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The Contractor Fight with Tom Reber

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Oct 23, 2017

In this episode Tom sits down with Nick Schiffer owner of NS Builders and co-host of the Modern Craftsman Podcast. They discuss how he built his social media presence, NS Builders, and why sharing trade secrets can actually get you more jobs. 

Nick's Instagram

Modern Craftsman Podcast

Are you ready to commit to making a change?

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. And you’re ready to be honest and humble about where you are, then it’s time to… ACCELERATE <------

Oct 16, 2017

In this episode Tom shares 21 Ideas to Instantly Grow Your Contracting Business! 

Members of The Contractor Fight Facebook Group share how they grow their contracting business. You wont want to miss these 21 ideas that might spark the fire under your business!

Are you ready to KICK YOUR CONTRACTING BUSINESS IN THE ASS?

Join ACCELERATE - To make big changes in your business (and life) you need support. It’s almost impossible to gather the information, see the vision, and change your mindset without getting some fresh input. If you’ve been pounding the rocks for months, years, or even decades without seeing progress then it’s time to get a fresh perspective!

Motor Hard!

 

Oct 9, 2017

On this episode, Tom sits down with Phil Sarros of Sarros Landscaping and Dirt Monkey University, to talk about what, why, and how putting systems or processes into place is important for any business. Starting off in 2002, Phil started his company as a cleaning business for pools and apartments. That job allowed Phil to save enough money to start his landscaping business. His landscaping business grew extremely fast, so he had to figure out how to create and implement successful systems to keep his business running smoothly.

Many systems are important throughout any contracting business, but if you can only focus on just one, Phil thinks that having a bookkeeping system is the most important. You need to have a solid plan (system) in place for keeping track of the money coming into your business and where the outgoing money is being spent. You need a bookkeeping “dashboard” that will give you all the information on how to make the best decisions for your business.

For contractors Phil also suggesting the “Job Jacket” system, which is having a folder with all the critical documents that you’ll need for that job. Everything your crew could need will be in there: material list, special instructions, signed contract from the client, work permits. A copy of the client invoice and their method of payment once the job is completed. After the job that whole folder comes back to the office to be filed with the other completed jobs. This makes it very easy to review with your crew where each project could use improvement and where things went well. It also allows for you to easily track the bookkeeping aspect of each job with what was spent where and how much overall came in. 

When implementing a new process, if you don’t truly make it a priority to follow up with your staff after it’s in place, then they aren’t going to work. Take one system at a time, set it up and let it run for a couple of weeks. Constantly be getting feedback from your staff and  be available to answer any questions they have. Be there to carry them through working out the kinks during a new process introduction and then next one will go even that much smoother. But you can’t introduce a bunch of new processes all at once, because that will absolutely fail. Focus on implementing one new process at a time until it’s running smoothly with your team 

You can also include your staff in the process building task. Decide which process you want to change and in a meeting talk about it with your staff and ask how they think the perfect process for that particular part of the business would look. Giving your staff the time to voice what their ideas are on what a perfect process would look like also gives them all a feeling of ownership of that process, which makes transitions easier. Their input is valuable because they see things on the job daily that you might not notice.

Another benefit of having a good process in place is that it’s so much easier to see where things maybe didn’t go well on a job.  If you have a job didn’t do as well it’s much easier to pinpoint  exactly where something went wrong if you have clear standards for your processes across the board.  But you have to be committed to seeing these processes through, otherwise it’s not going to work. Don’t give up right when you’re about to turn the corner to do something extremely successful for yourself. Keep going forward and be honest with yourself when you feel you want to stop.

Recommended reading 212: The Extra Degree - Extraordinary Results Begin With One Small Change

Have a question for Phil, reach out to him directly at Phil@DirtMonkeyUniversity.com and visit the Dirt Monkey University Website for more information.

Oct 2, 2017

In this episode Tom addresses 7 money mindsets that will help your contacting business grow.

If you’re ready to take the next step in The Contractor Fight, join Accelerate.

What You Get:

– Monthly focus topics

– Weekly group coaching calls

– Access to the Accelerate Membership site with videos, worksheets and more!

