Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer

What I’m doing now


Here’s what I’m working on at the moment

Looking for new opportunities for Siftware my web development consultancy. Particularly digital teams with the need to flexibly scale the size & shape of their developer pool or companies with complex PHP websites that need maintaining.

Just opened a coffee shop & wholefood store, with my partner Sami. Learning lots about coffee, food production and retailing, both on and offline. It’s really humbling being a newbie professionally again. I’m particularly enjoying getting my hands dirty on the e-commerce & marketing side.

Accepting personal commissions for what I loosely call internet consultancy. Preferably for businesses local to me here in Wales looking to get online or improve their online presence.

Learning how to take good photos of food and products. This is non-trivial.

Slowly Decorating my home the flat above the shop.

Growing food in my garden, a small north facing yard at the back of the shop.

Staring at my running shoes and feeling guilty that I have hardly used them this year.

Roughly converting an 2009 Mercedes Sprinter, previously a riot van for Lancashire Police, to be a multi-purpose delivery / outside catering / camping vehicle for the shop.

Building my second brain using Roam. As long-standing OneNote user I switched to Roam after 10 minutes of trying the Beta. I got it instantly, and am now a fully paid up #roamcult believer.

Inspired by Derek Sivers. Last updated Sept 2020.

Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer