Working with WordPress gave me a lot of exposure to building plugins and custom themes. This helped me to learn technologies like HTML5, SASS and jQuery. More recently, I've turned my hand to Angular.
Being exposed to such a wide variety of projects and technologies helped me to learn the best ways of setting up and running a project. These days, I always try to automate what I can with Grunt or Gulp, setup continuous integration and always use Git for version control.
Whilst studying for my engineering degree, I discovered something called 'WordPress' and started playing with it at home and managed to pick up some low-paid work for the University of Sheffield rebuilding a WordPress site.
Upon graduating, having acquired a couple of clients, I moved overseas to Thailand for 2 years and honed my skills as a WordPress developer. I ramped up the value and complexity of the projects I was involved with and learned a huge amount.
I realise that my remote work won't pay the bills, setup a limited company and start contracting for the likes of The University of Salford, The British Council and Amaze PLC.
I throw myself whole-heartedly into being the best web developer I can, learning everything I can at every opportunity and start hiring my team to grow my business and the value I can deliver.