Welcome to another Small Business Update – and today we’re catching up with Dick Margulis of Dick Margulis Creative Services an editing (and more) colleague, who we first met in February 2012, and then again in March 2013, March 2014 and May 2015 when this was his succinct plan for the year: “Keeping on keeping on”. You can’t get clearer than that, and I think that’s something a lot of us more established freelancers and small business owners consider a good plan! Let’s see how he’s doing a year and a bit since that last chat …
Hello again, Dick! So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
I’m still doing what I always wanted to do and enjoying every minute of it. I fell in love with well-formed sentences and the magic of typography as a boy and dreamed of being able to make books for a living for decades before the advent of cheap technology made it possible. I love what I do and just want to keep doing it. So yes, I’m where I thought I’d be and where I think I’ll continue to be.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
What stays the same is constant learning—learning about wide-ranging subjects from the books I edit; learning about working with different sorts of clients and the situations they present; discovering new techniques. What has changed is that I’m doing more teaching—speaking to larger audiences and bigger conferences; taking on an eager student as an intern—in an effort to pass on a typographic tradition that is no longer taught in colleges or trade schools or by apprenticeship, so that it shouldn’t die out altogether.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
For as long as I’ve been doing this kind of work, I still learn new things every day. I really believe that the day you stop learning is the day you start dying. Can I catalog the last year’s learnings? I don’t want to take the time. There’s so much more to learn this year.
Any more hints and tips for people?
BONUS NEW QUESTION: What question would YOU like to ask other small business owners?
Are you ready to publish a book?
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Y’know, I’ve been talking about our cohousing project for so long, saying that this would be the year we finally moved in, that I’m thinking I’m going to give the project the code name Jerusalem. As in “next year in Jerusalem.” <sardonic_laugh />
I love Dick’s constant search for new information and learning and ability to embrace new ideas. How wonderful that he’s taking time out to teach someone in the next generation the skills he knows, too – that something he’s loved since he was a child is being passed along. Good luck for that move, too, Dick!
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