Who are you and what do you do?
My name's Allie Astell and I’m a Squarespace and social media marketing specialist. For those of you that don’t know, Squarespace is a cloud hosted web design platform, which enables millions of people to build their own websites or summon help from people like me to build it for them.
I founded my digital marketing agency, 'Manage My Website' back in 2009, and we're approved Squarespace specialists and trainers.
What makes you different?
I would say it's my strong work ethic and high client service standards. Nothing is too much trouble because I genuinely enjoy what I do, and I rarely take a holiday. Does that make me a workaholic? Possibly!
I’m a real people person too, so many of my clients also become friends.
If you could visit any time and place in history where/when would you go?
I'd love to have witnessed the Pyramids of Giza being built. I'd be intrigued to see exactly how they did it and what was involved. I share my time between the UK and Dahab, South Sinai, so Egypt has a place very close to my heart.
What's your superpower?
Multi-tasking to the extreme! I can be on a phone call, chatting to someone on Facebook Messenger, updating my Accounts, and Googling the best brand of hair oil while eating a Krispy Kreme donut, no problem.
I also once went to a Superhero fancy dress party as ‘Tena Lady’ but that’s a whole different story for another time.
What's the best piece of advice you have been given?
My beloved Grandma Hilda, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 95 taught me:
”Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”
"You pass this life once. Enjoy yourself while you're passing.”
Both of these are philosophies I try to remember and live by every single day.
What book would you recommend and why?
My favourite book is definitely ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini, based in Kabul under Taliban rule. . I’ll never forget the first time I read it as I literally couldn’t put it down. When I finished it I felt as though I’d lost a close friend. Highly recommended.