Web designer Great Yarmouth is staying put

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We recently had an impulsive (and rash) idea to sell the family home here in Bradwell, Great Yarmouth. This web designer Great Yarmouth had itchy feet, again.

Our son has left home and we feel the house is no longer the same, since he went (or was sent) to university.

Our heads had been turned by the thought of living in Norwich city centre. I’d gone as far as writing the listing, getting a professional photographer and friend in (Matthew Clarke) and launching it with my other business interest, Nest in Norfolk.

Web Designer Great Yarmouth or Norwich?

I’d also started researching Norwich web design as a search engine term.

I had romanticised visions of being perched in a city centre apartment. Balcony doors ajar, whilst I knock out affordable WordPress websites for start ups, SMEs and the like.

Firstly, however, this vision was scotched by an impromptu trip to Norwich at night. The article I penned on LinkedIn caused consternation and approval in equal measure. I called it, you see, a Jekyll and Hyde city.

A fine city by day and not so fine at night, to be tactful.

You can find the article on my open LinkedIn profile here – unless, of course, I’ve blocked you.

Why we changed our minds

Unlike so many people who are now spouting “leave means leave” we decided to stay here in Great Yarmouth, because actually we like living here.

I don’t hold with the Brexit mantra that a vote was binding in 2016 – when we saw openly, for instance, what city centre life was like at night, we did a volte face.

Never mind that all four in the household voted for it; the two adults decided to revoke the move and stay in Bradwell.

Firstly, it’s actually a great place to live – near Gorleston and Great Yarmouth.

Secondly, crime and anti-social behaviour seems non-existent.

Finally, I’m established locally as a copywriter and web designer; daughter goes to high school nearby and wife works close to home too.

Great Yarmouth is under-rated

Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to live in Great Yarmouth’s town centre. I don’t want to live in Norwich city centre. Its appeal faded on a midnight wander. Norwich is a great city in lots of ways, but as a place to live?

No.

Great Yarmouth has some wonderful suburbs. Belton, Burgh Castle, Bradwell, Caister, Filby etc are all great places. We spent 8 happy years in Gorleston. That is a much under-rated town too.

We have beaches. The countryside is empty and vast. The pace of life is slow. The quality of life is excellent.

We were, of course, daft, with hindsight.

Great Yarmouth has been good to me

My friend Matthew, for example, said this. He’s right too. Great Yarmouth has been good to me, as a place to live and make a living.

Firstly, I’ve designed websites for many big companies and individuals based here. I get asked constantly to do more for local firms as a reputable and affordable web designer Great Yarmouth.

For example, I designed local websites for:

  • Fairway Lakes at Caldecott Hall
  • Dabbrook Engineering on Harfreys
  • 3 Sun Group on the other side of the A47
  • Envision CAD and Envision Engineering
  • Crespire Creations on Bells Road, Gorleston
  • Electro Tech on Beacon Park
  • Nest in Norfolk
  • Social 100
  • St Nicholas Nursery in Great Yarmouth
  • Old Hall Hotel in Caister
  • Deja Brew Café in Gorleston
  • Fishergate Apartments (in Norwich)
  • Makers Café in Norwich
  • JS Swimming Pools (for Danny in Gorleston)

Why would I sacrifice all this? Why would I give up this network of connections I’ve developed locally?

To go all northern, it was bloody daft.

Web Designer Great Yarmouth at your service

I am a fickle type, you know that perhaps.

I do have a varied career since going self employed. For example, as an estate agent, then writer, then web designer. But I will say this.

Norwich is a 35 minute drive away. We intend to stay in Bradwell. I plan to please more local companies with writing, estate agency and web design services from my home office.

An office kitted out with desk, chairs and cabinet from other local friends: Olly, Tom and Danny from Pink Office on Beacon Park.

If you are looking for a graduate copywriter, an affordable WordPress web designer, a social media manager, contact me today.

Because, despite this declaration of intent, next week, next month or next year, I may have another madcap moving idea.

So be forewarned!

If you need a web designer Great Yarmouth, get in touch.

This freelance web designer Norfolk is 4 years old

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My business, this freelance web designer Norfolk business, is 4 years old in a few days. It seems opportune to blog about it in some happy birthday celebratory way. Technically, though, in a spirit of openness and honesty, it’s a landmark for how it has evolved.

You see, when I was given the career equivalent of Buckaroo, I set this venture up as a freelance copywriting service with few ambitions beyond content marketing.

Copywriter to freelance web designer Norfolk

Firstly it did well as a copywriting B2B service, with its focus firmly on the property industry. It kept me in a reasonable lifestyle and provided some therapy after the shit fest of recent teaching experiences. It was liberating and scary at the same time.

I gave up a permanent salary and steady career to develop this copywriting and freelance web designer Norfolk business and it’s paying back at last.

Am I a designer and developer?

I can work my round website issues usually as half the battle is posing the question and searching for answers. I don’t code websites from the ground up, as two of my USPs are speed and price. I’ve no doubt that I could – but I’m touching 55, and life’s too short for that level of palaver.

I use templates – as do most web developers in Norfolk and further afield, though many won’t admit it.

The evolution to freelance web designer

I asked a web designer a few years ago now to show me the ropes and his response was not untypical. “If I teach you, you’ll steal my livelihood.” I decided then, after 10 months in a different partnership to teach myself.

If I could teach English Literature to A level with unfamiliar texts, write decent content for businesses, web design would be no biggie, I felt.

In May 2018, I went properly solo and changed this business into three main focuses – WordPress web design, copywriting and social media marketing.

Copywriting still thrills me

I’ve recently added examples of blogs I create in the Portfolio section of this website. It is still my bread and butter and it is still the most enjoyable part of my freelance life. I love putting pen to paper and writing.

Firstly, because it’s creative.

Secondly, the manacles and leg irons of what I can write are gone. I write what I want for myself. I can be trusted with a brief too from a company. Or in the absence of a brief, create copy for search engine optimisation as I have access to high quality SEO tools.

You give me a topic and I write it.

I honestly prefer it when a client says: dog walking in Birmingham. Rather than We want a 1000 word article on Digbeth, Solihull, Acocks Green and the best places to walk your dog for SEO.

I’m not stupid and do know how to craft engaging copy.

Which leads to freelance web designer

When a client trusts me to craft content, they often ask me to add it to their website directly. Once I started doing this, I realised how much I enjoyed adding it, along with keywords, featured images, alt tags. I had to make sure my blogs passed the Flesch Reading Ease test. Did they have enough active voice? Are there enough subheadings and transition words?

I now write that many blog posts for myself and clients that these SEO tests are passed easily.

This blog has more green lights for search engine optimisation than a city centre road network.

Design agencies often outsource writing

Don’t get me wrong – my heart does leap when a client sends copy for each page. This is Home. Here is About. Add this to Services. But 9 times out of 10, they don’t provide copy. As a writer, someone who is skilled at writing blogs, this doesn’t present a problem to me.

Many Norfolk web design agencies expect the client to provide all the copy or they pay copywriters like me to create the content. I like doing that too. But my point is this – if you want a content management system like a WordPress site, as well as high quality website design and content, I can help you.

The Call to Action

If you want copy, web design, or social media managing, contact me. My email address is [email protected] or call me on 07462923476.

You may want blog posts, a website redesign or optimised copy, your LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook feeds running, or you may just want some free advice. Check out my Portfolio too.

I’ll help you, as long as you wish Get Pro Copy Ltd a happy birthday when you make contact!

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