It's been a while folks, we know we've maintained somewhat of a radio silence over the past couple months. But we've been hard at work and have a lot of exciting new stuff to talk about. So grab yourself a drink and settle in, this will be a great one filled with plenty of shameless self promotion and more.
As 5.Levels continues to grow, the extent of our business expands further and further around the world. It's my pleasure to announce that 5.Levels has officially extended our reach all the way to the west coast, with more than one current client based in San Francisco!
It's been a long term goal of mine to bring this business to the international market, and with the help of the Squarespace Specialists list we have finally been able to accomplish this. It's a testament to the hard work of everyone who's contributed to 5.Levels, from our supportive clients to the various contractors and support staff I've had the pleasure of working with.
While our horizons will always have to be set on complete world domination (did you expect anything less?), we'll always stay true to our home and continue to provide our Australian clients with nothing but the best service. We couldn't have done it without these guys, so we'll always take care of them.
More updates to come!
When I started 5.Levels, I could never have imagined how much it would grow and how far it could come. As we approach our second birthday, I can look back upon many important milestones and memorable moments.
Late last week I received an email delivering some very pleasant news about what would be one of our biggest milestones to date.
Over the weekend, Squarespace introduced the latest version of their popular content management system; Squarespace 7.
Squarespace 7 is the most significant change to user interface we have seen since the introduction of Squarespace 6 two years ago, with a number of new features that come along with the new version.
Although the system is currently still in beta and only available to some customers (including us), there'll come a point where the new version of Squarespace will be rolling out over everyone's sites and all customers will be required to use it in order to maintain their site. Don't worry though, it's as easy as it has ever been, just a slightly different user interface.
Due to the fact that a lot of our customers currently have websites hosted on the Squarespace platform, we feel it's important for them to be able to properly understand how to use the new system when it comes out in order to effectively update their websites and manage their content.
5.Levels will be providing introduction and training sessions to all of our existing customers and anyone else interested in the service for a small fee in order to educate them on various new design features of the new system. If you're an existing 5.Levels customer, have worked with us before or you're just interested in finding out more, sign up using the form bellow and we'll let you know as soon as we have a session time organised! Like us on Facebook to stay in the loop and find out about future sessions of ours.
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It was early 2014 when I finally decided that the desk at the end of my bed was no longer a productive enough space to work, and so began the process of looking for a suitable place to move my business operations in the everlasting search for greater productivity and higher success. The problem was, working in an environment that distracting was getting me nowhere. Bed was less than two feet away, and in combination with the television mounted on my wall the temptation to slack off and "think about ideas" was just too great.
I found some really great options. In all honesty, for a micro business, Melbourne is a really great city to be in. Not only are there some great full fledged coworking offices, there are a number of opportunities to share a smaller more private space with another business or two, plus the extensive community of support found in program's such as General Assembly or Startup Victoria.
Over the past few weeks, the 5.Levels website has been down and undergoing some serious changes to the way it looks, feels and works. Today I'm excited to unveil the latest, brand new iteration of the site.
Since starting working on at the end of 2012 (the business we built 5.Levels on), our main website has undergone countless changes to it's look, to what is now almost unrecognisable from it's original state.
Designing a professional, captivating corporate identity is not an easy task. It's something that some businesses are entirely dedicated to doing, a form of art demanding some of the most intelligence and respect. These past few launch weeks for 5.Levels have been some of the busiest we have experienced, sorting out the beginnings of our organisation and getting into routine with some of our first customers. We haven't had the opportunity to really look at our own identity and branding, but no business can prosper with only Futura Book representing their brand. So with the first fraction of spare time we got, we decided to get started on something.
Conversions through controversy
To say my previous post was not full of brash, self promoting language would be totally wrong. I get that, I totally do, I often will write in a tone that sounds completely over the top, arrogant and self assured. But there's good reason to it.
At 5.Levels, we're all about driving engagement and sales through the use of a whole range of means. In Thursday's case, I went with the simple (and financially beneficial) tactic of a blog post.
I could point to my most defining point in late high school as the day I registered for an ABN about a month before my 16th birthday. I can remember it quite specifically. Was hardly a significant event, it takes just about ten minutes to get your very own sole trader ABN, but it was a big deal for me. I had been working for only one client before this date, with no real concepts of actually turning my skills into a proper business or any possible idea about things to come. But this was the first big step I took in a direction that could quite possibly be a defining one in the rest of my life.