I think a lot of business owners can relate to that. But you weren't ready to give up just yet, right?
I felt differently. Like a pirate that looks through his telescope and then wets his thumb to feel the direction of the wind I said, "Trust me, let’s go this way." I even made Paul sign a promissory note that if we hit 100 cases ordered in one day from this website, then Country Meats writes me a check for a $1,000 tax free. He agreed. So I asked anyone and everyone I knew to criticize my site and I dug in to make it better. More "order ups" came and in 15 months time we hit 100 cases sold online in a single day. Paul made good on the $1,000. I was proud as punch.
You see my dad had his "thing" - he could make the sticks and knew how to cook them. My mom had her "thing" - she could sell ice to Eskimos. Paul had his "thing" because he was a wiz with finances and now I had my "thing" - technology and a website that proved itself extremely valuable.
So as time went on, you continued to expand upon what you had built.
After some years, our needs grew with our desire to capitalize on technology's ability to make us a better company by helping more customers, accurately and quickly. We live in a here and now world. Me being crafty enough to reverse engineer a PHP page was one thing. Databases, live customer chat, online customer accounts, an order form that doesn't allow customers to order the wrong amounts, syncing with QuickBooks, interacting with various other APIs (and the list goes on), was a complete other thing. I was smart enough to call in a professional.
This professional had to be someone I could trust and someone I could work with and communicate with. Some one with the same values and passion for tech that we have for our business. Not just a Jedi but a Master Jedi - Alan. I had found Alan by chance when I hired a local company to make an order form for me that wouldn't allow a customer to order the wrong amount of bags of our product. I had trouble communicating with the salesman because he wasn't a programmer. I asked to speak directly to the guy that was building this and that's when I met Alan. We gelled immediately. I knew this was the guy I need in my technology arsenal. A year later, he was no longer with that company and free to help me. We built a site from the ground up and began adding all of my dream scenarios. I would dream it and he would build it.
So what prompted the decision to shift into cloud hosting?
The site was doing everything I wanted and more. It is a beast and our host was not a beauty. GoDaddy’s database limits were full, email was slow and uptime wasn't 99%. Time for a new home for my next gen website. Alan did his research and gave me my options. I spoke with Calvin at Everleap and I felt comfortable. This was our new home.