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End Of An Era

posted 11 Mar 2017, 12:21 by Alistair Hamilton   [ updated 11 Mar 2017, 12:46 ]
Way back in 1992 while working as a Microwave Design Engineer for an American communications firm I was looking for my next career move. I had toyed with the idea of working for myself for some considerable time but didn't know in what field. It was when my employer started to introduce PCs in the workplace and we were given specialist training by a third party that the final piece of the puzzle clicked into place with the thought, "I could provide better training courses than this".

And so my journey into self-employment began and BetamicroSolutions was launched on 6th Dec 1993.

Starting as an IT support and training provider I expanded into network installation, hardware sales, web development, database design and software development to name but a few, picking up numerous Microsoft qualifications along the way before ultimately transitioning in to Linux.

However, my core service remained support and training. As the years progressed clients required those services less and less. Business became much more familiar with IT and staff were expected to know how to use a computer. Though it is clear to me that computers are still used in a very inefficient manner, unfortunately my target market in the small business community simply isn't prepared to invest in the training and support they arguably need. This is particularly true since the financial crash of 2008. As long as they can get product out the door they are happy to muddle through.

This has made life difficult for me with new business increasingly hard to come by over the past 7-8 years or so. While I have looked at other avenues over the years - e.g. providing services to the domestic market and more recently offering tuition services in Maths - it is clear to me that my self-employment journey has come to an end. It has become more trouble than it is worth.

To that end, BetamicroSolutions will be officially wound up by the end of March 2017. I will be honouring any contracts that I currently have open but I will not be taking on any new business. This website will remain online until the domain name expires - sometime in 2018.

I look back at what I've achieved and feel a sense of pride in keeping the business running through various economic slowdowns, not to mention personal challenges. However, it is time to move on to pastures new and start the next phase in my life.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my clients, past and present, for their custom. I wouldn't have lasted so long if not for them. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish"

Alistair Hamilton BSc, Pg Dip, MCSE