Why are you called Kitchen Table Web Design?
There are two reasons, firstly because I like to meet my clients around my kitchen table and drink coffee and secondly because I love working with “kitchen table” entrepreneurs.
We are all familiar with the myth of the entrepreneur beginning their journey in a humble garage. The founders of Amazon, Apple, Dell, Disney, Google and Microsoft have all made this claim.
How about we start telling another story? The businesses that started around kitchen tables.
I don’t have New Zealand statistics but in the UK, there are 2.9 million ‘homepreneurs’, so-called “kitchen table firms”, they generate £300bn for the UK economy. A third of them trade nationally and an equal number also trade internationally. These are serious businesses. It is not just women, about 40% of these businesses are started by men.
Professional website design services for small businesses
Web design is my ideal career. It brings together some diverse strands of who I am :
- Being creative. I have a lifelong love of being creative and making things.
- Geeky. Who remembers the Commodore 64 computer? When I was 12, I enjoyed writing bits of code for fun.
- Marketing. I have a BComm in Marketing and have enjoyed applying these principles to the web.
- A love of learning.
Web design is always changing. It requires innovation and the desire to keep on improving. It also calls on a wide variety of skills: marketing and business acumen, communication, branding and design, creative problem solving, as well as coding skills.
As often is the case with those that start a small business, a life circumstance calls you in action. In 2009, my husband got a very aggressive form of leukemia. When he died, I was 39 with dependant children; my youngest was 2 years old. That’s a recipe for either a mid-life crisis or mid-life renewal! I was determined not to go on welfare and with a children looking to me, I got busy!
A special thank you to my first clients who supported a widow trying to turn a hobby into a business and also make sense of things.
My passion is empowering you, to meet your business goals through your online presence.