It’s finally here! We are excited to bring you an interview with Heather Locke, the founder of Phoenix web design company, Hammersmith Support. Heather has grown Hammersmith Support from just her and her laptop to a full-scale team! The Hammersmith Support service models have changed and expanded as well, growing from building websites to partnering with design specialists in the build process, and now website maintenance packages. With all that growth, Heather has learned some things along the way and is sharing her thoughts with fellow entrepreneurs.
Tell Us About Hammersmith Support
I started Hammersmith Support in 2010 as a solo-preneur after working for several years in the website development industry. My experience from that time was invaluable. But while I enjoyed the projects I worked on and the clients I worked with, I always knew that I wanted my own business. I wanted the freedom to control my own destiny, and I wanted to be an example to my daughter, London. It is important to me that I’m able to not only encourage her dreams, but to show her they are achievable when you work hard for them.
Why Is Being a Certified Woman-Owned Business Important to You?
When I came across the Woman-Owned Business certification, I realized it was something I needed to do for Hammersmith Support. Being in a male-dominated industry, this certification gives us one more way to set ourselves apart from our competition.
From the business side, being a Certified Woman-Owned Business gives us access to government contracts and other opportunities, as well as increased visibility with our clients.
What Are 3 Tips You Have for Other Entrepreneurs?
- Don’t be afraid to delegate. There’s a limit to how much we can do on our own – surround yourself with people you trust, and then trust them to do what you ask them.
- I read this quote and it has always stuck with me; “If you’re going to eat Moby Dick, bring tartar sauce.” Having a successful mindset, even when you’re not quite there yet, is key. Always present yourself as a successful person.
- Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Let their knowledge be the driver pushing you to the next level.
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