My Non-Standard Professional Life

I’m an unconventional employee.

I got my GED after 9th grade because high school wasn’t interesting to me.

I volunteered for years after that at a non-profit because I wanted to help make the world a better place.

I fell in love and volunteering didn’t pay the bills so I got a paying job at a different non-profit.

Along the way I’ve had side-projects and side-hustles that have taught me valuable lessons about customer service, technical support, public speaking, crowdfunding, product management, influencer marketing, and more.

I don’t have that high-end degree many others do, but my experience lets me shine above the rest.

If I don’t know how to do something… I learn how. 

If I have a deadline… I beat it. 

If I have an idea… I run with it. 

In my life:

Sleep is optional. 

Learning is constant. 

Networking is fun.

Shit. Gets. Done.

Let’s grab a beer.


Find a Brewery Job / Share a Brewery Job Opening (for Free)

There are so many job sites out there it is mind-numbing. Only a few are focused on beer and none of them are dead simple to use. I started a curated brewery job board and weekly email list to cut through that noise and share the good stuff.

What do you think of when you hear brewery job? Probably a brewer, bartender, and maybe a front of house manager. But there are so many more positions out there at breweries across the US: Graphic Designers, HR Managers, Electricians, Payroll, Packaging Technicians, Sensory Coordinators, Tour Guides, Brand Managers, Events Coordinator, Delivery Technicians, IT Support, Website Managers, Chefs, and so many more.

Brewery.Work is the answer. Every Monday morning an email goes out to our list of job seekers featuring around a dozen of the most interesting job posts out there in beer that week. The website is typically updated with 70-100 jobs throughout the week from breweries around the U.S. with a few cool opportunities thrown in from Canada and the EU.

It’s free for both job seekers and job posters. Go ahead, sign-up for the email list and check out the job board. You’ll be glad you did.

We’ve got you covered if you prefer a LinkedIn Group or Facebook Group to follow the job openings too.



Adding “Read Time” To Your WordPress Posts

Let your readers know what sort of time commitment they are getting into before starting to read your posts on a WordPress based site. People are busy and need to have a reassurance that they can read your post and move on in an expected amount of time. Reading Time WP is the plugin I use to get this done automatically every time I post something new.

Install the Reading Time WP by going to your Admin Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New.

Search for “Reading Time WP” and click the Install Now button. Now, then click Activate.

Once the plugin is installed you can look at the settings for the plugin by going to Settings -> Reading Time WP. You should see this:

The plugin automatically adds the “Reading Time” to the beginning of your post excerpt and main content. If you don’t want this to happen simply uncheck these boxes and click Update Options.

The basic install and activation could use a small tweak in it’s look.

I like adding a line break after “Reading Time” to give the content below it some space to breath. I also like making “Reading Time” bold.

This edit can be done by editing the plugin. Remember to make a backup so you don’t lose anything on your site before editing any plugins or themes.

Go to Plugins -> Editor.

Select the Reading Time WP plugin from the drop-down and hit Select. Now go to line 169 and find this code:

 $content = '<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;">'.'<span class="rt-label">'.$label.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-time">'.$this->readingTime.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-label"> '.$calculatedPostfix.'</span>'.'</span>';

You’ll want to change it to this:

 $content = '<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;">'.'<strong><span class="rt-label">'.$label.'</span></strong>'.'<span class="rt-time">'.$this->readingTime.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-label"> '.$calculatedPostfix.'</span>'.'</span><br>';

If you get an error that the file cannot be updated while doing this edit just deactivate the plugin, make the edit, and reactivate the plugin.

Now the top of your posts will look like this:

If you’re more technically minded and want to add a custom PHP line to your site’s theme to more strategically place the reading time you can get details on how to do that on the plugin’s official WordPress Repository page.

Hope this walkthrough was helpful. If you’d like to say thank you please consider become a Patreon supporter

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Don’t Waste Your Money When Donating to Relief Efforts

Looking to donate your hard earned money to various relief organizations, but want to make sure your money is going to a reputable outfit? Check out Charity Navigator. They provide hard stats on various charities yearly financials, how much goes to actual relief efforts vs overhead costs, etc.

Charity Navigator has been around for over 15 years. They’ve rated nearly 8,500 non-profits based on various factors that judge how much money that a group takes in and how much of it actually goes towards the organization’s stated goals. Here is a snippet from their website:

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In our quest to help donors, our team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. We’ve used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 8,000 of America’s best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.


Specifically, Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information. In the not-too-distant future, we plan to also rate charities’ reporting of their results. We provide these ratings so that charitable givers/ social investors can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the nonprofit sector can improve its performance.

One of the best things about Charity Navigator? They don’t solicit donations from charities they rate in order to avoid impact or perceived to impact on said ratings. Various annual reports and articles are published by the group that can be helpful to donors and potential donors as well including the CEO Compensation Study, Metro Market Study, and features on groups helping with various tragedies in the news.

Go. Research. Donate.

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Five Remote Job Sites You Should Be On Right Now


Looking for a Remote Position? Here are the websites to focus on when searching for that perfect remote employment.

There are hundreds of job sites out there for everything under the sun (and a few up in space). I’ve spent far too many hours jumping from site to site without finding exactly what I’m looking to do. That changed when I started spending some time on the sites listed below. Sign-up, apply and find a new gig today. Just remember to move fast. Some of these jobs won’t last long: is a newsletter on remote tips & jobs sent every two weeks to 20,000+ remote workers. They also regularly update a list of 200+ startups that are currently hiring remotely. They have a jobs board [free] and a Slack community [paid.]

We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely is the “best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.” They have RSS feeds for each remote job listing category that you can use with your favorite RSS reader or IFTTT to send you an email if you don’t want to remember to visit the page every day. is the place to connect with startups around the world. They have both remote and in person positions so remember to have the “Remote” filter on when searching. You can use the site to apply to jobs privately. Only the companies you apply to will see you’re looking for a job. Salary and equity options in the company are displayed before you apply. There is also a useful startup salary tool. is great too because there are no recruiters to deal with when applying. Your application goes straight to the startup’s founders.

RemoteOK has over 500,000 user visits each month searching for remote jobs listed from companies all over the globe. They also offer a daily/weekly/monthly email list featuring all of the new jobs added to the site. It can be a bit tricky to navigate, but the jobs listed make it worth it.

Velvet Jobs

Velvet Jobs covers all sorts of positions, but has a listing of currently over 1,300 jobs classified as remote. The service is free when creating your profile and searching. It does push a subscription fee in order to apply for jobs, but I have been able to search Google with keywords in job listings on Velvet Jobs that I like and apply directly to the company for free.