Rob Sandbach, managing director of Indie Spring, has been exploring more of a hybrid model for the last eight years – and thinks that’s the key to retaining staff
We’ll be talking to them all about their flexible working approaches. This will be an interesting one, full of advice you can take away to make sure you’re getting it right when getting your gang back together.
Deciding to sell your agency is the first step on a long journey.
After being approached four times unsuccessfully, Simon Wright – co-founder and former director of Gatehouse – ended up selling to an American insurance company.
As Simon quickly realised, once the wheels are in motion, it’s an all-consuming ride.
“You have to go through an absolutely phenomenal amount of things. You have to check every single detail, and your entire life is dominated by it,” he says. “You don’t have a work-life balance. It just becomes work, work, work – and that’s really quite draining.”
Not only this, but suddenly you have a dozen plates spinning at once.
Simon will be taking us through his sale story and shining a light on how selling an agency impacts on every aspect of your life.
HIVE MIND: “How Do Agency Owners Effectively Manage Their Time?”
Here’s a question for agency leaders: what do you actually DO all day?
Mariana Morris, founder and managing director of Fruto Studio is currently building her agency. She’s wondering how other leaders manage their time – and whether they’re doing it successfully.
“I want to create this machine that survives without me,” she explains. “But how do you DECREASE the hours you work when your to-do list never ends?”
“How do other agency owners manage their time and is it even realistic to have the flexibility to work reduced hours per week and develop the business, while also being available to the team?” she asks.
Come along with your stories and experiences and help Mariana work out how best to manage her time – you might even take away some tips yourself.
INSIDE JOB: Why You Should Work on Your Agency, Not Just in It
Are you working on your business or in it?
Neil Witten’s agency, Bite Studio, was trundling along nicely – but they never really knew how the sausage was made.
As a result, the agency took on far too much work and risked being sued.
The idea of working on your business and having a clear process in place was solidified when raising money for his successful SaaS start-up, StoryStream.
“There was this expectation that we should have monthly board meetings, reports, financial models, strategy… and I’d been quite against all of this stuff as it didn’t feel necessary,” he says. “But I learnt that by doing this work, you’re able to be so much more in control and purposeful about the business you aspire to become.”
We’ll be talking to Neil about the importance of working on your business, how to find time to take a step back, and what can happen if you don’t.
Wondering what to say on LinkedIn? You are not alone.
“While I am loathed to have a LinkedIn profile full of touchy-feeley vulnerability and thinly veiled brags, I have also come to recognise its importance,” says one agency leader. “But I just can’t bring myself to keep it high on the agenda.”
Whether it’s to build your personal brand, or to gain visibility and engagement for your business, LinkedIn is one of the most important awareness building tools there is.
But how can you use it effectively? How do you come up with original things to post (that don’t feel like you’re putting on a fake personality)?
This is your monthly chance to come together and share what has and hasn’t been working for you on LinkedIn – and get support from others if you’re keep to up your LinkedIn game.
With offices in the UK, Singapore and Australia – and with plans to expand in the USA – Sam’s agency is definitely the international kind. And providing 24-hour support provision for digital platform and app creators, it makes sense to be working across multiple time zones.
“It’s important you speak to people who have done this before. I had bad finance and accounting advisors because I was Googling who was best, but really, I should have been asking the people who have done this before for their own recommendations.”
And despite having locations all over the globe, Sam maintains that once new branches are in place, the agency works like a well-oiled machine.
Hear Sam’s story as he tells us all about his ventures across the globe with Just After Midnight, and the advice he’d give to anyone wanting to expand their agency’s horizons.