Meet Power Player: Marshaunda Dixon of Your ATL Tours
One of my newest clients has such a fun business where she educates people on the city of Atlanta and she also has an Air BnB. If you’re ever in town, definitely reach out to her. I can’t wait to go myself, since Atlanta is now my home.
Let’s get to know her and her business.
What service does Your Atl Tours provide?
I provide a premiere tour experience in Atlanta.
What inspired you to start it?
I used to teach African American history and after I stopped teaching I still had the energy and a real desire to share our stories. I noticed the culture in Atlanta was shifting from the Atlanta of Black excellence, higher education and culture to more of a Housewives (Superficial) culture and I wanted to provide a balanced perspective of Atlanta. In a world where Black history is being watered down and in many places phased out I want to be one of the voices that reminds and educates people of the rich Black history in Atlanta.
What have been some challenges in building your business?
Financial support. Many people are not interested in history and not everyone has the physical capacity to participate in a a walking tour.
What skills have you used to pull it all together?
My education: I have a degree in history. I’ve taught African American studies, I’ve worked at the archives. I have also interviewed several people who were a part of the movement.
My love for teaching, storytelling, and my passion for making history come alive coupled with my love for people.
What are the main keys to being successful in business?
Love what you’re doing, expect roadblocks and stay committed. Never be afraid to pivot within the business. Listen to your customers. Stay flexible and open to change and growth.
Favorite me time escape?
Play my drums or travel.
What would you like your legacy to be?
Someone who gave to her community. I want to be remembered by my philanthropic activities: providing our youth opportunities, resources and experiences. I also want to be remembered as someone who helped people find the highest expression of themselves.
Any last words of advice for an entrepreneur just starting out?
If it was easy everyone would do it. You’re going to make mistakes. Don’t quit!
Any recommended reading -a book that helped your biz or your personal growth?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Boss moves by Myron Golden
How can our readers reach you?
IG: Your Atl Tours
Facebook: Your Atl Tours Airbnb