A website design company in Greeley was recently forced to close its doors due to the economy.  To me it’s sad.  I never like to hear that a small business has had to make that difficult decision.  After all, those are real people with families and mortgages to pay.  And now the employees are turning to other website design companies in Greeley for work, but none of them are hiring right now.  A city of Greeley’s size should be able to support multiple website design companies, especially with the growth that Greeley has experienced over the past 10 years but small businesses are cautious with their marketing and website budgets right now.  Fewer dollars means fewer jobs.

I don’t really consider this particular website design company in Greeley to be our competition, because, as you know if you’ve been following my blog, I consider my biggest competitors my own ego and apathy.  But nevertheless, I was happy to help their existing clients who were frantically looking for a website design company who could help them with their sites before the websites were shut down.  Several of their clients called, literally freaking out because their sites were slated to go down in less than 2 weeks.  Unfortunately, the task of moving the websites over to a new hosting company was no small task for a couple businesses because they were running off of a database and as with any migration there are always glitches.  Scripts won’t run on new servers.  Files are missing.   Pages don’t load correctly.  Actually moving the bulk of the website is only about 20% of the work.  Then next 80% of the job is just troubleshooting and sometimes that can be a very time consuming job.  So how can you avoid this very costly, stressful situation with your website?  Be sure that the website company that you’re working with is stable.  Even in a growing economy, the odds are against small businesses.  More than 98% of all companies fail in the first 10 years.  With the added pressure of our current economic condition, those percentages are going to be even higher.  Just take a stroll through the Greeley Mall.  Or the Fort Collins Mall.  Practically every other storefront is dark.  If you don’t want to become a victim like the other people who have called us, frantic, be sure to ask yourself if your website design company is stable enough to weather this storm.  If you’re with a company that’s less than 5 years old, the odds are significant that you’ll be in the same boat in the next 18 months.  Newer companies just don’t have the established client base needed to survive.  And when that day comes, you may find your own company in jeopardy.

How would your company function if you lost your website?  Or how about your email.  Those are the types of things happen everyday.  Companies in Greeley are struggling as we speak to get their email and websites back up and running.  They’re losing money every day not only because of the lack of communication but because of the time lost due to the distraction.

Have you ever had one of those computer problems that took 30 hours of time spent on the phone with tech support?   Had you known before the first call to tech support that it would take that long, you might have just ditched the computer and bought a new one.  Your time is valuable and you need to protect it.

If you’d like to sit down and talk about how Red Rocket can help with your website, we’d be happy to help.  You can be assured that with a track record of more than 10 years, we’re here for the long-haul.  While other website design companies are watching their business contract, Red Rocket continues to expand.  In fact, we were recently named #14 on NCBR’s Mercury 100, a list of the fastest growing companies in Northern Colorado.   Give us a call today at 970-674-0079.

Chadd Bryant

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