U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage to Florida Residents Affected by Tropical Storm Emily

Four U-Haul Companies are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage over a wide area of Florida to residents who have been or will be impacted by flooding in the region.

Concerns of flooded streets and homes have created the need for safe and secure self-storage options where people can keep their possessions.

“This region is the bull’s-eye when it comes to rainfall and flooding,” U-Haul Company of Western Florida president Dave Thompson said. “Tropical Storm Emily has strengthened and we have been warned about flooding, wind speeds and riptides. As a longstanding and committed member of these communities, U-Haul is ready to help by offering families a dry place to store their belongings for 30 days at no cost.”

The U-Haul Companies of Western FloridaGainesvilleJacksonville and Tampa have made 28 facilities across nine cities available to provide assistance.

People seeking additional information about the 30 days free self-storage assistance or needing to make arrangements should contact the participating location nearest them:

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Amelia Island (Self-storage)

1830 S. 8th St.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 491-6966

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Edgewood Ave. (Self-storage)

1651 W. Edgewood Ave.

Jacksonville, FL 32208

(904) 764-2516

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Regency (Self-storage)

9411 Atlantic Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 720-1932

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Phillips & Emerson (Self-storage)

3435 Phillips Hwy.

Jacksonville, FL 32207

(904) 398-3016

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Mandarin (Self-storage)

11490 San Jose Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32223

(904) 292-9404

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Normandy Blvd. (Self-storage)

5481 Normandy Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32205

(904) 786-2424

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Jacksonville (Self-storage)

5630 Phillips Hwy.

Jacksonville, FL 32207

(904) 731-1383

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Downtown Jacksonville (Self-storage)

400 W. Ashley St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 358-9909

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Mayport (Self-storage)

1650 Mayport Road

Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

(904) 249-9934

U-Haul Moving & Storage of St. Augustine (Self-storage)

3524 U.S. Hwy. 1 S.

St. Augustine, FL 32086

(904) 797-3667

U-Haul Moving & Storage of North Sarasota (Self-storage and U-Box)

7850 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-8535

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Sarasota (Self-storage and U-Box)

4861 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 921-6605

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Ocala (Self-storage and U-Box)

5555 S. Pine Ave.

Ocala, FL 34480

(352) 368-7003

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Ocala (Self-storage and U-Box)

505 SW 17th St.

Ocala, FL 34471

(352) 867-8442

U-Haul Storage of Brooksville (Self-storage and U-Box)

15334 Cortez Blvd.

Brooksville, FL 34613

(352) 799-0591

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Spring Hill (Self-storage and U-Box)

13416 Cortez Blvd.

Brooksville, FL 34613

(352) 596-6825

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Moon Lake (Self-storage and U-Box)

10601 State Road 52

Hudson, FL 34669

(727) 856-1633

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Hudson (Self-storage and U-Box)

14906 U.S. 19

Hudson, FL 34667

(727) 862-2572

U-Haul Moving & Storage at West Waters Ave. (Self-storage)

5404 W. Waters Ave.

Tampa, FL 33634

(813) 249-9677

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Florida Ave. (Self-storage)

9505 N. Florida Ave.

Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 933-0499

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Gandy Blvd. (Self-storage)

3939 W. Gandy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33611

(813) 832-5682

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Citrus Park (Self-storage)

6111 Gunn Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33625

(813) 962-7338

U-Haul Moving & Storage of North Tampa (Self-storage)

10415 N. Florida Ave.

Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 933-2821

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Historic Ybor City (Self-storage)

2309 Angel Oliva Senior St.

Tampa, FL 33605

(813) 247-5936

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Westchase (Self-storage)

11401 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33635

(813) 855-5976

U-Haul Moving & Storage of East Tampa (Self-storage)

5806 N. 56th St.

Tampa, FL 33610

(813) 621-9764

U-Haul Moving & Storage of West Tampa (Self-storage)

4406 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 873-2333

U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Tampa (Self-storage)

3826 W. Marcum St.

Tampa, FL 33616

(813) 839-2376

With U-Box containers, you can conveniently pick up our custom-designed trailer and take your U-Box with you. U-Haul also can store your U-Box container in our secure warehouses or pick up and deliver it to a location of your choice. Watch the new U-Box TV commercial here.

U-Haul stores offer needed supplies to help with recovery like boxes, tarps, propane and propane tanks. U-Haul urges customers to ensure their tanks are topped off since propane is good to have in the event of long-term power outages.

