There’s only two of us now. Geert and I. We’re having fun together, bear each others troubles, celebrate each others victories and help one another when in need.
We have frequent and focussed communication. Geert knows what’s going on in my life, what my short and long term ideas are, both on personal and professional level and they tell me what they wish to share with me.
We used to be with four. Then the pandemic hit. We stood by each other until the very end, until the two others decided to leave. This event has not changed our idealistic approach.
I love hearing about people’s journeys as human beings, how they find peace of mind and how their lives evolve.
Business-wise, they know exactly what they earn for the company and what they cost the company. As is typical with IT consultancy, there’s a huge gap between the two. Most consultancies don’t make these numbers transparent.
We found that transparency about this enables us to talk frankly and negotiate on equal terms. It makes for a fairer cooperation and more freedom to choose our own path.
As long as we both bear a responsiblity to the survival and flourishing of the company there is little we can not do or talk about.
Let’s look at the numbers
Suppose you earn about 550 EUR per day as a consultant.
You work at a client about 180 days per year. A typical year has about 250 working days, so for a more negative projection, we calculate 70 days of holiday, sick days, trainings, whatever,…
550 EUR per day is a decent dayrate. This means you earn the company roughly 99.000 EUR.
Suppose you earn a montly wage of about 2000 EUR netto, car, meal vouchers, insurance,… You go to several conferences/trainings,…
Then you cost the company about 70.000 EUR yearly.
These numbers are rather realistic and lean to the more pessimistic view.
What happens with the 29.000 EUR gap?
25.000 goes to the company: for risks taken, for buffer for the future, for client-finding, for future plans,… There’s a lot to running a business. We discuss internally how fair this number is.
The 4.000 EUR difference?
That’s for the employee to decide. Cash? Extra holidays? A new bike or car upgrade? You decide.
Beyond the numbers
I see Isle of IT growing into a small band of kindred spirits. Six people in total should be a good balance to feel connected but not as big as to need a management structure. Six people can communicate openly, trust each other and tackle internal problems as a team, a family. Bigger than that and the risk of politics and adversity increases exponentially.
Those six people should be different from each other, gender, background, interests, growth path,…
Although, they should also be the same in a few aspects: value open communication, be transparent, have a desire to be part of a group of people who shape their own path and a willingness to embrace these people as a source of inspiration & learning.
Isle of IT wants to connect several diverse people who have similar wishes and drive to find themselves.
What’s in it for you?
If this way of working and running a business speaks to you, what can this mean for you?
In the first place, you got to this page because we believe you to be someone we can learn from, who we respect and who will fit in our team. No matter your skill level, we see potential.
We have a good Europe-wide network which opens many opportunities.
We can find a project for you in many places. As long as at the end of the year, there’s enough profit to be sustainable. Frankly, if you hit a certain target in the first 6 months of the year, we don’t care what you do with the next 6… and you’d still be paid monthly.
I believe we live in an amazing time with endless possibilities, worldwide. Yet most of us still grind out the hours at places we don’t like because of what?
Let’s explore together how you can shape work around your life?