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Leighton started Envision in 2012. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Envision?
As a kid, I loved to read, and I used to bring home stacks of books from the library every few weeks. One day I checked out a book about HTML and how to code your own websites, and I became fascinated with the idea of building something myself that other people could see online. I built my first (horrible) website and was hooked.
I’ve always wanted to start my own business, and the idea of working a 9-5 office job for someone else was never something that felt right to me. In college, I began picking up freelance graphic design jobs, but this never turned into a full-time business.
My wife and I got married and moved to China to teach English for 2 years, and I continued doing a few small freelance gigs on the side while teaching. When we came back to the States, I decided to try to freelance full-time. Within 3 months I had established a solid client base and was earning enough income to consider it a “real” job.
I started off doing whatever web design and development jobs I could find but quickly narrowed in on eCommerce and Shopify as a specialty. I soon began hiring team members to help me handle the workload, and business has been as busy as we could handle ever since.
> We focus on clear communication and punctuality. So many freelancers and agencies don’t deliver what they say they will on time or can’t communicate clearly, that doing these two things well sets us apart.
Shopify has exploded as the eCommerce platform of choice over the past few years, and demand for Shopify-related services has skyrocketed. We’ve been lucky enough to get to be picky about who we work with, and we often turn away business if it doesn’t seem like a good fit or doesn’t seem like the type of project we’d enjoy working on.