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The Contractor Fight with Tom Reber

Stop stressing out about your contracting business and take back control. The Contractor Fight is bringing respect and dignity back to the trades one contractor at a time. Discover how to market, sell, and consistently produce your projects at a profit with industry expert and powerful motivator Tom Reber. Stop stealing from your family. Earn what you're worth. Build a business that serves you.
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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 30, 2023

Have you ever felt like you're drifting without a clear direction or purpose? You may be feeling rudderless — without a plan to guide you to where you want to go. In this episode, Tim and Derek discuss how creating a detailed 5-year plan can help you feel more focused and motivated. As you enter 2024, the guys want you to create your detailed 5-year plan to feel more purposeful and motivated instead of feeling rudderless.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Taking time to envision where you want to see yourself in five years

  • The importance of setting goals that can transform you as a person in five years

  • Writing down your plan and revisiting it from time to time to keep you on track

  • Taking action and transforming yourself to achieve your goals

  • The power of having mentors and a supportive community to guide you through your journey

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 28, 2023

Are you new to the construction business and feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry. Tom is here to guide you through the things that you should do immediately if you have just started your construction business. Following these strategies will help you build a strong foundation and allow your business to grow sustainably for years to come.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[00:48] - 1.1: Meet the need

[01:08] - 1.2: Get paid enough to make a profit

[03:00] - 2: build confidence in your numbers

[03:52] - Example of reverse engineering income 

[06:26] - 3: Learn to sell at the right profit margins

[08:15] - Sales is about people and communication

[10:04] - 4: Increase your visibility to attract ideal clients

[12:40] - Use your social media to promote your business

[16:43] - Wrap-up

 

Watch “How I'd Start a Contracting Business with less than $5,000”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhGTogC1_QQ 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 26, 2023

You must have come across many prospects who agree to a job and price on the phone but then back out or make excuses when you go to their house for an in-person estimate. Why do they back out? Are you doing something wrong on the phone? 

 

This is where Steve's solution, Shin-Fu, comes in. With Shin-Fu, you’ll never have to return from an in-person estimate without a check. It helps you learn how to secure honest commitments from prospects and prevent time and resource-wasting excuses.

 

Steve shares the psychology behind the Shin-Fu and why it is the contracting success formula!

 

In this episode, Steve talks about:

  • The motivations and reasons why Steve created Shin-Fu

  • The psychology behind the Shin-Fu

  • The five essential steps of the Shin-Fu process: 

    • #1 Motive - Determining the client’s true motive

    • #2 Money - Discussing pricing upfront to prevent surprises

    • #3 Truth - Establishing the truth by getting commitments to prevent excuses

    • #4 Influencers - Presence of all influencers to address any objections

    • #5 Consultation fee - Having a consultation fee to filter out time wasters

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 23, 2023

“Why are you so expensive?” This is a common question many contractors face while having pricing conversations with their clients. But how you respond to the question determines whether you’ll seal the deal or break it. Tim and Derek are here to discuss how to react when you’re questioned about your expensive rates.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Derek’s experience with a client who asked him about his expensive pricing

  • How Derek handled the situation and was successful in closing the deal

  • Having the tough pricing conversations with confidence by explaining the real reasons behind your expensive pricing

  • Importance of clear communication and setting expectations with clients

  • Justifying your pricing transparently builds understanding, while reacting defensively puts you at a disadvantage

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 21, 2023

If you're a new contractor just starting out on your own, marketing may not seem like a top priority. But Tom wants you to make marketing your top priority if you want to grow a successful business. He tells you that your number one job is to sell your service, and you can't sell your service if your phone isn't ringing. It's not enough to be skilled at your craft – as a new contractor, marketing yourself strategically is equally important for long-term success.

