How to Hire: Creative Style

by Erica Cosminsky on February 7, 2013

Hiring for Creatives Ernest Hemingway famously said “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Writers, as with many other creatives, can keep odd schedules. They may also bounce from project to project never quite finishing anything. Half sewn pieces in one room, half done puzzles in another. Or alternately they may be so obsessively dedicated to finishing their work of art that they accomplish nothing else.

They can become buried in books, papers, self-doubt, vicious revisions to writing and other creations, laundry and old plates, all while waiting for their muse to strike.

Very few creatives can afford to be eccentric and only have their art revealed to their world years after its creation. What about the ones of us that work on commission or actually like to eat?

Our clientele can also be impatient especially if we take extended periods to finish their projects.

Structured Helpers

On February 10, 2013, I will be teaching a class in Nashville, TN, on How to Hire for Creatives, on what I have learned from my clients and from my own work as a creative. The 90 minute class and more details of location are listed here.

Class Details:

We will be discussing…

  • Learning What and How to Delegate specifically focused on those who cannot release parts of the creative process.
  • What’s most important to hiring a specified assistant (IE Sewing assistant, jewelry assistant, etc)
  • How to Write a Job Ad that doesn’t scream I’m eccentric, “I play the violin when I’m thinking. Sometimes I don’t talk for days on end.”* and your job will be to bring me tea!
  • Creating blocks in your schedule to pour creative time in.
  • How to effectively and efficiently manage help once you have it

If you are interested in the class but unable to attend in Nashville, I will be recording it and it will be available for download for $27. If you would like to preorder the recording you can do so for $17. I will be offering anyone who preorders the recording a bonus 30 minute job ad session to help start or perfect their job listings. (Just for the record, I will consider everything a preorder until my fancy videographer delivers the video to me.) Click below to pay securely via PayPal.

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If you have questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments or contact me with them. I will also be creating a resource on how to hire creatives and manage them in your business very soon.

*That’s a Sherlock quote in case you aren’t familiar.

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Erica Cosminsky

Erica is an HR Business Strategist who works specifically with small businesses on delegation, team building, employee/contractor legal compliance, daily management and systems . The Invisible Office project evolved from her team management skills and the desire to help others love their teams. She is a former corporate HR Manager, and ran her own virtual business team for 4 years. She has a BS in Organizational Leadership focused in HR. If you have a question about your team or need for help, contact her now.

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