A few weeks ago, I was invited to talk at Blogcamp in Bristol and got to meet Ciaran who is part of the team at Hiive. Hiive is a networking platform for people who work in the creative industries to showcase their work, connect with people, to find courses, jobs and to find out about new projects so I was really keen to hear all about it and to check it out for myself (and fyi, I LOVE being referred to as creative. Makes me feel so terribly artistic and bohemian!).
I really love what I do and it’s been so wonderful to be able to be at home with my children while they’re little but to still keep a hand in so to speak, so for me, freelancing has been the way forward. It’s not the easiest thing, I find it hard to get a lot done when the kids are around (ad hoc childcare is super hard to find!) so I tend to do most of my editing work after they’ve gone to bed. I forget that it’s not that way for everyone so I’m sure some people must wonder why they get emails from me at the strangest times of the day but being able to be there at the drop of a hat or not having to worry that I need to take a day off because my child is ill makes it so worth it. One thing I do struggle with is that when you work for yourself, you have to work to get the work. It was a sad day for me when I realised that people aren’t just waiting around until they stumble on me, I actually have to be proactive! What do you mean, there isn’t a “hey, we want some photos, can you help?” board at the Job Centre?! Through starting my photography business and blogging, I’ve developed a whole new set of skills and for a while I’ve been convinced that there *had* to be some jobs out there that are a little different from the norm and that were what I was looking for. Having a platform where I can connect with people who are looking for people to work for them or to collaborate with or just to connect with and share knowledge is perfect for folks like me.
Believe it or not, I can be a bit of a clueless old granny when it comes to certain things. I thought I was down with the kids because I’m on Instagram and that… Snapchat?…I don’t understand?! so I really like that the Hiive website is cleanly laid out and easy to navigate and I love that you can use GIFs so you can have an animated profile photo. I love little touches like that! I feel like it’s the best bits of a few social media platforms all rolled into one and I like that it’s all inclusive. It doesn’t matter what stage of your career you’re in. If you’re looking for work you can browse through vacancies and you’ll be notified when jobs are added that match your criteria and there are some fantastic positions with some really amazing companies. The homepage is tailored to your industry and interests and Hiive suggest people that you might like to follow based on your profile. It’s not just individuals, they suggest companies that you might like to connect with or that might be of interest to you and swarms that cover topics of interest. Swarms are groups where you can connect with people in your industry, plan events or share information and content. Be warned – it’s easy to lose track of time on there. I went to see if there were any swarms in my area and ended up browsing different courses and wanting to do an MA!
Here’s a bit more info about Hiive and if you’re over there then I’d love to follow you. You can find me here.