Starting a new business is never easy. Marketing, sales, & getting things done on a timely matter is such a rewarding challenge. Finding clients is never easy. You would think it would be. Honestly - we are offering web sites that would cost well over $2000.00 for $600.00 or less. I started doing a bit of research on the internet and usage statistics. It's crazy! Recent studies indicate the generation gaps are closing and all ages are using the net.
By the way, reading Pinder's previous company blog entry he states his "then girlfriend", well you will be happy to know we have gotten married and are creating a hell of a team. He is learning more creative ways of tackling the websites & I am learning the components behind the scenes. Actually we are really lucky that we work so well together. It reflects in our work & in our business.
Being a programmer in Southwest Florida has been quite a journey. We are not exactly the most cutting-edge region of the United States, so any time when you read about "technology jobs on the upswing", it doesn't really apply to us. With the recession cracking us hard, I was quite apprehensive when my then girlfriend, Jill, suggested we start a web development business. I've been involved in a couple of startups in the past few years, some of which had great potential in much better economic times, all of which went bust.
In my experience as a programmer and database guy, I've worked for large corporations and developed applications for companies with the big budget. But Jill had a good idea. We need to cater to the businesses on a budget. The businesses that are struggling, the businesses that have never thought of having a web site, and businesses that don't see the need for it. These people need applications and web sites in 2010 in order to survive. My contribution to her idea--I will learn about C.M.S.'s. Content Management Systems. Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, etc. Ready-made professionally programmed sites and applications that can be customized with a low overhead.
So far, so VERY good!