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Hammer & Grind : Built For Contractors

The podcast built for Contractors. Real Contractors, True Stories, Real Solutions.


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  • 163. EP163: Onboarding Done Right: Setting Up New Hires for Success in the Trades

    33:16
    Businesses need to have a well-documented process for bringing new employees up to speed on things like paperwork, tools, and company culture. There are a lot of contractors that don't properly train new hires, which can cause problems in the future.In this episode, Brad talks about:Contractors often overlook onboarding new hiresRisks and inefficiencies associated with a lack of an onboarding processImportance of having documented onboarding processes for different rolesEmphasize the need for establishing company culture during onboardingTips on creating an effective onboarding checklist and using task management softwareMentioned:New Hire Checklist: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-W6hq__QIiO8d2xLqfxk3-8nTAsudXY9FGeZdzRfjME/copyLinks to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!

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  • 162. EP162: From Procrastination to Action: How to Stop Second-Guessing Your Business Choices

    43:10
    We often say that we can't decide because we're afraid of being judged for what we do. This fear can stop us in our tracks, keeping us from making choices that could help us grow or make changes we need to make.In this episode, Brad talks about:Overcoming indecision and fear of judgment in business decisionsFear of judgment can prevent us from taking necessary actions in our businessesExamples of making tough decisions like hiring, firing, and rebrandingImportance of asking key questions to reveal underlying fears and uncertaintiesInstincts and decisions based on logic rather than emotionsLinks to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!
  • 161. EP161: Own your building, don't rent. An interview with Paul Neal

    53:08
    When considering purchasing or constructing a commercial building, it is important to recognize that the process can be more time-consuming than a residential transaction.In this episode, Brad talks about:Importance of owning your business spaceBenefits of buying commercial real estate over rentingProcess and considerations for buying commercial propertyDifferences between residential and commercial real estate financingImportance of due diligence in commercial real estate transactionsMentioned:Website: www.ownyourbuildingnow.comUnleash Your Business, Unlock Wealth, Autonomy and Control by Buying Your Building and Firing Your Landlord BookVantage Point Commercial CapitalPaul's LinkedInThe Entrepreneurial AgentLinks to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!
  • 160. EP160: The Top 5 Business Decisions That Transformed My Contracting Business

    26:47
    When we're in business, we have to make decisions. Whether we grow or move forward with our business will greatly affect it. You can do many things, but these five decisions will help your contracting business the most.In this episode, Brad talks about:The importance of job costing in identifying profit leaks.The benefits of charging for estimates and consultations to increase perceived value.Advocates selling jobs at a 50% gross profit to boost earnings.Hiring an Office Manager improved efficiency and allowed him to focus on higher-level tasks.The value of hiring a business coach for an outside perspective, learning shortcuts, and community support.Links to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!
  • 159. EP159: The Truths We Tell Ourselves: How to Navigate Harmful Beliefs

    32:22
    If you've ever felt something holding you back but couldn't quite put your finger on it, this episode is for you. The idea of self-sabotage and how hidden views, which we often pick up as kids, can stop us from reaching our full potential.In this episode, Brad talks about:Harmful beliefs and how they can hold us back from reaching our full potential.The conversation with a client reveals how childhood experiences can shape our mindset and limit our success.The importance of becoming aware of these harmful beliefs to unlock our true potential.An exercise is shared to help listeners identify and challenge these false beliefs.Why a goal was not achieved, leading to a deeper understanding of limiting beliefs.Uncomfortable truths to break free from self-sabotage and achieve success.Links to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!
  • 158. EP158: From Boss to Leader: Transforming Your Approach in Contracting Businesses

    44:51
    The idea of "extreme ownership" is similar to the idea that as a business owner or boss, you are responsible for the things that happen with your company. This way of thinking changes the focus from blaming outside causes to examining oneself and finding ways to get better.In this episode, Brad talks about:Leadership in contracting businesses, discussing common misconceptions and key principles.Importance of continuous improvement as a boss and a leader.The Marine Corps' 14 leadership traits and 11 leadership principlesThree key takeaways for contractors: taking extreme ownership, working for employees, and understanding that leadership is a learned skill.The importance of effective communication, empathy, and creating a supportive environment for team members is emphasized.Taking responsibility for all aspects of the business and fostering a collaborative and supportive team culture.Mentioned:Book List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OOFVt4TdbYv0vhv-TSQQRSqJTSR_wTtzKcSMGSg1cjM/copyLinks to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!
  • 157. EP157: Curtis Lewsey on the Competitive Edge of Saying Thank You in Business

    38:30
    Have you ever considered sending your clients a simple "thank you" card? Would you believe this gesture can increase repeat and referral business? Let's find out why having real connections with customers is essential instead of just seeing them as transactions.Today, Brad talks with Curtis Lewsey about:The power of appreciation marketing and how it can benefit contractors in building relationships and generating referrals.The importance of gratitude in business.Introduces A.M. Cards, a system for automating appreciation marketing efforts.Discuss the impact of personalized cards and gifts on client retention and referrals.Mentioned:AM CardsAM Cards FacebookAppreciation Marketing BookCurtis Lewsey's Instagram AccountLinks to Resources:Get the blueprint to create financial freedom & more free time before burnout or bankruptcy happens.A complete Done-With-You Program - Join the Profit Club Join the Free Facebook Group - The Contractor Profit BlueprintGet Paid for Estimates - Free Sales GuidePlan Your Profits - Profit JournalHelp us get the word out to other contractors by leaving us a review or sharing our podcast!