I wrote about going full time at MAKE in August but I’ve been pretty quiet since then. Last Thursday we launched the third version of the website. We started back in 2011 showcasing our laptop stand which was quite the excitement for us while also in university. Here’s a few insights to our thinking.
We wanted a simpler way to “manage” our web things. Starting at the Shop, order processing was a nightmare before Shopify. For over two years every order we received was manually entered into a Google Spreadsheet. While it worked and saved us money we didn’t have for more robust systems, I eventually realized how hampered we were by the “cheap” solution. We shipped all the products ourselves out of not ideal home/work scenarios until December 2013. How wonderful that has been to hand off the daily duties of fulfillment to the great people at Castle Ventures.
Another not so public annoyance that definitely prompted the move to Squarespace was the near constant bot-hacking attacks on our Wordpress website. Whoever has the time to create such nefarious and intelligent systems should find better uses of their time. We never could figure out what they wanted with the images and code that made up our website… There is nothing of worth to steal from hacking MAKE’s site.
Needless to say the janitorial work of stopping bot-attacks is not something we like to deal with on a weekly basis. More design, less IT please.
On the contrary, Squarespace has been such a pleasant experience. We used it for the first time for our friends website, Follow the Harvest and fell in deep, digital-love. As designers we have no need to complicate the behind-the-scenes to get the same result on the pretty side. It’s cliche to say but, Squarespace just works. The last pitch I’ll give is they are constantly innovating and increasing their already great features. We love the things they are creating for us creators to use.
I’m not a hippie but if you don’t love your job you should find what you love. I have known since about 8th grade that I wanted to work for myself, with creative and impassioned people. I can’t express how grateful I feel to be doing that today. A full-time job being your own boss is tough but so rewarding. I’m also incredibly grateful for my wife, Erin’s support as we grow MAKE.
Lastly, I’d be remiss to not express how thankful for everyone who pays attention to us, buys something, or just favorites a tweet of ours.
Come check us out won’t you? http://mkcb.co
My tinkering heart grows fonder everytime #spokane (at The General Store Spokane)
A few photos from Nick’s Birthday on Sunday at Umi in Seattle. A fine gentleman and always delicious sushi. Oh, and chopstick-beards.
(It was incredibly dim, excuse the grain and blur)