Work - Past & Present
In my twenties I worked in the bar and restaurant industry for around 6 years and then became the owner and manager of a cocktail bar in Chelsea called Ad Lib from 2002 to 2006. During this time I gained some valuable experience in the following areas: business plans and forecasts; raising investment; setting up a limited company; buying (and selling) the lease; design and refurbishment of the bar; employing accountants, solicitors, numerous staff; dealing with the landlord and various planning/licensing issues; arranging contracts with drinks suppliers; branding and design; marketing and PR; management and development of the bar over 4 years. By the middle of 2003 the bar had become very popular and in 2004 Ad Lib was nominated by the Evening Standard as one of the 10 best bars in London. I sold the lease at the end of 2006 for £165,000 (originally purchased for £25,000).
After 10 years working in bars, clubs and restaurants I decided to move away from that industry and from 2008 to 2012 I worked for a spiritual teacher and mentor who was based in the U.K. but had a large following in the U.S. I became her business manager and had a small team of staff working with me. I learnt a lot about launching and selling products and courses online (CD sets, mp3s, 1:1 mentoring, group mentoring, large group online courses). I also organised and promoted a number of talks, workshops and retreats in the U.K., Norway, and the U.S., and gained further experience in website development, email marketing, social media, accounting, powerpoint presentations, audio and video editing, managing group calls and large webinars using GoToMeeting/Webinar.
Since 2012 I have enjoyed working with a variety of different clients: a career coaching company, an author, a contemporary painter and poet, an art curator, several musicians, a yoga teacher, a garden designer, a charity raising money for a school in Tanzania, and several others... I still work with many of these clients on different levels depending on what they need, some of them just need website development, but a number of them need regular help organising, launching and promoting their events or products. For example, I currently do a variety of regular jobs for my artist client Simon Chinnery, who I've been working with for around 5 years: website development; designing business cards and leaflets; online advertising and social media; email newsletters; organising and promoting art exhibitions; transcribing/editing poetry; selling prints and paintings; photo & video editing etc.
If you need a new website or some web development, or if you're looking for some general help with your project or business on a one-off or regular basis, please get in touch.
Thanks for reading, Dylan