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    martin.firth
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    Hi everyone,

    I suppose I’ll give you a quick run down of my business so far. When I was eleven, I did a web design course through a gifted students program, and really enjoyed it. At age thirteen I started building sites for people who found me on technical forums and the like. When I left school, I started my own business named Embersketch, which I ran for two years while having a full time job as a sales rep.

    The second year I made 70k and decided I had to either keep working for the man, or pursue my web design business full time. Taking on Embersketch full time would have involved getting a workspace, hiring staff and more, and I didn’t think I was ready at 19.

    I took a full time web design job for a boutique firm in Subiaco for two years, where I learned how to better run a business, deal with clients and avoid legal pitfalls that we all bump into.

    Now I’m 21, and I’m building Embersketch back up to (and hopefully beyond) its former glory. Although I focus on web design, I also specialise in social media, app creation, web development, print design, and branding.

    I’ll check into these forums to hopefully learn a little bit, and help anyone who has questions about the internet, and all things technology.

    Thanks!

    EMBERSKETCH

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    ExtraPassionate
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    Hi Martin,

    your website looks amazing and you seem to be a very gifted young man. Wishing you all the best with your business… I’ll keep you in mind!

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    martin.firth
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    Thanks EP!

    My site was a fun one to design! I’d just come off the back of quite flashy site at my old company and had an urge to try something nice and minimal. Those are usually harder!

    – M

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    Hi Martin,

    Nice website :)

    I much prefer those clean designs rather than some of the overcrowded, confusing sites I often come across.

    I hope everything goes really well with your business; it’s really great to see young people taking the plunge and going it on their own.

    Will see you around the forums!

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    martin.firth
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    Thanks Abby!

    I have a little black notebook (old school I know, it sits next to my record player and polaroid camera) with businesses I like, so if they ever need some web work I’ll give them it half price. Welcome to the notebook :)

    Cheers,

    Martin
    EMBERSKETCH

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    YourBizMadeEasy
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    Well thank-you very much!

    Certainly something we’ll keep in mind – I’ve had a look at your FB page and given it a ‘like’.

    I think it’s great having a place like this where small businesses can help each other out. If you get too big and successful to handle your own book work, feel free to give us a shout :)

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    Heya Martin!

    Welcome aboard!

    Well done and good luck with it all.
    Love this line on your pricing page:
    “THE ‘NEXT BIG THING’ (51% SHARE?)”

    I’ll give you 49 :D

    I have a feeling you will do well keep us posted!

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    martin.firth
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    I hope I will do well! I’m currently a month in, and at that annoying stage of rebuilding a client base. I have to admit that was one of the reasons I signed up to this site, to get my name out there!

    I’ve built a huge network of technical experts over the years, so whenever I have a task that I think someone could do faster, better or cheaper, I get one of my pals to do it, we share work a lot.

    Hopefully you all will keep me in mind whenever you or a friend needs a site. Here’s my facebook, too.

    Martin
    Embersketch Web Design

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    Hi Martin,

    Welcome to Flying Solo, and thanks for introducing yourself.

    As a newbie to the site, we’d love it if you’d take a few moments to read through the forum guidelines.

    It would also be a good idea to set up your forum profile, which you can do in the Control panel, accessed from the grey bar above the forum. There, you can set up your signature block to include your URL and also add your Facebook link so it sits above your posts.

    I hope you enjoy being part of the gang here,
    Jayne

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    Gizmo, post: 156044 wrote:
    Heya Martin!

    Welcome aboard!

    Well done and good luck with it all.
    Love this line on your pricing page:
    “THE ‘NEXT BIG THING’ (51% SHARE?)”

    I’ll give you 49 :D

    I have a feeling you will do well keep us posted!

    No harm in trying.

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