 

Episode Highlights

[00:00] - Intro – Must-do's for new contractors

[00:30] - Marketing is your priority

[01:47] - Engage in networking and build relationships

[04:17] - Having an online presence

[08:41] - Invest in social media marketing

[11:19] - Closing remarks

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 16, 2023

Have you ever had to miss a business or personal development event? Tim and Derek are here to talk about the fear of missing out (FOMO) — It's real, especially for those missing out on opportunities like The Fight summits. They discuss how valuable these events are for contractors, offering knowledge, networking, and business growth, and encourage contractors to attend events and summits to gain strategies and support for the success of their business.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

 

  • The phenomenon of FOMO and the importance of attending events

  • How at first, contractors may feel uncomfortable at events, but connections are quickly made by sharing stories 

  • The real value of events or summits is networking and interacting with like-minded people

  • Small improvements add up over time to see big changes — don't feel too far behind others

  • Surrounding yourself with others focused on success 

  • Taking action on the strategies shared at events

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 14, 2023

There are many pricing myths in the construction industry, and falling victim to them can have serious consequences. Today, Tom debunks some common myths that often misguide contractors in their pricing strategies and advises you to rethink yours and make more informed decisions to ensure the success of your business.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Common pricing myths that affect contractors

[00:36] - Myth #1: Estimating is an exact science

[02:07] - Estimating is part art and part science

[02:54] - Myth #2: Clients will pay a premium for your reputation

[03:28] - Clients pay for the value they believe they will get

[05:25] - Myth #3: Low-balling guarantees contracts

[06:27] - Tom’s experience of discounting bids in 2007

[09:01] - Myth #4: You need to pay attention to the going rate

[13:06] - Myth #5: Estimates are non-negotiable once given

[15:35] - Wrap-up

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 9, 2023

Showing up half-heartedly to roleplays and training will not give you the full benefits and impacts your ability to listen and interact with real clients — Effortless training leads to poor client interactions. Tim and Derek discuss the importance of paying attention and holding yourself to a high standard during roleplay training calls.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • The importance of paying attention to training calls to gain valuable skills and scripts

  • Some members pay fees but do not give full attention during calls

  • Keeping roleplay scripts consistent to build muscle memory 

  • The impact of being present and engaged during training on real client interactions

  • The need to be fully committed and present in all areas of life, not just business

 

Resources:

== Now get Shin-Fu Sales Training + Foundations courses together for just $499. Visit http://thecontractorfight.com/turkey to claim this limited-time bundle! 

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 7, 2023

The fastest way to make more money in your business is to sell at 50% gross profit or more, but many contractors believe that they can't sell a job at 50% gross profit in their local market. Tom is here to explain why and how any contractor can sell their work at a 50% GP in any area. He explains that 50% GP is location neutral, and with the right approach any contractor can sell their work at 50%.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro – the fastest way to make more money

[01:28] - What is gross profit

[01:53] - It is possible to charge 50% GP in any area

[02:06] - Difference in pricing in NYC vs Boise

[04:49] - 50% GP is location neutral

[05:27] - The real reason why you aren't selling at 50% GP

[06:14] - Grab our free 50% GP tool

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 5, 2023

It’s the silence between words or notes in music that gives them meaning – if we just string words together without breaks, it’s just noise. Steve uses this fascinating analogy to ask you a question, “Are you making music or noise when you talk to customers?” He tells you why you need to STFU when you’re having a discussion.

 

In this episode, Steve discusses:

  • The power of silence

  • Story from Steve’s early business when he learned how long 60 seconds really feel

  • Analogy of words or notes in music to tell that words are meaningless without silence

  • Encouragement to roleplay STFU with people around you

  • Asking a question and then staying silent is more important than the question itself

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Dec 2, 2023

Have you ever met a potential client who mentioned budget constraints? What were your assumptions about them? Did you assume that they won't be able to afford your services? Tim and Derek are here to tell you that making assumptions about clients can cost you good projects and clients. They discuss handling budget-conscious clients by taking the time to listen and understand their needs.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Dealing with potential clients who say they are budget-conscious

  • Story about a budget-conscious client who had a high-budget

  • Clients who say they are budget-conscious may not actually mean cheap

  • Listening to clients and understanding their needs instead of making assumptions

  • Being clear and direct when communicating with clients

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Nov 30, 2023

Tom sits down with Dominic Rubino —  business coach and host of ‘Profit Tool Belt’ and ‘Cabinet Maker Profit System’ podcast — to discuss strategic planning for contractors. Dominic shares his approach to keeping strategic planning simple by asking the right questions and also shares practical tips for mapping out the coming year in a straightforward way.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Welcome notes and Dominic’s intro

