A fresh look for Matthews Media Ltd

I know It’s already May, but I finally found time to work on my own website. Recently all I’ve been doing is working for my company, not on my company.

I’m pleased with the end result, it’s not perfect, but I think it’s better than the old design. I’ve made the site more colourful and visual, for example:

  • The homepage now has a full width slider. Designed to direct people to the relevant interior pages, rather than expecting everyone to read the homepage content.
  • Homepage content separated and laid out better. I split “What I do” and “How I work” into 2 columns. It makes it more appealing for viewers to read, instead of a huge page of text.
  • Display some key selling points. I’ve put 4 key selling points into columns, to make them stand out compared to having details buried in the content.
  • Bigger portfolio. The 4 portfolio samples on the homepage are much bigger than on the previous design. I want people to see the work I can do, not just read about me.

I’m also looking forward to the results, see how it compares to the old design. It’ll be interesting to see if investing time to improve my own site pays off in the long run.

That’s all for now. If you have any feedback about the new layout, or anything else for that matter, let me know in the comments below.

Three months in… I’m slow

Switching from a full time job in an office with several other employees, being told what to do and when to do it, to working from home for myself has been a difficult transition. I don’t regret it at all, I really enjoy the work I do. I can pick the clients and only take on projects that I want to. However it’s not all good.

It didn’t take me long to realise I’m slow. To make the business profitable and to keep my head above water I need to be turning websites around in roughly 2 weeks, for the current prices I am charging.

I enjoy what I do and like to develop new skills so I use these projects to test my ability and learn new things. I can now tinker with jQuery and make magical things happen, which Read More

And so it begins…I go freelance

I finally made the hard decision of leaving my stable 9-5 job with the regular income to face the world of freelancing seo and web design. I am taking the opportunity to try and better myself, progress my skills and push myself further, more than I would be able to working for an agency.

I will try to keep this blog regularly updated with my progress as a freelancer, all the ups and downs and any obstacles I run into along the way. I will also do the occasional blog post about SEO as Google are constantly making updates, keeping the SEO’s on their toes.

The first month i’m going to take it slow. I’m working on side projects to add to my portfolio/testimonials that should keep me busy. As I have not had a holiday this year I will also use this opportunity to have a bit of a break from working 45+ hours a week and enjoy spending time with my worse better half.