My name is Renata Maziak Barnes, although I prefer to be known as my online pseudonym ‘Renata Barnes’.
I have had over 30 years experience in the media industry. I have had my work printed in several publications and currently exhibit my work online.
I am an entrepreneur and have been doing Website Design, SEO, Digital Marketing and Domain Brokering since 1993 and have had experience in Graphic Design, Art, and Photography since 1979.
Before rebranding myself I was simply known as ‘Renata Maziak’ and later when I married in 1998 I was known as ‘Renata Maziak Barnes’.
I am now known use a pseudonym ‘Renata Barnes’ it beats spelling my Polish surname that people will not remember let alone spell.
After my divorce I took take time off work to bring up my daughter on my own. I was on a different journey and more determined than ever especially seeing I no longer was supporting my ex-husband.
I was starting to feel content that I have finally achieved one of my goals in life and have started a business from scratch without any help from anyone else.
I had finally freed myself and was independent.
I have spent many long hours reading and learning, drinking many energy drinks to keep me awake, hoarding information. I was determined to know everything I needed to know about running a successful business. I started wearing all the hats.
Prior to web design and after working for the Councils I worked for a photography studio in Shrewsbury and learnt about photography and offline marketing . However the knowledge I have with photo editing in photoshop has benefited my business by enabling me to design logos for the domains I broker and advertising literature, never mind all the retouching I had to do by hand before the digital era had evolved,
Its about saving money if you can do it yourself why pay for someone else to do it.
From all the websites I have built and logos I have designed I have saved myself a small fortune.
I was born in Shrewsbury Shropshire to Polish Parents. My father Jan was a war vetran in WWII and after the Battle of Monte Cassino came to the UK to fight with the British Army. After the war was over he stayed in the UK with his mother in Newton Abbott in Devon and later met my mother whilst she was in the UK on holiday. I did have two brothers, but one of them now lives in the US, whilst the other sadly passed away.
People say one should not divulge personal information in a professional capacity, I disagree (As long as it not too personal). People should know things about you if you want to maintain a public persona.
It is good to let the world know you are just like anyone else, you are approachable and are understanding and you don’t have anything to hide and that you are completely transparent in which you gain credibility and trustworthiness.
I may be guilty of one thing and that is I do I do not have many personal photographs of me on the internet. I only have a couple of photos that I use for profiling other than that I try to keep myself private to a certain degree. In some case s such as on my private Facebook account my profile picture is of my cat.
MY PRIVATE LIFE:
In the last two or more decades, I have had a lot of heartaches. Both my parents passed away followed by my brother. I did not have any serious relationships after my divorce up until I met this Polish man in the UK about 10 years ago in 2010.
At first he seemed perfect until he started to be verbally and physically abusive towards me. I managed to end the relationship which took some doing and we parted our separate ways. All my energy is now consumed in my work in order to block out all the negative things that have happened in my life.
I am in the throughs of writing my memoirs in a book. I hope to publish it soon. My book will highlight my struggles and my traumatic life changing events.
I know this is easy for me to say now after I managed to escape with my life but there are solutions to every obstacles that are put before us, we just need to learn to choose carefully.
This applies to both men and women and in business be careful of who you trust.
No woman deserves to be mentally or physically abused (although men can equally be abused by women). It just says the attacker is insecure and unstable and is afraid of loosing you, so he/she tries to break you down so you feel helpless, so that you don’t leave.
I am more aware and more powerful than I ever was in all of my life, yes sticks and stones will break my bones, but I will heal and become stronger.
I still get my down moments (dark moments), hence I launched:
I have managed to block out everything my ex has done to me from spraying a concoction of bleach and disinfectant in my eyes to breaking my ribs and dislocating my knee which I will have to have surgery to fix.
For legal reasons I do not want to mention his name at the moment….
I set myself goals and take baby steps and once I reach them I reward myself.
I have learnt one vital lesson how to trust people (conditionally or unconditionally), if anything my ex has made me even more determined and his abusive outbursts have given me a life experience to warn other people what to look out for.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
HAPPY THOUGHTS & HOBBIES:
My pastimes are photography, art and writing. I reckon that as time passes this will stay with me forever. I am very creative and have a good imagination this helps me in my current business.
“Find a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius
MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE:
My early life I made a career as a graphic designer working for local councils in Shrewsbury & in Wolverhampton in the Planning Departments and later as a self employed photographer. I have published several books in my time but thanks to my brothers who were in the IT industry I started to evolve Designing Websites. Since then I have moved into Domain Consulting and Digital Marketing.
I offer a domain brokering service to my clients as well as having my own portfolio. Most domain names do not sell as they have no equity or are low quality, therefore I advise Domain Investors prior to making purchases to learn about SEO.
Located now in Cardiff Wales, I now consult businesses to grow to their full potential, from finding the ideal domain name, to designing a website and helping with all their business marketing and office intergration.
I suffer with ‘Cerebellar Atrophy, OCD & PTSD, these illnesses are related to Multiple Sclerosis which my daughter has been diagnosed with.
My symptoms are cognitive impairment, I muddle my words up and forget things.
So if you see spelling errors in my posts and in my emails, its not me its my ‘Cerebellar Atrophy’.
I have now launched www.disabledentrepreneur.uk to start a network and help motivate and empower other disabled entrepreneurs to know there is support out there and I will have useful links for both Mental & Physical Disabilities.
The world is your oyster and together we can become stronger.
Where I may jumble things up, my first book I published about ‘Domain Names’ was called ‘Domain Sellers Handbook’ and was full of typo’s even though I proof read it ten times. I then went on to publish ‘Domain Power’ a more up to date version of my first book.
At the moment touching wood I am still doing most of the work myself although when things get overwhelming I have a trusted team of people I can depend on.
*Website Design, (For Development of a Domain Name)
*Domain Brokering, (For attempting to find prospective buyers/investors)
*Business Consultancy, (For advising on the best strategies and solutions)
*Ecommerce, (For setting up ecommerce platforms and payment gateways)
*SEO Marketing, (For promoting the website to its full potential)
*Internet Marketing, ( For Advertising using campaigns, sending emails & PPC)
*Social Media Marketing, (For company awareness on social networks, spread the word).
*Graphic Design, (For Designing Logos, Stationary and Literature)
*App Design, (To taking your brand to the next level ideal for tablet and mobile phones)
*Affiliate Marketing, (To monetising your domain name, whist generating traffic)
*Re-Branding, (Help make the transition and advertise to a wide audience)
*Books/eBooks Design & Publishing, (Help a business write about their services)
*Blog Posts & Articles, (Write as if you are an author and write about the niche)
*Press Release, (Let journalists write about the business you are promoting)
*Photo Restoration, (Image editing for websites)
*Commercial and Industrial Photography, (Corporate Photos of business and staff), Art
I use SEO Link Wheels to drive traffic to my websites and advise all business to adapt a similar strategy.
Here is an example of my own SEO Link Wheel: