Let me start by introducing myself…
My name is Jim Gumble and I have lived and work in the Chicagoland (West Loop) area since early 2004. I started building websites way back some 10(+) years ago in 1999 with Microsoft Frontpage and a dream to create my little niche market online. I started off my web design career building affiliate style websites and making money online with affiliate website promotions such as google adsense and commission junction offers to name a few. This was while I was working full time as an outside sales man for a national heavy duty truck manufacture. I was pretty successful in my part time adventure and soon decided to launch my first company on the side in mid 2001.
My First Company…
IMSS, Inc. (Internet Marketing Sales Solutions) was launch in June 2001, selling online goods and my own digital products through eBay and other online marketplaces. I was extremely successful selling magazine subscriptions, proof coins, my own digital products, among other items both on my own personal websites as well as other online auction sites. This experience allowed me to learn how to design and build profitable web sites while optimizing these sites for high search engine rankings. I grew my first company into a very nice online (full time) business and not having the proper time to run it, I sold it for a profit in 2003.
I continued to work in my spare time building additional web sites for affiliate products and progressed from using Microsoft Frontpage to Macromedia software. As my experience increased, so did my design styles and capabilities to design and develop more sophisticated websites. I progressed into the open source products and settled on one in particular in 2005. To me, WordPress, was the easiest to understand and had lots of developers that were building new additions and plugins each and everyday. I switched over almost all of my website designs into WordPress for the benefits of the simple content management system as well as the ease of getting web pages indexed and ranked in all the major search engines.
Chicago Web Designer – Jim Gumble
- 910 West Van Buren #307 Chicago, IL 60607
- Local: (312) 806-0565
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
- Saturday: 9:00 – 12:00 P.M.
- Sunday: Closed
The Time Dilemma…
Like my part time job, I was quite successful and progressed in my professional career from an outside salesman to a regional manager and then finally to a district manager. The time constraints of my full time job quickly made my part time job more of a challenge. I was working a full time job during the day and then building websites, marketing materials and optimizing web sites late in the evenings. I was closing million dollar deals during the day and building websites and performing search engine optimization for clients in the evening.
I worked almost non-stop improving my skills in web design, web development, and search engine optimization. Then in September 2008, I decided to make a full time job change.
The Start of A New Career…
I decided to start my own online web design firm. So in late October, 2008, my current company was started and I created Hot Internet Network™, Inc. as a full time career change. I had a vision of what I wanted my second company to be and saw a niche that would allow me to build a different kind of web design firm.
Hot Internet Network™, Inc. was developed to fill a void within the website design space. I soon found myself in a very unique space within the world of the web designer. I had never been schooled in the world of web design ( my degrees are in Marketing & Logistics & Transportation) but I self taught myself what I needed to know and how to get sites optimized and ranking well in all the major search engines.
I saw something else was happening as well within this world of web design. Here was this Marketing and Logistics major in college using his sales skills and self taught web design skills to provide what was missing in the world of web design.
The Birth of A Complete Web Design Solution…
I started giving my clients what I wanted and knew what they were looking for in a complete website design solution. I mean, most web design firms only build what their client wants and usually nothing more. Often, clients are set on a tight budget and choose the least expensive option for their website design (HTML) or a static design. This often leaves a client with little or no option but to pay their web designer a hefty cost for adding a new page or adding in additional features as their business grows.
I saw this first hand myself over the years on outsourcing projects that were over my head and vowed to be different from the rest of the web designers out there.
Getting More Value for the Money…
I built my company and made myself different because I started to provide my clients with a total solution for all their web design needs. This total web solution includes building the professional web design that they are looking for in a platform that is totally expandable and can handle most of their future growth needs. This total web design solution, is built around offering a complete web solution and key features that are built in as a part of the upfront cost while providing a very simple solution to allow clients to manage their own website without all of the need to know special code to make simple changes.
When a client needs a website designed, they are looking for a fast, complete and nice looking site design with all of the latest web design features for a fair price. They might not know the latest and greatest technology available but expect their web designer to know what these technologies are and build a site that is expandable with the latest technologies. This is exactly what I and my company provide my clients. Let me give you an example.
Providing Advanced Technologies…
In early 2009, I built and developed the very first commerical capable QR code generating website in the United States. While other sites allowed for non-commerical use of QR codes, I was the very first developer to allow my clients to market products and services with QR codes. During this time, the rest of the world was far ahead of the United States in using QR codes to marketing their products and services. Cell phones in the United States, simply were not equipped with QR code readers and the QR code reader software was less than accurate and available for all major cellphones within the United States. I built a QR code solution to help businesses grow their businesses both online and offline with an advanced technology that is widely available and used today throughout a number of product segments in the United States. Just as I did then, I continue to do the same thing today with all of my web design solutions as well.
So Why Choose Me?
The answer is to this question is really quite simple. I come from a background of sales and building relationships with all kinds of people on all different levels. This has taught me to be customer focused and develop the keen ability to listen and understand what the client wants. Anyone can build a nice looking website and then keep a client coming back from more by making their web design solution dependent on a web designer.
My goal is to get to know my client and their business on a personal level. Build a lasting relationship that grow just as their business grows. Understanding what makes them special and unique in their own businesses and provide solutions that are tailored to their strengths while find solutions to minimize their weakness.
In short, I am your one sure source for providing a technology driven web design solution that will allow you to focus on what you do best ” run your own business” and allow me to provide what I do best “build relationships and provide a complete web design solution for all your business needs.”
From all aspects of the web design project, I can provide you with more web design value for less money and allow you to focus on what you do best.