I wanted to be an artist.
Years ago I had a dream to be an artist and not starve. In 1999, it began by pursuing a fine arts degree which quickly switched to a degree in web design. I received my AAS Degree in web design from Mesa Community College through the Art Department and went on to earn a BAS Degree in Digital Media Management with an emphasis in web design from Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus.
I became a teacher for artists.
In 2004, with my new degree in hand and a very small list of clients, I was asked to teach Web Design in the Art Department at Mesa Community College, in the very same classroom where my journey began.
My website business was frequently a side business because I taught a lot of classes and even was a one-year-only full-time faculty member for two years.
As I went through years of building websites, I continually found myself working mostly with solopreneurs, mostly very creative individuals, mostly women.
And then I found a new way to build websites that even kept the artists happy.
Over time, I started to build sites in a new way, live, with the business owner. This probably stemmed from all the years of building websites with my visual artist students in the classroom. This approach allowed me to execute their vision in real time while guiding them with my expertise. This type of work allows me to teach and create and give solopreneurs the influence they crave over their website while getting the site done in a super timely manner. I also create live training videos while working with them so they can maintain whatever portions of the website they want themselves easily because they have custom, to-the-point videos made just for them that they can access at any time.
I found that I could help people become friends with their website instead of feeling disconnected, frustrated, and forced. I found that when people feel this way about their website they actually use it as a business growth tool instead of putting it on a shelf.
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Now I want to help everyone get a website and remain happy while doing so.
In 2015, after 11 years of teaching, I finally decided I wanted to reach more people with my website design business and stopped teaching.
I realized there is a huge need to take my unique offering to a much bigger level. So, while I’ve been creating websites for 17 years, it took me about 16 years to realize how I can serve to the highest level and love what I do. I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never felt so inspired.
The degrees and continuing education
Along with the background given above, here’s where my knowledge has come from:
- AdWords Certification in Search Advertising, in progress, 2016
- AdWords Certification in AdWords Fundamentals, 2016
Completed Online Courses
- Chalene Johnson’s IG Impact, 2016
- Marie Forleo’s B-School, 2015
- Amy Porterfield’s Facebook Profit Lab, 2014
- BAS in Digital Media Management, Arizona State University, 2004
- AAS in Web Design, Mesa Community College 2001