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

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