There is a strong similarity between our recent transitioning of our accounting system from desktop software MYOB to cloud based Xero, to the approaching birth of a child. As the due date drew closer for our conversion, I couldn’t wait for MYOB to be out. Excited, full of fear and trepidation, I couldn’t concentrate on many other tasks. Xero was coming soon and our lives were about to change forever; or so my developers kept telling me.
On the day of our new arrival, there was the expected pain. Not all data had not imported correctly. There was joy – sending invoices had been converted into a simple click of a button from our custom built CRM, Copimaker. More excitement. We could link our clients accounts to Xero through the API to give them up to date balances, download invoices and more.
There were a few sleepless nights. Adjusting incorrectly imported invoices; testing out the new functions our developers were integrating, and just general fear of the unknown.
Fast forward three weeks later, and Xero has made the accounting side of our work a joy. Like any mother will say, any pain experienced, is quickly forgotten! With the incorporation of a bulk payment reconciliation tool, the ability to push out invoices directly to the software, batch bill uploading and more, we are already saving several hours of time each week and our business processes have vastly matured. Without a doubt though, the best part is accessibility via the web. Having our new team ‘member’ available on the go is crucial for a busy, time poor person like myself. So too is the ability to provide different levels of access, from data entry only for our Office Junior, through to complete advisor access for our Accountant. No more backing on up disks or uploading huge files to Dropbox, Mac vs Windows operating system issues. Blah, blah, blah. All in the past.
I cannot recommend Xero highly enough. I am not an accounts person and what Xero says is true – it does make accounting enjoyable. A big shout out and thank you to Gillian Rossouw from Jill of All Trades who assisted with the conversion, provided training to myself and our in-house Accountant Michelle, and continues to support us through our journey. My web developers and I look forward to pushing the limits of Xero integration and providing the same time and cost savings to our clients. We can proudly say that our custom designed websites and software are built using Ruby on Rails, the very same platform that built Xero, and provide a stable base for future enhancements, add ons and integrations; growing with you and your business.
Annette McDonald, Managing Director
Last year we kicked off our Internship Program and had an overwhelming response from Tafe and university students through to current working designers. We were genuinely impressed and delighted at the level of work that the potential interns portrayed and picking a successful candidate was not going to be an easy task!
Unfortunately, we couldn’t pick them all but one standout for Kris, our Art Director, was Ashleigh Dunlop. Her designs and personality were definitely suited to the Copirite culture and we have been loving each day she has been with us. So to ensure that Ashleigh had insight into the working world of our design team, our Art Director created a 7 step project for her. The project revolves around the concept of a new tapas bar ‘Drift‘, that is set to open this year with Ashleigh as the brains behind the interior and exterior designs.
Stage one has consisted of a logo design for ‘Drift‘ that needed to portray the simple and eclectic feel of the proposed bar, while incorporating the beach location. Below is the start of the design process for Ashleigh, with her initial hand drawn design (love!) through to her first proofs.
We cannot wait to see more of the concept that Ashleigh is creatively building and will be sure to have her thoughts on our next blog about the process behind it all!
There has been lots of exciting movements within our office over the last few months, so we thought we would take a quick five minutes to fill everyone in on what’s been happening….
Firstly, we welcomed on board new staff members. Taylah and Matt joined our designing team and have jumped straight into the deep end of our current work projects. We are now at 9 designers and planning on even more after the New Year.
We also welcomed to the team new Account Managers Hazel and Alex. Due to the growth within our company and with our clients’ projects, we are grateful for their extra assistance. It has certainly been all hands on deck from their very first day!
Another exciting announcement is that Jacqui was recently promoted to Assistant Manager. Jacqui has been with us for over three years now as an Account Manager, and we are very grateful for all her hard work and dedication. Well done, Jacko!
In business news, while print and design continues to be imperative to Copirite’s core structure, we are pleased to announce that we’re quickly heading in a digital direction. Not only has our web development team been busy building new websites for various clients, but we are also in the process of developing some great social media and online strategies for our clients that will help them to further market their businesses. We have some big plans in the works, and can’t wait to share these developments soon…..so stay tuned!
Finally, this past month has been our busiest yet! With new clients being welcomed on board and great design projects happening for current clients we have certainly been running wild with designs, admin and printing!
Keep up the great work team, not long now until Christmas…..
New staff members: Matt, Hazel, Alex and Taylah
Sandwiched between a crystal spot varnish cover, the Copirite 2012-2013 Financial Year calendar showcases 12 pieces of artwork produced by our talented designers. Guaranteed to brighten up each and every month.
If you haven’t got one yet, drop us a note on Facebook or stop by and pick one up from the Studio.
You need one on your wall.