Jun 14, 2020
In this episode, I interview
Kylee Scott, a director, and the studio manager at Cumulus Studio.
After leaving a leading architectural firm to work for a large
engineering company, Kylee saw how profitable a well run
professional services company can be, so she convinced her partner
in Hobart and a best friend to quit their architectural jobs and in
late 2011 started Cumulus studios, a national and international
Starting with 4 full-time
employees and two of the founders working other jobs to pay the
bills, they quickly grew to 18 with more than half of those
females. Adding an office in Melbourne and working around southeast
Asia and Australia, revenue exploded from $55,000 in 2012 to now $3
Million. In 2020, Cumulus was named one of Ten Small Architecture
Firms To Watch from a leading New York architecture magazine. They
have continually funded their growth from their initial savings and
Kylee invests a lot in
professional development and their culture, and she believes the
hardest thing in growing a small business is maintaining work-life
balance especially when working with your life partner. The advice
she would give herself on day one is, “Don’t try and work
everything out on your own. Get mentors” Stay tuned for more on her
amazing business ownership journey and the insights she has to
This Cast Covers:
- Creating unique buildings, master plans, and
spaces within a team of architects, project coordinators, and
specialization in creating and delivering unique projects instead
of specializing in one sector, and how that has aided in their
she learned the operational dynamics of running a professional
services company to later on start Cumulus Studio with her
one full time employee to 24 and $55,000 to $3 Million in sales
within an 8 year period.
- Experiencing the feeling of success by visiting
one of their completed projects after all their combined hard
- Gaining international recognition for their
amazing projects and being named one of the 10 small architectural
firms to watch in 2020.
- Bootstrapping: Working other jobs and using
their savings to start the business and currently running solely on
- Ensuring the office culture is not too friendly
and giving priority to personal mental and physical
importance of having efficient cloud-based systems and assistants
in place and delegating.
excitement that comes with fast growth and the pain of finding
affordable and flexible office space.
through a branding update process and how it’s enabled the founders
to embrace each other's differences.
significance of a business owner developing a habit of keeping a
really good eye on the cash flow and forecasting.
- Setting high standards for their employees and
extending their probationary period for new hires from 3 to 6
- Consuming relevant podcasts and gaining from
partly studying three units in an MBA setting.
- Maintaining a work-life balance when one’s
business partner is also their life partner.
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Cold Funk" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC