Archives for July 2010

Programmer needed – must be based in or near Cheltenham

I have a client with an almost finished WordPress site that now needs some programming.

The client restores art and frames pictures. The programming is needed to create some sort of ‘engine’ that will walk a customer through the framing process so that they can choose and buy a frame.

The client has very specific needs and expectations, and after 5 people not understanding the process via email feels that he needs someone he can sit down with over a coffee and explain while drawing diagrams.

Some work has been done on this, but it may be easier to start from scratch on the framing engine.

If this sounds like something you could do, please drop me a line to with your hourly rate. Remember this is a WordPress site so you need to be familiar with WordPress installs.

Please note that I will not take phone calls on this – all approaches to be email only please with an hourly rate. I will then put you in touch with the client.

A big welcome aboard to Courtesy Vehicle Solutions

cvsWe’ve not had the best of luck with car rental companies recently (personally, not professionally, as anyone following Nikki on twitter or Facebook knows), so were really happy to hook up with a company that knows about customer service and great rates.

Courtesy Vehicles Solutions offer car hire in Belfast, and pride themselves on their great prices and fantastic service – and we have to say that they’re fab to work for!

In a highly competitive business it’s always nice to speak to a company that understands the lengths we have to go to to help them, and these guys certainly do!

So if you’re looking for:

Then Courtesy Vehicle Solutions (CSV) are your guys – speak to Mark and tell him we sent you!

G Cunningham & Son Ltd – Milton Keynes Builders needed Internet Marketing help

logoAnd we’re delighted that they came to us!

As established builders in Milton Keynes, G Cunningham and Son Ltd are a family owned business with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the building industry that has been passed from father to son.

When their new website was launched, they turned to for Internet Marketing help, and we’re looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

So, if you’re looking for:

  • Extensions & new builds
  • Garage conversions
  • Residential or general building
  • Loft conversions
  • Planning help

in the Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford, Bletchley or Buckinghamshire areas, then let G Cunningham & Son Ltd be your first port of call!

Just because I LOOK as if I'm wasting time, doesn't mean I am

I saw an interesting post in a forum the other day – the original poster was complaining that one of his suppliers hadn’t been able to complete his work, but was blogging every day, was posting on Facebook, tweeting etc, so they couldn’t be too busy, could they?

The reason I found the post interesting, even amusing, was because the person being complained about is one of my clients, and I know how busy she is. So busy that she pays me to do her blogging, tweeting and Facebooking while she gets on with the work in hand. She also hires a VA to deal with her email, and accounts, so she’s not ‘wasting time’ there either.

I think it’s easy to look at someone’s Facebook page or blog and presume that they’re wasting all their time on their own business and perhaps not supplying your service quickly enough, and of course there are extremes, but don’t presume that because you’re seeing activity from someone, they’re wasting time.

For example, I wrote this blog while I was on holiday – I had no internet connection, so I saved it and a few others as there was nothing else workwise I could do with my time. I scheduled it when I got back, so I’m not actually in front of my PC while you read it – I’m probably on a conference call or working on someone’s site.

I schedule a lot of tweets too (@nikkipilkington) – so just because you see me on Twitter doesn’t mean I’m there right at that moment.

Our NikkiPilkington Facebook page is administered by 3 different people, as is my personal account on occasion.

Of course, I keep a check on things and any replies or interactions you see are from me personally, but I don’t spend my life hovering over FB, Twitter and my blog, and neither does my client – something worth thinking about when you see someone Tweet and wonder why they haven’t yet replied to an email you sent yesterday 😉

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