With the ever-increasing pace of company comms, having a design company able to meet that demand is a priority to almost all businesses. This week we catch up with Rob Baston, to talk design, print & quick turnarounds.
1. What made you want to start your own business?
It all started during my final year of the sixth form after a discussion with my business teacher within my studies with an idea for creating a small business which provided a fast turnaround and effective service for other small business owners, brands, charities, and events both in Dorset and across the UK.
At the age of 17, my first client was a local small charity called Hope AOK Rucksack Appeal which supports the homeless across Bournemouth. After realising there was a gap within the sector, I began the new project of my small business which supports other businesses and brands.
Coast Print Design soon became a success with clients including Bournemouth Borough Council, the NHS, LeAF Studio School and many more
With my passion and drive for businesses, companies, and charities to have the best service print, design, and advertising services possible, Coast Print Design soon became a success with clients including Bournemouth Borough Council, the NHS, LeAF Studio School and many more (and soon became alive).
Coast Print Design is able to provide print, graphic design and advertising in suitable turnarounds and at affordable prices for any project or background.
2. What is unique about your business or service (or both!)?
At Coast Print Design we provide free delivery, with some of our products next business day delivery, as well as a free design check service which is all made with love by a local small business, making sure your print is perfect in every way. We also provide a fast turnaround service on graphic design from our standard graphic design requirements and so if you have a project that requires fast turnarounds, we are here to support you every step of the way. If you require to print and graphic design, we are the ones to support you throughout.
3. What have you found most challenging about running your business?
The most challenging entity about my business is keeping up with promoting my business on social media and keeping in contact with followers. Most of the business sales are business to business so keeping social media is key but after finding and keeping to a hard-working schedule and keeping clients and customers informed with delivery delays overall, new products and services and more has boosted my business over the last few months.
4. In your industry what has been the most challenging aspects of Covid?
The most challenging aspects for the print industry during covid-19 is the closing of business that would usually be your returning customers every month. With customers no longer needing print for months meant that they moved to social media and our graphic design services boosted. This is what was able to keep the business alive, to which I am very thankful, and we enjoyed working with the business again from the end of the first lockdown.
5. If you had one piece of advice for someone looking to start a similar business, what would it be?
If you are thinking of starting a business – sole trader or limited company – I recommend just going for it. What have you got to lose? Build a social media gathering on Facebook & Instagram and use friends and family as testers for your products and/or services. Once they have used your products, ask for them to write an honest review and your business will soon come alive.
If you’ve got an idea, start it today and begin succeeding today!
6. Which are you, late-night worker or early riser… or neither!!
As a small business owner, I like to try and get back to customers and clients in a matter of hours and will spread my time across the week. For example, on a Monday I will work in the morning and early afternoon but on Thursday I will work from late afternoon and into the evening. It totally depends on the amount of work, meeting and conferences to attend and enquiries I receive during that working day.