If you are new to our site, or if you haven’t heard our story, we wanted to share a little about why Difference Created was started and what we are all about!
SARAH GIBSON. With a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication/Fine Arts (with a concentration in graphic design and photography) from Indiana University, I have drawn from my experiences to drive the web design and branding services for Difference Created. My whole life I have had a desire to help others in need, from life guarding to volunteering at a special needs summer camp. After September 11th I began working for America’s Most Wanted, and seeing life through the lens of an AMW camera gives you a different perspective. Being a part of something that unites families, brings closure, healing, and justice, it pushes you to want to create a difference. I want each project and venture that I take on to create a difference and leave something good behind.
MEGAN OSWALD. I found the passion to help small businesses and difference makers grow, while receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University. During my senior year of college I got a full time job and spent a decade in management for an ever growing corporate firm. Through college and my time spent in corporate America I have had the chance to have some pretty awesome experiences. I spent a summer putting in Habitat for Humanity hours to help a friend get a home through them. I was able to travel to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and work with some pretty awesome college students who were driven to make an impact on their campus and city. More recently I had the chance to travel to the jungles of Ecuador and help with a week long kids camp. It changes your prospective to spend time with those that you perceive to have so little, but laugh and live like they have it all. Through these experiences my drive to BE a difference maker, and CREATE a difference, has only grown.
We wanted to create a business that inspires people, gives us (and others) the ability for us to give back to communities and causes that are important to us, and spread hope to people around the world. Passionate about working with small businesses and solopreneurs, we enjoy helping people, on their own journey to make a difference, grow their business and create the dreams they are passionate about.A few years ago we each decided that we wanted more for our lives than just the daily grind of the corporate world and so…. WE QUIT OUR JOBS! We quit the comfort of knowing what our paychecks were going to be every two weeks, paid vacations, bonus opportunities and knowing exactly what you were working on every day. We got some crazy looks (and some less than supportive comments), but we were determined. We didn’t know exactly how everything would work, but we wanted the opportunity to try our hand at something of our own and create a life that we were totally happy with. We both have learned that life is short, so there is no time better than TODAY to create a life you will be happy with!
We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we knew WE HAD TO TRY! Our business has evolved over the past two years. We didn’t have investors or a business loan, so we started by taking a lot of different types of work knowing, as we grew and had the ability focus more on our passion, we would. We are lucky we are so close to that point on our journey!
Build – This is our website and graphic design division. This is really where our journey started: building websites, email marketing, and graphic design. Over the last few years we have had the opportunity to work with dozens of clients to help them launch or re-brand their online marketing efforts. We want to help people build a foundation that will give them the tools to grow their business and remain in control. We also want them to be proud to use and share the foundation we have helped them build.
Shop – This is our newest addition (and probably most exciting for us). We have partnered with Global Crafts to create our online store. Here is a little more about them “We do this by offering income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in developing countries by following fair trade practices including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment, and ensuring that the craftspeople work in fair working conditions. We are a socially sustainable for-profit business.” In addition to supporting craftspeople in developing countries, Difference Created donates a portion of each sale to one of these amazing organizations.
Live – This area of the site is dedicated to resources and information for those living a Difference Maker lifestyle. It isn’t easy to pour so much of your heart, soul, and time into giving to others, but it is so worth the end result! We wanted to share some of the things that help inspire, balance, and re-energize us and our Difference Makers.