I made my first website back in the days of ‘GeoCities’ in 1998, before making a family website with my brothers (so our emails didn’t change as we moved around and to share photos). By sticking to a ‘logical’ approach with our family website, businesses began to get in touch.
In 2005 we incorporated the non-profit freshSPRING Ltd with a vision to serve those who weren’t getting what they needed (professional graphics, marketing and websites) at a price they can afford, aka at cost. Nearly 15 years later over 30 people have been part of the team.
A changing Internet (and me)
The Internet has developed significantly since the late 90’s, the excitement of ‘You’ve Got Mail!’ being replaced with ‘eugh, another email’ and websites more flexible than ever. And I love that, it is an industry where there’s always something new to explore – even if the pace can be a bit relentless.
However, since the late 90s I’ve also grown up and been blessed with a beautiful wife and three children (ages 1, 5 and 8). Not yet 40, with over 20 years of experience I am considered an Internet dinosaur but the opportunities still excite me on a daily basis.
For the past 2 ½ years I’ve been working part time for freshSPRING, sharing home schooling our children with my wife. After the birth of our third, I took up a role doing marketing and communications for a charity so that combined with freshSPRING I now work full time.
While this has worked to an extent, freshSPRING needs someone with a more time to run day to day operations to allow it to serve our clients. So we are currently seeking someone to fill this role and I will progressively hand daily management and support of client projects/ accounts while remaining involved in strategy and service development.
Please bear with me and the team as we navigate this process. It inevitably changes the dynamic after 14 years of working in one way, but it is time. Just so it’s clear, I won’t melt into the background and will still be available to talk things through. I’m keenly aware of the value of personal relationships and the understanding built up over the years, but it is time to hand over the delivery of solutions.