I'm a hopeless homebody with an addiction to Diet Coke, chocolate and cheesecake who's a sucker for my two sons. I mean, I'd much rather be at home with these two living, breathing stress factors than anywhere else in the world. Most days you'll find me at home with a laptop in my lap, a 2-year-old climbing my back, sitting across from a 20-year-old listening to music on his phone, the TV tuned in to a true crime mystery and a Diet Coke sitting next to me.
My Ah-Ha Moment
I'm a writer and designer who decided to become a solopreneur in 2002 because family is everything to me. I was just going to do some flyers and business cards, just whatever print stuff people asked me to do. Somehow, I just knew I needed a website to advertise so I built one. My first website was a one-page Yahoo! website with colorful, flashing letters, and exploding banners and fireworks. It was very sparkly, very gaudy and very unprofessional. I was proud of myself! One night, I was having a chat conversation with a web designer freelancing for a major hotel chain and he showed me what he was working on. I took the hint. I was not a web designer . . . yet!
After doing research on the whole process of building websites, deconstructing some I liked, trying to understand the code and how it was put together, I practiced building my own. A couple of years later, I had finally put together something that didn't look like a 5-year-old's finger painting project and I felt like I was ready for the big leagues. I've built small websites and I've built for regional and national organizations. I thought that was pretty cool at the time.
Over the years, I realized it wasn't as satisfying as building a website for someone who was trying to launch their own business or non-profit from the ground floor. Building websites for small businesses and non-profits was actually coveted more than the larger ones. These people came to me with their dreams and they just wanted someone to help them flesh it out and present it to the world. Some had no idea where to start and they were looking at me to help them. It was a huge responsibility. Since I came from a place of mutual understanding and experience, I dove right in and made sure they understood what needed to happen to make this dream a reality. Everyone can't do the research, testing, and practice. That's where I come in. While you build your business, I take care of these things, so you don't have to.