Olla Boluwatife owns a creative agency that provides web solutions for businesses. He talks about services they render at Ownasite, how he got his first job as a web developer and a lot more. We have his interview at InterviewStories. Olla says Ownasite will be a leading web design agency in Nigeria in the next five years and he is working towards it.
Can we know you?
My name is Olla Boluwatife Joseph. I’m an entrepreneur, a web developer, a software developer, a Search Engine Optimization(SEO) expert and internet marketer. I currently run a creative agency (@ownasite) where we provide web solutions for businesses.
Tell us about your agency?
What web solutions for business do you provide in your company?
Businesses have evolved from the brick and mortar structures into the world wide web (internet). We believe that at this century if your business is not online then you’d soon be out of business. Our services are not but limited to the following:
- Web design & development
- Internet marketing
- Software development
How did you start Ownasite?
I just graduated high school when I delved fully into web development. I launched in the year 2015 under a different name (Jose webs) but later re-branded and started operations fully in 2016.
What were the challenges you faced when you started?
The major challenge I faced was trying to set up the business structure. Also was struggling to enhance my skills as well as convince prospective clients that I was capable of providing the services I said I would. The truth of the matter was that I was learning on the job. We all know that no-one is an island but there are certain skills required to start up a business. I didn’t know that then. I didn’t have enough skills but I had the passion and that kept me through.
Is your business registered?
How easy was registering your business?
Quite easy. I have someone who does it and the process was quite smooth.
How did you get your first job?
It was through my brother. He referred to one of his friends who needed my service at that time. Although I was inexperienced. I believed I could pull it off and it ended up really nice.
What were the challenges you had when you took your first job?
I was in school then (The Polytechnic, Ibadan). Firstly, trying to balance work with lectures. Secondly, power supply & the internet. It was of short supply.
Are you proud of the service you rendered then?
Yes, I am. I always strive to give my best to my clients.
What makes your customers like the service you render?
I put my customers’ interest at heart, I also communicate and relate well with my customers, and try to provide the best quality service I can.
How much do you charge per service?
I have pricing plans based on the kind of services I offer. My basic-est plan for web design service starts from N80k.
What about other services?
They aren’t fixed. The price depends on the customers’ needs. Let’s take for example software development. We have different kinds of software. It could be an inventory software, accounting software or hotel software. Each software has different features. Those features determine how much I’d charge. A customer might want something simple and basic, another might want advanced features.
What problems do you face regarding your business?
As of now. It’s power. The amount of money I spend on power supply every month is really high compared to the number of customers I get. I also do not have a huge customer base as of now.
What motivates you to do more?
I’m passionate about creating solutions for people. Even if I don’t get paid for it. I feel very happy doing these things. I believe sooner or later. I’d breakthrough!
Has anyone invested in your business?
Does your business need investors?
I don’t think so
Does every business need to be online?
How can one establish an online presence?
The first step which is easy and free to do is to be on social media. Then if you need to add a bit of professionalism then you opt in for a website. But it’s not just about having a website. It’s about communication.
What is the difference between a blog and a website?
Blogs are dynamic. The contents are updated frequently. Websites are static in nature, the contents are organized in pages. A website is where you’d get every needed information about a particular business. A blog is a medium of communication between existing business and it’s customers. Or prospects. However, blogs sometimes are parts of a website.
What makes a business successful?
Customer relations, having agood product or quality service with a strong marketing strategy. You can’t afford not to have those qualities.
Where do you see Ownasite in the next five years?
A leading web design agency in Nigeria.
Do you have a mentor?
I have mentors. I watch their videos. I’ve taken some of their courses, I’ve interacted with some of them and they’ve been really helpful. With a mentor, you can never totally go wrong.
How can startups get funds?
Angel investors, crowdfunding, venture capitalist, loans.
Can you talk about each of them?
A venture capitalist invests in the early stages of your company in exchange for an equity share. You can also visit your bank or reach out friends & family to get loans for your business. Angel investors differ from Venture Capitalists although people confuse the two together.
While angel investors can take an equity share of your startup in exchange for their investment, their funding can also be exchanged for convertible debt. These investors are usually entrepreneurs. Although money is their motivation, they are more likely to be genuinely interested in your business. If you find the right angel investor, you may benefit from their expert advice and management skills. You can also take advantage of the resources available to you online by using crowdfunding websites to raise capital.
What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs?
Keep doing what you do. Be persistent, be consistent. Forget about the money, it’ll come eventually. Get the needed skills and I’d see you at the top🔝. You can contact me on
- Facebook: Ownasite
- Instagram: Ownasite
- Email Address: Ollaboluwatife@yahoo.com
- Phone: 08121199146
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