A Funny Thing Happened…

I have been asked a few times how I got into the web design and hosting business.  So here’s my story.
I had no intention of having a web design and web hosting business. I was starting a computer support business and developed my own web site, mostly because I could, and I was too cheap to hire someone. Then I decided to offer a do-it-yourself web design class through the local Community Education program.
Inevitably, someone wanted help completing their project. Some people just threw up their hands and asked me to do the entire project. Eventually someone couldn’t figure out how to set up a hosting account, so I added them to my own hosting space. About the third time that happened, I realized I was looking at another business opportunity, so I ran with it.
It’s difficult at times to balance the computer and network support business against the design business. Computer support is kind of a firefighter sort of business, when a client calls you generally need to drop everything and go. Design work on the other hand works best in large blocks of uninterrupted time. But the design work fits nicely into the quite times in the support business, and so we continue to do both thing, even though they are quite different. The only problem arises when I am working a design project on a deadline, and get an urgent support call.
Sometimes business is what happens when we are busy making other plans.
By the way – everyone has told me that I need to write a business plan. Never did really, I just started out, tried things, kept doing the ones that worked, stopped doing what didn’t, tried new things, etc. I seem to be doing pretty well.
Finally wrote my business plan – here it is: “Fix Computers, Make Money.” Take that all you Harvard MBAs!!


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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