It’s been 2 years now, my how time flies. I started this small business because I saw a need. My knowledge is quite specialized, but I knew other people would find value in it. It would have been a shame to let it all go and do something different. Plus, the craft brewing community is full of nice people making amazing products. I needed to find a way to stay in it after our around the world bicycle adventure.
The response from the brewing community has been fantastic. Dozens of breweries have hired me from all over the world. I have helped hundreds of others with answers to short questions. I spoke at the CBC in 2015, at the Bloom Water Innovation Forum in Canada this fall, and have an agreement to speak at the Brewers of Indiana Guild in 2016. Public speaking is not my speciality and I try not to travel for work, but it’s a good way to connect and market while having a good time. This website gets about 3000 visits per month. Not huge, but it’s a very targeted audience and it’s just fine.
As you can imagine, challenges in this time have been on the business end of things- mostly with regards to money- tracking, billing, receiving, taxes, etc. I created an LLC earlier this year to help with the liability issues. Standard stuff, but consulting and working from home makes me the technician, engineer, draftsman, accountant, CEO and everything else- with few experts to call on for advice. But I’m very much a DIY type of guy and all of this fits in very well with my personality.
This year I started doing all of my drawing work in 3D with SketchUp. This is the future of CAD works and clients love it; it also gives really good direction to the installation crews since I’m not there. Plus it doesn’t take any longer to do than 2D CAD work. Here is a sample from one of my projects:
People ask me all of the time why I don’t brew or start my own brewery. As you know, it’s too much work! But seriously it’s not what I want to do. I have a farm and a small daughter and working from home fits in very nicely with that. I do enjoy fermenting, but beer is a little too controlled for me. I really like spontaneous fermentation and have spent the past few years creating sauerkraut, kim chee, hot sauces, pickles, kombucha, kefir, etc. I like to grow things specifically with the intent to ferment them.
I would love to hear from people who have enjoyed this website. Did you become enlightened (at least with respect to brewery wastewater). Did you learn things you didn’t know before? Was I able to save you money? What else would you like to see on here? I know I need to make this website more mobile friendly. What else would you like to see?
I’m here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks and cheers to continued craft beer awesomeness. John