U-Haul is the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage with more than 21,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to its 30 days of free self-storage assistance, U-Haul is proud to be at the forefront of aiding communities during times of disaster as an official American Red Cross Disaster Responder.

 

These Kirkland Brand Products are Why You Need a Costco Membership

Let’s go ahead and establish the tone for this article right now. Costco might be the best thing to happen to the general shopping experience since the first person set up a store. Your shopping trip could easily include picking up socks, dinner, a new computer, flowers for the garden, and filling up your gas tank. Plus, it doesn’t come with all the guilt of shopping at other stores like it. Where Wal-Mart hosts food drives for its employees and actively suppresses workers’ efforts to improve their job experience, Costco is routinely ranked one of the best places to work. The company treats its employees well, has ridiculously low turnover because it actually rewards employee loyalty (and reciprocates that loyalty), provides benefits to the vast majority of workers, and voluntarily keeps markups low on products to save customers money. It’s a wholesale club with the labor philosophy of a family-owned corner store.

The company’s excellence carries into its Kirkland brand as well. Everything with the Kirkland logo on it is guaranteed to be a quality product, and that guarantee doesn’t come in the form of some corporate disclaimer or marketing stunt. It comes in the form of Costco making way better stuff than they ever needed to. Next time you find yourself in a Costco, or maybe we’ve just convinced you to start doing your weekly shopping there, make sure you give these Kirkland brand products a shot.

Booze

There are a ton of rumors flying around about Kirkland brand spirits and they’re incredibly difficult to verify. People have said Kirkland vodka is Grey Goose’s overflow and that Knob Creek and Macallan regularly supply the brand with whiskey. The prevailing theory seems to be that when high end distilleries of any number of alcohols have spirits they aren’t happy with or made too much of, Kirkland swoops in and swallows it up. Again, we can’t verify this, but if there’s truth to those rumors, it would explain a lot. For example, it would explain why Kirkland vodka costs next to nothing and doesn’t make us hate ourselves in the morning. In fact, it made us a lot more confident in vodka’s potential to be good, an opinion that’s backed up by the opinion of people who drink a lot more vodka than we do.

This isn’t a “better for the price” situation. Kirkland spirits are a high quality alternative to dropping a couple hundred bucks at the liquor store. In fact, the cult following of the brand is growing all the time and we might be saying stuff one of your friends has been saying for years. As what might be the ultimate sign that Kirkland booze is an excellent choice to stock your house, check out this post on Reddit. In a rare display of unity, every top comment is a recommendation to try their brand, and that’s if it’s not a glowing endorsement. Obviously still go ahead and get some top shelf stuff, but for everyday mixing and sipping, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping a few of these bottles handy. If anything, you’re going to find out exactly which of your friends are spirit connoisseurs and which are just posing.

Barbecue Meats

The butcher at Costco is one of the more appetizing to walk through. At some locations, you can watch the butchers work and they are consummate professionals. Their cuts are clean and precise, they’re more than knowledgeable, and they’re happy to help customers, even if that means recutting or redistributing what they’ve already done. They’re great at their jobs and they clearly enjoy what they’re doing, which are the two main things we use to evaluate the people who sell us stuff.

Their product is excellent too. It’s great meat and here’s another place we won’t cheapen that sentiment by adding “for the price.” The price is great too, but neither detracts from the other and you don’t have to rationalize eating one of their generic steaks the way you might have to at cheaper grocery stores. Provided you cook it right, you and your guests will be more than happy with your burgers, sausage, ribs, steaks, pork belly, hot dogs, chicken, turkey, or whatever else you buy.

Pet Food

Here’s a personal anecdote as support for a larger claim. Kirkland dog food made my dog happier. I brought home a few sample bags on one of my trips to the store, because it was a sample bag and the lady offered me enough to feed the dog for a few days. In those couple days, the dog looked healthier, had more energy, and was generally far happier than he had been in weeks. From then on, that’s what he’s eaten and it’s been a sustained difference from the previous food.

That also taught me that maybe the people on all those TV commercials aren’t full of shit. The paragraph I just wrote could have easily been ad copy for an annoying Blue Buffalo ad. But those are the genuine results of Kirkland dog food, at least for my own personal pet and there’s also no way for me to make it sound like I’m not currently writing a couch testimonial for a shitty ad, so I’m just going to close this by saying at least take the free sample if the lady offers you one.

