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 UK but had a large following in the US. 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 UK, the US, and Norway. I 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 clients: a career coaching and recruitment business; an author; a contemporary painter; an architect; an art curator; a yoga teacher; a garden designer; a charity raising money for a school in Tanzania; and 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.
Over the last 4 years I’ve organised a number of live music and DJ events in and around the London area. Music has always been of huge interest to me and I’ve been a musician (drummer) since I was 17 years old.
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