Meet SYM clients and husband and wife duo, Nathan and Jaynie Johnson, of Blacklist Studio!

Blacklist Studio was founded back in 2008 and is based around the work of Sydney artist and designer, Nathan. Based in Cronulla, this duo works with an array of local and international clients within the interiors, music and fashion industries, focusing on branding. They also create unique and modern limited edition art prints, stationery and other paper goods.

As they are valued SYM clients, we wanted to find out a bit more about them and their business, so we asked Jaynie and Nathan a few questions:

Tell us about what you do and why you do it?

“We run a boutique creative studio with a focus on branding, visual communication strategy, creation and implementation. We make nice things, for nice people. We also create art and stationery under our brand @blackliststore. We do it because we love it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

What do you enjoy most about being your own boss?

“The flexibility it allows us to be able to work around school canteen duty and 3 young children.”

Do you have any business tips you’d like to share?

“Our number 1 business tip would be: get a great bookkeeper and accountant. Legit (that wasn’t sponsored!)”

What were your difficulties before engaging SYM Business Services?

“Payroll was a constant admin stress for me, along with BAS. I dreaded the end of quarter. We wasted time on things that were way better when outsourced, and it has seen us increase our bottom line by releasing us both into the creative and strategic areas of the company.”

Are you happy to recommend SYM Business Services to others and, if yes, why?

“I do all the time. I’m like a SYM evangelist. If anyone is talking to me about keeping the ‘main things, the main things’ I tell them, “I know a simple solution to how you can do that”. I never see bookkeeping as an expense but a valuable investment.”

As always, we love being able to support local businesses. Check out the Blacklist Studio website for some stunning artwork, stationery and interior design:

Follow them on Facebook @blackliststoreau and Instagram @blackliststudio