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I have over ten years experience of developing and building databases for small businesses so I think it's fair to say, I know my onions. If you're thinking about getting a database please read on or click the links below for more information:

What can you do?

Are you a small business or startup company finding it tricky to co-ordinate the various facets of your business – from customer information and order details to asset management, invoices and purchasing? Do you break into cold sweats when it comes to filing your tax returns because all of your information is in different places? Are you having trouble keeping track of your incomings and outgoings? I can help to bring organisation to your organisation by building you a low cost, bespoke database solution.

What’s more, as I have over 5 years experience in designing websites, I have a very good knowledge of how people instinctively navigate their way around a screen and I apply these principles to my database designs. They offer a much more intuitive experience and look more visually appealing than the majority of databases out there, which significantly facilitates their ease of use. I can’t understand developers who insist on making everything grey!

Here are just a few of the things I can help you with:

  • Contact details
  • Customer information
  • Order and delivery details
  • Purchase orders
  • Project management
  • Invoices, debtors and payments
  • Bookings management
  • Asset and resource management

Of course the business need you have in mind might not be included in the above list, but that doesn’t mean I can’t deliver it. The FileMaker Pro database software that I use is astonishingly versatile and I can use it to deliver precisely what you want. All you have to do is ask.

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How does it work?

First of all, I’ll meet up with you – I find it’s better to do this face-to-face in order to get a better understanding of your requirements. I’ll make sure I know all about your current systems and procedures, and what you want to achieve with a database, so I can incorporate the information into an easy-to-use solution. I’ll then go away and draw up a comprehensive job specification outlining the details of the database you’d like me to build. Once you’ve read the spec and you’re happy with it, I’ll get to work on your database and deliver it to you as soon as possible.

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How much does it cost?

It depends entirely on the scope of the database you want and how much time it will take me to deliver. I charge by the hour, so once we've had a chat and you’ve given me a better idea of what you want, I’ll put together a comprehensive job specification along with an estimate of what it will cost and a proposed schedule for delivery.

I won’t hang about either – I’m not the type of developer that will twiddle my thumbs and deliberately take longer in order to bump up the cost of the project. I’d much rather build you a database that you’re happy with, at a price that you’re happy with so you can recommend me to other people. That way we’re all happy.

Just contact me with an outline of what you're looking for - whether that's a brand new database, some modifications of an existing one, or some training - and we can get the ball rolling.

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Testimonial

To prove I'm not rubbish, here’s a testimonial from a recent client:

"Mark is an absolute joy to work with. He understood my brief perfectly and delivered a great product within the time frame agreed. I would not hesitate to recommend him and look forward to working with him again."
Lisa Keddie - Director of Kedcom

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Can I see your credentials?

By all means. I wouldn’t expect you to just take my word for it.

  • To download and view a copy of my current cv, click here.
  • To see sample screenshots of one of the databases that I have created, click here.
  • To see a sample job specification document, click here.
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Where do we go from here?

If you're interested in potentially having a database built - either for yourself, for your company, or maybe as a gift for a loved one - all you have to do is contact me via email or call me on 07887 601 011 to let me know the kind of thing you're after.

Once we're happy that I can deliver what you need, we'll arrange to meet up and go through your requirements in more detail, and we can go from there. I'm based in Brighton, East Sussex but I'm happy to travel pretty much anywhere to meet you.

So what are you waiting for? Contact me!

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