Sunday, March 10, 2013

Interview with Ashley Chapman Designs

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I would typically not be up for this but, I thought it a great way to let you all know about me, who I am, and what I do. Rather than an about page that really does not say it all. 

Me un-edited.

My name is Ashley Chapman. I am 26 years old, I have been married for 7 years at the end of this month. My husband and I live in a very small town in Southeast Missouri. We have 3 small dogs, Colby whom we have had for 8 years, Max the same, and Princess about 5 years. We also adopted a kitten, Melody,from outside a few months ago after her mom ran off. I grew up with very successful family members, my grandmother who ran her own Beauty Shop for 30+ years, and a Stepfather than ran a Landscaping Business for about the same. My family is my first priority and love of my life. Next is my babies (Colby, Max, Princess, and Melody). My business, Ashley Chapman Designs is my next love. 

I first started the business back last year right at the end of Spring, because I was going to college and I have a family concern of working away from home. My husband whom is nearly 30 years old suffers from Severe Epilepsy, which he has had since he was a teenager. 

Short story about why I chose to start my own business verses working for someone.

With my husband's disability, unable to control his seizures, and no one at home to make sure he does not have a seizure, fall down, hit his head, etc. The stress of working away from home was more than I could handle. If you have ever known someone with this type of disability you can understand my reservations of working away from home even for a short while. After seeing a specialist and learning my husband's seizures were not just the reason for the daily problems, I was faced with the hard fact that I had to find an alternative that would work for us as a family. I love my husband dearly and at that time could not hire someone to stay with him and I did not feel it was someone else's place to take care of my husband. 

I had experience in crocheting & sewing so when I ran across the Etsy site it was really a blessing one night. I was about to loose hope of ever finding a way to help us survive on a monthly basis until his disability goes through. Etsy provided me the hope of a better tomorrow. I had some items I had crocheted, and some I had sewn from a few years back as I had been sewing and crocheting since I was 12 years old. I decided to list them, and start adding to my collection. 

Roughly, a month into owning my first store on Etsy I realized that having a website would go further. I contacted many web developers just to find that their prices were way into the thousands, and in my words a down payment to a vehicle. I knew if I ever wanted a website I would need to learn how to create a website on my own. Now at this point and time you have to understand Summers are very rough on us because with the heat and humidity my husband has many more uncontrolled seizures. With running on little to no sleep I got online to search for ways to learn how to code a website. I ran into a academy that teaches you how to code every aspect, even though it was a foreign language to me at first. I poured every night into it as my husband slept right behind me, and within a week I had my first attempt at a website finished. 

From there I redid my own website many times for the first few months, and realized I could easily do this for someone else that may not be able to afford something expensive. I sat down and figured out some prices I was satisfied with and immediately started promoting it. Within a few days I had my first contact. I was thrilled. 

From there I have branched out from web design, to now blog design, print design, graphics, clip art (coming soon!) and I also still offer my handmade collection. 

Now I work directly with small business owners, Etsy Shop Owners, Companies, Bloggers, and Individuals looking to make their business grow into something successful and to give them something to be proud of. 

Specialize Area: Web Design, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Blog Design, Twitter/Tumblr Backgrounds, Banners, Avatars,  Print Design, Business Cards, Brochures, Flyers, Posters, handmade apparel and home decor, as well as much more. 

I offer custom designs, custom prices to fit nearly everyone's budget, and great resources to help you get further in your business career. 

My goal has been to not only have a career I could be proud of, a way to support my family, care for my husband as he needs, provide clients with unbelievable custom service, offer businesses needs at more affordable prices for small business owners/ Etsy Shop owners, and to work from home.

Please feel free to ask questions, comment, etc. I wanted this to be a way for you to be able to get to know me better today.

I would like to thank everyone that has not only participated as a Featured Artist, been an wonderful Client, but also whom have just stopped in. I really love hearing from all of you, and I would love this opportunity to help you with your business.

Become a Featured Artist by e-mailing me at: Subject Line, Chapman Design Addiction Featured Artist.

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  1. Ashley has done quite a few jobs for me and her work is superb! She is so easy to work with and always gives 120% to make sure it is exactly the way you want it done!

    1. Thank you Diana, I have enjoyed working with you as well. You have been a fantastic client whom I have come to admire very much.

  2. Thank you for letting us get to know you a little better Ashley!

    1. Your welcome dear! I had been worried about posting something about myself, either not enough information or too much. Then, I realized everyone whom looks at a person's site has to take their word for what they sell, service, etc. With that I wanted everyone to know what lead me to this decision and why I chose what I did. I really appreciate you reading it. :D Thank's so much. I'm glad you came back too. :D