Sunglasses

We find it a bit weird that they don’t list their sunglasses on the Costco website. They only have two types, one athletic and one casual, but they’d be so easy to pack and ship that not listing them online seems like a missed opportunity. Especially since these are the perfect sunglasses for everyday use. They’re polarized, sturdy, and come with their own cases and microfiber cleaning cloths. The pairs we’ve seen haven’t cost more than $30, which is the perfect price for buying a decent pair for leaving in a car or by the front door. They’re stylish enough that they look like they cost more than $30. Not hundreds of dollars more, but still. More.

A Giant Wheel of Parmesan Cheese

We’ve never had the need for 72 pounds of Parmesan cheese, but now that we know it’s so accessible, we’re going to work pretty hard to find one. If we have to spend a month eating pasta and Italian soups, that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make. Plus this isn’t a big tub of American knockoff cheese. This is genuine, imported Italian parmigiano reggiano aged for 24 months possibly in a cave. For nearly a thousand dollars, sure, but people have spent more on weirder, so we don’t think this is such a crazy thing. And when we looked around for comparable products, the best we could find was price quotes from high scale websites. Fine Italian dining is finally within grasp.

Gasoline

The attraction of this is more that it makes Costco a completely one stop shop for anything and everything you’d need in a week. You can get your shopping done, then pull the car around a corner and fill it up too. It’s probably not anything to go out of your way to get, but if you find yourself at the wholesale club and also a little low on fuel, there’s no harm in pulling around and topping up. This is going to be a specialty thing not every Costco offers, but if yours does, take advantage.

Kitchen Pots and Pans

Unless you’re one of the only families in the world to pass cast iron cookware from generation to generation in a tradition stretching back hundreds of years, everyone needs to buy themselves a set of pots and pans for their kitchen. When you do, you’ll want a set that’s durable, versatile, and affordable, all words that can be and are being used to describe Kirkland’s set. For less than two hundred bucks, you can outfit your new apartment, house, vacation home, RV, cabin, or whatever other domicile you’re furnishing with every pot or pan you’ll need for good home cooking. Plus everything can be used on the stovetop or in the oven too, so you don’t even have the limitations that cheap, plastic handled pots and pans have. In fact, we may have just talked ourselves into buying a backup set.

 

Amazon Holds National Job Fair, Looking For 50,000 Workers

The e-commerce behemoth Amazon is so keen to fill 50,000 open jobs that it’s holding a series of job fairs across the country. Most of those jobs are in its warehouses and sortation centers, and the problem Amazon is encountering is that the labor market for people who work in warehouses is becoming very competitive.

That’s because shipping centers for big e-commerce operations tend to cluster in the same areas, near airports, major highways, and with easy access to shipping hubs. In many of these areas, Amazon is planning to hold job fairs next week, with on-the-spot hiring for qualified candidates. The pay varies by region, but warehouse positions are generally full-time.

At the beginning this year, Amazon announced plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the United States, with a target date of a year from now. Out of the 50,000 jobs that it’s looking to fill now, 40,000 of them are in warehouses, choosing and packing your orders with the help of shelves mounted on very graceful robots. Most of the rest are part-time jobs in the company’s sortation centers.

“The workers that used to work in the retail stores, now we need those same workers in warehouses,” Brian Devine of ProLogistix, a staffing company in the logistics business, told the WSJ.

Now unemployment rates are plummeting near those warehouses, and the industry is starting to worry about finding enough workers to keep the places going once the holiday shopping season begins.

Scientists Say You Should Play Video Games On Your Breaks At Work

It’s no secret that our jobs — often riddled with endless to-do lists and office politics — can be a source of tension. But a short break with some video games may be one of the best ways to help us relieve stress at work, a recent study suggests.

In surveys by the American Psychological Association from 2007 to 2015, work was consistently one of the most commonly named stressors, while a separate survey suggests that 80% of Americans may be stressed at work. All of that adds up — and considering stress is linked to impulsive decision-making, lowered productivity and a higher chance of mistakes, employers should really care about how we feel at work.

To test what helps alleviate employees the most, scientists asked 66 study participants to perform computer-based work that induces “cognitive fatigue,” which is often the result of stress, frustration or anxiety. Then they asked the participants to take a break, telling them to either rest quietly in the room without a phone or computer, take part in a guided relaxation exercise or play a video game called Sushi Cat for a bit.

