Full Name: Michelle Elzaim
Company/Business: Web For U
Year Founded: 1998
Tell us about your business: I have been designing websites and offering hosting for over 10 years. I design anywhere from small informative websites to big e-commerce websites. I also offer my own shopping cart/cms at diyshoppedesigner.com and mods for the cart at modyourcart.com. I also run a couple other businesses, wahm-shopping-mall.com and scentedbaskets.com.
What inspired you to start your business: I was trying to build a website for a t-shirt designing business I had started and found that I really enjoyed buidling websites. I fell in love with the fact that I could turn all that code into something that looked so nice. I also wanted to conitnue to stay home with my 4 children and this was the business that would allow me to.
Share one business goal you have: The one business goal I have is to just continue growing and learning. Expanding into areas that I am not as good at and increasing my capabilities.
What would you say contributes to your success: This would defintaley be satisfied clients! The more satisfied clients I have, the more referrals I get. I would say 90% of my business is from referrals and repeat customers.
What advice would you like to offer other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business:
Make sure that your website reflects your business! Remember when a potential customer visits your website, it is their first impression of you and your business, so make it stand out!
What is your favorite business tool/resource: I have fallen in love with using Adobe Illustator! This program makes putting together a design for a website so much fun and easy!