The Pomegranite team has grown by one awesome member!

It’s funny how a joke can change your fate.

As you no doubt saw, last week we started the hunt for a great intern. In the course of my regular banter with our freelance developer, Riyad, he joked that he should apply. One thing led to another and he’s now our newest team member!

Things you need to know about Riyad:

– He’s crazy talented

Having worked for institutions like Media24 in front-end development, Riyad’s certainly got the corporate chops but check out his portfolio on his own website and you’ll see how slick his work is.

– He’s absolutely lovely

Seriously. Every interaction is a pleasure.

– He’s into running and his family and friends and he adores his wife.

– He secretly loves it when we call him RiRi

Exhibit A: last year’s birthday card including some hot photoshop:

Rihanna

– He’s broadening our offering. Not only is Riyad a whizz on WordPress but he’s also a master of mailers, hosting, html, css and SEO not to mention his design skills. We’re excited to see his influence on our projects!

So our road shifted direction and we made a different choice but it was clear during my highly entertaining eye conversations with Sarah during that initial phone call with Riyad that this just felt right. We both trust him, we know his work, we know he’s going to be a great asset to Pomegranite.

He starts on Tuesday and we can’t wait to welcome that cheeky face. Stay tuned for his first blog post next week!

Pomegranite Online Presence Consultancy

Are you a words person? Pomegranite is hiring!

Spread the word guys – Pomegranite is looking to hire an intern!

We have grown steadily over the past two years, but things have really taken off in the last couple of months, so we need someone to join the team.

We’d like you to start asap, but it’s really important to us to find the right person. So if this sounds like you, please get in touch and we can chat.

The right person needs to be:
– A recent graduate / have a tertiary education
– Based in Cape Town
– Good with words. We need someone who can write well across a broad range of platforms – from lengthier website copy to short, snappy content for social media
– Keen to learn how to build websites on WordPress (prior knowledge of WordPress a bonus but not a requirement)
– Experienced with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc)
– Driven, motivated, able to take initiative (i.e. we would like to be able to give you some direction, but then have you run with the project)
– Someone with an eye for branding and the way in which brands are represented in the online space in particular
– A team player with people skills
– Hungry to learn
– Able to work well under pressure (There will be pressure. But there will also be beach days.)
– Open to a dance break every now and then when things just get a bit much

Nitty gritty:
– Full-time
– Salary of R4000 p/m (with the option to increase significantly after six months if you’re the right fit and would like to join Pomegranite permanently as a Junior
– Tertiary education a must

About us:
Pomegranite is an online presence consultancy based in Cape Town. It was started two years ago by myself (Sarah) and Liz. (Feel free to stalk us on Facebook – because viva le internet).

We have built the company into something we’re really proud of and we have so much fun working with our clients. You know those irritating people at braais on Sunday who are excited to go to work the next day? That would be us.

If you’d like to get a feel for the vibe of the company, read about our #InspirationDays on our blog.

Keen to join us?

To apply, please send the following to info@pomegranite.co.za by 30 April 2015:
– Your CV (No more than two pages please. We don’t really want to hear about the merit badge you got for swimming in grade two – although good job on that.)
– A cover letter telling us why you think you’re the right person to join Pomegranite.

Ready, steady, go!

How to use Dropbox

Dropbox is a great service that helps you keep your files safe in a cloud, synced with other users and accessible from anywhere: your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. We work with it a lot to exchange content with clients – especially during the website building process.

You can work Dropbox it in two (integrated) ways.

1. Online at the Dropbox website: sign in and create, access and share your folders in your account online.

2. Download the Dropbox app to your device: once installed, Dropbox acts like a normal folder on your computer where you can keep files, but it’s special in that everything you put into that folder is automatically backed up to the cloud and synchronized with other users you’ve assigned to the folder and in your Dropbox on any of your other devices its installed on.

Wiki HowWikiHow gives a great step-by-step guide to getting started and sharing files with both methods.

 

 

Drink that champagne, dammit!

There’s been a bottle of champagne on my desk for more than a year. When Pomegranite was as new as a wobbly-legged lamb, we decided that we would only drink that bottle when we earned enough on our retainers to pay my rent and Liz’s rent.

When we reached that goal, did we pop those bubbles in celebration? Of course not. That would mean admitting that we felt like a real company made up of real people who knew how to run a business.

Instead, we shifted the goal posts. Again and again, and again. I can’t even remember what each new green light for bubble guzzling was. There were that many. Until one memorable day at a waterpark in Muizenberg when we decided that enough was enough! We had to allow ourselves to celebrate our achievements.

So we agreed on a non-negotiable milestone.

And last week, we reached i

You would think, being proud Rhodes alumni, it wouldn’t take much for us to climb into some fancy champagne. But I actually had to convince Liz that it was time to drink it.

And when we popped that cork on the stairs of our new offices, it felt like something shifted. A gear change, if you will. Pomegranite 2.0 had arrived.

So, the moral of my story is threefold:

  • Set goals. They must be goals that you really want to achieve, but out of reach enough for you to have to put in the work to get there.
  • When you reach those goals, allow yourself to celebrate them. Because you worked your ass off to get there and you need to acknowledge how far you’ve come in order to figure out where you want to go next.
  • When you’re getting close to that goal, for the love of all the bubbly gods, please put that bottle in the fridge. ROOKIE error, Pomegranite.