Each month, we are delighted to introduce you to one of the members of Alkaloid Networks, a coworking space on the Eastside Atlanta Beltline.
We first profiled Matt Schwartz, president of Inspry web agency, 3 years ago. This President’s Day, we wanted to know how things have changed during that time.
What has changed for Inspry in the past 3 years?
A few things. Previously, we were a general web agency guiding clients on their marketing needs with a bit more technical knowledge than most marketing agencies. Since then, we have really found our focus as a development and design agency. We help clients navigate and build more complex technical solutions based upon marketing and operational objectives.
We are particularly good at helping clients that get stuck on the technical and execution side. Especially those who often have more complex needs than a standard website. Additionally, we have hired several full time staff now in addition to our existing contractors. This allowed us to expand our capabilities while staying as flexible as we have always been.
I know this has always been a big part of why clients choose us: the flexible, tailored solutions we provide.
What is your favorite business or productivity tool?
For my own inbox, I still love Boomerang for Gmail. It is a simple tool, but just having emails sent out and coming back to me if the client doesn’t ever reply is perfect. Clients find me to be more proactive this way. Of course, there are ways to automate this with ticket systems and CRMs, but being able to do it with any email quickly is really nice.
As a team, we use Paymo for our project management and time tracking. I have used it for nearly 10 years and it caters well for both freelancers and agencies. It has its limitations at times as we grow, but it made the transition from freelancer to small web agency much easier. It keeps things structured and straightforward while keeping invoicing easy based on our billable time.
You were working at Alkaloid during the pandemic, how were you using the space?
I used the space when I just had to get out of the house for my own mental health as well as when I needed to print documents. Back in 2015, I came to Alkaloid because I found working at home constantly is not healthy for my mental state in terms of work / life balance. That is still very true today.
You’ve been at Alkaloid for 5 years now. What makes you stay?
The down to earth vibe of everybody in the space, the convenient Beltline location and the snacks. And I still gotta have those snacks to fuel my day :)