Participants who just sat there reported little positive results after their break, while those who did de-stressing exercises felt less negative effects, the study said. However, only those who played the video game actually reported feeling better.

“We often try to power through the day to get more work finished, which might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes,” Michael Rupp, one of the study authors and a doctoral student in human factors and cognitive psychology at the University of Central Florida, said in a release. “People should plan short breaks to make time for an engaging and enjoyable activity, such as video games, that can help them recharge.”

Now, we just have to convince our bosses a PS4 in the office is a worthy expense.

Is Your Boss Too Controlling? Many Employees Clash With Micromanagers

Micromanagement is routinely the top complaint people have about their bosses, and in today’s good job market where workers have more options, that’s a bigger problem for employers.

People might have their own definition of when a manager crosses into being too controlling, but most people would probably agree that Marjon Bell’s former boss would fit.

On her first day on a marketing job at a Virginia Beach, Va., insurance company, Bell’s boss sent an email barring employees from bringing cellphones to the office. The email said that moms, especially, spent too much time on their phones checking up on their children.

That, Bell says, was just one of her boss’s many rules.

“If we left campus for lunch, [we had] to email her when we left and email her when we got back,” Bell says.

Predictably, few people took lunch.

The boss also monitored the instant messaging system, which displayed a green light when someone was logged in, and a yellow one after they had been idle.

“Usually you had like a 10-minute window before your light turned yellow, and then they changed it to only two minutes,” Bell says. “And I came back from the restroom, and my boss was standing at my cubicle wondering where I’d been.”

Bell says the micromanagement was systemic. Her employer offered a $500 monthly bonus that rewarded co-workers for micromanaging each other.

“If you came in five minutes late, if you left early, if you took a little bit longer at lunch, whoever reported you would get an accountability award,” she says.

It was unclear whom Bell could trust, but she says morale was terrible. A disgruntled employee ransacked the toilets in the women’s restroom, she says, “to stick it to the man.” Management posted a notice outlining “rules on bathroom use” on the stall doors in response.

Bell quit after six months.

“I did the absolute bare minimum to get my paycheck,” she says. “It did not make me want to help the company in any way.”

Steve Motenko, an executive coach in Seattle, hears stories like this all the time. Micromanagement can kill motivation, employee creativity and job satisfaction, and yet it remains the biggest beef workers have about their boss.

“That’s critically important, because it’s complaints about the boss that drive most people out of organizations,” he says.

That’s especially a problem when recruitment is a top concern for employers, many of whom Motenko says aren’t even aware of the micromanagers in their midst because departing employees often aren’t questioned about it in exit interviews.

Motenko says micromanagement can reflect several problems. A bad hire or a lack of training might force a manager to constantly intervene. A disorganized boss often creates havoc that makes teamwork impossible.

These are all understandable, if regrettable, outcomes of poor management, but may not mean the person is necessarily a habitual micromanager — and circumstances make close supervision necessary, he says.

Still, many leaders Motenko has counseled have an overactive command-and-control style of leadership that leaves little room for worker autonomy, and he argues that doesn’t fit most jobs today.

“We need employees who will do more than do what they’re told — employees who will think for themselves, who will be creative, who will try new approaches,” he says, “and all of that is squashed by micromanaging.”

Studies show lack of autonomy at work elevates stress hormones and can have other negative health effects, potentially even hastening mortality.

It certainly took its toll for Chicago resident Abby Koch 15 years ago, when she worked for a jewelry store owner.

“She would literally say things like, ‘Well, I’m not a micromanager …’ as she was standing behind me, literally looking over my shoulder,” she says.

The owner’s constant critiques eroded Koch’s self-esteem and that of her co-worker.

“The other employee ended up having to take medication just to be able to go to work and not be crippled by anxiety,” Koch says.

She lasted 18 months in that job.

“I ended up getting divorced, and I always thought my … I don’t know … lack of standing up for myself in that situation may have caused my husband to lose some respect for me,” she says.

Since then, she says she has always prized and chosen jobs that give her autonomy.

Amazon Is Already Selling Its Prepackaged Meal Kits

With news surfacing earlier this week of a forthcoming meal kit service from Amazon, it now seems that those kits are already available to some customers of AmazonFresh. Reports suggest that there are currently 17 different options available, with a wide range of food styles and dietary options taking in everything from a Veggie Burger with Harissa Aioli to Steak Au Poivre with Parmesan Fries. Presented with the tagline “We do the prep. You be the chef.”, vegetarian options come in at around the $16 USD mark with other variations reportedly available at up to $20 USD for two servings – prices that seem to stack up pretty neatly with would-be competitors like HelloFresh and Blue Apron.

