my own online business saved my life, allowing me do go down there and get them, bring them up to live with me and care for them in my home. After a few months with us my mother passed away peacefully here at home. My father’s Alzheimer’s continued to get worse but he was still the sweetest funniest dearest man in the world. My father passed away on March 22 2008, 2 years and 1 day after my mother.
So now I (try to) balance my responsibilities to my family with my work as a marketer and website designer… and sometimes find a few minutes to myself for fishing, kite flying and a few other hobbies.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a blessed day!