Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TO DO LIST! (4/25 - 4/29) UPDATED

I have updated this list and moved it to the top of my blog so everyone can see it better. :)

Websites: 
  • Us Mommies - IN PROGRESS
  • The Green Panda Organics
  • Fashion Jewelry Diva

Blog Designs :

  • ZAP Sweet Treats
  • Nicky's Nick Nacks (w/ matching landing page) - IN PROGRESS

Website Redesign :
  • The Social Mom Cafe - IN PROGRESS
  • Jen's Funky Glass & More (& landing page!)
  • The Two Tutu Ladies- DONE

Landing Page Designs : 
  • Michelle's Miche Bags - WAITING FOR EMAIL RESPONSE


Business Card Design :
  • Freetail Therapy
Other Designs : 
  • Michelle A.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just Who Is Sha?

Well let's see..... first, my real name is Sharon but online it's just easier to type "Sha" so that's who I am - Sha (pronounced SHAY in case you were wondering LoL). I am not going to bore you with my entire life so I'll summarize my younger days and skip right to the time I first started with Website Design.


I am the youngest of 5 kids, I grew up near Gettysburg PA, graduated from a Catholic Boarding School near Lancaster, PA in 1989, was married to a very abusive man for 19 months the first time, a single mom for a long time and now I am remarried to a wonderful man and live about an hour east of Pittsburgh PA in the Laurel Mountains. (That's it for that part! LoL)


I was a single mom for a little over 12 years after a short but nasty marriage and divorce. In 1994, I needed a creative outlet to get out all my frustrations from the divorce and a friend introduced to me Website Design. I was instantly hooked! It quickly became a hobby and in 1998 my mom encouraged me to open my first website design business locally. Together we came up with the name Websites Unlimited. I ended up having several clients from all over world thanks to my dad who introduced me to several of his business associates and instantly I became a success. After a couple of years, I took a long hiatus from my business and only maintained a select few clients' websites to focus on my son and myself. Basically, I needed to "find myself".


In 2004 I met my current husband. He was a single dad to 2 boys and yes, he had custody (an instant turn on! LoL). Our relationship evolved very quickly - we met, dated, moved in together and got pregnant within 6 months! After several years of "NO" to marriage proposals from him, I finally said "YES" and we got married in 2007. We had a beautiful outdoor wedding with around 60 guests by a lake just down the road from our house. It was a wonderful stressful day! Today we have 4 boys ages 20, 17, 16 and our youngest is 5.


I have been a full time work at home mom since the 4th month of my pregnancy in 2005 due to complications (everything worked out - don't worry). At that time I had been working for my dad's company as his Multimedia Manager creating and maintaining his websites, creating Promotional items and doing various administrative duties. Luckily, I did work for my dad, so working from home was not a problem. In 2007 my dad had to lay off most of his employees and while I still work for him to this day, I am no longer on the payroll, but he does hire me every time he needs something done. So I decided to open my first WAHM hosting business, but in the summer of 2009 I had to sell that business due to my husband being in a horrible trucking accident. The medical and household bills were piling up and I was forced to get an "out of home" job. I was devastated but I had to what was best for my family and giving up that business was so hard because I was one of the most sought out designers in the WAHM network.


In July 2010 I decided to take the plunge and start over from scratch. I missed my passion for design and working with other moms.I missed doing what I love and having that sense of accomplishment. When you are married with 4 boys (3 teenagers and a toddler) you tend to feel a little under appreciated. LoL Doing what I do for other moms is the SO rewarding. I love that I can help another mom achieve her business and personal goals. So because of that, WAHM eCommerce was born. :)


It has been a long 10 months of rebuilding my business and online reputation. I was sort of lost after I sold the first business. But I am happy to be a part of over 34 clients' businesses and enjoy helping them get the most out of their business by offering the services I do through WAHM eCommerce.


As my clientele grows I realize I need to do more for my moms! So within the next month or so I will be revamping my entire business! I will be redesigning my site to make it easier to navigate, explaining services in more detail and offering even more services to the work at home mom.


So there you have it - that's who Sha is in a nutshell (well a very LARGE nutshell!). I am a mom, wife, sister, daughter, niece, aunt and friend to many and I work at home - just like YOU.


