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This is Shock

10th May 2010

As already mentioned I have left my previous job and have moved on to pastures new.

These new pastures also happen to be somewhat familiar as it turns out I’m going to be spending a lot more time in the study of the flat I already inhabit.

I’m going freelance, flying solo, founding a company, starting a business, or however else you like to phrase the risky exchange of a consistent salary in favour of more creative freedom.


Mainly, I’m a control freak.

I really like the idea of having control of every aspect of a project, and the business as a whole.

Being in control of my own destiny means I can really focus on what’s important. One example: I’ll be moving from 100% PHP to a mix of PHP and Ruby on Rails before making the switch to Rails entirely. I’ve been wanting to do it for about 3 years anyway, now is the perfect opportunity.

I’ve also had an idea for a Mac/iPhone/iPad application. Over the past six months I’ve been fleshing things out, and am hoping the flexibility of freelance will give me some time to work on it.


So it’s official, Shock is open for business! A small web design and development studio. I’ll be building high quality websites and applications for people who want them.

Got something I might be able to help you with? Get in touch.

I already got some business cards printed, I couldn’t resist.

  1. Ashley Baxter

    10th May 2010

    Let me just say a huge congrats to you. It’s a big step, but I highly doubt — with your skill — there will be any regrets. Good luck!

  2. David Myers

    10th May 2010

    Looks great, Andy. It’s a hard step going fully freelance but it will definitely be worth it! Best of luck to you. :)

  3. zbcgs

    27th May 2010

    I know it takes great courage, I congratulate you. New beginning.

  4. Matt Kempster

    30th May 2010

    Wow, didn’t notice this until today.

    Many congratulations though – I’m sure you’ll do a fine job of going freelance!

  5. David Z.

    9th August 2010


    Glad your using Rails!

    And congradulations

    That’s all I wanted to say. :)

    -David Z. (I <3 ror) X-D