About Me

My Background

My name is Linda.

I have been a self-employed entrepreneur since I was 21. I’ve owned, operated, and started many successful businesses over the years – everything from a windsurf company, a muskie fishing tackle manufacturing corporation, a graphic design company, a technical writing company, a computer training business, and now an ecommerce owner. I love working with computers, enjoy helping others as a mentor and a teacher, and I have a passion for unique vintage items.

My family and I live in Oshawa, Ontario. When we aren’t out adventuring and rescuing vintage treasures, we enjoy the outdoors, entertaining family and friends at home, and I love to pursue my photography hobby.

I am the owner of a Etsy Shop, a shop I started on the Etsy platform in 2011, and have now expanded to the Shopify platform. My Etsy shop is in the top 1% of all shops on Etsy, and since my Shopify website launched in May 2016, it is now in the top 9% of Shopify stores for traffic, and I’ve met my personal sales goal each month on Shopify. That makes me smile!

Ecommerce and Shopify

Before I started my vintage store, I had another successful ecommerce business on the Yahoo Store platform, and then started my vintage shop on Etsy – so I have had many years of experience in ecommerce. There are a lot of ecommerce platforms out there: Shopify, Big Cartel, BigCommerce, Volusion, just to name a few. There are even more websites that offer an ecommerce component like Squarespace and Weebly. It’s a big world with lots of possibilities and I wanted to make sure I invested my time in the one that offered the most potential for adding useful apps and for growth.

Here is why I chose Shopify:

Partnering with Shopify

I am so excited about the Shopify platform, that in March 2017 I became a Shopify Partner so I could help other small business owners (specifically other Etsy shops), get started on Shopify.

Helping Etsy Sellers

I am thrilled to help other Etsy store owners who are serious about their businesses get started with their own websites – it’s like going “back to the drawing board” and expanding your business to another platform. I am helping these shop owners through a help group I created on Slack, called (wait for it…). I created this website to further expand these efforts. I came up with the idea of helping other store owners with a “do-it-yourself approach” – where store owners create their own websites with my guidance and mentoring. I am the only Shopify Partner using this DIY approach, and I am having a blast doing this work!

I want to help these Etsy shops, and other small businesses, be successful with their own websites. Therefore, in the help group I lead – I show people how to work SEO, marketing, social media, and so much more. I am not charging anyone a fee for my work or for my time. I’m doing all of this just because I want to help others. And I would love to have more Etsy store owners (at least the serious shops) and other small business owners join us!

While I am not recommending Etsy store owners quit Etsy, I AM recommending they get their own websites up and running so they don’t have “all their eggs in one basket”. The shops I have helped so far are finding it rewarding to have their own websites that THEY control. You could be one of them!

I hope you’ll join us!

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