[01:41] - Dominic’s career journey

[04:17] - Ostrich farming business model

[06:16] - About Dominic’s podcasts

[07:47] - Importance of systems and processes in business

[10:19] - How some contractors complicate systems

[11:28] - Dominic's definition of strategic planning

[12:31] - Advice on making $1M a year

[16:47] - Key questions to figure out your strategic plan

[20:36] - Strategy vs. tactic

[25:14] - How to execute your plans

[26:04] - Challenges people don't see on social media

[30:05] - Domino’s approach to coaching

[32:31] - Importance of strategic planning

[33:59] - Changing the attitude towards career in trades

[38:55] - Best way to connect to Dominic

 

Resources:

== Dominic Rubino on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominicrubino/ 

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Nov 25, 2023

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Starting your day with gratitude is one of the most powerful habits not only for your personal life but also for the success of your business! Tim and Derek are here to tell you why you should practice gratitude and how it will improve your business. 

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • How practicing gratitude serves you and the people around you

  • How Tim and Derek express gratitude

  • Tips for adding gratitude practice to your daily morning routine

  • Tim’s and Derek’s experience of practicing gratitude daily

  • What rich people think of when they wake up in the morning

 

Resources:

== Now get Shin-Fu Sales Training + Foundations courses together for just $499. Visit http://thecontractorfight.com/turkey to claim this limited-time bundle! 

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Nov 23, 2023

Today, Tom discusses a recent contractor fail that was reported in ABC 7 Chicago news. He shares the story of a homeowner unhappy with work done by her contractor, and takes a look at the key fails of the project and shares fixes for both contractors and clients on how to prevent similar failures from occurring in the future.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[00:20] - The situation

[01:19] - Contractor Fail: Scribbled estimate

[02:14] - Contractor Fix: Have clear documentation

[06:46] - Homeowner Fail: No proper contract

[07:51] - Homeowner Fix: No project without a valid contract

[08:37] - Don't itemize the job

[10:00] - Economy of scale

[11:21] - Run if no clear plan

[11:58] - Closing thoughts

 

Link to the original news story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5K_bFAAOBQ   

 

Resources:

== Now get Shin-Fu Sales Training + Foundations courses together for just $499. Visit http://thecontractorfight.com/turkey to claim this limited-time bundle!

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

Help your fellow contractors find the podcast! Please leave a rating/review! 

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Nov 21, 2023

Like the animals on Darwin's Galapagos Islands, those who could change and adapt were the ones who survived. The same is true for contractors – they must change and adapt or risk getting left behind by their competitors.

 

Steve explains the importance of change for both business success and personal growth. He tells that the only constant in life is change. You must decide if you will change or stay the same. If you don't change, you will get left behind.

 

In this episode, Steve discusses:

  • How Darwin's theory of evolution made Steve reassess his business

  • The changes Steve made in his business to reach $1 million sales goal

  • Relationships and environments change over time – they require adaptability and growth

  • Change is necessary for long term personal and business growth

  • Embracing uncomfortable changes like public speaking and roleplaying to gain new skills

  • Continuously learning and adapting your business to changing market conditions

 

Resources:

== Missed the Mile High Profit Summit in Denver? Don't miss out on the Summit recordings! Grab the opportunity to access the full summit content. Click: https://thecontractorfight.com/mhps-recordings

 

== Now get Shin-Fu Sales Training + Foundations courses together for just $499. Visit thecontractorfight.com/turkey to claim this limited-time bundle! 

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

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Nov 18, 2023

Finding your 'why' helps you stay positive even if the issues are outside your control! Tim discovered this when he took his large family on a vacation. From delays to disagreements during the trip, it was easy to get stressed. But Tim was able to make beautiful memories amid all this because he embraced the chaos and focused on what really matters – his 'why.'

 

The guys want you to do the same when things become tough for you. They want you to embrace the chaos, define your purpose, and prioritize what really matters, even during difficult times.

