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!!Share