In 2015, Marcus Hudson started his third small business. This time, it required its own website with robust solutions. With no coding skills but an interest in internet technology, he decided to build a site himself. He settled on Weebly. This was fine to start out with but it still took a lot of time designing and setting up the site. When he wanted to add more functionality like processing payments, adding complex order forms, etc, the cost in both time and dollars started to climb. When costs began to rise but limitations on customization remained, he switched to WordPress. He spent more time on setup and maintenance but got the customization he was looking for. When his business started growing, so did the demand for his time. He finally folded and hired someone to work on his website so he could focus full-time on his business. This was one of the best decisions he made.
The moral of the story – free up your time early on so you can jump start your business and do more of what you enjoy.
Quite frankly, HG Pro was born out of frustration for lack of options, even in 2020, and lots of extra time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2015 – Marcus’ first site using a site-builder was created.
2017 – Switched to WordPress for more customization and lower costs. Marcus finds out that creating a website is the easy part. Growing & maintaining it is another story.
2018 – Upgraded hosting service and added multiple WordPress sites. Maintenance work increases significantly.
2019 – Hired full-time employees to manage sites after lack of affordable and scalable options available elsewhere.
2020 – COVID-19 pandemic forces people to stay at home seeking options to run a side business for extra income OR primary source of income as many were let go from their day jobs.
2021 – Prediction: HG Pro will have helped countless people get their small and side businesses off the ground and online to give confidence especially to those who wouldn’t categorize themselves as tech-savvy.
Starting a website is easier than ever before.Then, the questions seem to get harder and harder as a website grows.
The list goes on and one. Each question requires time researching the best solution to each situation. Keeping a site going takes much more time and effort. Let us handle that part for you.
Other services charge a high upfront fee and/or higher monthly fees for services you may not need yet. The keyword is YET. If you’re intent on growing, you will need additional services.
But there’s a lot more to consider when spending several hundreds of dollars on a website. It requires constant maintenance, and because it doesn’t make financial sense to manage it yourself, you still turn to someone for ongoing support. Here are three ways we keep our prices low:
If your time is worth $30 an hour, don’t waste your time doing what you could pay someone else to do for much less.