 

In this episode, they talk about:

  • How Tim embraced family travel chaos, prioritizing his 'Why'

  • Learning how to deal with difficult situations

  • Define your 'why' so you have clarity during chaotic periods 

  • Don't sweat the small stuff and focus instead on your deeper purpose 

 

Resources:

== Missed the Mile High Profit Summit in Denver? Don't miss out on the Summit recordings! Grab the opportunity to access the full summit content. Click: https://thecontractorfight.com/mhps-recordings

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Nov 16, 2023

Today, Tom's guest is Matt Warner, founder + CEO of Empire Netting and Fence. Matt talked about the "Building a Culture of Excellence" video on his website — a video of one of Matt's Monday morning meetings. He shares why he started the Monday morning meetings, how he built the company's culture through the meeting, and what financial impact it has created.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[01:42] - Matt's background

[06:44] - Monday Meeting video on Matt's Website

[07:58] - Backstory of the Monday morning meetings

[10:16] - Holding the team accountable for poor performance

[12:19] - Earning the right to get angry on your team

[15:08] - Story of the Monday morning meeting video

[19:40] - Loving and caring for the team

[20:56] - Tom's way of having a tough convo with his team

[23:51] - Advice for contractors facing employee issues

[28:29] - Things Matt looks for in his employees

[30:38] - Matt's process for evaluating employees for more responsibility

[33:52] - Starting the week with a positive meeting to avoid Monday blues

[35:40] - Three things Matt covers in the Monday meeting

[40:58] - Attracting a waiting list of people due to strong company culture

[42:00] - Meeting in a circle to show equality

[46:23] - Small group huddles to develop relationships

[49:56] - Increased profits due to Monday meetings

[53:37] - Loving up on your people and investing in them

[54:50] - Tom's transition from CEO to founder of the company

[01:00:36] - MySalesman app

 

Resources:

== Empire Netting and Fence: https://empire-fence.com/about-us/  

 

== Missed the Mile High Profit Summit in Denver? Don't miss out on the Summit recordings! Grab the opportunity to access the full summit content. Click: https://thecontractorfight.com/mhps-recordings

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Nov 11, 2023

Cherry picking jobs that are easier, more profitable and suits well with your team's skill and experience sets everyone up for success and keeps your team happy and productive. Today Tim and Derek discuss the importance of being selective about the jobs you take on and how it benefits you and your team.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Lessons from Derek’s past experience where he took on a difficult job that ended up costing him money

  • Why you should be selective and cherry-pick easier, more profitable jobs

  • The importance of protecting not just yourself but also your team

  • Ensuring that your team members are focused on work instead of worrying about money

  • Pricing jobs well to ensure everyone's happiness – client, team, and you

 

Resources:

== Missed the Mile High Profit Summit in Denver? Don't miss out on the Mile High Profit Summit recordings! Grab the opportunity to access the full summit content.

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Nov 9, 2023

Many contractors think their breakeven point is simply their monthly overhead amount, but that is incorrect. Continuing the basics of the contractor business math series, Tom discusses how to correctly calculate your breakeven point as a contractor to avoid financial struggles. 

 

In this episode, Tom discusses:

  • How to calculate the breakeven point

  • Difference between breakeven point and overhead costs

  • Examples to show the difference in breakeven revenue at 30%, 40%, and 50% gross profits

  • How gross profit impacts the number of jobs and leads needed each month to reach breakeven

  • The importance of knowing your numbers 

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Nov 4, 2023

Your sales posture is the confident way you carry yourself in front of the clients. It can make or break your ability to land big deals. In this episode, the guys talk about Derek’s recent experience with a difficult client to show the importance of developing and mastering a strong sales posture.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • The story of how Derek dealt with a difficult client

  • Having a solid sales posture to stand up to pushy clients

  • Addressing problems upfront so there would be no surprises later in the project

  • Pricing confidently and not lowballing your pricing

  • Strengthening your posture by not appearing desperate in front of the client

 

Resources:

== Missed the Mile High Profit Summit in Denver? Don't miss out on the Mile High Profit Summit recordings! Grab the opportunity to access the full summit content.

