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Hello there!  My name is Orla Fitzmaurice, I’m a freelance website designer and have been designing websites and online presences for over 15 years.  

I absolutely love helping people build their own business but as my business grew, I found I had to turn down more and more people I would love to help because I simply did not have the time or they did not have the budget.  Not a good feeling.  

I have attempted to create this resource for the past four years, I’ve been through all of the ups and downs that you have – the crisis of confidence, the ‘oh but someone else is doing it better than me”, “I’m too late”, “I’m too old”, “I’m not Instagramable enough”…  I am learning that it is never too late or too anything to take the next step and that is all online business is – a series of next steps!

I live in a beautiful seaside town on the Wild Atlantic Way at the southwest of Ireland with my 1 year old daughter Ruby and partner Phil.  Moving home was a conscious decision for a better way of life and I’ve not regretted it for a moment, however, I do miss the buzz, the networking and the life of the big city when it comes to professinal development and connection.  I’ve had to learn how to keep my relationships strong online, how to build connections and earn recommendations to stay relevant and busy!  

When I’m not creating websites, I’m sewing clothes, baking up a storm or out for a stroll with my family.  I’ve always been a maker, a tinkerer, I love to take things apart and create them anew.  There is nothing like the satisfaction of freshly baked bread, a brand new top or a website that makes a client want to shout their business from the rooftop.  

Life is good by the sea 🙂

 

Orla Fitzmaurice

Orla Fitzmaurice

Business Strategy, Design & Development

Here is the serious bit – my bio:  I graduated with an BA in Economics and Finance in 2003. After several years working in both AIB New York and HSBC Ireland I co-founded Buyers’ Broker Limited, championing Irish property buyers in a difficult market.  As creative director, I was responsible for the digital and professional appearance of the company and won Best Business Twitter campaign at the 2013 Digital Media Awards. Having completed a graduate degree in Business Innovation Management with the DCU Ryan Academy in 2013, I created goBramble – an innovative plant identification app – and won a place on both the New Frontiers and NDRC tech incubators.  While this was an incredible experience that exposed me to the invaluable lean business strategy methodologies, unfortunately, the concept was a little too early for the technological implementation.

I have been a professional graphic and web designer for over 15 years working both freelance and with ASAR digital agency in Dublin.   My specialist areas are business innovation strategy, technology consultancy and design.

I moved from Dublin to the Wild Atlantic Way on the South West of Ireland over three years ago to take a break from city life and reconnect with family and nature.  I strongly believe in your business supporting your life’s goals and bringing you financial and location independence, wherever possible.  It is an incredible time to be in business and I look forward to working with you to create a business that supports the life you want to live.