I’ve been making websites since 1999.
I was fifteen then. I launched my business (then called LeahCreates) 10 years later. In the five years since, I’ve had my hands on somewhere around 200 websites in some capacity or another.
These days, my work is centered around building strategic websites & effective, heart-based brands that truly showcase my clients’ personalities.
I call myself a Creative Identity Agent, but I’m really a digital strategist, designer, and web developer. My areas of expertise are WordPress, Shopify, and kindly telling you how you’re getting in your own way.
I’m not a business coach, a social media guru, or a buzzword-anything. But I do know a thing or two about making a living with an online business. And I believe that a strategic web needs a little — no, a lot more heart.
I quit my last day job in the summer of 2009.
It was the best job I’d ever had, but a regular 8-5 office gig just wasn’t for me. I was bored. If you ask me, bored +
young alive don’t go well together. So, I wrote my gratitude-oozing letter of resignation and set out on my own.
I wish I could say that I had a year’s salary in savings, or even a spouse or parent to fall back on, but I had neither thing. I started my business with a hope and a prayer and a whole lot of courage.
By my second year in business, I had nearly doubled the salary I’d earned at that day job, and somehow it just keeps growing. And the money matters, for sure. But more importantly, I’ve spent the past five years pouring myself into my designs, taking in and sharing knowledge and experience, and connecting with radiant, ambitious, passionate people. (I show up every day for those connections.)
In 2013, I launched my sister company, Website Refinery. I’m the silent leader, as I’m focused solely on SixteenJuly clients, but if you find yourself in need of WordPress maintenance, those folks will take good care of you.