BizCraft Episode 35: With Emily Lewis & Lea Alcantara

BizCraft Ep35

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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.

Episode Overview

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.

Emily & Lea

We talked about:

Show with:
Emily Lewis – @emilylewis
Lea Alcantara – @lealea

Show Flow:
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.

Link to their re-branding survey

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
Lea: Water
Emily: Decaf Coffee

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.