Craftsmanship is the key for this web developer with Shawn Johnston

By on April 22, 2015

Meet Shawn Johnston

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

  • Shawn is a father of 2.
  • He is renovating a 1930’s house in New Wesminster, BC
  • He loves to read and watch movies with his wife.

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Business – What do you do?

  • Forge and Smith is three years old.
  • Shawn started as a graphic designer for retail stores.
  • Shawn shares the story of the company name “Forge and Smith” and how it comes out of his family background.
  • Forge and Smith has a crew of 14 people.
  • Forge and Smith is a full service online marketing company.
  • Shawn explains why he chose New Westminster as a base for his business.

Client story / Raving fan

Take us back to the beginning – what were the early days like?

  • Shawn is on his second attempt at building a company.
  • He is taking cautious steps towards making sure they can handle all of the work and doing quality work.

What did you learn from the first attempt?

  • “Plan for the worst and hope for the best. If you are lucky you will become sustainable” – Shawn Johnston
  • One of the keys to starting his company a second time is watching the numbers.

How confident were you at the time?

  • Said he would never build a company again, but he started with one former employee and it grew from there.

What do you do to stay inspired?

  • Shawn talks about the importance of communication and his need to grow in this area.
  • “I end up apologizing a lot” Shawn Johnston
  • Shawn says it can be really fun building your own company, but there are some serious highs and lows.
  • Enjoy the highs while they are there, take time to recharge.

Do you enjoy the process?

  • Yes! Shawn says he is a “fixer” and enjoys the ongoing process of online marketing.

Something you have read lately that motivates you?

Time machine question…

  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Regarding his first company…”I was in too much of hurry and put too much stock in volume over quality.” – Shawn Johnston

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