From a very young age, Denise has had a very keen interest in computers and how we use them to connect with people. She still recalls the day her uncle, who was on holiday visiting, purchased a new computer with a colour screen!
“My uncle, father and two brothers were all sitting in the room as they were switching on the computer for the first time. As I entered the room, I was told that this was ‘not for me’ as I am a girl (in a nutshell). So I left. This kind of makes me giggle now when my dad asks me a computer-related question but it gives you an idea of what it is like to be a ‘girl’ in this industry” she explains.
In high school, Denise did computer programming but still was drawn to her creative side. She was set on becoming an Interior Decorator and even job shadowed in this line of work.
In Matric (Grade 12), one of her teachers recommended that she take a new Bachelor of Science course that was being offered and that is what she did.
“I was still very young when I left school. I entered university at the age of 17 and I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with my life” she says.
“I was still very young when I left school. I entered university at the age of 17 and I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with my life.”
After 8 months Denise realised that, as much as she loved the logical and technical side of things, she would not be happy for the next 4 years doing the course laid out for her.
She left university and worked 3 jobs while figuring out what exactly what she wanted to do. She knew that it had to be a combination of creativity and logic, but what?!
After a while, she decided to study a Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship as this would give her a good base for whatever she ultimately decided to do. She excelled in this and loved her course, fellow students and lecturers.
As she was still working, she did the course in the evenings and reduced her 3 jobs down to 1 permanent and 1 part-time job.
It was during this time that she met and married her husband. She completed her Diploma and was at a crossroads. She wasn’t sure about where she should venture next and was exhausted from years of working and studying with no break. Instead of jumping straight into the next job, she decided to take a short break and figure out what was her best next step.
“I was privileged enough to take a brief break from it all to find direction” she gratefully admits.
During this time, she began researching different career paths that would fulfill her organised and logical side, her creative heart and her passion for helping people.
“Somehow, this led me to doing an online course in Web design. I don’t know how but I believe it was inspired” she shares.
“Somehow, this led me to doing an online course in Web design. I don’t know how but I believe it was inspired”
After doing various online courses related to Web Design, and after many hours of work, Denise felt she was ready to get out there. She changed her CV online to say “Junior Web Designer” and by the next day she had two interviews. One which resulted in her first job in Web Design. This was at SAHometraders, who were leaders in Web design and Marketing at the time, in the property industry.
“I learnt a lot during this time, not only in Web Design and Online Marketing but also a lot about myself and other people. These lessons have been invaluable and I really appreciate John for taking a chance on me” Denise says.
Before her year with SAHometraders was up she found out she was pregnant. As she was quite ill during this time, she decided to leave SAHometraders earlier than she had hoped. This was a sad but sweet time.
After Denise’s daughter was born, she decided to venture out on her own. This would allow her to be there for her family but also provide a service that is sorely needed – Web Assistance with compassion and drive but without all the jargon!
In 2016, after her move to the Noordhoek Valley, she opened up her office in Sun Valley which she shares with Yes Printing.
Denise has since done many courses and continually ups her online game so that she can offer her clients the very best service.
“I have a one-on-one approach when dealing with my clients. I will always do my utmost to keep you in the loop throughout the whole web design / development process. I never stop learning and growing. My drive is getting you and your brand out there and noticed” she says with determination.
“I have a one-on-one approach when dealing with my clients. I will always do my utmost to keep you in the loop throughout the whole web design / development process. I never stop learning and growing. My drive is getting you and your brand out there and noticed”