My name is Rab (a Scottish shortening of Robert) and I was brought up on a farm in the North East of Scotland. I have spent almost all of my working life in the oil industry having started offshore in the North Sea at the tender age of 19 back in 1984. It has also given me the opportunity to travel the world working in some amazing places. I moved to South Africa (Cape Town) in late 2001 and met my wife Jacqui a few years later. We got married in 2009 and I’m very settled here now.
In July 2017 I was made redundant and after enjoying a much longer than intended break (I was lucky enough to have some savings to live off), which lasted 27 months, I re-joined my previous company in November 2019. However, in July 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent oil price crash, I was again made redundant. This time around the savings safety net wasn’t there and with a mortgage and bills to pay it was time for a total rethink about my life.
By now I had had my fill of the oil industry and was ready for a new chapter. At 55 years old I had already been looking at alternatives to the boom and bust lifestyle I had been living for almost 40 years. I wanted a complete change and e-commerce, affiliate marketing, etc, etc, always intrigued me so something along those lines seemed to be the best fit for me. But where and how to start? After many hours researching online, I decided that WA was the team for me. And here I am, embarking on a new adventure in an online world.