Brett Oaten Solicitors | Debtor Daddy
“When I’m chasing bills… it’s very easy to find excuses to not chase. But Debtor Daddy gives you a list who to chase unless I specifically remove them.”
Last year Brett Oaten, the principal of Brett Oaten Solicitors, took a five-week holiday. How many people who run businesses can say that?
Brett Oaten Solicitors is one of the top entertainment law firms in Australia. Nestled in Sydney’s entertainment hub, Newtown, they have a wide range of clientele within the music industry, from bands to individual artists, to independent music labels, as well as film, TV, technology and new media clients.
Over the past few years, there has been a concerted shift for the firm to become a cloud-based business – ultimately meaning that if needed, work can be done from anywhere, at anytime
From out of control debtors
Lawyers are far better suited to giving legal advice than chasing up bills, and Brett was spending too much of his time, chasing clients for payment and chasing his other lawyers to chase up their client bills.
The shift to a cloud-based business operation is where the journey for Brett Oaten Solicitors began to change. They began using Xero, sending their finances online, and then recently discovered Debtor Daddy through the add-on marketplace, after an accountant friend mentioned it over lunch.
To massive time saving
“The first day I sent reminders I got paid four times what I normally get paid…
Over the first week and a half, I got well over double.”
For Brett, Debtor Daddy’s integration with Xero is definitely making things happen. Before, it was so easy to come up with excuses to justify not chasing debtors. Now, Debtor Daddy gives a list of everyone that needs to chase, making it so much more simple.
No one can afford to run a business when their clients won’t pay their bills on time, Brett realised this and now with Debtor Daddy, he and the team can focus on creating better relationships with those clients that do.
And that holiday?
“I took a five-week holiday to America last year, and during that time I did almost no work. Xero, Harvest and Dropbox allowed me to do that.”