Bold Journey — Interview

August 18, 2023

Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Grant Emerson. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.

Grant, looking forward to learning from your journey. You’ve got an amazing story and before we dive into that, let’s start with an important building block. Where do you get your work ethic from?
I developed my work ethic from high school sports, specifically Cross Country running. XC was the perfect venue for me to find my limits while also being a part of a team and cheering teammates on. I loved that everyone on the team was on an individual journey as well as a collective one. Through running I learned that I was capable of more that I thought possible. I’m sure folks can think back to the first mile they ever ran. What an impossible distance that felt like in middle school. The track at school seemed gargantuan. I’m fortunate that 20 years later I am still running and treasure that time I have to zone out or think about tasks/issues I need to work on for a client. I love walking back into my house sweaty with a solution to a bug I was fighting with before I left the house.

Appreciate the insights and wisdom. Before we dig deeper and ask you about the skills that matter and more, maybe you can tell our readers about yourself?
I help solo entrepreneurs build their brand through website development. Either clients have a new business they want to get off the ground and legitimize with a professional website or the client is looking for a refresh of their current site because it no longer represents them ( or it never did and they are tired of having an inaccurate representation of themselves online….likely collecting the wrong kind of clients. ). I love getting to know my clients and their business goals. I have over 15 years of experience working in the entertainment business, I find that helped me develop a sharp eye for design, aesthetic, and an ability to stick with a task from start to finish to arrive at the ultimate goal of a website or feature that the client loves.

There is so much advice out there about all the different skills and qualities folks need to develop in order to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment and often it can feel overwhelming. So, if we had to break it down to just the three that matter most, which three skills or qualities would you focus on?
Communication skills are most important in my opinion. I enjoy connecting with clients and making them feel heard, and respected. Talking about code and website’s can feel like a foreign language to a lot of folks. I do my best to make sure what I do makes sense to them and explain it in a way where they can offer informed decisions. Next important would be the actual skills to back up all the talking. I gotta be able to do what I say I can do. Then lastly being organized is crucial to maintaining a timeline that works for myself and the client. Deadlines are my worst/best friend in this business. Having those goals lined up help propel projects forward while setting and managing expectations.

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