For most of us when we decide to step out and start a business (be it full or part-time), we do so solo. Therefore, we end up wearing about 27 hats, including CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Head of Marketing, etc. As I personally have learned there’s a lot information to sort through, and not to mention plenty trial-and-error phases. All that got me thinking…wouldn’t it be great to have someone in your corner that can make it a little less daunting? This is where I come in.
Hey there, I’m Artiatesia Deal – Technical Virtual Assistant, Web Designer, Creative Entrepreneur, Techie, and a True Nerd at ♥.
I have combined my love for knowledge, technology and web design to help other creative entrepreneurs like myself – work smarter while running their online businesses. I’m an USA based Technical Virtual Assistant. My specialty is working with WordPress – customizing, and maintaining sites created using the platform. I fell in love with web design over a decade ago (17-yrs & counting) when I created my very first web page on AOL Hometown.
Over the years I have created several personal sites and blogs, after teaching myself how to code HTML and CSS all by hand. I got my start with blogging the same way, doing it all by hand. When that became too much of a hassle, I moved on to blogging platforms such Greymatter, Blogger, and Movable Type. I even tried creating my own by learning PHP before switching to WordPress. Web designing wasn’t always apart of my life’s plan. However, my passion for coding would grow way beyond just being hobby.
I went to college to become a Pediatrician, but computers kept calling my name. That’s when I made the decision to go from learning DNA code to the code of the Web. I’ve earned degrees in Digital Media Communications (A.A) and Information Systems Management (B.A).
I worked my way up from Intern to Junior Production Artist at truTV (formally known as Court TV), working in their Off-Air Creative/Marketing Department. My time at truTV was the best educational experience a budding designer could ask for. I never envisioned myself owning a business. Well, not right out of college at least.
With graduating in the mist of a recession, and becoming unemployed soon thereafter, I took to Twitter. I also started blogging under my own name. It took me sometime to get back on my feet but I learned how powerful blogging and networking could be.
Blogging has afforded me some great opportunities. I’ve gotten clients both through this blog and connections I made on Twitter. I was apart of the NAACP Image Award winning site Pepsi We Inspire, a refreshing lifestyle community blog for African American Women sharing stories of inspirations.
I covered the closing events of the Merecdes Benz Bridgehampton Polo Tournament as NYC Social Media Examiner (Examiner.com) and guest of Swagg. I was named one of the 50 BOSS Members to Follow on Twitter (The BOSS Network), as well as one of BBWO’s 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs in the SistaSense In Print Magazine (Summer 2012).
I also received the opportunity to speak at the SistaSense Power Circle 2012 Telesummit, where I covered the importance of Blog Maintenance. Previously I held the position of Content Manager for the BBWO Network.