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BroadBand: Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor of PhotoDetective.com

I launched a special blog series to honor and champion other women in business. This is a companion service to a podcast that launched on October 1, 2020.

My intention is to share insights of lessons learned by businesswomen and also elevate their services to the greater community. The goal is to inform and inspire other women with ideas in order to empower them to grow their own business ventures.

Maureen Taylor is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. She is a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine.

You can listen to our conversation on BroadBand the Podcast right here!

1.     How many years have you been in business?


2.     Why did you pick this kind of work in particular?

I LOVE history and old photos

3.     If you could go back to your younger self, what kind of advice would you give yourself about your pursuit to create your own business?

Don’t wait so long to follow your dream of being an entrepreneur.  Take chances and figure it out.  Trust your instincts

4.     Who influenced you – professionally and/or personally?

My colleague Kathleen Hinckley, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

5.     What do you like to do to have fun?

Explore the nooks and crannies of Rhode Island. 

6.     What advice would you share with someone who is thinking about, or just beginning, managing their own business?

Find a mentor.  Join a Mastermind group. Don’t be afraid to ask “stupid questions

7.     What surprised you the most as a business owner?

How much more creative one can be when you have your own business!  

8.  Any suggestions on resources: books, podcasts, online learning, blogs + tools?

Carol Cox – Speaking Your Brand; Nikki Rausch; Amy Porterfield

Connecting with Maureen

Twitter: @photodetective
Instagram: @photodetective 

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