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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: October, 2023
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 

 

== Grab the Gear ==

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== Find Us on Social Media ==

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

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

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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/ 

 

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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/ 

 

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

 

== 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 ==

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

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

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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:

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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/ 

 

💸 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 

 

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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 ==

https://gear.thecontractorfight.com/ 

 

== Find Us on Social Media ==

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

Instagram: https://thecontractorfight.com/ig 

 

== Rate the Podcast ==

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Oct 17, 2023

The big rock theory says: If you have to fill a jar with rocks of different sizes, you will start with the big rocks that represent your main priorities in life and business. Then, you would add smaller rocks for secondary tasks. But what exactly are the real big rocks that should be at the top of your priority list? In this episode, Steve shares with you the real big rocks of life – the most important things you should focus on in your business and your life.

 

In this episode, Steve discusses:

  • The theory of big rocks

  • The key big rocks for building a thriving business and life:

    1. Having fun at work and enjoying what you do daily
    2. Positively impacting and changing other people's lives through your work
    3. Running a business that allows you financial freedom and security
    4. Treating employees with kindness and respect — the golden rule to not having any employee problems
    5. Spending time with family and friends
    6. Maintaining good physical and mental health
    7. Leaving a legacy and making a difference in the world
    8. Living each day to fulfill the vision of the person you want to be remembered as

 

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 ==

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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Oct 14, 2023

Having a clear vision and implementing a plan to achieve it are two of the most powerful success factors! Tim and Derek are back here and share their experience at the Denver event. The two share the biggest takeaways from the event — having a clear vision and the power of implementation. 

 

They tell you why having a clear vision, along with daily implementation, can make all the difference and why events and summits help you sharpen your vision and connect with others moving in the same direction.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Having a clear vision of your goal and implementation of the plan

  • Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are striving for success

  • Having a coach and support system helps you take your business to the next level

  • Focusing on being a better version of yourself rather than comparing yourself to others

  • The importance of having a clear vision and sharing it with others

  • Qualities of a great leader: having a clear vision and sharing it with others

 

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 ==

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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Oct 12, 2023

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the contracting world about gross profit. Today Tom is clearing up this confusion and sharing his gross profit secrets. Tom also has some candid advice on the importance of focusing on gross profit over net profit when starting out and he addresses the most common questions contractors ask regarding gross profit.

 

Episode Highlights:

[00:00] - Intro

[00:39] - What is gross profit

[01:43] - What is net profit

[02:34] - Why focus on gross profit over net profit

[02:50] - Reason #1:GP is simple to calculate

[03:54] - Reason #2: Earn more money with less revenue

[04:45] - Reason #3: Don’t scale unprofitable business

[06:50] - What to do if you have no work lined up

[07:05] - Pricing decisions for no work

[08:07] - Marketing and brand importance

[09:22] - Why 50% GP should be the target

[11:45] - 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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Oct 10, 2023

Today, Steve shares his top strategies that will ignite a fire within your team members and unleash their full potential. By implementing these three strategies, you will find motivation soaring naturally among the team members. And employees will compete to be top sellers in a friendly way, and profits will follow suit.

 

In this episode, Steve talks about:

  • Three simple ways to motivate your team and boost sales and profits:

#1. Setting your annual goals and posting them for your team to see 

#2. Using whiteboards to track sales progress and upselling 

#3. Giving employees freedom over their work as long as they meet their targets

 

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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Oct 7, 2023

Setting clear expectations and standards is essential if you want to grow your business and team. But sometimes, standards and expectations are too high and cannot be met. That sets an expectation for the customer to receive something that your team may not be able to deliver. 

 

In this episode, the guys talk about setting realistic standards & expectations with clients and employees and how unrealistic expectations can cause your clients to be disappointed and problems with your employees.

 

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Setting unrealistic standards can lead to client disappointment and employee problems

  • Making sure clients understand exactly what the finished product would look like

  • The need to allow creativity within set standards 

  • The need to question your own beliefs and practices 

  • Understanding that there may be different ways of doing things that could lead to better outcomes

  • Setting realistic standards and expectations and communicating them clearly

 

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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Oct 3, 2023

How do you handle arguments, whether it’s with your employees or clients? Do you react? Or do you respond? The difference between the two may seem subtle but it could be the difference between success and failure in business and in life. Steve discusses the difference between reacting and responding when faced with difficult situations and how learning to respond instead of react can give you more control and better outcomes.

 

In this episode, Steve discusses:

  • The difference between reacting and responding 

  • How reacting makes you a slave to the other person, but responding makes them your slave

  • A real-life situation Steve had with a lighting company competitor who yelled at him

  • How Steve was able to calmly respond and de-escalate the situation rather than react

  • The importance of mind and thought control in difficult conversations

  • How emotions can lower your intelligence when reacting 

  • Tips for practicing responding through roleplaying difficult scenarios

 

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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