Design Newport, UK


Orangedrop Design was born in Caerphilly 2009. We're a Website design, branding & design studio now based in Newport South Wales. We make a positive impact in helping others achieve through utilising a clean and consistent design approach. We believe that all businesses, freelancers and services deserve a look that represents them and what they stand for. We have a strong passion for all things creative and continuously strive to produce quality rich and engaging results.

What do you love about your job?

For me, it’s the opportunity to be creative that I love. I’ve been creative ever since I was young. I have experience acting, singing, dancing, and playing guitar. I always had a creative side but felt I was borderline autistic. Code and programming appealed to me and I started coding when I was around 7 years old. I was on TV for quite some time and on a Welsch channel and worked for a company called HTV. I was a child actor until I was 18 when I decided to change career paths. I got into nursing for a short period. Throughout my career, computers dominated my life. It was a natural progression that I eventually fell into this line of work. I worked as a Word Press developer for a large PR and media agency in the UK and then about 6 years ago I opened up OrangeDrop to start putting my own name on my work.

What's the best part of owning your own business?

I like meeting and helping clients more than anything else. The best satisfaction is when you take someone that doesn’t have a strong identity and you turn it around and deliver something they are really proud of. When the client is happy and sees a good return on investment, that’s the greatest satisfaction I can get.

What was the biggest challenge of starting a business?

The biggest challenge when I started my business was around financial management. There is a tendency in graphic design and development work to undervalue what you do. The biggest challenge I faced was managing and assigning a value to what I could do for people. I found it difficult in that I had to apply a value to what I love doing. What started out as a hobby became a career and you have to get paid for what you do.

When did you start looking for a solution like Billings Pro?

I used Sage for many years and the biggest problem was that I work across multiple devices so I needed all my work in the cloud. Sync was the biggest gap that there was in terms of any other apps I was using. Having the ability to sync everything no matter what device I picked up was important. If I lose all 5 of my Macs, I need to be able to pick up my work from my laptop. I was doing some research on a site that recommends apps for freelancers called AppStorm and saw Billings Pro.

What do you like about Billings Pro?

I really like the fact that Billings Pro syncs across all devices. It makes it easier for managing projects. Billings Pro is customizable so building invoices is no longer a headache or time consuming. With Billings Pro I can customize my invoices quickly and produce something professional. A lot of apps come with standard templates but you’re limited in what you can do to customize. With Billings Pro I can generate something professional in relatively little time.

How has your experience with Marketcircle support been?

I had a problem when I upgraded to Yosemite. I contacted Marketcircle support and they were absolute outstanding. They got back to me within minutes of creating the support ticket. I didn’t have to wait around and I was really happy with the support they gave.

Would you recommend Billings Pro to other small businesses?

I most definitely recommend Billings Pro to freelancers and agencies. Its user interface is really slick and makes it easy to manage your client payments. Billings Pro has reoccurring bills so I can see when hosting for clients is due. I like that Billings Pro offers approvals, reports, and makes it easy to attach slips for projects so I can track my work.