Web designer / developer in London, UK
Hi, I’m Mark – a freelance web designer, developer and owner of Pixelbox London Ltd.I’ve been working with schools and small business since 2011. Things are growing steadily and I’m offering some part time work for a freelance web designer who is interested in joining me.
I build and maintain websites, predominately for schools, but also for some small businesses too.
I have ongoing relationships with most of my clients, managing the day-to-day content uploads, creating videos and adding new features as part of a service-level agreement (SLA).
All the client has to do to update their website is send an email. They can be sure that their uploads will be handled promptly by someone with extensive web experience who will make sure it’s presented in the most suitable manner and looks great on any device.
I don’t just work with schools though; I’ve created sites for a range of small businesses, including one that has turned over £10 million in the five years since it launched.
What I’m looking for
- Most of the schools I work with take a maintenance contract so there’s a lot of content to upload day-to-day. I’m offering two days a week (seven hours each) and can be flexible as to what days they are.
- Your primary responsibility will be uploading content to the various websites. You’ll monitor a group inbox and will format and upload as necessary when the content arrives. Our USP is speed, and clients expect the things they send to be professionally formatted and live in minutes. You’ll need an excellent eye for detail and an ability to work quickly.
- The sites are all relatively simple Bootstrap based HTML5/CSS 3/jQuery. The back end is PHP/MySQL. They’re not WordPress-based, so you’ll need to be prepared to work on a custom CMS. It’s heavily geared towards the automation of repetitive tasks – creating a page, adding some text (provided by the client) and a batch of photos should take around one minute.
- There will also be sites to design and build and there are a number of ‘bigger picture’ projects which I’ve been putting off because I don’t have the time to start them. You’ll need to be prepared to split your time between working on these sites/projects and uploading content when it comes in. If you struggle to multi-task this may not be for you!
- In addition to the web stuff some of the contracts include video filming and editing. I do some of that, as do some excellent freelancers I work with, so it’s not essential. However, if you know your way around a video editing package that would be great.
- It’s a freelance arrangement so you’ll need to bill for your time and handle your own tax and National Insurance arrangements. I reserve the right to adjust the amount of hours, or terminate the arrangement at any time and without notice.
- An eye for detail (this is the most important thing on the list)
- CSS 3
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Video editing
What’s the ‘culture’ like?
This might sound strange, given that it’s just me, but I think it’s important. I’ve spent years building relationships with my clients and I need to make sure that the quality of service remains consistent. The bellow outlines the things I think are really important when running a company:
- Detail is the most important thing in the world. If you’re the kind of person who’d Google a brand name to check you’ve got the correct capitalisation you’ll be fine. Having said that…
- Mistakes are fine. We all make them and they’re essential to become better at what we do. We’re always honest about our mistakes and we fix them as soon as we can. If the client notices them we’re open about what happened and why.
- We take serious things seriously, but things are rarely as serious as people think.
- Be smart – common sense will win my respect, technical skill will impress me.
- Be honest about what you know, what you don’t, and what you can find out.
- We’re platform and device agnostic. Everyone uses what’s best for them.
Personality fit is really important because I’d love the company to continue to grow, and for you to be part of that. I’m 34-years-old, live in East London with my partner, and enjoy a drink as much as I like to figure out why that code I’ve been working on for an hour doesn’t run.
I’d describe myself as relaxed but professional and recognise that this needs to work for you as much as it does for me.
- £25.00 /hour
- London, Greater London (Preferred)
- English (Required)
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