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You're no stranger to hard work.
You've built your passion project (aka. this business you are wildly passionate about) from the ground up. You have sacrificed long hours, sleepless nights, skipped family vacations... Why? Because you're the make it happen girl. When you set your mind to something, you do what it takes and you give it your all. Your friends and family may think you're crazy, but you keep working anyway because giving up is not an option.
Then it hits you.
You don't know exactly when it happened, but one day you realize that your DIY, cookie-cutter website just won't cut it anymore. You've begun to make a name for yourself... People are actually wanting to visit your website... And you're getting seen.
That's what you are and those raving fans prove it. You know you have everything it takes to run with the big dogs... but you're embarrassed. Embarrassed to talk about your site... embarrassed to share the link. Because you know that if you really want to own "expert" status, you have to look the part.
And while you are an absolute expert in your field, DIYing your website will just leave you with too many headaches and a cookie-cutter website that still falls short.
Well, it's time to dream big, girl. I've got you.
(and I'll build you a killer site to prove it.)
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard
My journey to becoming a Squarespace website designer.
With my new DSLR (aka. fancy) camera in hand, my love for creating digital art was born. I joined the yearbook team my senior year in high school and a seed was planted.
Dreaming of one day being able to work from home while raising littles, I started a four-year bachelors program in graphic design.
Flat top hat, tassel, and oversized gown... I graduated with a degree in graphic design and started my first corporate job as a designer.
I officially launched my first business as a freelance photographer and designer. Oh yeah, and I married my best friend.
I began my second corporate job where I soon became the director of marketing and sales support.
My world was turned upside down with the addition of our first son and my entrepreneurial dreams came flooding back.
I gave my two weeks and started business #2 - this one! - where I help ladies follow their dreams and build thriving businesses of their own.
I start my third business... selling shampoo (yes, it's true. Network marketing got me and my hair thanks me). My second son is born and my passion for changing my families legacy through financial freedom and helping other ladies do the same is stronger than ever.
Great question! The truth is that there are many great website programs (or CMS) out there. I spent a few years designing in WordPress and love it as well, but here are some of the reasons I love Squarespace... (click on each box below to read more)
+ 01. It's easy to edit, update, and manage yourself.
One of the biggest headaches of having a website professionally designed is your limited knowledge of how to update the content and images yourself. You might find yourself spending hours pulling your hair out to change one section of text. But not With Squarespace! You will be able to experience one of the best user interfaces EVER. And don't worry about having to use any code... Because you are able to actually SEE the changes you are making on your site while you are making them.
+ 02. It's fully customizable.
Even though Squarespace seems like a "simpler" option over WordPress (and it is!), rest assured that it is still a robust powerhouse able to be fully customized to achieve the look you are after. It doesn't have to look cookie-cutter at all! (Like this site you're on now?? It's a Squarespace site!)
+ 03. It has robust SEO capabilities.
With Squarespace, you are still able to add all the information needed into the back end of your site to make search engines love you. No need to install a plugin... Just add your keyword phrases in the right spots (or let me do it for you) and you're ready to go!
+ 04. It looks great across all platforms.
Your site will look great on ANY screen from a cell phone to an extra large desktop monitor. No need to worry about how your site looks to your on-the-go clientele! (after all, research shows that over half of the population now views online content from their phone!)
+ 05. It's secure.
With Squarespace, you don't have to worry about plugins leaving your site vulnerable to attacks. Your monthly hosting fee includes it ALL, so you can rest assured that your site will still be there - looking awesome - day in and day out. And if anything ever does happen, Squarespace customer service and support team will be there to help you out - at no additional charge.
+ 06. It has an amazing customer support team (at no additional cost).
If you ever have any issues with your site, you are able to quickly and easily get help to guide you through your troubles. But rest assured, making basic edits to your site is SO easy you won't even need this amazing bonus. Unlike WordPress where you have to pay someone anytime you need support or have a question.
+ 07. It has an already integrated E-Commerce option.
If you would like to sell programs, packages, or products on your website, you can easily do that with Squarespace - and it's built in! No need to install a plugin and configure confusing settings. Squarespace makes receiving payments (or donations) via stripe or PayPal easy!
+ 08. You can easily login with the ESC key.
Never forget how to log into your website again. Just go to your site, press escape, and BAM - you're at your login screen. Easy peasy.
+ 09. The cost is all inclusive.
With just one monthly payment, you get everything you need to keep your website up and running... Instead of having to purchase your hosting, buy a template, and plugins, plus pay for added security (and you NEED a security plan with a WordPress site), etc. With Squarespace, you can either pay one annual fee and save, or pay smaller amounts monthly.
+ 10. My clients LOVE it.
I have worked with so many clients who have come to me totally overwhelmed with their WordPress website. They can't figure out how to make simple changes... like changing the color of their buttons, shifting text, changing a font or an image, etc., and they are tired of shelling out more money every time they need these small change made. But once I show them how Squarespace works, they are sold. Most of my client's are even able to use my video tutorials (a free gift from me to anyone who purchases a website package!) to build additional pages they need down the road. And of course, I'm always here to help when needed.
I get it, it can be overwhelming.
Your website is important and you want to make the best decision possible. So, here's the bottom line...
- I love a challenge. I see every website project as a new challenge to show the world what makes you unique.
- My turnaround time is days, not months. When you purchase a website package with me, you know you will be walking away with a site you love in a matter of DAYS (typical build time is 14-30 days!).
- I love to chat. You won't go weeks - or even days - without hearing from me. I make sure to check in regularly and respond promptly.
- You're the boss. At the end of the day, this is YOUR website... you're the one who has to love it. So, I will always give you my opinion and advice as a professional, but you always have the final say in the outcome. No hard feelings.
- I only sell you what you need. I am up front and honest about what you need based on your preferences. I'll only sell you what you need.