New Service for 2023

Let me take your IT Pain Away

Spring is in the air and so is the birth of a new service – helping to take the pain from people’s Computer problems. This new service came about over a long period of time, starting with experiencing my own IT problems and having to find solutions – sometimes in my creative Multi Media projects and at other times, while working for employers where using special in house software and computer hardware was absolute.

Previously as a customer service agent, I had been offered the opportunity to apply for a job in the IT Support department – however, this would involve having to sell up and move to London. After doing some quick sums, I realized that although my wages would increase, the cost of living would also increase to the point where I would just be working to pay my bills and have nothing left over. The negatives outweighed the positives and I decided to withdraw my application.

I didn’t foresee that in the not too distant future I could have the best of all worlds, I could work independently as a Self Employed IT support worker, helping my local community with a much more fulfilling variety of work, including working on my publishing business. Now to me, if all goes well, this would be my dream job – AND – I don’t need to move. Better to work for yourself rather than some CEO lazing in his London penthouse suite, getting paid millions to spend his day organizing meetings about having meetings.

I find that IT is one of the most challenging areas to work in – it requires having the ability to somehow translate computer technology into simple English so that things work. It requires spending much time researching in order to understand – time being the one thing my clients don’t have much to spend on dealing with computer headaches. IT problems causes stress and anxiety and can result in a client’s business grinding to a halt if the technology solution is not there.

Persistence is a quality required of the IT Support worker and patience – both of which I have been complimented on having an abundance of. The best part is when you see the smile on the client’s face when IT has been corrected. Not all problems can be solved though, but 90% can with tenacity.

I decided to test the waters before launching ahead. At first I had intended becoming a self employed Personal Assistant carrying out tasks such as housework, driving, dog walking etc. However this didn’t feel right – I felt I had to be more specific. A friend of mine suggested that I should concentrate on just helping people with software and computer advice. I realized she was right, she had hit the nail on the head. I was able to help people in the past with computer problems and I could do this.

Not long after, I offered to help an elderly gentleman with his current IT problem. His old computer had died and he didn’t want to pay a large sum of money for a repair. I advised him to buy a new laptop and helped him set it up. I also realized his phone wasn’t even linked to his router, hence the lack of internet connection. He was very happy as I had him up and running in less than 20 minutes.

After that I helped a friend to buy a new computer with software to edit her photos and made sure she only paid for what she actually needed. She was very grateful for the advice and savings she made. It was after this that I decided to start up a new enterprise and I hope it will flourish. I have spent a week networking, trying to see who needs help with what in my local community.

Here’s a list (not exhaustive) of examples of Computer help on offer:

Help with buying a new computer & accessories – MAC or Windows?

Using Software for MultiMedia (video and photo or podcasting production) or MS 365 Office

How to build your own WordPress Website plus using coding languages

Recovery of Digital Photos from SD Card

Setting up Home Banking

Setting up a new Smart Phone

Help with setting up a Security Video Doorbell

Next stage is to get my marketing done, cards and leaflets designed and distributed. I hope you enjoy reading this blog and that perhaps it will inspire you to take the leap into the world of self employment.



For 2023 I am pleased to announce work has started on the next book. My genre is Mind Body Spirit because these are the types of books I like to read and buy.

So the next book topic will be on the subject of Mind.

Producing a 30k word book takes a long time. My initial project was going to be a Self Help book which I estimate would have taken me approximately 3 weeks to write and it would have been for sale on Amazon by now – BUT – this topic failed to pass Proof Of Concept. So I had to go back to square one and start again.

I have my new topic and having to work a day job, and volunteer and various other duties, research is going to take me much longer than anticipated. I do try to spend at least one hour each day getting some research done. Once the bulk of the research has been carried out, and if I can write 30k words or more I can then proceed to passing the manuscript to the editor for the next stage in the process.

In my opinion there are 3 types of Writer. There are writers who just love to write and do not care if the book sells. There are writers who write books purely to make money – they may not even have an interest in their book subject but they know that topic will sell. And there’s the 3rd type of writer who enjoys writing their book and wish to only write books that will sell. This is the category I think I would fall into – this time but not perhaps in future. The nice thing about being a publisher is you can organize a book by pulling in a team of researcher, ghost writer, editor and book cover designer – so you are managing a project for a book that you may even have not much interest in.


