You should read this if you have previously received services from Matthew Dawkins Web Design or ChapterNine Web Design.
It’s officially over, and my what a journey it has been! Way back in 2005 I was approached by the St Albans Diocese Youth Service and asked if would be able to design them a new website or three. And so my freelance business began, primarily offering web design services for churches and Christian organisations. The business grew, I took on more clients, and I started providing services such as web hosting too.
But, like all good things, it had to come to an end. In October 2010 I got a ‘real’ job – a full time position as a web developer for another company, and my own business had to be gracefully turned off. After a lot of dallying and helping clients out with migrations to other web hosts, today finally sees the final milestone completed. My old websites are being taken offline and my reseller hosting package cancelled.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who I’ve had dealings with over the years who have made it all worthwhile. Thanks to Rob for being so helpful, especially in those stressful downtime moments, and for resetting the firewall every time I blocked myself by trying to remote MySQL into something! Thanks to Ralph giving me plenty of work to do, and for being cause for much entertainment. Thanks to Anthony for getting me started in the hosting business. Thanks to Liz for getting me my first job. Thanks to Ellie for putting up with me, for bringing me cake batter at just the right moments, and for reminding me of the time. Thanks to David for lending me your clients while you were away. Thanks to Elliot for giving me work when times were quiet, and for looking after several of my clients when I started closing down. Thanks to antoniojl for selling me the G5 Mac that’s been so useful the last few years. Thanks to Phill for the opportunity to collaborate with you on a revolutionary idea. And thanks to God for leading me down this path, for reminding me at regular intervals that I was still on the right track, for providing for me in so many different ways, and for showing me clearly when the time was right to move on.
Will I offer my services again in a freelance capacity? Possibly. I can’t rule it out. But, that said, one of the lessons I learnt very early on (and had to either ignore or find ways round) was that I’m not a natural businessman. I hate invoicing people, I find it hard to charge a realistic price for my talent, and I still don’t understand all the jargon of the Self Assessment Tax Return form. For now, God has led me somewhere new and I’m really enjoying it, so I won’t be hurrying back to being my own boss. But if you do have questions for me, feel free to ask, and if I get a free moment between family and church commitments I’ll try to answer!
So, for now, it’s adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, aloha, arrivederci, hagoonea’, tot ziens, and a fond farewell to all my old clients, colleagues, and various previously-important icons on my desktop.