We talked to Jimmy Tareelap and Gun Rujites, co-Founders at Yes Web Design Studio on how they design and develop awesome websites and the following is what they said about it.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Jimmy Tareelap: We’ve been blessed to have avoided the COVID virus thus far, though there were periods where we had to work from home, which tested our communication than ever. However, we’ve pulled through. Now that we’re back in the office, we still practice social distancing and sanitize our workstations.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Yes Web Design Studio.
Gun Rujites: We started the company with just ourselves initially with very little. We noticed a rather significant pain point during our interactions with many customers. This became more evident when we tried to hire a company to do a website for us. Website companies are usually very expensive, and often times you won’t know where half of your payment goes to – it’s the lack of transparency that troubles people. People would pay a significant amount of money to get the websites that they feel neutral towards or even dissatisfied. However, we took note of that during our journey and addressed this issue. We knew we had to bring complete transparency and reinvent the wheel and bring something new to the table for customers out there – and so we did.
That’s how we got into the website design and development industry with that value-adding and innovative mindset and have been working hard to improve every day. Started without an office or employees, working from cafes and external Wi-Fi, we continued to add values to clients we worked with until we were able to grow into what we are today.
How does Yes Web Design Studio innovate?
Jimmy Tareelap: Before we are businessmen, we’re creators. Our creativity is fueled by taking the initiative and innovating how we work, live, and breathe. Regular brainstorm sessions at the office are a norm that we established quite early on. This creates a free space where our team members can share, discuss ideas and news updates. Our discussion is not limited to the design and technology but includes other gems outside to help us be more well-rounded. All this allows us to bring fresh and unique perspectives to every meeting with our lovely clients, effectively adding value to businesses and society.
How the Coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Gun Rujites: COVID hit the economy hard – we’re no different. The majority of businesses on the receiving end had to close down their offices and stores, transitioned into the ‘Work from home’ lifestyle. With this, many suddenly had to move their entire business operation online.
As an online business, we probably got hit less than other industries. We were able to provide a big helping hand to assist businesses in creating a website and devising online marketing strategies to help them reach out to their customers. One example of what we’ve done is providing discounts to small businesses or people who are struggling to provide them with affordable, high-quality websites. We also provided a free consultation to businesses about how they can thrive in an online world and use their online channels as a conduit to stay afloat during this pandemic.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Jimmy Tareelap: We deal with difficult choices on a daily basis, especially during this epidemic where things don’t operate like they normally do. One of the aspects that were really affected was client flow. When the pandemic started, clients often asked us to pause their projects or post-pone this indefinitely as there were too many uncertainties. We had to reorganize how we work and how we prioritize our projects. It was a big organizational effort, and it took a significant portion of time to plan our work schedules so that things can proceed seamlessly. In hindsight, Covid-19 did teach us how to better deal with uncertainties, continuously adapt, and change the way we work to achieve our goals.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Gun Rujites: We would normally say things like sports, music, or other avid interests, but in reality, we work through our stress and keep anxiety at bay with our productivity. The PlayStation VR set in our office definitely takes the edge off during break time, though – our team loves it.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Jimmy Tareelap: The design industry is enormous, and thanks to that, our competitors are many talented web design studios and freelancers. Our strong suite isn’t just our creative minds but is actually how we’re very good at being critical with ourselves. Commitment to find flaws and continuously improve ourselves, removing complacency, and keeping that innovative mindset is how we continue to grow and move forward in this industry.
Your final thoughts?
Gun Rujites: As the current climate continues, we hope that other innovators out there use COVID as a learning opportunity as we did and continue to grow stronger. Rejuvenating the economy is no one-person task, and it’ll take all of us to restore things to the way they were. If you need any help at all with getting yourself out there in an online world, you know where to find us.
Thank you, Startup info, for the insightful questions.
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