Hannah Jones talks to us about her web site design company, Reward of the Gab, and the way she received the enterprise to the place it’s in the present day.
Inform us a bit about your corporation?
Reward of the Gab was based in 2017 off the again of labor I had accomplished for our household enterprise. Utilizing social media, I grew our household groundworks enterprise (JG Jones Groundwork Companies) vastly, finally constructing my very first web site for them and implementing search engine optimisation, and the outcomes had been fabulous! One other native firm – Ok&R Decorators – approached me enquiring as to who had accomplished our social media and web site and after I advised them it was me, they instantly employed me to do theirs and so Reward of the Gab was born.
What’s your background?
I skilled to be a bookkeeper and labored in numerous positions earlier than having my first youngster at 22, adopted by one other three over the following ten years. Throughout my ‘at house mum’ time I saved the groundworks firm updated, enterprise all of the accounts and admin earlier than beginning on the advertising and marketing talked about above. All my web site design and related companies are utterly self-taught utilizing good previous Google primarily. I am keen on studying and nonetheless have a lot to analysis and implement.
How do you unfold the phrase about your corporation?
I very hardly ever promote Reward of the Gab – my purchasers do that for me! I’ve grown from West Sussex to masking your entire UK together with Scotland by just about phrase of mouth solely! Social media is highly effective and the assorted enterprise teams nice in permitting folks to ‘tag’ me and my enterprise.
How has enterprise been throughout Covid-19?
When the pandemic hit, I’ve to confess I used to be scared. My enterprise is taken into account a luxurious and I instantly misplaced purchasers – notably within the leisure trade and I additionally had work put again, a few of which I’m nonetheless ready for. Clearly, this induced monetary difficulties, nevertheless, with so many small companies unable to open I began getting enquiries for e-commerce websites pouring in and so one other journey began.
As soon as the lockdown got here to an finish, folks began desirous to push themselves once more and so work returned to regular, after which second lockdown hit. I used to be not solely working lengthy hours but in addition liable for the 2 youngest and their schoolwork – a schoolteacher I’m completely not and the fellows who educate deserve medals!
Issues appear to be lastly levelling out. The leisure trade is selecting up and needing me once more so that’s all good. I class myself as extraordinarily fortunate to have survived, many didn’t. I did try to assist those who needed to put their companies on maintain by stopping their fee plans and giving them free internet hosting.
What’s the toughest half about operating a enterprise?
Guilt! I used to be a full-time mum to my older ladies and loved the time to have the ability to be there, do issues, take them locations and do the housekeeping to point out house requirements. The 2 youngest haven’t been so lucky – though clearly I strive my greatest, my home is now actually no present house and I’m immensely grateful for the Xbox and different know-how!
What’s been the most important problem you’ve confronted to date?
Daily is a problem. I rarely say no and so instantly must push myself to study. This may be very nerve-racking however so rewarding as soon as I crack one thing.
Have you ever had any monetary help?
I’ve by no means utilized for any monetary help. I work at home so have minimal overheads that means. I didn’t want lots of cash to start out up. I continued utilizing the identical laptop computer as I at all times had after which regularly constructed as much as some fairly superior computer systems.
What’s been the perfect determination you’ve made to date?
I don’t know if I’ve truly made one! I take issues day-to-day, have a superb staff behind me who brainstorm with me and have perhaps but to make it! Maybe someday I’ll float the enterprise for thousands and thousands and to migrate to the Maldives? Now that might be a call!
If you happen to might change one factor, what wouldn’t it be?
Hmm, perhaps being too smooth? I’m simply sweettalked and it may be to my very own monetary detriment – I really want to man up however I’m not that kind of individual!
What’s been your proudest achievement to date?
Wow, I’ve so many proud moments. In all probability the most important is a praise from my great husband, now enterprise companion. Initially he was sceptical as to how lengthy the Gab would final. I’ve been recognized to dip out and in of many tasks and, though he has at all times supported me, I did really feel like he was ready for me to offer in (not least all of the instances I used to be a blubbering wreck as a result of I’d had a nasty day or one thing was unsuitable or quite a few different causes). One morning I received to my desk to discover a pink submit it word telling me how very proud he’s of me. Meaning the whole lot and is a really proud second. The word nonetheless resides on my discover board!
What are your hopes and desires for the enterprise?
Clearly, I might like to proceed to develop, I might love to have the ability to improve productiveness, perhaps win some awards? That may be superb.
I’m so privileged to have a supporting husband, staff, household and mates plus an awesome consumer base who’re all rooting for me. Be careful world!