Kerstin Martin
Squarespace Web Designer / Online Teacher

KERSTIN MARTIN

SQUARESPACE WEB DESIGNER & ONLINE TEACHER

Bellingham, WA

kerstinmartin.com
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WHAT DO YOU DO?

As a Squarespace web designer I create stylish and well organized websites for small businesses and creative entrepreneur.

I am also the creator of the e-course “Beautiful Web Design | Squarespace 101”.

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I have a very diverse professional background, from flight attendant to hotel supervisor, IT project manager, corporate sales, online dating site owner, real estate photographer, college secretary, school registrar to web designer! I started blogging in 2005 and always dabbled with the code of my websites and in 2014 I turned that passion into my own business. I am completely self taught and learn by doing.

 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

Think you don’t know enough to get started? You probably don’t. Do it anyway.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I have three new web design projects on my schedule (a wine bar, a food blogger, a herb farm) and also just launched my online course in Squarespace web design.

Web Design

Web Design

 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

Modern, clean, well organized, warm & welcoming. My own website probably represents this well :) 

 

WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

Teaching, both online & offline. I have led many workshops throughout my corporate career and always loved it. I am intrigued by bringing the feel of a nurturing and effective classroom into an online environment.

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

As a highly sensitive person, I get too easily distracted and procrastinate which can result in multiple deadlines all at once! Thankfully I am generally pretty well organized and have enough professional experience under my belt to wing it successfully if needed :)

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

Taxes and accounting. Online marketing. As I grow I would love help with managing emails and Facebook groups.

 

LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

I would give my 20-year old self a big hug and tell her to stop dieting.

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

I would love to talk with a business coach about managing my business growth from the perspective of a Highly Sensitive Person. I tend to hold myself back to avoid overwhelm but at the same time I want to grow my business, which is doing really well, into something truly amazing. I am unsure what next steps to take

 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Any web design project for a small business or creative entrepreneur.

Web Design

Web Design

 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

In my two years as a web designer I have not had a single bad experience with a client. My clients come with their own sets of challenges and desires but all of them, without exception, have been lovely and wonderful to work with. As an empath I meet them where they are and I am also pretty easy going and have a strong service attitude, maybe that is also reflected back to me :)

 

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

My websites start at $1,750 for up to five pages, my hourly rate is $75 and my e-course is $147.  More details here.

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Email me at hello@kerstinmartin.com or use my contact form. Tell me a little about yourself and your business and then we’ll set up a date for a free consultation via Skype or phone.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Flowers. Candles. Bike rides. Music. Books.

 


This member profile was originally published in October 2016.