Interview with a Comic Book Artist – Hannah Cruz

Interview with a Comic Book Artist – Hannah Cruz

Learn more about our episode’s guest

Hannah Cruz (AKA Dracorium) is a person with a passion mightier than any prophecy. Destined to practice medicine by family tradition, I kicked fate in the shins and journeyed beyond the realm. There she discovered something amazing: an unbridled love for storytelling. Though her ideas may be vast, Hannah Cruz had a lot to learn before she was ready to inspire anyone. But she believes, stories can influence the world.

As an artist, Hannah Cruz will use any medium necessary to create the greatest narratives I can deliver whether it be through comics, movies, or video games. And if I can help any artists along the way with their own endeavors, that’s an great bonus. She is currently studying at FullSail University and looks forward to increasing her career in more mediums in the art industry.

Enjoy listening to my Interview with a Comic Book Artist – Hannah Cruz by Ed Pisani Jr  The Business and Social Interviews by Ed Pisani Jr, is a radio show podcast discusses small business and stories about it.  Each guest shares their insights, stories, successes, and challenges with the hope to help other business professionals.

Featured Comic Book Artist – comic origibal creation to take a look at…  Quarhum
Brief Overview… Everything in a man’s past catches up with him eventually. This man is a protector: first to his family, then to humanity. He does what he can to prepare his children for a world that he’s withheld from them. However, a father can only do so much till his past twists their future into something much more complicated. Start reading it on webtoons now!

Hiring New Employees | Startup Business Basics | Business Talk by Ed Pisani Jr

Hiring New Employees | Startup Business Basics | Business Talk by Ed Pisani Jr

Tips and tricks that Ed Pisani Jr has used for hiring a good employee.  Further, experiences with reviewing a resume of the wrong potential employee. Below is some important reference notes to begin the journey of hiring a new employee. Remember that this podcast Hiring New Employees | Startup Business Basics | Business Talk by Ed Pisani Jr is setup to help you grow your business.  This list is a starting point and it is not everything you need to accomplish based on your personal business situation.

If you’re hiring your first employee, congratulations! It’s important to start off on the right foot as an employer by making sure you follow all of the legal rules that now apply to you. From tax forms to government registrations to insurance requirements and more, being an employer carries a number of new obligations.  Ed Pisani Jr is not an attorney or CPA, so he suggests you look at hiring those individuals when necessary. You’ll find his basic to-do list for new employers numbered in order below.

2. Register with your state’s labor department.

Once you bring on employees, you will have to pay state unemployment compensation taxes. These payments go to your state’s unemployment compensation fund, which provides short-term relief to workers wholose their jobs. Go to the Department of Labor’s website for a list of state unemployment insurance tax agencies.

3. Get workers’ compensation insurance.

You should have workers’ comp coverage to protect workers who might suffer on-the-job injuries. Workers’ comp insurance is required in the vast majority of states, although some make an exception for very small employers.

4. Set up a payroll system to withhold taxes.

You’ll need to withhold a portion of each employee’s income and deposit it with the IRS, and also make Social Security and Medicare tax payments to the IRS. For more information, get IRS Publication 15, Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide from the IRS website at (You may also have to withhold taxes for your state. For more information, check with your state’s tax agency; you can find links to each state’s agency at the website of the Federation of Tax Administrators at

Hiring New Employees | Startup Business Basics | Business Talk by Ed Pisani Jr

5. Have each employee fill out IRS Form W-4, Withholding Allowance Certificate.

On the W-4 form, employees tell you how many allowances they are claiming for tax purposes, so that you can withhold the correct amount of tax from their paychecks. (You don’t have to file the form with the IRS.) You can find this form at You should ask employees to fill out a new W-4 form each year if they want to change their allowances.

6. Fill out Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for each new employee.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as the INS) requires employers to use this form to verify that every employee they hire is eligible to work in the United States. (You don’t have to file this form with the USCIS, but you must keep it in your files for three years and make it available for inspection by officials of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.) You can obtain the form online at Note that these filled out forms should be kept in a separate I-9 folder for all employees — not in each employee’s personnel file.

7. Report each new employee to your state’s new hire reporting agency.

The new hire reporting program requires employers to report information on all new employees for the purpose of locating parents who owe child support. Each state has a different new hire reporting agency. To find the name and address of your state’s new hire reporting agency, see the State New Hire Reporting page at the Administration for Children & Families website (

Several government agencies require employers to post notices providing information on worker rights for their employees. For information on required federal posters, go to the Department of Labor website at The DOL’s “Poster Advisor” will help you determine which posters you must display in your workplace. In addition, you must comply with your state department of labor’s poster requirements. A list of state departments of labor is included on the federal Department of Labor’s website.

9. File IRS Form 940 each year.

You must file IRS Form 940 to report your federal unemployment tax for any year in which you paid wages of $1,500 or more in any quarter or for any year in which an employee worked for you in any 20 or more different weeks of the year. You can find the form at

10. Adopt workplace safety measures.

Virtually every employer must comply with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) by, among other things, providing a workplace free of hazards, training employees to do their jobs safely, notifying government administrators about serious workplace accidents, and keeping detailed safety records. For information on these rules, go to website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at

11. Create an employee handbook.

Although not required, it is an excellent idea to have a handbook describing your business’s employee policies and making it clear that employment is at will unless an employee has signed a written employment contract. A great resource is Create Your Own Employee Handbook: A Legal & Practical Guide, by Lisa Guerin and Amy DelPo (Nolo).

12. Set up personnel files.

For each employee you hire, create a file in which to keep job-related documents, such as job applications, employment offers, IRS Form W-4, performance evaluations, and sign-up forms for employee benefits. Medical records should be kept in a separate, confidential file, in a locked cabinet. And you should store I-9 Forms, which document an employee’s immigration status, in a separate file as well.

13. Set up employee benefits.

If your business has established employee benefit programs such as health insurance or a 401(k) plan, you’ll need a sign-up procedure so employees can enroll, name their dependents, and select options.