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Nov 2, 2023

It is important to understand your overhead if you want success in your business. Pricing jobs correctly, setting sales and lead generation goals, or hitting profit targets become impossible when you do not know your real overheads. In this quick episode, Tom breaks down what overhead really means for your contracting business. 

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[00:48] - What is overhead

[02:26] - Fixed expenses

[03:08] - Variable expenses

[03:49] - Understanding overhead is important for financial success

[04:48] - 50% GP – fastest way to make more money

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Oct 28, 2023

When giving proposals to clients, what do you write your estimates with? Do you use a pen or a pencil? Using a pencil makes it look like you are unsure of your numbers or open to negotiation. But using a pen shows confidence in your numbers and lowers the chance of negotiations.

 

Tim and Derek want you to have confidence in your numbers and not feel the need to lower estimates during negotiations with clients. They want you to run your business with solid pricing so you don't undermine your own worth through unnecessary price adjustments.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Whether to write estimates in pencil or pen and the consequences of each choice

  • Avoid sharpening your pencil or adjusting prices when talking to customers 

  • Sharpening your pencil gives the client a position to negotiate

  • Having your numbers figured out beforehand so you don't need to negotiate

  • Being clear, organized, and having the right sales training so you aren't insecure about your numbers

 

Resources:

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

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Oct 26, 2023

Today, Tom is taking it back to the fundamentals of running a successful contracting business. Join him as he offers a crash course on basic contractor business, explaining the key terms of the business world in simple language to help contractors understand the numbers behind their business. 

 

Conversation Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[01:50] - Revenue

[02:15] - Sales

[03:14] - Cost of goods sold/ Direct costs

[05:50] - Gross profit

[06:52] - Overhead

[08:31] - Break-even point

[10:34] - Net profit

[12:58] - Cost per lead

[13:46] - Cost per sale

[14:03] - Closing rate

[14:22] - Average sale

[15:47] - Closing remarks

 

Get your free Contractor Math Cheat Sheet and dive deeper into these concepts. Get access to it here: https://thecontractorfight.com/math/ 

 

Resources:

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💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

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Oct 21, 2023

Derek Johnson and Tim Cutroni, talk about the shift from simply consuming business knowledge to actively implementing it. They draw from their experiences in landscaping and construction to explain how excessive information consumption can lead to analysis paralysis. They highlight the significance of being adaptable and flexible in the face of change, discussing the idea of impermanence and how it applies to both the contracting and entrepreneurial worlds.

 

Resources:

== Here's your chance to take your business to the next level during the slower winter months. Sign up for 3 months of BATTLEGROUND before 10/31 and get a month free. Visit https://thecontractorfight.com/battleground/ to grab this incredible offer!

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

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Oct 19, 2023

Tom continues his discussion on gross profit — often misunderstood but a key component of running a profitable business in the contracting world. The better the gross profit, the better experiences you can provide to your clients, employees, and your families. He also shares why contractors need to be aiming for 50% gross profit — anything less makes it challenging to do business in the long term.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[01:05] - Five reasons to aim for 50% gross profit

[01:24] - The fastest way to make more money

[03:01] - Contractors deserve to be paid well

[05:30] - Financial goals are met with fewer jobs

[07:01] - Overhead recovery is easier

[09:20] - Provide better experiences for all

[11:09] - Wrap-up 

 

Resources:

== Here's your chance to take your business to the next level! A game-changing deal is coming your way soon that could turn your success around. Visit https://thecontractorfight.com/battleground/ to get on the list.

 

💰 You didn’t become a contractor to struggle financially. Download our worksheet and start calculating a 50% gross profit on every job. It’s time to get your shit together! https://thecontractorfight.com/50/ 

 

💸 Grab your copy of our FREE Contractors Guide to Spotting Cheap Prospects here: https://thecontractorfight.com/cheap 

 

== Join us in BATTLEGROUND ==

Everything your contracting business needs in one comprehensive program with three main focus areas: Leadership, Communication, and Numbers. For more info, check out: https://TheContractorFight.com/Battleground 

 

== Get your questions answered and connect with other contractors building stronger businesses in The Contractor Fight: https://thecontractorfight.com/facebook 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

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== Find Us on Social Media ==

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