for Emma Davies
I am an independent and conscientious worker with excellent attention to detail. I possess a wide range of technical skills and administrative skills. I am a good all-rounder with skills in graphic design as well as in programming and database administration. As a writer, I also have an excellent command of English.
- ASP.NET MVC
- Visual Studio 2017 and prior
- SQL Server
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Fireworks
- Adobe Flash
Prior to having my first proper job, I worked a number of temporary and part time jobs. These included bar tending, office administration, word processing, database administration, and software testing.
2000–2001 — Media Square PLC (formerly e-Principals PLC)
2001–2003 — Insight Direct (UK) Ltd
I initially joined Insight as a web designer but quickly moved sideways into a technical role, managing the company's internal reporting system using SQL Server, VB ASP, XML, and early ASP.NET, even producing a VB.NET desktop application for internal project management.
2003–2006 — Aria Software Ltd / Beantree Ltd / alpharooms.com
As co-founder of Aria Software Ltd (link goes to Companies House), I worked in partnership with a travel company located in Sheffield, Alpha Rooms. I helped to build a first-of-its-kind B2B XML .NET live travel bookings system and redesigned their website (the current logo is still my design). Thanks to the new website, the company expanded rapidly to over 200 employees. Alpha bought Aria Software in 2006. During this time, I also set up my own personal business, Beantree Ltd (link goes to The Internet Archive), selling organic food and chocolates online.
2006 Onwards — Self-Employed
I took the opportunity to pursue my writing career whilst working part time and pursuing a variety of projects, including managing a large-scale renovation of my cottage in the Peak District. I built a number of websites from which I earned a small passive income, including a very popular social network on Ning.com ("Fairies & Vampires") with over 50,000 members. I also ran a health blog and support group for people with food intolerances. I had built some humorous viral name generators in the late 1990s/early 2000s which went viral, and from 2010 onwards I decided to concentrate on my name generators project full time and founded namegeneratorfun.com. I also developed fortunetellingfun.com, an online tarot-reading website. I also built a small passion-project website for people with severe food intolerances.
- A-Levels (Sociology, English Literature)
- BA (Hons) in Social Sciences - Nottingham Trent University
- MA in Writing (fiction and journalism) - Nottingham Trent University
- Full, clean driving license
I am a passionate minimalist with a particular focus on fashion and capsule wardrobes, and I am a keen knitter. I have in-depth knowledge of psychology and its intersection with nutrition. I also have a lifelong interest in science fiction and fantasy writing and I have had a number of short stories published in the UK small press.
In 2014 I decided to pursue my dream of having my own tiny home on the UK waterways, and buy the shell of a 60 foot narrowboat to fit it out. It took another two years to arrange for that to happen, and along with my partner Saxon, I have been fitting out our boat for the last two years and documenting our progress on YouTube.