Meet Krista, she is the awesome and super talented web developer that brought my website to life. After many months of indecision, revisions, and tweaks, I can finally show off my little piece of the web, thanks to her dedication and hard work we were able to bring my design vision to from concept to reality. She is the perfect person for me to introduce this series, where I ask eight questions to successful people, in various fields. I have been on a mission lately to find out what makes people fulfilled and successful in their profession life. I have asked the same eight questions to friends, colleagues, and people I admire. Their answers have inspired and at times surprised me. Here’s what Krista had to say…
How long have you been a web developer?
I’ve been a web developer for about 3 years. I started doing software development at a corporate job and was quickly promoted to the web development team. Shortly after that, I decided to start doing web development on the side. It turned into the business I have today!
What motivated you to start your working in web development?
The biggest motivator for me was the freedom I knew I’d have if I was my own boss. I knew I loved web development, but the corporate world just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the pressure, having to act a certain way, and having to compete with co-workers. Knowing that I could be my own boss, work with people I loved, and pick my own projects was a big driving force in my decision.
What have you learned from working with people in this capacity?
I’ve learned so much. I think the biggest lesson is that you have to be in it for more than a paycheck, you truly have to care about helping people. That was a hard lesson at first because I did go into it wanting it to be easy. I wanted all my clients to know exactly what I’d need from them, be happy the first time around with no revisions, and be successful without any additional help from me. Definitely selfish-sounding, but I just didn’t know what it took.
Luckily, now I have a much better understanding of what it takes to run a successful business and the success of my clients always comes first.
If you could give you younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
The biggest piece of advice I’d give myself would be to stop it with all the self-doubt. I always kind of wanted to own my own business, but I literally wouldn’t let myself consider it an actual path because I didn’t think I could do it. Even though it’s something I wanted to do, it happened totally by accident. In this journey, I’ve learned that I can truly do anything that I put my mind to.
What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to make connections and spend time pouring into others.
When I first started, I was doing it all on my own. It was a good 2 or 3 months before I made my first online friend and in those 2 to 3 months I didn’t get a single client. Within a couple weeks of connecting with the ladies in my mastermind group, all of that changed and I started working my way to being booked in advance. Without those connections, I’d still be fumbling around trying to figure it all out on my own.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Luckily, I’m a very self-motivated person. I don’t find myself ever needing the motivation to get moving and try the next big thing. I do suppose that seeing those who have been in business longer than I, keep me wanting to push forward and do bigger things. But there’s not a specific person, place, or thing that I look to for inspiration.
What are you most excited for in the near future?
Right now I’m most excited for seeing what the next step is for my business. I’m at the point where I’m booked 3 months in advance, which seems to be about as far out as new clients are willing to book. I know that means that it’s time for decisions for how I’m going to bring my business to the next level, whether it’s employees, focusing on products, or something that hasn’t quite crossed my mind yet. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be an adventure.
Share one fun fact about yourself that people may be surprised to learn?
Something that a lot of people are surprised to learn (I’m sure because of the hot pink website) is that I spend my weekends in the summer riding dirtbikes and four-wheelers with my dad, brother, and husband. It is so fun and freeing to be out riding on trails in the woods. Love having the adrenaline that comes when we’re going a liiiiittle too fast.
For those of you who are surprised, don’t worry, my riding gear is hot pink from head to toe 😉
just for fun/pick a side:
cats or dogs
coffee or tea
early riser or night owl
paper or digital books
All images courtesy of Krista Rae