Want to see what else Sha does?
And this is my very first Website Site business - it really is just there for tax purposes because my WAHM business is a sub-division of this one. I don't promote it and honestly I just redid it not too long ago! So there's not much to see! But here ya go anyway http://websitesunlimitedco.us

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What a CRAZY BUSY Month!

WoW! I can't believe how busy WeC has gotten over the past month! We have gained 34 new clients who have ordered a variety of services from facebook design services to our "Total Package" (complete websites). Over HALF of those 34 are new website hosting clients that ordered "The Total Package" and a few are clients that ordered just hosting and decided to order custom designs as well. We also had a few in there that originally ordered Facebook Services and loved the results of their final design so much they went ahead and signed up for our hosting/website design services as well!

I must admit that gaining this many clients has made me realize that I MUST get more organized! While I do have my weekly design schedule posted on here I still have a tendency of leaving someone out or I have lost an email or two... I have even skipped over a new order without realizing it!

So during this past week while I had small breaks I have set up a few new things for existing and new clients. New clients ordering will now be given a special URL to fill our Pre-Design Order Form after payment is received. This form asks for specific information that will help us get a better understanding of what they want their final design to be.This alone will save about 3-10 back and forth emails and valuable time as well!

If I get a request for help from a client, I have a tendency of stopping everything and focus on just that client. At times this can take hours - sometimes a full day away from my design work. So because of this, I have put out a request for WeC Mentors! WeC Mentors are existing clients that are "hired" by us to help new clients in setting up their eStores. These Mentors will be compensated with Hosting Credit in return for their generosity in helping other clients. This alone will give me so much more time to work on designs and I do plan on giving these Mentors a little more exposure by creating a special page on our main website and on Facebook highlighting their businesses.

With the increase in clientele I have also realized that my own website is terribly cluttered and unorganized. This past week I have worked with my Tech Gal on a new vision for the site. The new site will be easier to navigate and give all potential clients a better understanding of what WAHM eCommerce is and what we offer. I will be implementing new services, new pricing and a more organized explanation of each service offered.

Over the next month or so I will also be upgrading our eStore software! I have to come to realize that while I believe the WeC eStore is one of the best out there, it is lacking a few features that our moms would benefit from. I cannot go into details just yet, but I can tell you my Tech Gal and I are working very hard to make the WeC eStore the best it can be. When we are closer to the launch date of the new features I will send out a mass email to all my clients with the list and an option to upgrade for a one time very low fee.

Again I must thank all of my newest clients for their patience and understanding this past month. With my medical issues and a few kids getting sick here and there, my time on the computer hasn't been as much as I would have liked. But I strongly believe that because I am a mom and a wife who caters to other moms and wives that I have some of the best clients out there. It is because they are moms and wives that they understand that sometimes "real life (offline life) just happens".  It is out of our control and if something needs tended to we do drop everything and get it done. So again THANK YOU to everyone. This past week I was able to get SO MUCH done and I finally feel that I am in a comfortable place with my schedule and I truly hope you feel the same way.

~Sha

TO DO LIST! (4/25 - 4/29)

Websites: 

  • Us Mommies 
  • The Green Panda Organics
  • Fashion Jewelry Diva (Pending Email from client - this may be moved to next week)

Blog Designs :

  • ZAP Sweet Treats

Website Redesign :
  • The Social Mom Cafe
  • Jen's Funky Glass & More (& landing page!)- WAITING ON QUESTIONNAIRE
  • The Two Tutu Ladies

Business Card Design :
  • Freetail Therapy - WAITING ON RESPONSE
Other Designs : 
  • Michelle A. 

(This was posted on SATURDAY APRIL 23rd and could change before Monday April 25th)

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    TO DO LIST! (4/18 - 4/22)

    (this is still being updated!)

    Facebook Landing Page Designs:

    • Love to Wear Bling - WAITING ON APPROVAL
    • Two Sweet Boutique - DONE
    • Unique Baskets & Gifts - DONE
    • Michelle's Miche Bags - WAITING FOR EMAIL RESPONSE
    • Angela Montgomery Portrait Photography - PART ONE of Landing Page Package Done
    • Beth Just Jewelry - DONE
    • Nicole F - WAITING ON APPROVAL (from Blog design to match)

    Websites: 
    • Mommas Bows - DONE
    • Lynn's Sunny Corner - DONE
    • Us Mommies - MOVED TO NEXT WEEK PER SHA'S REQUEST
    • Anne's Funky Boutique - DONE
    • Just Jewelry (Beth) - DONE
    • Fashion Jewelry Diva - MOVE TO NEXT WEEK PER CLIENT REQUEST
    • Woodbrook Manor (DONE!)
    • The Green Panda Organics -MOVED TO NEXT WEEK PER SHA'S REQUEST

    Website Redesign:
    • The Social Mom Cafe- EMAIL SENT & RECEIVED
    • Jen's Funky Glass & More (& landing page!)- SENDING QUESTIONNAIRE

    Business Card Design:

    • Freetail Therapy - WAITING ON RESPONSE

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    ON SALE this weekend ONLY!

