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For this week's interview, we are speaking with Rebecca of BexMarie!
L&C: Hello! To start, tell us your name and what your business is all about.
My name is Rebecca; my nickname is Bex. I have been a web designer professionally since 2010 and tinkering on my own since long before that. A few years ago I made a pivot in my career and started teaching website design to business owners.
L&C: Tell us how it all began for you.
The idea to teach handmade business owners on how to build their own websites came from a variety of experiences. In 2015 I got really into soapmaking and joined a BUNCH of Facebook groups about making soap and also a few general handmade business type groups. In these groups I kept seeing the same questions pop up over and over - business owners asking others which website platform was best, how to build a website, how to get a domain name, etc.
I LOVE helping people and I love web design so I would answer questions and offer my 2 cents often on these threads. Some people approached me about building websites for them, but oftentimes handmade sellers just getting started did not have the budget for a professionally designed website.
So that is what sparked the idea for me to create a self-paced online course. So I still do website design as a service, but my main focus is on helping my students and teaching.
L&C: What are your favorite tools for working smarter, not harder?
One of the first things I invested in was a legit bookkeeping software (Xero). I started out with a spreadsheet and I also tried a free bookkeeping platform but neither was helping me much. The spreadsheets were not efficient and the free platform was buggy.
Investing in a real bookkeeping tool has made my biz financial life so much easier. I reconcile my books 2x/month and Xero has a bunch of rules saved so it automatically categorizes many of my transactions - I just need to hit the green button! Also hiring a tax accountant each year to file my taxes.
L&C: Who do you look up to in business, or in life?
SO MANY, but here are just a few -
Chalene Johnson for all things business, parenting, and health. I listen to both her podcasts and follow on Snapchat. She is very successful, generous, funny, and down to earth.
Anne-Marie Faiola as a role model successful woman in business + She's the O.G. Soap Queen! I totally got hooked on soap making because of her blog and YouTube videos
Jill and Josh Stanton of Screw the Nine to Five. They offer great business tips and strategies on their podcast, FB, and IG. They help people quit their day jobs to pursue their own businesses. I like them because they are super down to earth, funny, and they are parents also (relatable).
L&C: How do you celebrate your wins?
This is actually something I really struggle with. Often times I don't. I just cross the task off the list and keep my head down. I am trying to get better about this.
Right now one thing I am doing is within my mastermind group. Me and 2 other business owners have a standing video call every other week. We follow a format for each call and part of that includes sharing wins from the past 2 weeks.
It definitely feels good to share my wins with other businesswomen who "get it"
L&C: What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Despite the fact that I'm a web designer - I would NOT suggest launching your own website in the early days! I highly recommend nailing down the business name, branding (visuals AND message AND mission), ideal customer, and unique selling proposition. Get your products out there and sell any way you can to get feedback from the market.
Figure out your product lines and how to appeal to your ideal customers. Get some money flowing. The only way to validate your business and prove it's got legs is to jump in and do it.
You WILL pivot along the way. Later after you are pretty solid on the foundations of the business, THEN you can worry about building a website. You really need to have all these other pieces in place before it makes sense to build a website.
L&C: Where's the best place to learn more about you?
My website and my YouTube channel are probably the best places:
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