We had the good fortune of connecting with Koon Vega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Koon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was working for an agency for about 3 years, everything was working fine, money was good. However, I felt that what I was doing has no purpose, there was no excitement, there was no improvements, all I needed to do is to design something that will get approved by my boss and ultimately his clients. I was hungry for something more and I knew that I can do a much better job and get paid better.
What should our readers know about your business?
My wife and I started Creative Vega in 2008 during the economy crash. Not the best time to start a business. We went to many many networking groups and were looking for any opportunity to tell people about what we do. Unfortunately, no one at networking groups brings their ears with them.
It got so tiring and we felt that this is meaningless, we’re looking at people as our next possible job.
So, we decided to approach 3 non-profit organizations that we believe in and offer a number of our services for free and all we asked was total creative freedom in return.
It went well, we did our best work for people that we want to support. They love the work and we developed meaningful relationships with them. Since then, it was word of mouth that got us here. We take the best care of our clients. This doesn’t mean we design what they want just to please them. We’re upfront with them about how we work and we will not hold back our opinions and suggestions. However, we tell them that ultimately, they make the call.
Another thing that helps us a lot is being mindful about selecting our clients. We’ve made many mistakes by taking clients just because we want/need money. It’s not worth it.
For anyone who wants to start a business, I’d recommend to:
First, be great at what you do. Learn, practice, develop your own uniqueness.
Second, be upfront about how you work and what your customers will get. The clearer it is, the better.
Third, treat your clients the way you want to be treated. Go out of your way sometimes to make sure they know that you care.
Forth, Remember that if you do what you’re good at, and treat people right, money will come.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ha, here they are:
1. Coffee at Eoté
2. Breakfast at Kitchen No. 324
3. Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center
4. The Oklahoma City Memorial
5. Lunch at Tucker’s Onion Burgers
6. Bowling at The Dust Bowl and grab some german sausages at Fassler’s Hall
7. Walk around Midtown
8. Walk through historic neighborhoods, Mesta Park and Heritage Hills
9. Dinner at Cheever’s or Jones Assembly or Ludivine
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all, I thank God for my journey and where I’m at right now. There are a lot of people that play a big part of helping me get to where I am now. It will be too long to read if I list everybody here. My wife, Sarah is my encourager, moral support, and great support all around. Another person is Mark Clarke, he was a creative director at the ad agency. He gave me a chance to work there. It was my first job in the United States, it was my first chance that got it all started.
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