"The first website I designed was in 1996. It was pure HTML/CSS," began Frederic when I asked him what the catalyst was that sparked his passion.
Frederic grew up in Lyon, France and came for the first time to Canada in 2001. A few years earlier, he had met a woman named Cecile in France, and they had stayed in touch when she moved to Canada. Years later he broke up with his then current girlfriend and visited a friend in Montreal, and Cecile in Toronto. He fell in love with her and decided to officially move to Canada in 2002. Both of them agreed that French food may be better, but Canadian culture is incomparable.
When they lived in Toronto, Frederic worked at the French Catholic School Board and made his way up to becoming a Network Administrator. During this time, they also got married and had their child, Chloe. In 2008, they moved to the capital of Canada because they wanted their daughter to get the best French education.
When they moved to Ottawa, he didn’t have a job and was trying to find free activities to do with his daughter. He began freeactivities.ca which is a platform that provides all the free activities that you can do in Ottawa, and even Canada-wide! He began this website when blogs weren’t all that popular, even though now they have boomed.
Soon after he joined the CIA.
Yes, the CIA. The Canadian Institute of Actuaries!
Frederic worked as a web administrator, and his passion of becoming a web designer blossomed even further.
In 2011, he started IT in MIND, an IT company. From there he started designing websites for clients and realized he really enjoyed it. Two years later, he began WP Expert so that he could focus on what he loved most.
Now, Frederic has a fulltime job and runs two of his own businesses: WP Expert and IT in MIND. His passion for helping others start up their own enterprises has him also volunteering with the Ottawa Tool Library, the Impact Hours and now, the Centre Espoir Sophie.
He did his own accounting at the beginning of IT in MIND, but wished he had hired someone right away. It’s better to leave that to the professionals.
One way to grow your community is by joining a co-working space. Frederic joined Hub Ottawa in November of 2012 and has been an active member since! He even offers his expertise to Hub members every Wednesday at noon during the WordPress Happiness Bar where people can ask any questions they might have about WordPress. He really enjoys being able to help others.
It can either be a mentor that you personally know and look up to, or someone you don’t know and are just inspired by their work ethics. Frederic’s mentors are: Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates.
You need a topnotch customer service, no matter the type of business you run. Your clients should be your top priority and for a long-term success, it is good to focus on your clients. They like fast responses and actions, clear communication. Over the years, he has acquired many testimonials on his website regarding his services at WP Expert.
"I highly recommend Frederic for work on your WordPress site. First, he does excellent work, in little time, and at a very fair rate. Second, you will get more than WordPress advice. He takes the time to understand your business, and makes sure that the site is aligned with your business objectives...”
- John Stroud, CEO of Crowdsourcing Solutions
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