Marie-Eve used a .CA domain name from the start. “I didn’t think I was going anywhere else in the world. My clientele is mainly in Quebec and Canada, and Canadian companies prefer to work with other Canadian companies. Businesses all over the world are working in web and graphic design and it’s all telework. Sometimes you don’t even know where the person is from. The .CA domain gives you more clout when submitting quotes to clients.”
Choosing the right partners for a solid foundation
In 2016, after two years with a host that did not quite meet her needs, this native of Abitibi-Témiscamingue made the decision to partner with Web Hosting Canada. Marie-Eve values the fact that it is based in Quebec, as well as the speed of its servers, its reputation and its customer service. She has been delighted with the experience. She believes the site to be an integral part of any brand being created, and recommends the service to her clients, who have already registered more than 100 domain names with it.
graphixdesign.ca also involves training clients and helping them to understand terms related to graphic design and the Web: “I inform, I teach my clients about Web terminology so that they can make informed decisions, and I emphasize the fact that all companies that offer services in Canada have the .CA domain. That’s really what you should choose too!”
She also warns new entrepreneurs taking their first steps on the web to invest in their website from the beginning: “Don’t make that mistake. Own your website right from the get-go because it helps build awareness, and be careful what you put in it! You need a strong foundation to attract clients.”
One of the cornerstones of her learning and her success was the mentors who supported her along the way, in particular Michel Offroy, who helped her understand web hosting in her early days. The others? Her passion and determination! Marie-Eve also emphasizes patience and perseverance, especially in the first two years of a brand’s life: “You can’t give up! Maybe 1 in 100,000 people get off the ground in the first year.”
The adventure continues
Although she does not know what the future holds for her, Marie-Eve knows she wants to make the best of whatever opportunities come her way. She has great projects in mind, such as illustrating book covers or developing the online boutique that she just launched to sell her illustrations.