Indie Soul Entrepreneur: Brandon Jones


“I am doing this for my family. I want my kids to see how it is to work for themselves. It is up to me to set the example.”—Brandon Jones

While Brandon Jones was Morgan State University studying media and journalism his dream was to start a media company. Media for Jones meant owning a radio station and a print magazine.

“I felt like there were not a lot of young voices speaking up on certain topics whether that is music, fashion, or hosting events. I wanted to show people that as young people, particularly blacks that we do matter and we do have a voice,” says Jones. “The idea of starting a magazine actually came from mom, who I learned so much from pertaining to the media because she worked for a newspaper, couple that with my love of ownership, what better way to come out than with a magazine focusing on entrepreneurship, hence Self-Made Magazine.”

Jones’ Self-Made Magazine encourages people, especially minorities to start their own businesses. It also talks about the finance of starting and running a business, highlighting entrepreneurs and offering advice.

“Our first issue is Friday, January 16th. Not only will there be a hard copy of the magazine, but people can also go online to to read more articles, tips and other information for entrepreneurs. This is not just a Baltimore-Maryland magazine but a worldwide magazine. If you are only thinking locally, then you are missing the global exchange,” says Jones.

When asked if he is worried that some magazines are not surviving, Jones notes, “This is something that the people need and want. From speaking with others, they are hungry for something that speaks to them.”

Brandon Jones, Indie Soul understands your passion. Good luck and much success! Follow Brandon Jones on Twitter: @Self_MadeMag and on Facebook: SelfMadeMagazine.