Q: Tell us about Butter Web Design.
A: We custom code mobile-friendly websites and provide ongoing maintenance for our clients. Then we use our knowledge of SEO to help our clients rank well in Google searches and attract prospects to their websites.
Q: Where did you get the idea to start it?
A: I’m a big nerd, I love design and I love code. It just makes sense for me to be a web designer.
Q: Why Peterborough?
A: I explore that question in nearly every one of my podcast episodes, check out Pints of Peterborough for the juicy, beer-drenched details.
Q: How did you know there was a gap in the market you could fill?
A: The internet is changing faster than businesses are able to respond. It’s changing faster than most web designers can respond. There will always be a demand for nerds who can code at the leading-edge.
Q: What were you doing before you set up Butter Web Design?
A: I was framing houses before I became a web designer. The pay sucked! I now make in a day what I used to make in a week.
Q: Have you always wanted to be your own boss?
A: Yes. I am no good at taking direction, I’d rather lead. This actually plays into my business model. The clients I look for are the ones who appreciate a guy that can get things done without a lot of hand-holding.
Q: What were the major challenges you had to overcome when starting up?
A: I worked 9-5 when I was starting, because that’s what everyone around me was doing. It wasn’t a very productive time for me, because I thought my success was tied to my hours input. But it isn’t. It comes down to how much raw production I can generate. How many projects I can complete in a year. Now the hours are determined by the projects and not the other way around. I still struggle with feeling guilty if I’m not at my desk for 40 hours a week, but that’s part of not conforming to societal expectations. Well guess what society, I’m working right now and it’s 9:10pm so take that!
Q: Did you connect to any community resources (CFDC, Chamber, GPIC, Chamber, Angel Network, etc.) or entrepreneurs for support in your business startup?
A: Yes, and I like that Chamber is in there twice. I’ve found mentoring in town for aspects of running a business that I was terrible at. Now I’m not so bad.
Q: Any tips for other budding entrepreneurs out there?
A: Peterborough has a lot of valuable resources for helping you get your business going, make sure to utilize them. BUT make sure to trust your own instincts over the advice you get from these business support groups. They provide enormous value and insight, but ultimately YOU have to roll up your sleeves and make the magic happen. Be mindful of what you’re spending your time on. There’s a tendency to waste a lot of time planning, researching, networking, meeting for coffee, writing business plans and asking mentors for advice – but what really counts is that you win customers and make them happy. All that other stuff FEELS good but might not be growing your business.
Butter Web Design: http://butterwebdesign.com/index.php
Owners/Graphic Designers: Ryan Lowe & Lia Gomez
Cell #: 647-770-2020 OR 647-770-7744