This book is as the title suggests, a workout routine for people who don’t have time to go to the Gym. It’s a routine that you can do at home, in the office or even on holiday.

The exercises which last approximately 30 minutes also includes your warm up and warm down exercises too, and there’s an extra Mind Body Spirit Bonus section included which complements your physical workout.

All you ever need to invest in is a pair of hand held weights, an exercise / yoga mat for your back techniques and that’s it!

If you’re on a budget this could be the little pocket book for you!!

Available now on Amazon as an e book or paperback

North Harris Snorkel Trail

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Hello again!  I’ve been busy after visiting the Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with Perth BSAC club.  We had a fantastic time and I was occupied shooting lots of underwater and aerial footage for the video which is now online.  The video was shot entirely just with a GoPro and Quad Copter and I’m very happy with the results.  It meant that for the first time I no longer need a traditional video camera with tripod to make an action adventure video.  We live in exciting camera technological times indeed!!

I am also pleased to say that the magazine of the British Sub Aqua Club is going to publish my article on our trip complete with photographs.

To watch the video goto the moving image tab on this site or when you’re on YouTube you enter: North Harris Snorkel Trail.

I look forward to covering two more Snorkel Trails in Scotland and also south of the Border.  Watch this space!!

Happy New Year 2018 !

Happy New Year everyone!!  This new year I am excited as I have now found a new supplier of media production equipment – Calumet of Edinburgh.  I intend to visit Calumet shortly to invest in new lighting and sound recording to help improve the quality of productions for the coming new year.

Also I will be looking forward to networking in Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling to make new contacts and new clients who may be looking for a video production company to provide customer testimonial web video services!

More news to follow folks!

Out with the Old and in with the New

It’s been a long long while since I last blogged.  I’ve spent many a month meditating on which direction to proceed in.  With my last video camera becoming a tad obsolete I decided to sell it lock stock and barrel, leaving me with only my trustee Canon 7D camera kit.    I wandered the desert, still pondering for about a year before I recently came up with the decision to get back into producing more web video content.

So I face a new precipice and am excited about what the future may hold!   I intend to start the new year by investing in new sound recording and lighting equipment, improving the quality of video productions in future.

I am also looking at the possibility of combining my passion for scuba diving with film making, hence my researching of the latest GoPro action camera kit.

So, I will now have to find a suitable supplier to get the ball rolling……more to follow folks!

Squash in Montrose

Well folks, sorry for the lapse in news.  Last weekend I went up to Montrose to work as a camera operator on a world Squash record attempt where the players were hoping to hit the ball over 1000 times consecutively.

I’m looking forward to filming the next record attempt in August where two players will play non stop for 40 hours.  I will be working in shifts with other camera operators as 40 hours is too long to film!

I have had the pleasure of Photographing the recent Kinross Better Place to Live event at the Campus venue and got to meet many of the local business owners.  More news to follow!

Joining the RSPB

sunset4 This year I decided to become a member of my local Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  I decided for two reasons.  The first is that the RSPB Vane Farm site is right on my doorstep and I wanted to get my career more focused on trying to see if I can do something to help protect Wild Birds and my local nature reserve.

The second reason was that I was influenced by a couple of brown Kites who swooped down over my car one day earlier on this month while driving through the area of Dalqueich.

I stopped my car where the birds had chosen to land on some roadside tree branches just ahead of me.  I had a good look at one bird, looked at it right in the eye and at that moment the thought “I want to do something to protect you” entered my mind.

Within a couple of days I made a trip out to Vane Farm and spoke to Colin, one of the friendly staff, and signed up for a year’s membership.

I received my book on Scottish birds and have now decided that each day, while I go on my walk up the Kilmagad Woodland walk, I take a compact camera just in case I ever come across any evidence of cruelty to wild birds.

Fortunately I can say that there have been no recent reports of poisoning of Raptors in the Loch Leven and surrounding areas.

I enjoy hillwalking most days and armed with my book, I now enjoy trying to see if I can spot any wild bird life while out in nature.

Working in Co operation

This week I really enjoyed assisting Milnathort’s well established photographer Gavin Anderson with one of his projects.  Gavin has his own studio and is a very experienced photographer.  I learned a lot from the shoot – especially when it comes to deciding which background colour or textures to use with a product.  I look forward to working with Gavin in future, should the opportunity arise.