With Amazon meal kits seemingly having already been available at the company’s Amazon Go store in Seattle, no concrete date for online availability has yet been announced.

Elon Musk Is Relaunching His Mysterious Website X.com

Elon Musk has just relaunched his website x.com. The billionaire recently re-bought the domain, which he lost after PayPal went public. Though no final figure has been confirmed, rumors suggest that he could have paid up to eight figures for the domain, which he previously said was of “great sentimental value” to him.

The site is currently empty, bar a solitary “x” in the lefthand corner, but Musk’s Twitter suggests that more information will be coming tomorrow.

While there’s no indication whether Musk will use the site for a whole new venture or an ongoing one, a new home for SpaceX would obviously be the logical choice. Check back for the announcement as it comes in.

The Marijuana Industry Has the American Workforce Blazing

If you’ve stalled out in your current line of work, new data on the burgeoning American marijuana industry suggests that creating or selling weed products might be a lucrative new field for you. In fact, legal weed workers already outnumber dental hygienists, bakers, and massage therapists in North America.

Data compiled in the Marijuana Business Factbook, which analyzes the business opportunities in cannabis in Canada and the United States, proves just how powerful the weed industry has become since 2009. In 2016, four states legalized recreational marijuana and four more approved certain measures allowing marijuana to be sold medicinally. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia are either working on passing legislation or have passed legislation to loosen the legal grip on marijuana in some form.

The Factbook analyzes California’s economy as it pertains to legalized marijuana in great detail, and, based on the existing data, makes the prediction that the state will eventually bring in $4.5 billion and $5 billion in annual retail sales — that’s more than the entire nation made on marijuana in 2016.

On the negative side of things, the Factbook points out that most marijuana businesses are becoming apprehensive of what federal regulations will do to their sales. Things are getting especially hairy for growers who can’t keep up with their local dispensaries’ demand for more product. As the Factbook reads, “Some cultivators that shelled out for expensive indoor facilities are finding that costs of production now exceed the market price per pound of cannabis.” The wonky relationship between distributors and growers has lengthened the amount of time an average marijuana company needs to start making a profit; in early 2016, almost 70% of the surveyed companies selling or distributing weed-related products told researchers they had made it “into the black” in under a year. That same answer was only given by 55% of companies in the latest report, which means marijuana is still a viable line of work, though it’s likely to get harder and harder to join the workforce as product availability expands.

The bottom line for many, though, is that the marijuana industry has created somewhere between 165,000 and 230,000 full- and part-time jobs since 2009. As Entrepeneur puts it, those jobs include “working at cannabis retail stores, growing facilities, marijuana-infused product companies, testing labs and ancillary businesses such as transportation and security.” If you’re looking for a professional change-up, you may want to find a way into professional weed distribution, but your window of opportunity is closing.

America’s Best Brewers Reveal The Hardest Things About Launching A Brewery

It seems like new craft breweries are popping up all over the country every week. Visit any major city in America and you’re likely to find a booming craft beer industry. But, just because you make a delicious farm ale or New England IPA at home, doesn’t always mean that you should quit your IT job and invest in your life savings in a brewery.

Brewing is not for everyone. Just because you’ve seen headlines about breweries being sold for millions of dollars that doesn’t mean that you have what it takes. We asked some of the most well-respected brewers in the country to tell us the challenges you’ll face if you decide to take the leap and start your own craft brewery.

Owning your own business isn’t easy

“The thing that home-brewers often don’t see is the business side of things. You can make unbelievable beer and still fail as a brewery if you don’t have a good business plan. As the craft space becomes more congested this is becoming increasingly important. In that same vein, home-brewers should be aware this isn’t a cheap business to get into. You won’t want to limp in or else it’ll cost you somewhere else.” – New Belgium brewer Cody Reif

Multitasking is really tough

“It’s not easy, and it’s not all about brewing. With new breweries and styles popping up every day, I need to be six to twelve months ahead of the curve, simultaneously developing new recipes, beer names, ideas for events, creating a growth strategy for current and new markets, delivering the best customer service experience through our bartenders and sales staff, and ensuring we make the most consistent and delicious product through our brewing team. All of this while making sure the lights stay on and everyone is having fun.” – Second Self Beer Company co-founder Jason Santamaria