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Sep 25, 2017

YouTube sensation Chis Berry joins host Tom Reber on The Contractor Fight this week. Berry, known on YouTube as The Idaho Painter, shares how he got his start as a painter and how he worked to make a name for himself (and eventually a full-time living) on YouTube by creating videos on topics he wanted to learn more about. Berry has plenty to share for contractors on getting started on YouTube, the importance of consistently posting unique content, and more.

Want to learn more about Chris, or learn from his tutorials? Visit his YouTube channel and his website

Nuggets of Wisdom: 

“Everything I learned about painting was from trial and error.” – Chris 

“I can take two things that I really love, [painting and technology] put them together and teach people what I love to do.” - Chris 

“The number one thing you have to do is you have to produce content on a regular basis.” - Chris 

“Find something about you that’s unique and different.” – Chris

“I believe that the more we let people behind the curtain in our trades, the more expertise is shown. One good byproduct of that is that people will understand a lot more of what goes into a trade.” – Tom 

“I’m trying to put more thought into my videos so they just make more sense, flow better, look more professional.”  - Chris

Sep 18, 2017

In this episode Tom defines the most important brick to lay your leadership foundation.

Looking for expert advice to grow your contractor business? Sign up for TCF's Accelerate program and you'll be connected to a weekly video group call every Friday with Tom and other like-minded business owners. Each week offers a different discussion topic for you to learn from.

Sep 15, 2017

In this week's episode, construction accountant Randal Dehart shares some of the most common mistakes contractors make in their own accounting and why you should never "lend" clients your own money for a project. Dehart has a ton of sound advice to share, including his five key performance indicators for contractors (or any business) and thoughts on when it's time to grow your company, hire assistants, and upgrade your tools. Hint: for the last one, the answer is immediately!

Looking for expert advice to grow your contractor business? Sign up for TCF's Accelerate program and you'll be connected to a weekly video group call every Friday with Tom and other like-minded business owners. Each week offers a different discussion topic for you to learn from.

Learn more about construction accounting on Randal's website, fasteasyaccounting.com and purchase QuickBooks products from Randall at fasteasyaccountingstore.com.

And in a special offer for TCF listeners, Randal is offering free setup of his 5 key performance indicators on your edition of QuickBooks desktop! This is normally a paid service, but if you email Randal at Digital@FastEasyAccounting.com or call at 206-361-3951 and mention the podcast, you'll receive this service for free!

Aug 28, 2017

In this episode, Tom sits down with Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior . Mike took his first company, Gold Medal Service from making less than 1 million to more than 30 million in just a single year. He’s now the founder of CEO Warrior, host of the CEO Warrior Podcast, author of 5 books, and publisher of Home Service Max Magazine. They discuss two key elements to Mike's success in growing and developing a business, mindset and marketing.

Mike and his partner exited from their first business, Gold Medal Service, with one of the biggest wins in the industry. To go from 4 to 200 employees, there had to be a mindset change. You have to change the way you see work and business, and step away from the self sabotaging routine that so many are stuck in. Shift your mindset about the belief of what's possible. The number one thing to remember, according to Mike, is that "marketing is everything and everything is marketing." Good marketing pushes away those that are not a fit and will attract those that are.

Be clear with yourself on the type of person that you want to hire. Good people are out there, you just have to build a quality company culture that they want to be a part of. You’ve got to be hiring when you don’t need people and you need to have clear non-negotiables when you’re looking to hire. If you’re having to talk yourself into whether or not this person is a good fit, you probably don’t have the right person. Build yourself a "hot list" of people that are possibly great candidates, so when you do need them your list is readily available.

Learn to work in your sweet spot and don’t waste time doing things you aren’t great at. You don’t have to try and do everything yourself, learn to delegate and learn to trust. Never start your day without a plan, and make sure your plan is done the night before. You'll always move more efficiently when you already have a written plan to start the day. Be clear on what has to be done and who else can do it besides me?

Find your brand and figure out how to stand out against other competitors in your area. Marketing your business properly will help you stand out against those around you. Not sure of what steps to take next? Find someone who has done it before, give them permission and pay them money to tell you the hurtful truth. Find someone who is so committed to you that they’re willing to force you to improve.

