The last two years have been quite a learning curve for me as I have moved into the world of owning my own business. When you work for yourself, your choices are quickly narrowed down to, as my very patient husband says, “be the man or pay the man.” When you are first starting out and working off shoestring budgets with big decisions, be the man becomes the clear winner.
Since I was not born with many business skills, I have had to learn them. All of them. I have studied everything from web design to WordPress, from business taxes to business logos, from typesetting to technology, and from marketing to management. I am not going to lie; it has been a lot to process. There are still so many things to learn and even more that need practice. But learning is just part of growth, and we all have to keep reaching for how to do what we do better. I know I am not floating in this boat alone. It can be a very humbling and overwhelming place to be.
One thing that helps me is to watch those who are doing it well. What helps even more, is when those doing it well are willing to help you do it well too. People who are willing to take the time to invest in your mission and you. People who want to see you accomplish your goals. People like Angela Driskell and Journey Websites.
I first met Angela and heard about her company at the She Writes For Him: ROAR writer’s marketing conference. Angela was there presenting about all things website and it was immediately clear she knew what she was talking about. Her presentations demonstrated her skill in her field, and she walked others through it with a friendly, kind, and patient spirit. You could tell how much she loves what she does.
Since the conference, I have had more time to check out what her company, Journey Websites, is all about and I continue to be impressed. I have had several conversations with her seeking guidance for my own website, and she has been generous with her time and her knowledge. What has impressed me the most is her desire to use her skills to help others complete their mission, especially when it comes to telling others about our amazing God.
I started this business so I could shine a light out into the world so others can see a way through. Some days I have needed a little light myself to push through the details. Angela and Journey Websites have shined light for me, not because I am dollar signs in their pocket but because they believe in what I do and want to help me do it well. They share their light with me so I can shine mine.
Nope, I am not a customer (yet), and nope she isn’t paying me anything to say all of this. I just saw a spark in her the day I met her, a spark that was set on loving and inspiring others, and I thought you should know about her in case you are looking for some light too.
If you have hit a wall on your website or are just ready to get back to what you love and let the pros handle it with care, check out Journey Websites. They are doing it well and doing it for the right reasons.