ImagiNation with Brady Mills

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Brady Mills

Occupation: Owner, Brady Mills LLC

Age: 35

Favorite Productivity Tool: Basecamp and Adobe Comp

Most Recommended App: IFTTT

Last Book You Read: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Website: bradymills.com

Twitter handle: @webdesignnash

Tell us about your journey? Thirteen years ago, I was sitting in a cubicle surrounded by some of Nashville’s most talented marketing professionals. I watched the struggles of a large corporation integrating a third-party marketing firm, and the disconnect between everyday tasks that hindered internal productivity. Routine and mundane tasks were dominating some employees’ days, while their true and most valuable talent was unused. While everyone was working harder (not smarter), the success of the company was suffering.

I knew that I could make a difference, but I wasn’t sure I knew how to start. I struggled with doubt about how to create a new business from nothing while still paying the bills. One day, I had a conversation with my then-boyfriend, a world-renowned musician. He said something that stuck: “If you have something to fall back on, you will.”

Such a simple statement, but a true one. I had to take a risk. I had to take a chance and believe in myself. I knew that I could help companies identify business opportunities, build applications and tools that would help improve employee productivity and customer engagement. So, I spent most of the money I had saved to buy how-to books about web development, digital marketing, business management, outsourcing, taxes and more. I read them all, cover to cover.

I started marketing the company about six months before officially opening in 2006. A few days later, I secured my first corporate client, allowing me to focus all my attention on producing great work and growing the company. While my first few years in business could seem daunting at times, I had so many great business owners and professionals in my network who graciously and selflessly guided me. I consistently challenged myself with new and bigger projects that would require me to learn more. Eventually, I found myself working with clients in the banking and finance, insurance and manufacturing industries.

In 2016, I expanded to the Atlanta market and have served clients throughout the world, producing websites and digital marketing collateral in over 15 languages. I’ve worked with some of the most talented clients, employees and contractors, and I’ve developed long-lasting professional relationships that continually enrich my life.

January 2018 marks my company’s 12 year anniversary, and I couldn’t feel more blessed!

What is your favorite part of your day? I love the afternoon, when the sun is out and I can step outside with my computer. I have always strived to be as connected to the Earth as possible, so having a job that allows me to enjoy nature while I work is pretty phenomenal.

When do you feel most successful? I feel most successful when I see my clients succeeding through one of our campaigns or a new website. Hearing their stories of success gives me purpose and inspires me!

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I’m a big music lover. I was a Secondary Music Education major in college and minored in Computer Science. While my formal education was classical, I appreciate all types of music, but I especially love electronic dance music. Music gets me in the rhythm to be productive and high energy music helps me become hyper focused.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? Wow, I’ve learned so much in the past 12 years. I’ve learned to not allow myself to be limited by the knowledge I have today. Be confident in your ability to learn, and engage others who can inspire you to learn and grow through conversations, education and personal insights. Hey, that’s what ImagineMore is all about, right?

How do you optimize your day? I would be lost without Google Calendar and Basecamp. I use the two tools to plan out my daily agenda. Basecamp is great because it eliminates the need to duplicate communications between clients and team members, and allows me to see exactly what is happening in each stage of every project. Hubstaff helps me manage my remote employees and contractors.

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? I feel that everyone has been instrumental in creating my drive. Whether it’s someone who has tried to hold me back or someone who has helped propel me forward. Each are equally important. You find your most passionate determination in being told “you can’t” do something, and you find your greatest support in being told that “you can.”

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? Imagining More means never settling for less than you are capable of. It’s not always going to be easy or fun, but it will always be worth it.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? Talk to people! I love talking to people and hearing their stories. Everyone’s journey is different and we have so much to learn from each other.

Favorite social media platform? Instagram