When the Internet hit South Africa in 1996, I created my first rather ghastly personal website, called the Realm of Firelight. It was named after a storybook idea I’d worked on a few years earlier, and was created as a directory of my interests. The website contained “portals” which were mini websites within the main website, each dedicated to a particular topic, such as my poetry, the arcade game Mortal Kombat (including chapters I’d written for the book version), Technology, Natalie Portman photos, and other things I’ve long since forgotten about.
By the end of 1999, coupling my creative skills with my programmatic, mathematical mind, I delved into the world of IT, and launched my career as a web developer. I’ve since done work for the likes of Dimension Data, Anglogold, BHP Billiton, the SA Education Department, ITWeb, and several other businesses, proving myself as a creative developer who is able to connect with people, find and realise solutions.
I began freelancing a year after I got my first job, marketing myself as a little self-contained company. My organisation name evolved over several iterations until I settled on Creation.begins
Currently Creation.begins is the brand under which I do web development and digital consultancy, creating business-oriented websites for the startup and entrepreneur. I believe that life is about enjoyment. And, as business is part of life, there should be an adequate amount of fun infused in this traditionally serious aspect of most people’s lives. If you’re not having fun, I would say rethink why you’re doing what you’re doing for 40 or more hours a week.
I got out of corporate because it didn’t align with my personal values of fun and freedom. People get into business for one main reason; to create the resources so that they can experience the life they want. Whether that is a secure stable home to bring up their family, vacationing around the world, living a fancy lifestyle or finding their own sense of freedom. The desires are endless. My aim is to help you get your business on the Web, and help you bring your dreams to life. It will be challenging and require work on your part, but the aim is to never lose the fun.