The Archie Rose Distilling Co has developed a big reputation for a small, independent distillery. It’s not easy going up against the might of the distilling giants, but the drinking public has shown, that despite economic uncertainty, they will pay for quality and something a little bit different. And that’s precisely what Archie Rose produces from their Sydney base – quality Gin, Whisky and Vodka.
Belfast based BLK Box is an incredible business that goes from strength to strength. They sell their own brand gym equipment to the public and to gyms across the World. They also design and create complete gym facilities for gym owners that don’t want to compromise on quality. As a result of our work together, BLK Box have solved some very real operational issues.
Sweet Beginnings is a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to men and women who have recently been released from prison. As you can imagine, reintegration into society can be difficult and despite serving their time, the legacy of their crime can make employment hard to come by. Sweet Beginnings owner Bob Miller saw this and wanted to do something.
We worked with Adam and his team to understand the current process for managing projects. This involved a mix of spreadsheets and paper based documentation. Once we got to grips with the current way of working we were able to develop a new process that would give Adam the visibility needed to manage the day-to-day operations and plan for the future.
Adding real time inventory capabilities to AFI Branding’s custom production system means they can now track every raw material and finished product with ease. No more jumping between different spreadsheets to try to get a handle on stock levels. And, the real-time element is huge for them. In the past, they had to wait until the ‘end of period’ to get accurate reporting which of course, in many cases was too late to make any corrective decisions.
Last month, unbeknown to most of our clients and partners, I performed my business role from nearly 2,000 kms away in Noosa for over a week (because, you know, Melbourne winters!). Added to this, I did this on a Chromebook $350 AUD laptop, with no formal internet connection. Why….? An equal parts combination of ‘because I can’ and ‘photos like the one below’
Picture this: You’re a small company, but you’re busy as hell (never happens I know, but stick with me). You’re running out of hours in the day and you need to hire someone new to help out. However, you don’t want to dilute the workload of others in the team, and you’re teetering on the edge of cost viability.
We’ve been inspired by recent research to operate on a shorter than standard work week, working dynamic hours based on demand.
A recent Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research study of 6500 Australians found that cognitive function steadily increased for every hour worked up to 25 hours a week. But the study revealed that for every hour worked beyond 25 hours, cognitive function steadily declined.
“Workflow Max has given us job tracking, data management, and financial management at the job level,” says Michael,” and it integrates well with our overall accounting through Xero.”
Most of us want an amazing job. It pays well and allows for that “work-life” balance offered by employers looking to attract the best talent. But what does work-life balance actually look like? And how do we know when we have achieved this elusive nirvana?
Let me explain the four factors I think most people should consider when just starting out, or thinking about a change in career.
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