PROMOTIONS STAFF WANTED – CASUAL – SHORT TERM – WORK AND STAY – WOOFER – AUCKLAND CITY
These days in business I want to put my own interests before just doing whatever will make money. What am I doing?
My own music, gigs, tours, event management in auckland and touring new zealand
Models and talent crossing over to event management
Crossing over to NYL/cohort/youtube creator channel / video production
Pirate themed kids entertainment
But I need to hire someone who can take over running the business, and then expand into helping me with my projects.
So you need to be able to do all the kurb jobs, doing cd dvd duplication – dvd cd printing, copying and putting together the CD’s ad DVD’s doing the photoshop for them with the slow not-so-onto-it customers, you need to drive to the printers and back to pick up the printing and you need to do the emails, as well as the cd/dvd supplier but its all within 5 minutes drive.
I want you to take over my job, and I’ll become your client!
Eventually I would want someone full time who can both run the business and be my manager on these exciting new projects I am investing into.
I think at first I would have to do all sales and all emails. The next step is adding a day to each job, or charging an urgent fee, so im not under any pressure as long as the assistant gets it done within a few days.
NEW ASSISTANT PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
Check print jobs > call print shop (I have to send print jobs)
Check disc jobs / Check packaging > Collect discs and cases
Collect Printing / Packaging / Do Deliveries + Postage (I need to provide addresses and contacts)
Finish Packaging / Arrange Deliveries and Pick Ups.
So in the beginning, you can pay someone less than $500 to do that job and then when they are able to handle the sales and the bookings etc. bump up their pay to say $700 or even $800 once theyre really flying. Someone who actually does a good job could do that in 30 hours.
We said at $3k i would be backing off and at $4k I would be looking at full removal, but really, that’s overshooting by $1k. At $2k we’re ready to back off, at $3k we’re fully stepping out and looking for an apartment to hide in. Like we said, that could easily be 3 months away.
See this is the progression I was looking for, to see how rising income would lead to more established assistance which then removes me from that focus and I’m looking at other stuff.
So the answer to the question is actually $3k. At $3k I would still be involved with kurb, but fading to the point at which by $4k, I would be left doing very little other than checking in once a week and doing the odd trouble shoot.
Last week was actually the most profitable week we’ve ever had, but I don’t see this trending up being sustainable, but what it does show is life still left in the business, and for the very first time,
I am really thinking of a new business model not just for kurb but also for the gigs where I set the managing person up with $10k and let them go. The employee takes their wages and the rent gets paid, and if there’s not money left over, then we’ve got a situation where there’s question marks.
either the employee is incompetent or the system is incompetent or incorrect.
For my own personal development I need to know where the pirates stop. It won’t. I will always do pirates. Even if you’re making $5k? yes. I don’t know where it will go but I will do it. There will be some ads, and there will be a role for the manager, and as I said, if I set up the $10k accounts that should give me a good supply of gigs because that means I have 3 people trying to get decent gigs for me.
These are concepts that will slowly emerge over 6 months.
But how many pirate shows and gigs do you want? Well it needs more thought as we head into it.
The directory has stopped, it may not start. These new ideas about the set up I’m experiencing say that there will be no directory, it offers nothing. I can still do it if I want to.
So I thought if I wanted to do everything . . . well how much does everything cost?
Well, it starts with a manager person. The manager person manages DJ gigs, pirate gigs, indie gigs, work for the models, and helps organise the parties, helps organise the talent, and the directory. The right hand woman. Then we need a video production person who shoots and edits the videos – pirate videos, music videos, youtube videos. We may need a odesk web person mainly for web design, our man ibnul, and of course various other editing and design tasks.
But I mean why do you need to pay $1600+ a month to get to play? That’s ridiculous. I’m beginning to see that paying someone to do that job is not going to happen. Paying people for individual jobs, well, yes. Building up the cohort with interns and talent and then paying them? yes. interns. Make it so.
It’s all fine until you get to the top tier tasks – agent tasks, calling up and doing bookings and contracts etc., and the video editing after that. But then consider that doing manager / agent type stuff won’t be required until next year we’re building them up slowly
– photo shoot
– editing photos
– video shoot
– editing videos
– pirate scripting
– pirate adventures
– pirate bookings
– more models
– planning parties / event management
I need to get a grip on how well the dvd duplication is going right now, we have had 2 of our biggest weeks ever on the trot, and I am blown away.
I have to really think about the implications, that for the first time, the reality that the business may last longer than me. In a few years I may be totally over it.
The future of the business now depends on bringing people in. If I can’t bring people in, around $4k there’s going to be weirdness, mind you I’d say the weirdness starts earlier than that. There has to be someone to step in making business moves, this I would say is at least a year away.
On the other side here will be this point, probably for the rest of the year where I am doing well, but I have plenty of funds already allocated yet it’s too early for the apartment and this is all cohort and video money, pretty much.
But my recruitment strategy is now based prinicpally on providing short term accommodation, and hoping of all the people that come through, one will hang around for a few months to head the operation, or somehow, from the available pool, their will be a head person who will dedicate a couple of hours or more a day to organising the work, hoping there is a couple of people around to actually do it, and hoping that leaves me with little more than a few hours to put in a couple of times a week.
But I can’t really have that many people until I leave. So it is all about either leaving asap, or having transitional measures.
We are transitioning out of working on the business, and then it’s at a point where if the people I have to replace me are no longer interested in committing to it, then I am put in a position. Drop what I’m doing to keep my business alive?
Is that the reality? Fly back from overseas? I don’t think I will be out of the country for more than a few weeks at a time.
But yes we have to be ready to let it go. But that will only become more real once I top $2k in weekly trading earnings. Just remember you could leave your business for months, and still resurrect it, but it’s really that these are new emotions, new realities, breaking away from these discs that have been my life for so many years now.
It’s not just suddenly going to change but we have to ask the question again, at what point does it no longer matter?
We know at $3k in weekly trading earnings it will be very hard to stay motivated, but long term, it may be some time before I feel confident relying on trading for an income, probably at least a year.
These numbers, these projections suggest I will hit that level sooner. So I am sliding in carefully, building up a buffer, for another year before we really see whether we keep the business going and whether we stay in NZ.
It still remains that someone would take over here, or it would hibernate.
I just feel that after $3k I am happy to commit my income to paying someone to assist me, even if it ends up being $60k a year for someone really good as unlikely as it could be. Whether I find someone who could fly solo is another question. They would have to be here living it. That’s the whole point.