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On being an Entrepreneur with Melanie Lea

A Q&A with Melanie Lea of My Billie Designs

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Anahata: Tell us a little about you
Melanie: I’m a self-taught designer that got my start back in 2012, but went full time in late 2016. I primarily work with creative entrepreneurs to build their brands and websites but have been excitedly growing a team around my studio and building out my offerings so I can work with more people and make a bigger impact at the studio.

My business is called My Billie Designs, named after my granny who was pretty much my favorite person in the world. I miss her so much and this is a small way to keep her legacy going. She represents so many positive, light-filled things in the world.

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Anahata: What project are you working on right now?
Melanie: Oh man, lots! I’m in the middle of launching a new program for other designers right now to help them build their freelance businesses, and am also working on the website workshops for Anahata, helping my clients build out their brands and building a team for my studio.

Anahata: Why are these projects important to you?
Melanie: Becoming an entrepreneur has given me so much purpose in life, which is something I didn’t have a lot of before freelancing. Everything I do in my business points back to supporting other people as they pursue their own passions and purposes.

Anahata: Why is it important to the community at large?
Melanie: I’d say it’s important because as entrepreneurs, we often feel like we’re doing life and business all alone. No one else knows your business like you do, and it’s not uncommon to feel pressure and overwhelm while you’re growing and figuring things out. I’m there to encourage people and support them so they can build the life they want and actually realize their dreams. Most of the time you just need someone to believe in what you’re doing, and remind you that what you’re doing is awesome and worth pursuing, even when things get tough.

Anahata: How does collaboration play into your business?
Melanie: Pretty much everything I do is a collaboration! I collaborate with clients on their brand identities and websites and then I collaborate with other designers on my team to help my clients reach their goals. My designer program has a hands-on and hands-off portion, so that it can be more accessible to designers depending on their needs. There are different levels of support built into it.

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Anahata: What has collaborating brought to your business?
Melanie: I’d say the biggest thing that it’s brought about is inspiration and support. I’m really fueled by people and get drained by working through small tasks by myself, so having people help me sort through tiny details helps me reserve energy and stay focused on the big picture. It’s always nice to have reinforcement with your ideas, and it feels great to return the favor and give back to others.

Anahata: What are your goals?
Melanie: The biggest thing I’m working towards right now is a move away from one-on-one work with my clients. Building my team is helping me do that, which gives me more time to focus on big, dreamy plans I have for the future. I’m scheming lots of ways to reach the masses and have a greater impact with the work I do.

Anahata: How can WE as a community help you?
Melanie: This one’s tough - I’m actually really bad at asking for help! I’d say more than anything I’m trying to collect good vibes from my community! It fuels me and helps me spread more positivity with what I’m doing, so I encourage you to say the nice thing you’re thinking or make a point to reach out to someone who sees things differently than you do. Flexing your empathy and kindness muscles makes us all better and stronger!


Melanie has 2 more workshops happening at Anahata Collaborative this week:

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. 6PM-8PM    HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WEBSITE TRAFFIC TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS   It’s one thing to have a website and make sure it’s beautiful, sounds like you and is designed to convert….but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t have any visitors coming to your site! This workshop will help you take care of that.   In this workshop you’ll learn:   The fool-proof thing you need to know in order to bring in more traffic  Over 20 ways you can increase your traffic, plus things you can do to bring in more traffic FAST  A basic understanding of how you can use SEO to increase your organic reach (plus my favorite free tool that makes keyword research a BREEZE)  How to use your website analytics to see which tactics are giving you the best return on your time and energy   Workshop extras!   We’ll work through all the fundamentals taught in the workshop and come up with a personalized game plan for you

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. 6PM-8PM

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WEBSITE TRAFFIC TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

It’s one thing to have a website and make sure it’s beautiful, sounds like you and is designed to convert….but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t have any visitors coming to your site! This workshop will help you take care of that.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

The fool-proof thing you need to know in order to bring in more traffic

Over 20 ways you can increase your traffic, plus things you can do to bring in more traffic FAST

A basic understanding of how you can use SEO to increase your organic reach (plus my favorite free tool that makes keyword research a BREEZE)

How to use your website analytics to see which tactics are giving you the best return on your time and energy

Workshop extras!

We’ll work through all the fundamentals taught in the workshop and come up with a personalized game plan for you

  BUILD A WEBSITE THAT HELPS YOU SELLS YOUR SERVICES    FULL DAY Workshop. Saturday, September 22 from 9am-4pm (with one hour break for lunch)   This is an interactive-style workshop where we’ll work together to build a Squarespace site so you get hands-on, real-life experience to learn everything you need to build a simple but effective website for your business.  You’ll learn everything from picking a template to how to create 5 of the most important website pages (home, about, contact, services, portfolio) to successfully launching a site on Squarespace. No code or previous experience needed!   In this workshop you’ll learn:   How to define your audience, site goals and brand values to create a more efficient design process  How to get started on Squarespace with templates, navigating the back-end and using Squarespace’s built-in style editor  How to build out pages and use powerful features built into the Squarespace platform that require ZERO code  How to curate colors, fonts, imagery and copy that work for your business and help your ideal site visitor know they’re in the right place   Workshop extras!   SEO tips  Copywriting tips  Squarespace tech tips + shortcuts  Branding tips  Launch checklist

BUILD A WEBSITE THAT HELPS YOU SELLS YOUR SERVICES

FULL DAY Workshop. Saturday, September 22 from 9am-4pm (with one hour break for lunch)

This is an interactive-style workshop where we’ll work together to build a Squarespace site so you get hands-on, real-life experience to learn everything you need to build a simple but effective website for your business.

You’ll learn everything from picking a template to how to create 5 of the most important website pages (home, about, contact, services, portfolio) to successfully launching a site on Squarespace. No code or previous experience needed!

In this workshop you’ll learn:

How to define your audience, site goals and brand values to create a more efficient design process

How to get started on Squarespace with templates, navigating the back-end and using Squarespace’s built-in style editor

How to build out pages and use powerful features built into the Squarespace platform that require ZERO code

How to curate colors, fonts, imagery and copy that work for your business and help your ideal site visitor know they’re in the right place

Workshop extras!

SEO tips

Copywriting tips

Squarespace tech tips + shortcuts

Branding tips

Launch checklist


 Check out Melanie’s FREE resource in our  free resource library!

Check out Melanie’s FREE resource in our free resource library!