I cannot believe how time flies, and how much can change in what is quite frankly a short amount of time on this planet.
Three years ago today, I was told that I was being made redundant, right when the recession was causing web agencies to drop staff numbers en-mass. I had a short window of time to decide if now was the right time to setup my own venture, or go work for someone else, again.
On the 11th of April, 2011, I took the risk of starting codepotato in the middle of the economic edition of kerplunk that was the UK at the time. I was told by other agencies and web devs that working in a niche was a stupid idea, and wouldn't ever work. I mean, who limits their business opportunities when setting up, right? Right?
On the 11th April 2011, I bit the bullet and with the support of my family and friends, started the whirlwind of running a business. I had always wanted to run my own business, but didn't have a clue on what to do first. I remember the feeling of paralysis that I felt in the first few months; should I be doing this, what if this happens, will people like what I do?
Codepotato is only a week away from turning three years old.
As I write this, I still cannot believe everything that's happened in the past three years. No amount of words can define how unbelievably grateful I am to our clients for their continued support.
Whilst we don't believe in favourites, it has to be said that a small handful of early clients went above and beyond to raise awareness of this crazy little web firm, with a silly name that everyone double-checks when we're on the phone. Those firms know who they are, and we're still proud to be your chosen web firm. Thank you.
I could write for hours about the journey so far, but the purpose of this post was to let everyone know what we're doing for our third birthday.
Cut to the chase, where's the birthday cake?
We have an "open-door" policy here at codepotato, where clients are welcome to drop in any time. However, next week's a little more special.
If you're around this neck of the woods on the 11th (next Friday) you're very welcome to drop in to the office for birthday cake and nibbles.
We'll also give you the first peek of Filehaven, a little web service we've been building for financial advisory firms in the UK. You'll be the first to see what we've built and may even get onto the early testing panel, you lucky so-and-so's. :-)
If you think you have some time free, and want to drop in for a slice of cake, just drop us a quick note on live chat (bottom right), to [email protected], or leave a comment and we'll make sure we've got enough to go round!