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Speaking

A year in freelancing – lessons learned, tips and tricks

After freelancing for just over a year now and having left a well paid job this talk outlines lessons I have learned from taking the plunge to being a freelancer and some tips and tricks I have learned along the way. This talk will benefit anyone looking to become a freelancer or any current freelancers that are looking for some tips and tricks on getting by.

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Business

A New Career Chapter

Today I quit my job working as a Secondary School teacher in a Lancashire high school. The job was well paid, with a good pension and a good salary. I am leaving to work as a freelance WordPress developer and consultant with no guaranteed salary or benefits. Why am I doing this I wondered?

I have been teaching for over a decade now. I have taught a number of different subjects but finally settled into teaching ICT and in fact was Subject Leader (Head of Department in old money!) for over 4 years. It was during my teaching career that I developed a passion for working with the web and particularly WordPress, making blogs for students to access as well as websites for students to use in distance learning.

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General

Garage Conversion

Removing the Door and Adding the Window

The first job is probably the most scary and needed to be completed in a day. That was removing the garage door, bricking up the wall and the adding in the newly delivered window.

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General

My little MG TF sports car

After getting my first job I purchased this lovely little sports car. Two seater and mid engined it was an MG TF 1.6 litre engine. I bought it mainly because now was the time. I had no family and therefore a very unpractical car was fine.

I loved the car and it was great in the summer with the roof down and the hard top made the car much more practical.

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General

A Garden Transformation

The first task was to plan out what we wanted. As the garden was quite large, and south facing we thought we would make the most of this with 2 large patios at opposite ends of the garden. As we kept Budgies in the aviary we wanted to make sure this was on a concrete base (it was on the lawn at the moment) and also to incorporate a rabbit pen area so they could roam about a little during the day.

The plan was that we would construct a raised bed, using all of the soil that was dug out for widening the paths and making the patios. This would need a small wall building in order to retain all the soil. The wall needed a footing and so we marked out its length and then created a concrete trench with which to build the wall on.

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Days Out

Single Seater Racing Experience

The Three Sisters race track is located in Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan in the north west of England. The experience started with some driving tips and tricks to learn the lines in a nice Mini Cooper and then we got about 10 minutes around the track in a single seater Formula Ford card reaching speeds of around 80 – 90 mph – it felt much faster!

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General

Moving house (again)

We moved house this month and it was a very tiring, but very fun few days with lots of family helping out both with the move and the building of new furniture etc.

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General

Las Vegas trip

I remember the day we went to Las Vegas as it was the longest day ever, flying back around the world.

We had a good trip seeing the sights and sounds of Las Vegas and a week was enough. Below are some photos I took.

This post was written after this blog was first published. It was added to record this specific event and was back-dated to the event time/date.

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My Wedding

A lovely day back in 2005 with friends and family. Seems so long ago now!

This post was written after this blog was first published. It was added to record this specific event and was back-dated to the event time/date.

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A trip to Normandy, France, on the French exchange

Our school took part in an exchange program with a French school, where students would have a pen pal and exchange letters etc. Then once a year they would spend a week with their pen pal, staying with them in France.

I was asked to go with the French department on the trip. I think this was mainly because I was a man (there was a shortage of male teachers at the time) and also because I was young, without a family and could afford to spend a week away from home.