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About the Show
This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.
In this episode of BizCraft we host Emily Lewis & Lea Alcantara, we discussed hiring a “foreign” remote employee & how they’ve merged their businesses & talents into one new cohesive company.
We talked about:
1. Visa, hiring a new employee, remote employee
2. EE podcast to CTRL+CLICK show. Rebranding the show.
3. Learning to trust each other – by way of doing the podcast first.
4. Tried to get them to tell us about the worst mess up they had working on a client’s stuff.
5. Discussed the re-branding process they just went through: Link to Survey
6. They used ConvergeSE to get together to really work through how they would approach partnering and creating their new business. Woo!
7. How they decide on what types of clients to work for. How do you keep a look out for new work.
8. How they handle first contact on a new prospect/client. Client imprinting.
9. They are bringing on an intern.
Read their “Hiring a Remote Employee” series
Questions we asked
How a “side project” (EE Podcast) led to them forging a new business.
How their workflows have become vastly more efficient now that they are working together.
How they’ve become more strategic in their business decisions now that they are working together.
How they are rebranding; merging two independent identities.
If someone in Lea’s position ever wanted to change jobs, does the process reset for the new company?
It seems like an unethical owner could really take advantage of the situation. What happens if the TN Visa employee is fired or if the company goes under? How much time do they have to find another job?
Drinks from the end of the show
It was fairly early in the day on the west coast and central timezones, so we just took it easy 🙂
Gene: Cup of tea
Carl: Vitamin Water Zero
Emily: Decaf Coffee
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