Hello, Fearless Friend!
What brings you here? Wait – let me guess. Is it that, when it comes to doing things with your website, you want to feel more fearless?
Because then you’d log in, kick ass, and get back to your main deal.
Instead of banging your head against the wall because you are not.a.freaking.CODEmonkey and it’s taking forever to get your site looking and working the way you want.
Or, it’s not happening at all.
Before I suggest that you’re in the right place, and talk about how we can help, it’s important to recognize this about you:
You feel the fear and do it anyway. Else you wouldn’t be here.
There are good reasons you mostly work on your website yourself, and none of them have to do with thinking you don’t need pro help. You’re just working on getting to that “next level” in your blog or business – without making any big mistakes – before reinvesting what might be a substantial portion of your profits.
Why I give a damn about your blog/online business
Here’s the short answer: Because YOU do.
From 2009 up until this year, I helped a variety of clients with new websites, broken websites, slow websites, ugly websites, website training – you name it, and there’s a good chance I’ve done it. Before that I spent a decade in a firm where most of my clients were Fortune 500 types.
If I had to sum up my pre-2017 experience it would be this: Big money. Little joy.
Where I help the most – and find the most joy – is in working with people like you who give a damn about your website because you understand it is the hub of your vision, around which everything else revolves. You blog. You sell stuff online. You are figuring out e-mail marketing, or trying (I’m with you on that one).
You are someone who might not feel fearless, but you act in a way that often leads others to believe you are.
You are not someone that pays a chunk of change to whatever developer/designer looks pro enough to get the job done. Actually, “done” is exactly what the fearful bunch think they are when their website launches.
You are not someone who fears their website login, even after learning that blogging is powerful for business, or that a well-maintained site keeps their online image safe from internet cretins.
You aren’t someone who can “afford” to keep feeling that fear, to resist taking the reins, because you are counting on your website to help you build a life you love. It’s not that you don’t ever feel fearful about this journey you’re on, but that you’re not going to let it stop you. I will go to the virtual ends of the earth to help people like you.
In 2017, I decided to say “Thanks, but no thanks” to the fearful and seek out people who’ve ventured onto the web to do something that matters in their life.
It’s time to help people who help themselves.
How I bring value to what you do
Designing. Blogging. Photography. Selling products. Writing books. Hand-crafting things. Whatever path you’re forging on the web, I aim to deliver the know-how and encouragement that helps smooth the way.
My vision for A Fearless Venture is that it will become the go-to resource for ambitious entrepreneurs, bloggers and other mavericks who’ve rejected the “Standard American Dream” – 9-5, cubicles, traffic, etc. – and are instead building their business on the web.Newly-minted entrepreneurs, bloggers & other ambitious web mavericks: Meet your nerdy new friend. Click To Tweet
I am a pretty nerdy girl, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I do not have a background in computers, coding or any of the other things you might expect. I fell into website design and development first as a hobby.
I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I broke things before I ever got my first website up, and it was ugly as all get-out. But I enjoyed solving all the problems that stood in the way of that first website, and every site I’ve done in the 20+ years since.
When I work with my favorite clients, one of the best aspects of our projects is training them – the feel-the-fear/do-it-anyway types – to work with the tools I put in place on their websites. I use screen grabs, step-by-step explanations and video to simplify tasks and empower people to take care of their website like a boss.
I <3 this so much that I decided I wanted to spend more of my days creating helpful tutorials, blog posts, videos and other content that would help “fearless” types like you get the nerdy stuff done so you can get back to your main focus.
How I pay my bills
Some of the products and services I write about and recommend offer me a commission if you purchase through my links. You don’t pay more. If there’s a discount to be had, that’s the link I’m sharing with you. Affiliate commissions partially compensate me for the time I spend creating free content for you.
Note: My recommendations aren’t driven by affiliate compensation; I have no affiliate relationship with at least half of the products, services and plugins I write about. I recommend only what is in your long-term best interest. I share solutions that I know from experience work, and I tell you why they work.
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You know having a reliable backup solution makes recovering from “Oops — I shouldn’t have done that” or “I can’t believe my hosting service screwed up like that” no biggie.
Thank goodness there’s an affordable monthly WordPress Maintenance service that will handle your updates, security scans and backups automatically, because you are tired of worrying.
Oh, and if you’re over your list of nagging website to-dos, send it to me. For less than $100 per month, I can handle unlimited small WordPress support tasks (like content updates, theme or style changes, general WordPress issues, form setup, scripty things). It’s like having the nerdiest VA ever.
How you can add value to what I do
- Ask questions. If you need more clarity/detail around one of my post topics, ask a question in the comments. Your question (and hopefully my answer) will help everyone.
- Suggest topics/request walk-throughs. These can be time intensive to produce, so I do the most-requested topics first. Don’t be shy.
- Sign up for my list. I’m still shaping what it will be, but I’m thinking of ways I can offer content that casual website visitors won’t get.
- Share A Fearless Venture with other independent mavericks.
- Buy things that help us both: Hire me, subscribe to a maintenance/support plan or purchase needed services through my affiliate links.
About A Fearless Venture
In the fall of 2017, I realized that if I stopped doing big websites for the wrong people, I’d have more time to focus on people whose websites are the hub of what they’re doing.
If I diversified my revenue sources I wouldn’t always have to consult with someone for a fee to help them and still keep groceries in our fridge. I could write a blog post or shoot a video showing how to solve a problem. Or set up an e-mail series. Or explain all the great reasons I have used Company X for years, then offer an affiliate link for others to try them out.
In a nutshell, I started thinking like my favorite clients. And that, friend, is how A Fearless Venture was born.
Prior to 2009, I worked for a dozen or so years at a fancy design firm with super creative people. I mostly loved being part of that team. But since the lion’s share of our work was corporate financial reports, the job mostly sucked. I dreamed of leaving long before a layoff granted my wish.
Meetings, corporate protocol and “We will allow you to wear casual attire on Friday” rankled my bones. In the years since cleaning out my desk, I’ve become more non-conformist and wily about the ways I run my business. In the months and years ahead, that rebellious streak is only going to widen.
As I write this, I am in my half-empty house waiting for the day I can sell of the rest of its contents and then the house itself. My husband and I plan to load our dogs into our RV, then ditch our suburban neighborhood for the road. We’ve laid the groundwork to become digital nomads. All that’s left is the wandering.