• David Ira Roth

Sir John Hargrave

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

CEO of Media Shower, Sir John Hargrave, talks about his experience as an employer of freelancers and shares some valuable business advice.

Sam Dechenne Interview
Recorded live at Zumix in East Boston

Freelance Finance is the show where we go in depth into the financial and personal lives of Boston based freelancers. It is hosted by David Ira Roth and airs Thursdays on 94.9FM in Boston (WZMR - Zumix Radio). You can also listen live at Listen to this episode in iTunes

Episode Overview

On this episode, we spoke with John Hargrave about employing freelancers, running a successful business, and working with clients. He gives us a lot of great tips and tricks, I highly recommend you listen to this episode! The three things John looks for in employees are Quality, Reliability, and Availability. Quality - Do you consistently put out good work? Reliability - Do you say what you are going to do? Availability - Are you able to take on more work?

"Better" is their tagline - they are trying to make continual improvement as people and continual improvement as a company. Better people make a better company.

John talks about his payment structure for contractors, and the importance of paying consistently. Since it is a challenge to get paid as a freelancer, paying consistently and on time makes it easier to work with an employee, and makes the freelancers happier and more willing to work with you.


- Choose the payment method that takes the least fees out. - You have negotiating power at the beginning of the assignment that you won't have at the end of the assignment.


Hiring and firing

Is the work of management

Yet, they do nothing A writer is only

as good as their editor

and this is not a Haiku Quiz Questions

1. Unemployment rate is currently at 3.9%, the lowest it has been since the year 2000. Which of the following celebrities were unemployed before their big break:

A. Miley Cyrus, who wanted to work, but her dad Billy Ray Cyrus forbid her to work, and even showed up and ruined a job interview by doing the Achy Breaky Heart.

B. Will Smith - Who before he was cast on the role of Fresh Prince, was actually living in Philadelphia, unable to get work as a florist.

C. JK Rowling, who, before creating the Harry Potter Series, was fired from her job, divorced her first husband, and was left in relative poverty.

2. Writers are often creative, and that means making up fun names. Which of the following start up companies is real? A. Meow-Sages - a company that provides on demand message therapists for your cat in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. B. Air D&D - A company similar to Air B&B except they rent out spaces specially set up to play Dungeons and Dragon. C. Purple Squirrel - A company with a purple squirrel mascot that helps you land a job through employee referrals.

3. Which of the following celebrities are also bestselling authors: A. Mick Foley - Professional WWE Wrestler know as “ManKind” - who had two New York Times Bestsellers. B. Nicki Minaj - who wrote Roman Unloaded and ReRead. C. Demi Levato - Pop singer who in her spare time writes best selling romance novels under the pen-name Penny Denato.


1 = C

2 = C 3 = A

Song in this episode:

Sleepwalk - Full Tang

This episode was recorded live at Zumix Radio in East Boston.

Disclaimer: We have not vetted or reviewed any materials of Media Shower or Bitcoin Market Journal. Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Digital Assets are not registered the Securities and Exchange Commission, and thus involve substantial risk and the high possibility of complete loss of investment.

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