An interview with me. Originally appeared in Boston Voyager magazine.
Yuliya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a theatrical designer, but it didn’t happen, so I opted for a practical profession and became a software engineer. I happily worked in this profession for quite some time, and then one day realized we both changed – the technology I used was deviating towards things I didn’t want to do anymore and areas I didn’t cared about; I yearned for visual aspect, so I switched to website design and development as the only area where I could combine my professional expertise with my desires and the artist’s training I received as a child.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My biggest struggle is finding new customers. And sometimes having no one to rely upon. I’m a freelancer, a one- person operation, so I have to solve all my problems myself.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Yes I Web – what should we know?
I help businesses maintain their web presence. I do website design, development, and maintenance, and perform and variety of web-related services – set up newsletters, create Wikipedia pages, and so on. I also do graphic design – ads, flyers, posters, business cards…
My clients always get personal service – that’s what sets me apart from big web development companies. I’m there whenever they need me, even if occasionally I have to work in the middle of the night or during a family vacation.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My family provides huge support – moral and sometimes technical, whenever they can.