Go Fi8ure gets in and takes care of the grunty number-crunching, enabling businesses to earn more money doing what they do best. With 25 years of financial and accounting experience behind her, Lisa Martin and her Cuba Street company could be just what you’re looking for.
For a decent cuppa… Dixon Street Deli does really nice Supreme coffee, as do the boys on the corner at Memphis Belle. I wouldn’t trek for ages in search of a coffee, so I’m lucky to have those places on my doorstep.
When I dine out… it’s usually only on Cuba Street or Courtenay Place. Wherever it is, it’ll have to be steak. I totally love steak. I’ve always been a fan of Logan Brown and, interestingly enough, the Flying Burrito Brothers right across the road.
My idea of culture is… comedy. I’ll head to things like Chopper and 7 Days when they have shows downstairs at the Opera House. I love Broadway productions; I wish we had more of that here.
My most memorable moments on the job… are assisting businesses that have been defrauded. Often, they feel totally violated after having someone in a position of trust take advantage of them, so we help them rebuild and show them that not everyone is awful. It’s not exactly positive, but it still surprises me how low people can go. There are some really good people out there and some really bad people. If you’ve had a bad time, we can help.
Go Fi8ure is inspired by… Rod Drury and Richard Branson.
Everyone who is in business needs… someone who knows what they’re doing with money and accounts. You must have sound people and money management, a strategy and the ability to execute these things, otherwise all you’ve done is build yourself a job. It doesn’t need to cost a bomb, but it will if you do it poorly for years.
Lots of people think… they’ll save themselves some money and do it all themselves. But did they go into business to be a bookkeeper? No, they’re probably a really good architect or photographer. It’s just a game, learn the rules. Let’s play it! It doesn’t need to cost a lot — let’s do it right from the start.