Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Sauk.
Nicole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I made my first website at 14 years old. Back before Facebook and MySpace, creating your own personal websites was very popular. I used a platform called gURLpages to make a site that was all about me and my teenage life. I shared the same kind of information that people share on social networks now: information about me, likes and dislikes, pictures. This is how I taught myself how to code websites.
In high school, I was involved in a club called Business Professionals of America. Believe it or not, I actually won a web design award as a part of that organization. First place website development in Broward County in 2000, and second place in the state of Florida. I also had my first professional job creating websites as a teenager, at age 16.
After high school, I spent a few years learning and working as a graphic designer until I started college at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. I graduated with my degree in Website Design and Interactive Media in 2007.
After many years of freelance web work, I started my business, Ventus Design Studio, in 2012. I’ve always loved the idea of building a business. Through Ventus, I’m able to build my dream, while also helping other people build their own.
Has it been a smooth road?
I didn’t have a lot of money while growing up, and no one in my family ever came close to starting a business, so it’s all been a great learning experience.
I tried to dive directly into working full-time on my business right after college. I quickly realized that I needed more time to build a reputation and a client base, so I had to supplement my income by waiting tables.
I continued to take freelance web work on the side while I spent years waitressing in Downtown Hollywood, FL. It was a great experience as not only was I able to pay my bills while I grew my business, but I had the opportunity to form many great relationships while also learning how to serve my customers well.
We’d love to hear more about your company.
Ventus Design Studio is all about quick, easy, and affordable websites. We want to give you peace of mind and convenience. No more stressing about site issues or wasting time trying to do it yourself.
We offer multiple website development packages and multiple price points to meet our clients’ varying needs. From low-cost, easy template sites to fully custom design and development, we can put together a plan that works with your goals and budget.
A big favorite among our clients is our Website Care Plans. For an affordable monthly fee, we take care of website hosting, domain name registration, site security, SSL certificate, backups, and basic website changes. You don’t have to worry about a thing, we take care of it all so you can focus on building your business.
We also offer complementary digital services like graphic design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, paid advertising, and email marketing.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I really love South Florida. I could really do my job anywhere in the world with a WiFi connection, but there’s nowhere else I’d rather live or do business.
Fort Lauderdale has a great professional community, with lots of events and organizations to join. Being able to build relationships with other business owners is so important, especially when you serve B2B.
- Starter Sites – $190 Set Up Fee + Website Care Plan
- Growth Sites – $1,490 Set Up Fee + Website Care Plan
- Custom Sites – Starting at $4,000 Set Up Fee + Website Care Plan
- Website Care Plan – $49/month
- Website: https://ventusdesignstudio.com/
- Phone: 754-333-1143
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicolesauk/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ventusdesignstudio/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/VentusDesigns