Some people just can’t be pigeonholed.
And I’m one of them.
Always a bit of an oddball, but still very much ‘one of the gang’, I’m that guy that’s a little tricky to pin down.
Infinitely curious and heavily prone to day-dreaming, I have always enjoyed a rich inner life.
I fell in love with books at around the age of nine, when I discovered the work of Enid Blyton and I’ve been a voracious reader ever since.
I loved reading so much that I would read in class, while completely ignoring my schoolwork. I received several ‘canings’ from the headmaster as a result. But I would always go back to reading my book as soon as I could!
This and other traits led my family to shake their heads and label me ‘eccentric’. Now that I’m older, and perhaps, a little bit wiser, I have to say that I sympathise with them!
Education and Experience
I studied English Language and Literature at university, along with French Language and Literature (it was tough!) and Western Classical Culture.
I’m also a qualified lawyer in two jurisdictions (Sri Lanka and England & Wales) with over twelve years of practice behind me. So, explaining complex issues in simple terms, and using the power of the written word to inform and persuade, all come very naturally to me.
The first business I ever set up was a solicitor’s practice, (which is what we call law firms here in England). And the first website I ever made was for our firm, waaay back in 2007!
Some two and a half years after setting up my own little firm, I decided to give up the profession altogether. It wasn’t the same anymore and I was ready for a change.
I went back to university, to study psychology, and I was awarded my Graduate Diploma in 2012.
After graduating, I decided to become a stay-at-home dad while I figured out my next step. During this time, I read the Four-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris and became fascinated with the idea of building a business on the Internet.
I started a blog and one of my posts went viral early on, reaching thousands of people and even being published in a Sri Lankan newspaper. (Sadly, I let my blog lie dormant for a long time—mostly as a result of my consulting business picking up—but I hope to resurrect it very soon!)
I also tried my hand at ecommerce (drop-shipping) selling toy kitchens online.
I even wrote and self-published a couple of ‘information products’ during this time. One of these, ‘Last Minute Exam Success’, briefly reached the No.1 spot in its category on Amazon.
I have enjoyed learning and experimenting with websites, content creation and social media. I recently completed Google’s ‘Fundamentals in Digital Marketing’ certification program, and I’m still learning and gaining new skills.
I love creativity and playing with words, pictures and ideas. I also love technology and have been hooked on it, since I got my first computer back in 1986. Apart from my love for all things related to art and technology, I also love people and I love to help them.
Friends and family would always ask me for help with their writing, creative and tech issues. So eventually, I came to see this as a calling and as a way of serving others.
Why Choose Me?
Yes, I have skills and talents. But there are plenty of skilled people around to choose from. Then again, it’s not everyone who has my unique combination of skills—you won’t often find a writer who can build websites, understand Search Engine Optimisation, or advise on marketing strategy.
But what truly sets me apart is my enthusiasm and determination to help my clients succeed. You see, I take your business very personally!
In addition to this, I’m very much a ‘people person’. I like to bring warmth, a personal touch, and a sense of fun into everything I do.
So if you’re looking for a skilled partner, who will also be your biggest cheerleader, then I’m your man!