Member Of The Week - Simon Batchelar

PLATF9RM is pleased to introduce Simon Batchelar, Digital Director at Pallant Digital, and part of Word Press experts, WP tasks.

Hi Simon! You run Pallant Digital, a web design and digital agency, and WP Tasks, a WordPress support company looking after Wordpress websites. WP Tasks is your newest venture, can you tell us about how this is developing?

Basically, we’re currently talking to individual’s who need help with their wordpress sites and websites, but we’re looking to talk to companies or agencies who are looking to grow their revenue. Because our service has unlimited updates, its easy for people to resell what we sell, so they can put a mark up on top, and their clients will never know we were their. We do all the work; they get all the credit.

It seems you’ve been very busy, how are you managing running both?

With a combination of apps and calendars. Trying to stick to what you’ve planned to do each day, and not get distracted by dogs and coffee. Stay on target.

As you’ve said yourself, big corporate digital agencies aren’t for you. What steared you toward this decision?

We grew to quite a big agency size in 2015, then we had to pivot the agency, which meant downsizing quite rapidly. It was quite hard, but we got we got back to what we love doing, rather than being seperated by running a big agency. It just wasn’t much fun. The way we do it now is how we love doing it, that’s why we started the business year ago. We got away from that when it was too big, now we’re having more fun, and we’re enjoying it more. Which is the main reason you run your own business, to have fun doing it.

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What drew you to PLATF9RM?

Being able to sit in a different place everyday. The worst bit about having a job that revolves around a computer, it means you have to have sit at a desk everyday. At least you can have a different desk everyday. Somedays I can be by the window, or other days go upstairs and focus.

What part of PLATF9RM are you most enjoying?

I enjoy being able to meet new people, and I think it’s cool to feel like being in a big company. In that, there’s lots of people here, Like you’ve snuck into someone else’s work place. But everyone’s doing lots of different things, so it’s interesting. Being a freelancer, it’s really appealing. It’s cool to share stuff with people, and talk to people, otherwise you’d be in your living room.

Is there anybody you’re interested in connecting with at PLATF9RM?

Basically just anybody that’s interested in building websites who wants to chat and moan about it, even if they’re not interested in specifically buying wordpress support. Because we’ve been building and fixing websites for 15 years, so we’ve done our fair share of the client cycle, “I’ve broken it, can you fix it”. It’s also fun to meet other web developers, and see how they’re doing it.

After a long week, how do you like to blow off steam?

I go paragliding. Or if the winds not right, more often than not, I ride my bike or go to the beach, depending how energetic i’m feeling.

We’re all guilty of shower singing from time-to-time, what’s your favourite shower anthem? Any reason why?

'Busy Earnin' by Jungle, got that huge sound of ‘lets do this’, embarrassingly high to do in public, but in the shower it’s always perfect.

Thanks Simon, we hope you continue to enjoy your time here at PLATF9RM!