As hosts of popular video podcast Hop Cast—which has reviewed craft beer and interviewed brewers from Half Acre, Two Brothers, and Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company—Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have solidified their presence in the craft beer community over the course of more than 160 episodes. Chmielewski and Hunnemeder recently spoke to The A.V. Club about how their podcast started, whether craft beer has become elitist, and how someone becomes a craft brew drinker in the first place.
When looking for top creative talent it can feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. Especially when you are looking for a full-time hire. You want that person to be perfect, having all the features you need for the team and your business. It’s even harder when it’s potentially your first business hire. Something that I’ve been tossing around a bit lately. Trying to figure out the type of person you want to hire can be a difficult task. You are looking for a talented individual who you can work well with and who’s skills complement yours. Or maybe what you really want is another you; someone who can handle everything you can with the same sort of magic. But that other you isn’t looking to work with you they are probably running their own business and looking for someone themselves.
Instead of stressing over finding that perfect person to hire on as staff, why not take advantage of the growing pool of freelance workers. You hear everyday about unemployment and I’m sure many of us know friends who have been out of work or freelancers who are between gigs. This year businesses will hire more contract or temporary workers then any previous year. That’s a result of higher unemployment and more people wanting a more flexible schedule. A lot of the time many smaller businesses just need some extra support from time to time in order to help with a heavier workload. Hiring a freelancer is an easy way to help keep your project on track and not have to commit to having someone on full-time. I can tell you from the experience of being a freelancer and when hiring freelancers that they will work hard for your project. And the flip side is that it’s sometimes hard to get a consistent amount of passion out of a staff member who may be overworked and is thinking about the vacation they have planned next month. With a freelancer you get that valuable, fresh, creative mind on your project. Hopefully they bring something to the project that you might have missed or had never thought about.
Besides the advantage of having that fresh perspective on your project you also get a chance to test that person out before your offer them the benefits of a staff position. Don’t be scared about asking for help when it’s needed and passing some of that work off to someone who is more than willing to offer their services, at a price of course.
Sitting at your desk or even worse your cubical for 6 - 10 hours a day is enough to break the most positive spirits. I know I don’t do my best work when I’m stuck eating lunch at my desk in a windowless office. That’s why I try to make time to play in the middle of the day. “Play” covers a lot, but really it’s anything that isn’t work. If it’s going out to lunch, getting coffee from the coffee shop a couple blocks away, an afternoon movie, hitting the gym during lunch or even going to the park and flying a kite. Just getting away from your desk for 30 minutes or an hour will allow you to come back with new energy and new creative juice. So play in the middle of the day and enjoy life, it’s the only chance you’ll get.
Week 128 of Type Tuesday. Each week I try and share five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set.
We need deadlines to get work done so I’m not saying we should get rid of deadlines all together. But I believe we should get ride of those hard deadlines we set. For instance, telling someone “I’ll have that for you at 1 PM on Wednesday” or “5 PM on Friday”. You now made yourself two deadlines, you have to have whatever you’re working done on that day but also at that time. Those sort of things are going to drive you crazy and just make you stress out. If you aren’t able to hit that 1 PM deadline you are going to have to email the client and let them know when its coming. Why couldn’t you have just told them to look for it in the afternoon on Wednesday? You would of saved the stress and avoided wasting your time having to send that email. I personally try and set much more relaxed deadlines; that’s one of the luxuries I have working for myself. I spent years living with hard deadlines. Clients emailing and calling every 15 minutes because they needed a spot by a certain time so it would air for broadcast the next day. I knew that wasn’t how I wanted to run my business. Instead I say, “I’ll have that for you by the end of the week or end of day”. It makes for a lower stress level since “end of the day” means different things to everyone and I’m not setting arbitrary times since I know most of my clients are in different time zones anyway.
Week 127 of Type Tuesday. Each week I try and share five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set.