Michaela social media manager Pomegranite Online Presence Consultancy team

Meet Michaela

When you have a small team, finding the right person – both in terms of the job itself, but also someone you’d like to have around all day every day – is so important. It’s also hard.

We’ve seen a lot of CVs lately – a lot! But when we read Michaela’s CV and cover letter, we had a feeling about her. A feeling which was quickly confirmed during her interview.

She was just very clearly a Pomegranite.READ MORE

Why is it so hard to give yourself permission to rest?

– Sarah

I think we’ve all been brainwashed when it comes to our approach to working. Well, I certainly have.

In every job I’ve worked, there’s been an attitude of go-go-go, get the work done, and if you have time left over, get some more done. Don’t slack off, because that raises questions about your level of commitment, your dedication as an employee. If you’re a conscientious person – as all my school reports told me I was – then you’re probably particularly susceptible to this kind of thinking.

Starting my own business has challenged so much of my thinking when it comes to work. And lately, this issue has been top of the list.READ MORE

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New year, new goals

– Sarah

Hello and happy 2018!

We hope you had a wonderful break and that you’re getting into the swing of things. Those first few days without an afternoon beer and nap can be tough.

Because no one feels like writing (or reading?) a lengthy, technical post so early on in the year, we thought we’d ask each pomegranite the following two questions:

1) Describe your holiday in one gif.

2) What are you most looking forward to (work-wise) in 2018?

Liz

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Working with clients who do great things

– Sarah

We’re really lucky that we get to work with such a diverse range of clients – from schools to designers, architects, luxury safari guides, and impact investors.

We especially love working with clients who are doing incredible things to improve lives.

Steps – a social enterprise working for the eradication of clubfoot as a disability in southern and east Africa – was one of our very first clients, and we still work with them each month as they change children’s lives.

This month, along with their champion Cameron van der Burgh, Steps is running a “Steptember” campaign, raising funds for clubfoot treatment by challenging people to become “Steppers”.READ MORE

How to go on holiday without your colleagues hating you

– Sarah

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – holidays are SO important. Not only am I more productive after a break, but I’ve just got a lot more bandwidth when it comes to solving problems. I feel like I could tackle anything. Whereas, when I need a holiday badly, dropping my pen lid into my tea can sometimes feel like a bit too much to cope with.

This morning, Carla was talking about the leave she’s going to be taking later in the year and she said, “It’s just going to be summer in my soul.”

I know the feeling.

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The thing is, I remember booking leave at previous jobs and seeing the panic in the eyes of my bosses. Especially when it’s a small company, when one person isn’t there, it can be tricky for everyone else to keep rowing the boat and not drop any balls, or mix metaphors.

So, if taking leave is so important but it’s scary for everyone left behind (shem), how do you make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible?READ MORE

Ten things I’ve learnt in four years

– Sarah

A Facebook memory popped up yesterday – the first blog post I ever wrote for Pomegranite, right before I quit my job and joined Liz in the lounge of her little Long Street flat, which we called “the cave”.

It was written before we even had our own website, and was published on Blogspot. (When I told Alex this she LOLed at how old we are.)READ MORE

Another inspiration day at Clay Café

It’s been a while since we had a proper inspiration day, and it didn’t take long to decide what we were going to do. We needed more plates for our office. Solution: Clay Café. Again. I think it was our fourth visit? It’s a unanimous favourite.

When Riyad caught wind of this plan he sheepishly asked if he could please join us, even though he isn’t technically a Pomegranite anymore (he still rents a desk in our office though, because we’re just too hard to leave, even if you do start your own business).READ MORE

The politics of being a “good girl” in business

– Sarah

Running a business can be a lot of fun. It can also be bloody hard, and some days you’re thrown curveballs that stop you in your tracks.

I had a day like that this week.

I went to a meeting recently – the kind of meeting where you have to be louder than you’d like to make simple points because the gaps left for your opinions are short and few. Towards the end of the meeting I made a point that a man quite liked. He seemed to think I was, in fact, someone who knew what I was doing.

He smiled at me and said, “Good girl.”READ MORE

Why it’s important to unplug sometimes

– Sarah

I recently went on a two-week holiday to Thailand and Cambodia, which was pretty magical. Before I left, one of the things I was most looking forward to (besides the white-sand beaches, daily massages and sunset cocktails – I know, I don’t like me very much either right now) was unplugging. Not checking email, or even Facebook (I know).

I set my out-of-office, and, in a moment that should have had a soundtrack of trumpets, deactivated my work email on my phone. And just like that, before I’d even stepped on the plane, I was on holiday.READ MORE