The Accidental Entrepreneur
I have a well-rounded business background within small businesses and enterprise organizations, as well as over twenty years of experience in sales and online marketing.
In addition to running the day to day activities of Web Savvy Marketing, I also provide full-service SEO consulting, one-on-one SEO coaching, create online SEO courses, host an SEO podcast, and teach an onsite SEO Bootcamp.
I work with entrepreneurs, marketers, small business owners, and even partner with other WordPress developers and agencies. My goal is to help people – in my home state of Michigan or across the world – learn and perform search engine optimization.
I’m am also an active member of the WordPress community, I’ve served as a WordCamp organizer, and I speak at various conferences throughout the United States and Canada.
But that’s the professional Rebecca. The personal me might not be what you expect.
The real Rebecca grew up in Northern Michigan in a small town, where I was a ward of the state and lived on public assistance. I find no shame in admitting I relied on free school lunches in grade school and grants in college to make my way through life.
I was raised by a village that included my Grandmother, my aunts and uncles, and many wonderful adults within my small town. I do not know where I would be today if my extended family and town did not step in and provide me with guidance and nurturing.
Everything good in me came from my Grandmother. She was a scrappy and no-nonsense woman who taught me the value of hard work, humility, and just plain doing the right thing. She served people until the day she died and I’ve tried to do the same in my professional and personal life.
Today I am married and a mom to two children, two dogs, two cats, and what seems to be a constantly fluctuating number of fish. I live on a hobby farm just outside of Traverse City, Michigan.
I would have never chosen to become an entrepreneur. Far from it. My paycheck and healthcare plan were incredibly important to me once I graduated college. Life events – particularly an 8 hour ER visit – forced my hand and in 2009 I quit my job and started my own agency.
I cannot articulate you how happy I am that did take this leap of faith. This phase of my life has brought forth many blessings and I cannot begin to count the good things it has brought me.
But more important is the fact that I help others. I’ve purposely kept my agency small so I don’t get caught up in receivables and payables. Instead, I’d rather work directly with clients and students. Helping others and watching them grow is what fuels me.