• Madeleine Bonser

Spotlight on Phil Revill

At Spotlight, we had the opportunity to speak to Phil Revill, Digital Marketing Consultant and Business Owner of It’seeze Nottingham, who spoke to us about seeing IT as a way of improving business performance.

Business Background

I started as an Apprentice Engineer before going on to study at Nottingham Trent University. I didn’t actually get into IT until the Mid-90s when I started working in corporate IT, but once I got my role in the industry, I stayed in the corporate IT world until I took redundancy in 2012. While I was figuring out what I was going to do next, I realised that the only role I’d be able to get would be another corporate one, with a lot of travel, long hours and I would continue to be away from home for long periods of time. So I decided that I wanted to take the leap and try working for myself. I’m also heavily into Kite Buggying, so I wanted to do something that would give me the freedom to work from the beach, whilst waiting for the tides and wind.

Business Concept

After my redundancy, I initially considered owning a florists, after coming across a flower shop for sale, but I soon realised that it would be silly to “throw away” all of the IT experience I had. So I started looking around and I eventually found a web design franchise to buy that looked like a fantastic way for me to deliver great websites.

I’ve always said that I can speak business as well as speaking IT, which has allowed me to act as a translator between business-speak and IT-speak, and in my eyes, IT/Computer Systems are just a business tool.

I believe that they should be used to improve businesses through the use of IT, but there are too many IT people out there that put the sole focus on the Computer Systems & the Code; the business improvement element takes a back seat. I didn’t want to do that with my business and I saw the web design franchise as an excellent way to combine my tech skills with my business skills.

Drive and Determination

I’m not driven by money at all. To me, it’s just a form of energy that can be used for other things in life. I’ve found that I have always been driven and very determined by my passion for a project. In the past, there have been times when I probably should have given up and started something else, but haven’t because I was so passionate about what I was doing.

The biggest lesson that you’ve learnt along the way

The biggest lesson that I have learnt during my career journey is that you have to keep the momentum going. I find that creating daily habits really works for me, along with daily affirmations. Even when I’m really busy, collecting content, supporting and training clients, and getting new websites live - making sure I make at least 5 Phone calls a day, every day, to speak to prospects and move things along, really makes a difference.

Advice for those starting their careers

There’s a lot of pressure on kids nowadays to know what they want to do early on and to choose the right career. This kind of pressure can make them very stressed about where they’re going in life and that’s not good for anyone.

So to them, I would say that you can change your mind. You don’t have to stick to what you set out to do for the rest of your life. I started out as an apprentice engineer and now I run my own web design business.

I would encourage them to find something that they love to do but remind them that forever is a very LONG time, and they don’t have to stick to one thing for the rest of their life.

The best part of your job

I love the creativity that comes with the ‘Discovery Meeting’ (when the client says “Oh my god, you’ve read my mind”) and helping clients determine what it is that they want their purpose, target market and the structure of the content to be.

What does the future look like for your business?

In the future, I hope that It’seeze is able to carry on expanding and gaining new customers. As a brand, it’s not very well known so I definitely hope that this is something we can work on in the future.

If you have enjoyed this blog and want to learn more about It’seeze, you can check out their website here. Alternative you can check out Phil’s Linkedin page to learn more about the man behind the brand. For more Spotlight blogs, check out our blog list here.

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