As employees of both large and small businesses, we have experienced a variety of workplaces. While Lynette was the primary caregiver and educator for our children, the last job I had was with a $30m sales group. My boss was the best boss I ever had. There were a multitude of tributes when a car hit his bicycle recently, killing him. He didn't always say yes - he'd say yes, no, or see me tomorrow (rarely longer).
One of the country's top companies (at least 10 times our size) took us over, and made him their CEO. They were making a loss at the time, but with him at the helm, turned around. Some of his decisions were less than helpful to his old business - even though they made sense from his newly enlarged perspective. Eventually, I decided I'd had enough in my career, and turned to public practice.
One of my partners introduced me to the concept that business should so much more than just a means of making money. All businesses have to make money, but if they are to be truly successful, they make the people in them (stakeholders - owners, staff, customers and suppliers) better off. While better off includes money, and it includes so much more. The weight applied to each area will be different for each person - and even the same person over time.
You can use a free tool to get a simple overview of how well your business is currently helping you fulfil those areas.
We offer accounting and tax and / or business development services to clients around the country. But our eyes are always on the bigger picture, asking the question "What could this business do differently for its owners".
Small business can't afford to pay us. Even at my last job with a group of multiple small companies turning over $30m, I not only looked after finance - I also looked after their computers (my ex-programmer wife helped). Instead, our services are available for hire through our companies. NZ wide. Obviously sharing our time is not the same - but the cost is much, much less.
We no longer have an office in our city. Instead, we work from home, over the internet (and by phone). Elsewhere on the site, you'll see more about our services (including virtual). If you want to know more, let's talk. If you think your business isn't adding to your life as you want it to, we'd particularly like to chat - if nothing else to see if we can help - or to send you forward with some direction.