How I Unknowingly Found My First Web Design Client
Earlier today I was reading a message about Why we do what we do.
Which got me thinking about how and why I started my business?
Ever since high school I'd loved designing websites. I remember in those days almost every webpage had a counter so my friends and I would refresh our webpages to see the counter go up.
Eventually my interest in computers and web design led me to get a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science Information Systems. I'd just finished graduating college and was in search for a job to start off my career. So I did what most of the other grads were doing -- creating cover letters, resumes, registering with Monster.com and dozens of other job websites.
Then I saw an ad that you could say changed my life.
The ad was for a volunteer website. I think it was an ad from VolunteerMatch.org or NetworkforGood.org. The goal of the website was for non-profits that were searching for volunteers or interns to help them. I thought it might be a good idea to at least do something productive with my time while I was searching for a job. And so I started searching for web design related work on their website.
While searching I found a non-profit, Bates Pregnancy Center, that needed a website editor. The best part was they were right down the street from where I was -- 5 minutes at most. I contacted Dr. Bates and met her. She told me that the goal of this Pregnancy Center was to help guide young mothers, fathers through the pregnancy process.
I created and managed their website and helped with other work. A few months later I received a call from one of their board members Mark Alexander. Mr. Alexander wanted to see if I was interested in building a website for a local Houston engineering firm. Little did I know that they were on their way to Top 10 Fastest growing companies in Houston, with full orders for the next 2-3 years in Houston's Oil & Gas Field. I guess you could also say that this client found me but the end result was the same. The rest as they say is history!
I may have started with a different goal in mind -- in this case to make productive use of my time, but ended up starting a business. Since then I've helped local area businesses create and promote their website.
That's the how and why I started off in Web Design business. So how and why did you start your business? Was it your passion, an idea, maybe you bought a business, or inherited it?
About The Author
Sameep Shah runs
WebsiteDesignHouston.net where he hammers away B2B / B2C websites for businesses in and around Houston area. When he's not working on websites he's busy writing informational content. He was also recently sourced in an INC.com article.