The Best Tech Wiz in AZ – Meet Illyssa of Creative Tech AZ
On this week’s Member’s Corner Blog, we are so happy to introduce to you one of our amazing members and a tech wiz Illyssa of Creative Tech AZ.
Illyssa is a tech wiz based in Arizona and a native and passionate about helping small businesses. Many small businesses don’t have the extensive reach that large chains or firms have but have the same needs: website design, POS systems, and other tech support. Illyssa loves travelling the valley to meet many of these small businesses.
She’s an Arizona native and loves the heat. During those hot months in the summer, volleyball and ice cream keeps her occupied and those few months she has with gorgeous weather, she loves biking down to the park or a local market with her family.
What do you love about Arizona?:
What is not to love? I’m a native and wouldn’t live anywhere else. I’ve lived all over the valley, Phoenix, Tempe, Apache Junction, and currently Gilbert. It’s an amazing state.
Tell us about your business. How long ago and how did you get started? What service(s) or product(s) do you offer?:
I started operating my own business in June of 2017. I currently offer tech support of many avenues, but my most valued service is web design.
Who’s your ideal client? What’s the biggest problem you solve for them?:
My ideal client is a small business who has been in business for a while but hasn’t taken the leap to have their own website. It’s an amazing thing to see a client’s passion on a website.
How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?:
I primary operate by word of mouth. Client’s who love my work and tell their friends about Creative Tech.
Tell us some of the challenges and lessons you’ve learned since you started your business.:
Some of the challenges that I’ve faced is miscommunication between myself and clients. It’s also so important to be on the same page. A lot of my work is done remotely but it’s vital to make sure a face to face meeting happens, even if it’s done via video conference.
To what do you attribute your success?:
Lots of hard work, years of practice, and always learning. I started hacking in high school and continued to do tech work through college and into my career. It’s always important to continue education as well since technology is always evolving.
Whom do you seek advice from for your business? Whom do you like to follow in the business world? Why?:
Some of my clients have the best advice for business. It’s amazing what you can learn from other businesses not even in your field. It’s always good to stay humble and learn from others.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?:
One piece of advice that I feel like it at times over looked when you are starting out is learn to say no. Not every client is a perfect fit and you will spend more energy and time trying to please them when at the end of the day, was it worth it?
How do you achieve work-life balance?:
I’d like to say I have this figured out perfectly. Honestly, with a husband, 2 small kids, and a job, I don’t think I always have a great work-life balance. The most I can do is make sure that at the end of the day my family knows I’m there for them when they need me and the client knows I can get the job done.
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