Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in web design but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mike Sayenko, Owner and Chief Designer of Sayenko Design, located in Seattle, WA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We build custom WordPress websites that are responsive, clean, modern, and user-focused. A web design project is broken up into four phases - strategy, design, development, and training. At Sayenko Design, our web design workflow typically follows a set series of processes:

  1. Defined Business Objective
  2. Persona Development
  3. Conversion Goal Identification
  4. Messaging Development
  5. Value Proposition
  6. Wireframing
  7. UI/ UX design
  8. Web Development
  9. SEO Implementation

Our customers are typically B2B in the healthcare space, technology, construction, real estate, and education.

Tell us about yourself

My passion is in helping businesses accelerate growth through smart and strategic web design. Each website we design is focused on fostering conversions. Whether those key conversion points are related to online sales, lead generation, promoting content, or otherwise, I work to ensure companies are gaining real business value from their online presence.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Creating a strong culture with a fantastic team that likes to have fun. We've grown year after year and have some amazing clients that trust us to handle their websites.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Dealing with new obstacles and challenges such as contract negotiations, customer service, retaining business, and of course, lead generation. The constant challenge is lead generation; it's something that is always at the forefront of the business as a key challenge.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Create your WHY.
  2. Always have goals.
  3. Be a grinder.

Where can people find you and your business?


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