    Get a Promo Video for your business! Showcase your best selling items, add text and music for up to 2 minutes! Normal price is $45 - on sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY for $25!

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    Get yours TODAY! Contact us at info @ wahmecommerce . com (without spaces!)

    Offer ends Sunday April 17, 2011 at 5PM eastern time!

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Sometimes you just need CHOCOLATE (and peanut butter)!!

    I'm not really the "Betty Crocker" type but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. My family absolutely LOVES my Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. I looked in the cabinet and I had all the ingredients to make them both this week! My husband's response to the PB Fudge "What made you decide to make this?", to which I responded "Are you complaining?" and his final response "No, make more!" HA! Gotta love it when I surprise the family late in the evening with yummy treats!

    Sometimes we just need chocolate (and peanut butter)! They are nice sweet relaxing ingredients by themselves or together!

    And I must add the day after I made the Peanut Butter Fudge - I worked on 3 websites! So go make yourself a treat - it truly will get your creative juices flowing!

    Peanut Butter Fudge
    Secret Recipe - Please don't ask :)

    Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 4 tablespoons cocoa
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 cup peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
    • 3 cups oatmeal
    • Waxed paper

    Directions

    In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

    Recipe provided by Food Network

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    To Do List!

    Here is our revised and finalized To Do List for the upcoming week. We will be completely caught up this week. :)

    All new orders place this week will be placed on next week's schedule.

    Please note these are posted in RANDOM order. We will contact you via email and/or Facebook when we begin your design process.

    Facebook Landing Page Designs:

    • Trini (Random Giveaway Winner) 
    • Jen's Funky Glass & More (landing page design) (Amberle)
    • Two Sweet Boutique (landing page design)
    • Unique Baskets & Gifts (landing page design) (Amberle)
    • Michelle's Miche Bags

    Websites: 
    • Mommas Bows
    • Lynn's Sunny Corner
    • Us Mommies - IN PROGRESS
    • Little Wildrose - DONE
    • WAHP Marketing - DONE
    • Anne's Funky Boutique -WAITING ON EMAIL RESPONSE
    • Just Jewelry (Beth) (landing Page design too!)
    • Cozy Green Creations - DONE

    Website Redesign:
    • The Social Mom Cafe 

    Business Card Design:

    • Freetail Therapy

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    To Do List! Week of 4/11 - 4/15

    Here is what we will be working on the week of 4/11. Some of the work from this week (posted below) may be added to this list.

    Please note these are NOT in any particular order and some of these may fall onto the following week's schedule.We will update this post as we get designs done, installed and/or new orders.

    Facebook Landing Page Designs:
    • Trini (Random Giveaway Winner) 

      Websites: 
      • Mommas Bows
      • Lynn's Sunny Corner

            Monday, April 4, 2011

            To Do List!

            Here is what we will be working on this week. Please note these are NOT in any particular order and some of these may follow through to next week's schedule.We will update this post as we get designs done and/or installed.
            • Unique Baskets & Gifts (landing page design)
            • 31 Gifts for My Kids (landing page design)
            • Sunny Corner (landing page design)
            • Jen's Funky Glass & More (landing page design)
            • Jen's mark. (fb total package)
            • Two Sweet Boutique (landing page design)
            • Rockin Chic Boutique (landing page design)
            • Just Jewelry by Beth (landing page design) - ON HOLD until new site is finished!
            • Stella & Dot by Sharon M (landing page design)

              Websites on our list:
              • Little Wildrose
              • Itty Bitty Pretty Boutique
              • WAHP Marketing
              • Anne's Funky Boutique
              • Just Jewelry (Beth) 

                Business Card Design:
                • Freetail Therapy
                Thank you all for your patience and we will be in touch soon!