CEO Warrior is having their next Fast Track Academy September 19-22, 2017. Spend 4 days with Mike, shifting your mindset to push your business to the next level.

Tom is also opening up the Accelerate program on September 8, 2017. Are you ready to take the next steps in the contractor fight? Accelerate will give you the education and guidance to take your contracting business up a notch. Accelerate will teach you strategy planning, goal setting, leadership, and marketing to help you build a stronger contractor business. Own your crap, level up your skill set and take the actions needed.

Links:

 
Accelerate Program with Tom Reber - http://tomreber.pages.ontraport.net/accelerate
 

NUGGETS:

“What if we just go for it, and really think differently. And then Tom, life changed forever in that moment.” - Mike

“If we’re gonna do this, we need to find someone who has done it before that’s smarter than us. And tell us, what don’t we see.” - Mike

“I never knew that I even deserved, or there was even an opportunity to have a better life or better business.” - Mike

“Marketing is everything and everything is marketing.” - Mike

“The reality is, if you don’t step up, you’re probably letting someone down.” - Mike

Aug 14, 2017

In this episode, Tom sits down with contractor, author, speaker and sales leader Anthony Iannarino. This multi-faceted entrepreneur discusses the keys any contractor must keep in mind to be successful, from choosing a positive, confident mindset and determining what you want from your business, to developing the discipline to grow your business. Iannarino also offers advice on making your client relationships collaborative ones to build trust and repeat customers, considerations on when and if it’s time for you to hire a salesperson, and the absolute necessity of getting your content out there on a blog and across social media.

Iannarino’s latest book, The Lost Art of Closing is available now on Amazon, as is his first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, a USA Today Best Seller.

Special Offer: Purchase The Lost Art of Closing, then email your receipt to anthony@Iannarino.com and you’ll gain access to Anthony’s weekly Facebook masterclass teaching group for the book and you’ll also receive a free workbook!

You can also learn more from his daily blogging on https://thesalesblog.com/

The Sales Blog and his own podcast, https://thesalesblog.com/category/in_the_arena_podcast/, In The Arena.

And don’t forget to check out CSA Revolution 2018, February 8-9, 2018 in York, PA! This two-day contractor’s conference will teach you the sales and marketing techniques that work in today’s markets and will cause explosive growth in your sales!

Links:

The Sales Blog

Contractor Revolution

The Lost Art of Closing

The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need

Jul 31, 2017

In this episode Tom gives you three reasons to stop giving raises. 

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Jul 17, 2017

Tom welcomes Dan Dwyer a 22-year U.S. Army veteran who discusses his new initiative vetrepreneurlife.com which is passionate about fostering powerful conversations dedicated to the boots to business advancement of veteran entrepreneurs. 

In this episode, Tom and Dan share personal experiences about transitioning from military life into veteran entrepreneurs.  Their discussion offers invaluable advice detailing the importance of leadership and goal setting.  Any entrepreneur, business or organization would agree Tom and Dan hit the nail on the head for anyone seeking to develop, strengthen or condition goal setting and leadership skills. 
 
"To be a good leader you need to be a great follower."
 
"All progress comes from truth."
 
 
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Email: dan@vetrepreneurlife.com

Twitter: @dandwyer_

Facebook: facebook.com/vetrepreneurlife

Instagram: dandwyer_

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dandwyervetrepreneurlife

Jul 3, 2017

In this episode Tom asks you to man up and start fighting for your business. Join the contractor fight on Facebook and revolutionize your contracting business.

Jun 26, 2017

In this episode Tom talks with Josh Abramson founder of Allbright Painting. ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING began humbly 27 years ago with a few hand-stenciled wooden signs hung up on street corners in the San Fernando Valley.  After receiving his training and certificate of completeion from West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, CA, Josh Abramson would go out everyday and try to promptly respond to the incoming phone numbers on his pager by pulling over and finding a pay phone in the hopes that he would be the first contractor to call the customer back.  His persistence and hard work paid off and slowly the business began to grow.  The early years were extremely rough, but eventually he hired his first employee and began to make a name for himself.  

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May 30, 2017

In this episode Tom talks about the importance of applying information instead of simply hording it. 

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