Customers will see through your gimmick

“Don’t do it as a gimmick. Customers will see through the gimmick; they are well versed in good beer and demand a genuine attempt. Second, know where you want to go with this venture. I believe that there’s two distinct segments developing within our industry: below 25,000 barrels per year from the local craft brewer who produces draft-only, and the above 25,000 barrels brewer, who packages and bottles their product. The first has a relatively bright future – sell your beer at your location(s) – beer pub or taproom – and some kegs into the local wholesale market. At this size, you can make a living, brew what you want and can operate under your terms. – Elysian Brewing’s co-founder & CEO Joe Bisacca

Get ready to give up everything else in your life

“You should understand the challenges that come with day to day brewery operations, and recognize how much the market is changing. Gone are the days of bootstrapping equipment together, finding a garage space to brew in, slapping a puny name on your IPA and having immediate success. Your brewery needs to come out of the gate with a polished image, a solid location, and great beer on day one. The hours are going to suck and you should already know that very few craft brewers ever make six figures. You’re going to need to love cleaning, paperwork, long days, hot working conditions, tackling challenges, cleaning, schmoozing, drinking beer late, waking up early, tasting beer early, brewing the same beer over and over again, and cleaning to be successful.” – Upslope Brewing’s Head Brewer Sam Scruby

What can go wrong will go wrong

“If you don’t connect with the world in a tangible way but rather in a theoretical way, brewing is not for you. Brewing really embodies the Robert Burns expression ‘the best laid plans of mice and men’ because things go wrong. Glycol chillers fail, ingredient containers are mislabeled, ferments can have minds of their own. But as a brewer you need to harness these events and learn from them. Maybe even incorporate them into your process. Racer 5, our flagship beer came about because of a screw up on a brew day and our reactions to that series of events. Also, at some point owning or managing a brewery becomes about more than the beer. Things like wastewater, personnel and utility pricing become important. If you view these as a hassle or as non-essential than look for another career path.” – Bear Republic Master Brewer Peter Kruger

It costs a ton of money to open a brewery

“Besides the basics of not having enough money or enough (or maybe even any) experience, there is so much more one needs to know to put together a good brewing operation. You need to know everything that you can possibly know about how to brew beer – this includes everything from raw materials to trouble shooting QC issues in the field. You have to consider shipping and distributor logistics. Does your brewery have a brewpub and the challenges that come with running a restaurant and a brewery? There are so many moving variables on top of the challenges of just running a business. Sometimes, these daunting tasks that it takes to open a brewery are too intimidating for some good brewers to make it happen. On the flip side, others don’t grasp these important essentials to make it happen in a good way.” – Schlafly Beer Founding Brewer Stephen Hale

Don’t like working 9-5? How about working all day every day?

“If you like long hours, endless cleaning, and complete focus on quality, then this is for you. There really is nothing better than having one of your own beers after a long day of work. Breweries are also fantastic conduits to their community, and it is very rewarding to see locals embrace your craft.

If any of the above isn’t your style, then you’re not going to like it (especially the cleaning).” – Coney Island Brewing Company Head Brewer Eric Hernandez

Your beer isn’t as good as you think it is

“I think the worst reason to start a brewery is because your friends tell you, ‘you make great beer.’ Your friends are fantastic people, that’s why they are your friends, but they aren’t always honest. If you get that feedback from them that’s a great start, but get your beer out there – whether it be homebrew competitions or forging relationships with quality breweries and getting their input. There is so much that goes on inside a brewery that isn’t related to making beer. If you are making great beer and love it more than anything, then I think getting into the industry is a fantastic idea. It will give you a huge understanding of what this business is all about and what it might take to start one.” – Devils Backbone brewer Josh French

Amazon Prime Day Is July 11

For the third year in a row, Amazon Prime Day is back to bring you deals on everything from TVs and toys to headphones and Amazon devices. Amazon Prime Day is officially July 11, but this time around Amazon is kicking things off early and letting it run a little late with sales starting at 9 PM EST July 10, and ending at 3 AM EST July 12. In other words, thirty hours of deals on all the things you probably don’t need but are going to buy anyway. You need an Amazon Prime account, but if you don’t already have one you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

We’ll be back next week with an updating list of all the best steals we find once Prime Day goes live.