Adulting 101

We’re in a book about how to be an adult

By Sarah

Even though we’ve done this for nine years now, it’s still hard to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to starting your own business. When feminist writer and researcher, Jen Thorpe, asked us a few questions about entrepreneurship for her latest book, Adulting 101, it was fun to stop and reflect. There’s something about reading your own words in print that imbues them with a weight they don’t seem to have when they live in your head.READ MORE

Meet Charlotte

By Sarah

In Charlotte’s second interview, once she’d had a few interactions with us in various forms, I asked her the same question that we asked everyone in the application process: Why do you want to work at Pomegranite?

She said it was the first time she’d had an interview that didn’t feel like an interview. It was just human.READ MORE

Natalie Jepson Pomegranite Consulting

Meet Natalie

By Sarah

When Natalie applied for a position at Pomegranite, she said:

“I have been following the Pomegranite journey for many years and admire the agency, the culture and your incredible work. I have always kept an eye open for potential job openings. I love that the agency has a majority female team too!”

This made Liz giddy – her own words. So, naturally, we interviewed her. And then sent her a writing test. And then invited her for a second interview. And we beamed.READ MORE

Pomegranite goodbye 2021

A goodbye to 2021

By Sarah

A few days ago I was with someone during quite a big moment in their life, and they were really emotional. “I’ve been finding that I’m so much more maudlin this year,” they said, smiling through a real fruit salad of feelings.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot, and I don’t think that maudlin is exactly right. It’s more like, over the past two years, we’ve just been cracked open. And so there’s less of a tough shell to deflect difficult things, but it also means that the good stuff pours right in, to the core of us.

At Pomegranite, we’ve been taking turns holding up the ceiling for each other during the tough moments, and revelling in the good together (there has been so much good).READ MORE

Reconnecting in-person at CHIPS

By Anja

It’s been a little over five months since we all shared a workspace at Pomegranite. It’s funny to think how working remotely felt quite strange last year, but this year, it’s being together that seemed out of the ordinary. As we walked into CHIPS coworking earlier this month, we greeted each other with a mix of elbows, hugs, laughs and many a “It’s so great to see your legs!” As the second Pomegranite who was onboarded completely remotely, it was strange to think that this was the first time I was actually meeting the people I saw on video almost everyday (the new normal is a fascinating place!).

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Meet Anja, our new social media manager

By Sarah

When we interviewed candidates for the social media manager position at Pomegranite, we took notes during each chat to help us remember key points about each person. 

During Anja’s interview, Liz only wrote down one word: yay! 

As soon as Anja’s second interview, which involved a chat with other members of our team, ended, Nicole said, “She reminds me of a younger me…” 

And Tom said, “Hire her immediately!” READ MORE

Pomegranite

Pomegranite’s eighth birthday

Our usual Pomegranite birthday party obviously wasn’t an option this year, but turning eight felt like a big deal and we wanted to do something to mark the occasion.

After our alternative celebration, these were the messages sent on slack:

“My face actually hurts from smiling – thanks guys that was great! :smile:READ MORE

What is POPI and what does it mean for me and my business?

What is POPI and what does it mean for me and my business?

Photo by KT

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act, otherwise known as the POPI Act or POPIA, became enforceable on July 1st, 2021, much to many people’s alarm. We are by no means experts on the topic, but, in wrapping our heads around it and understanding how it intersects with our work, we came across some useful resources which we thought we’d share with you to help you get a sense of what it means for you and your business.
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head of social media

Pomegranite’s new Head of Social Media

By Sarah

About four years ago, we interviewed Nicole for a social media position at Pomegranite. We moved a bit too slowly and it didn’t work out – and she became known as “the one who got away”. Until a year later… when her name popped up in an application for another social media position.

I can still hear Liz’s, “Oooooh ooooooh!” as she showed me the application.

It’s been almost three years now, since Nicole became a Pomegranite. One of the things I love most about this company is that, even though it’s small, there is so much room to grow within your role, to learn, to make it what you want it to be – if you have the initiative and passion.READ MORE

prevention is better than cure

Website security: prevention is better than cure

Photo by KOBU Agency on Unsplash

By Carla

As far as our personal health and well-being is concerned, it is generally accepted that keeping your body strong and healthy is much more effective than letting it fall into ill-health and then attempting to rectify the problem. The same principle should be applied to our software and, in this particular case, our WordPress sites.READ MORE

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