Thinking Outside of the Shoebox
And that’s a wrap! Last week we celebrated our 5th Annual Conference in Melbourne and it was an amazing week with a fantastic turnout! We had 38 franchisees in attendance, 5 members from head office, as well as 11 guest speakers.
It was a jam-packed itinerary! We kicked the conference off with a Foodie Trails walking tour, beginning in Federation Square, wandering through the city to various spice shops and tasting spots, until we finally ended up at the Two Fat Indians Restaurant (highly recommended) for some delicious Indian food, Bollywood dancing and henna tattoos!
DAY ONE of conference – a MASSIVE day! We first heard from the Australian Tax Office on Single Tax Payroll and audits, followed by Holly from Xero on Xero bookkeeping, bookkeeping basics, Xero Cashbook and other tips ahead of Xerocon in Brisbane this week. Next up was Jane from EzyCollect on some great bookkeeping software, Jonathan from Receipt Bank and Damien from HR Central. After some afternoon tea we heard from Colin at Anchor Digital, who shared his knowledge on social media, the digital world and some interesting (& scary!) stats on social media & web usage in 2018.
To finish up we had Braith from BNI as our final guest speaker for the day. Braith was fun, engaging and shared some amazing tips on networking, the importance of face-to-face meet-ups, the importance of referrals, and how we can use networking groups to get in touch with our community and those businesses who might benefit from our services.
Dinner was organised by one of our franchisees at Young & Jackson’s – a fun and cosy pub offering fabulous pub food and well-deserved drinks.
DAY TWO came around quickly! We had speakers Adrian from Lightyear Software on the latest technology, and Nick from MYOB sharing some bookkeeping basics, new bookkeeping software and MYOB bookkeeping. We also had the Marketing Team discuss stats, strategy and all things creative for our Shoebox brand moving forward!
From here the Shoebox family enjoyed a free afternoon – some of us exploring the Melbourne nightlife with the locals; others enjoying the Tram Restaurant experience.
DAY THREE we heard from Jay at Shoebox Tax (it is fantastic to have a tax accountant on our team who can assist our franchisees and their clients where necessary!) We also heard from Steven at QBO who shared some insights on the latest bookkeeping software & bookkeeping basics (and who generously gave out a lucky door prize to a very lucky franchisee).
Other activities on the day consisted of Round Table topics, where we were able to discuss various matters in mixed groups in order to gather different ideas and opinions. We heard from Melissa – our Shoalhaven bookkeeper (who won an award this year!) on some of her marketing ideas and what has been working in her area; we also heard from Shoebox co-founder Sandie, who shared the new Shoebox Values & Philosophy, our achievements and goals.
Last, but certainly not least, was Melanie Power (co-founder of the Revolutionary Firm) who shared her Million Dollar Bookkeeping story with the group before joining us at our Awards Dinner at Taxi Kitchen! We all learnt so much from Mel and really loved having her there with us.
The Awards Dinner was a fantastic evening and the perfect way to end a full-on week of learning. We had six award winners this year:
Congratulations Robyn Hodge – franchise owner of Brisbane North East and Redcliffe. This was a new award to acknowledge and thank those that consider themselves part of the Shoebox team and take it seriously – Robyn is the perfect example of this and takes pride in the high standard of her bookkeeping services and small business bookkeeping.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AWARD
Congratulations Melissa Thorpe – franchise owner in Shoalhaven. This was another new award with a long set of criteria which Melissa met with flying colours – her business is growing at such a fantastic pace, as her bookkeeping services are widely appreciated in the Shoalhaven area.
SHINING STAR AWARD
Congratulations Charlotte Norfolk – franchise owner in Bondi. This award was presented to the franchisee with the highest percentage of growth year to year. Charlotte is a fantastic bookkeeper and deserves to be recognised for her dedication to her bookkeeping business and her clients.
MONEY MAKER AWARD
Congratulations Brian Byrnes – franchise owner in Melbourne Outer North. Brian has been dedicated to growing his business and it shows, with his achievement of the highest dollar turnover for the financial year.
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Congratulations Michelle & Greg Meurs – franchise owners in Redland Bay & Robina. Michelle and Greg have successfully grown their second territory, Robina due to their teamwork, determination and ideas that they have both brought into the business. They have scaled their business faster than other eligible franchise owners whilst maintaining the success of their other territory, Redland Bay which is an amazing achievement.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Congratulations Debbie Curnow – franchise owner in Adelaide West. Debbie and her bookkeeping services have been an asset from the moment she first joined the Shoebox family in December 2015. At head office we are very proud of her achievements, attitude and constant dedication to her clients in growing her Adelaide West business.
We also auctioned off our Shoebox Melbourne 2018 T-shirts to the group to raise money for our Anzac Day care packages that go out to Aussie troops in April. It was an amazing result with over $800 raised for the cause and we are so grateful to our Shoebox family for getting involved! Thank you Richard (Brisbane North West), Robyn & Reg (Brisbane North East & Redcliffe), David & Lisa (Sunshine Coast), Debbie (Adelaide West) and Melanie Power from the Revolutionary Firm! You are all now proud owners of Shoebox branded t-shirts!
The Shoebox community is close and can depend on each other for bookkeeping support; this is one of the most beneficial things about becoming part of a franchise group. Some of our franchise owners attended the conference for the first time and went home with invaluable experience, new knowledge and relationships which they can now develop and utilise as they grow their businesses. At head office we are so proud of how far our Shoebox franchisees have come and cannot wait for our next annual conference on the Gold Coast!
"Empowering Business Owners to Realise their Business Dreams"
- The Shoebox Team