Hey there, friend…
When it comes to your website, do you wish you could just log in, kick ass, and stay focused on your main goal? Are you often frustrated over technical crap that diverts you from your mission?
If either question elicited a ‘Yes’ response, you might just be in the exact right place.
Before suggesting how I might help, it’s important to recognize this about you:
Mostly, you feel the fear and do it anyway. Else you wouldn’t be here reading about someone claiming she can guide you through the fear and help you cross a bunch of website to-dos off your list.
I bet you do a lot of the work on your site yourself. You’ve probably got good reasons for that – none of which have to do with thinking you don’t need pro help.
I’d guess that you’re smart enough to use your profits deliberately…strategically…to help you get to that “next level” in your blog or business without making any big mistakes.
You need someone with the expertise to guide you along your journey, and sometimes share the load. That way you can be more effective. Am I right?
Why would I care about your blog/online business?
Here’s the short answer: Because YOU do.
At least, I think you do. If you’re not pursuing something that matters very much to you, you need more than technical guidance. Not judging. I’ve been there.
From 2009 until 2017, 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: Decent money. Little joy.
Where I help the most – and find the most joy – is in working with people who give a damn about their website because they understand it is the hub of their 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 always feel fearless, but you act in a way that often leads others to believe you are.
You are not…
You are not someone who pays the cheapest developer/designer that looks legit 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. You understand that blogging is powerful for business, and that a well-maintained site keeps your online image safe from internet cretins.
You aren’t someone who can afford to be fearful, because your website is helping you build a life you love. It’s not that you never worry 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.
I realized it was time for me to help people who help themselves.
How I bring value to what you do
Whatever path you’re forging on the web, I aim to deliver the expertise and assistance to help smooth the way. Designing. Blogging. Photography. Selling products. Writing books. Hand-crafting things.
Your exact path is less important than that your website is integral to your journey.
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.
I am a pretty nerdy girl, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t have a background in computers, coding or any of the other things you might expect. I first fell into website design and development in the mid-90’s, 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 when I did it was crazy 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 showing 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.
Clients rely on my website care plans to keep their sites secure, backed up and updated. Those who’ve begun gaining traction with their blogs and businesses offload their fixes, tweaks and troubleshooting to me to keep from wasting time outside their zone of genius.
How I pay the bills
You know your website could be faster, better designed, more intuitive to navigate, or help your audience more – if only you knew where to find an experienced website consultant you can trust.
Oh, hi 🙂
WordPress updates are the bane of your existence; you have a hard time staying on top of them and worry hackers will get in through an out-of-date plugin or theme.
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.
I offer an affordable monthly WordPress Maintenance service that will handle your updates, security scans and backups quickly, without you thinking about it. In case you’re the type that hates both the time suck of maintenance and the stress and worry over not doing it.
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 all of your maintenance PLUS 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.
Got a single task that’s probably easy for me, but has proven to be a pain in the ass for you? See if it’s on my $69 quick task list and quit worrying about it already.
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 are not 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.
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.
- Join my list. It’s a weekly e-mail with actionable tips & advice for website owners, sometimes accompanied by a personal note or good deal I found.
- Share A Fearless Venture with other independent mavericks.
- Buy things that help us both: Work with 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.
I began offering smaller, targeted services aimed at people who already had their sites up and running. People too busy to stay on top of maintenance and tired of stressing out over being hacked. Or people who just needed a few tweaks here and there and knew it was dumb to spend 10x the amount of time it’d take me to do it trying to figure out how to do it on their own.
I also realized that if I diversified my revenue sources I wouldn’t always have to consult with someone for a fee to help them. 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 and walking out the glass door of that downtown highrise, 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.
We are digital nomads
In May of 2018, my husband and I sold our suburban Atlanta home and everything in it, and took off in our RV. We haven’t yet traveled far, but that will change when hubby winds down his business near the end of 2018 and joins me in A Fearless Venture.
With the computers, systems and connectivity to work from pretty much anywhere, we’re excited about the creative energy that life on the road will bring to our work.