As you may be aware, the Fair Work Act places heavy responsibilities on employers, especially when it comes to hiring and inducting new staff. If you don’t pay attention to the details, you could find yourself in hot water. In addition to statutory obligations, there are a number or core “best practice” measures that all employers should ensure are followed when employing a new staff member.
It didn’t take John Libroaperto, owner of L&L Electrical Division Pty Ltd, long to learn that there’s a difference between being a sole trader and a business owner.
First, there was the excitement of getting the business off the ground while staying on the tools. Then the colour-coded whiteboard used to coordinate the jobs got out of control. John realised he needed to step off the tools in order to grow the business and become a businessman.
Pictured above: Jody Monaghan in her EH Holden
This time last year the Surat Basin was alive with hustle and work with the big gas pipelines.
Now the installations are complete, that work is no longer. Stimson Plumbing had a very quiet period at the end of 2015.
The team got together to figure out a win/win for the staff. With some consultation and understanding, the field staff wound back to 3 days a week and some took holidays.
Dropping in to see these Journey goers, you never know what news awaits.
Matt Harriden for instance has changed his business name (more on that in an upcoming update), Adam Bell was last seen getting back on the tools, now Boz from BLUi Security has evolved his own model of service delivery brought about by necessity after a string of unexpected events.
From corporate to the trades
The story of Road Runner Mobile Tyres is quite different to the Journey case studies we’ve done before. In fact it's the opposite to that of a tradie-turned-business owner.
John Shim and Steve McCarthy have known each other for more than ten years, both fresh from a long career in a corporate environment. Backed by an extensive history in consulting and running much larger companies John and Steve decided it was now or never to begin a startup, and what a disruptive startup it is.
Original Journey-goer, Paul Christie dropped in this afternoon to take care of some business. He’s been doing that bit lately since, well, he’s part of the team now! Literally.
With an exit in mind, Gavin Walton, owner of Condamine Electric Company wanted to build the business into a genuine SME. Alistair Green joined the business to look at the business structure. It wasn’t long before they realised in order to build structure, more robust tools were required, particularly if they were to effectively manage their projected growth.
Recently the business escalated from 15 staff to 30, next they’re aiming for a century.
In the early days
Stimson Plumbing are a family owned business based in Dalby, QLD. They've been around for years, becoming Stimson Plumbing as it's known today back in 2003. They service the entire Surat Basin, currently with a team of ten.
When Jody and Damian Stimson joined their father Greg, just like most other trade businesses not too long ago, all the company work and data was being managed with paper.
Writing Journey blog posts is beginning to feel more like for a travel brochure than writing about the Trade industry.
This Journey is somewhat special for us here at simPRO. Andrew and Prue of Mr A Electrics joined us wayyy back in 2002. In fact, they were the fourth company to begin using Enterprise (back before it was even known by that name). So while we were busy building software to systemise business processes, they were busy systemising.