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Myhusband and I have an Arts Therapy Service. We work with severe acute traumausing indigenous models of healing specialising in Kaupapa Maori artstherapy.  We are funded by two Crown agencies to deliver a free service tothe community. It started as a small social service but it has now become afast growing business. I am the Director of the business now and I am workingthere full time. We have leased a room to operate from in Manukau. They arewanting to send more and more referrals to us but we do not have the capacityto meet demand and we don’t really want it to grow beyond our currentcapabilities. Any more and it would be too difficult to manage the demands of beingan Arts Therapist. The problem is we do not have a proper business structure or systems. Wedo the taxes and GST ourselves but we are not accountants. We want to make sureget this right so we would appreciate some advice and help please. 

Question submitted 28/07/20 @ 01:59pm
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  • Kia Ora – we at Manaaki love this – we love that you reach out, and we hold your request dear to us, let me just ask a couple of experts and I might flip you into another category! Andy

    Kia Ora – I am chasing a few people sorry it has taken us a bit of time! Andy

    Kia ora,

    My name is Eli and Im a co-founder of WE Accounting a chartered accounting firm specialising in working with our Maori, Pacific and Indigenous SMEs. WE would be happy to help answer your questions, but to do this in a more effective manner, it would require a meeting either in person or through Zoom. WE are happy to provide a free initial 1 hour consultation as this will also give you the ability to ask your questions and also give us an opportunity to really understand the mahi you do and tailor some solutions for you. Please feel free to contact my office on info@weaccounting.co.nz and WE can organise the meeting.

    Nga mihi

    Kia ora,

    My name is Eli and Im a co-founder of WE Accounting a chartered accounting firm specialising in working with our Maori, Pacific and Indigenous SMEs. WE would be happy to help answer your questions, but to do this in a more effective manner, it would require a meeting either in person or through Zoom. WE are happy to provide a free initial 1 hour consultation as this will also give you the ability to ask your questions and also give us an opportunity to really understand the mahi you do and tailor some solutions for you. Please feel free to contact my office on info@weaccounting.co.nz and WE can organise the meeting.

    Nga mihi

    Kia ora

    Thank you for posting your question here on Manaaki. It is great that you recognize the situation you are in and are seeking help with it. You are not alone! Many companies, especially in the health services arena, start with all the right intentions – passing on your experience and providing excellent service to help others in need. Unfortunately, you can also end up being the victims of your own success where you don’t have the capacity to fulfill the demand you have so successfully created. There are a number of options in terms of how you could go forward with your organization. But… the first question to answer is “what are you and your husband seeking?” This can be in terms of the type of company you want, what roles you would like within the organisation, what would your dream vision look like. Would you be happy having a successful business run by another person who specialises in General Management who can allow you guys to focus on your expert Art Therapy while they manage the contracts, employ other Art Therapists etc. With these answers in mind, there are people who can help you navigate the next phases of the business to allow you to focus on doing what you do well. And want to be doing, whatever that may be. There is an old but valuable book called ‘The E-Myth’ that helps businesses who end up starting a small company being the sole practitioners within it and suddenly find themselves with too much demand and needing to manage administering the business rather than working in it. I am happy to get on a call with you to chat this through if you think this would be helpful. Let know me know.

    Nga mihi
    Jodi

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