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The Site Shed is a podcast designed to assist and educate trade based business owners around the globe with business related topics and current affairs.

The podcast is targeted to tradespeople and contractors like plumbers, builders, electricians, tilers, roofers, locksmiths, landscape gardeners & horticulturalists, printers, chefs, hairdressers, however it is a small business podcast so it also suits anyone that is in business.

Facilitated by former plumber Matt Jones, this podcast addresses topics related to the trades, such as; apprenticeships, technology, business tools, web, digital, cloud, content creation, SEO, marketing, as well as regular guest appearances from co-host specialists, successful case studies, good and bad experiences and lot's of do's and don't that have been learned through the school of hard knocks.

Matt's unique approach to communicating relevant topics is both refreshing and enjoyable. His experience as a plumber of 12 years, combined with his knowledge of the digital and business space as the owner of Tradie Web Guys, a company that helps tradespeople and contractors grow their online presence, you're sure to transform your earbuds, into a university.

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The Site Shed is a podcast designed to assist and educate trade based business owners around the globe with business related topics and current affairs.

The podcast is targeted to tradespeople and contractors like plumbers, builders, electricians, tilers, roofers, locksmiths, landscape gardeners & horticulturalists, printers, chefs, hairdressers, however it is a small business podcast so it also suits anyone that is in business.

Facilitated by former plumber Matt Jones, this podcast addresses topics related to the trades, such as; apprenticeships, technology, business tools, web, digital, cloud, content creation, SEO, marketing, as well as regular guest appearances from co-host specialists, successful case studies, good and bad experiences and lot's of do's and don't that have been learned through the school of hard knocks.

Matt's unique approach to communicating relevant topics is both refreshing and enjoyable. His experience as a plumber of 12 years, combined with his knowledge of the digital and business space as the owner of Tradie Web Guys, a company that helps tradespeople and contractors grow their online presence, you're sure to transform your earbuds, into a university.

    Equipping Your Team For Success

    Equipping Your Team For Success

    What are some strategies you can implement in your business to ensure the success of everyone all across the board?

    For the past six months, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing deep-dive training about frameworks and methodologies I can reverse engineer to suit our business needs. Somewhere along the process, I’ve come to understand that if I want to change my team’s ways, I have to change mine first.

    So, join me in today’s discussion as we tackle the different strategies you can implement to set yourself up and your team for success. 

    What are you waiting for? Press that play button and take the first step towards success!

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 Opportunity Analysis

    1:54 Welcome to the podcast

    3:01 Why Matt spent a lot of time on equipping and providing his team with the right frameworks to set them up for success

    4:39 Hiring recruitment framework

    5:40 Change within the organisation begins with you

    7:49 Set your team up for success by giving them specific, measurable outcomes

    10:58 How to make your team members accountable for their goals

    11:26 What is the Scorecard Principle and why is it a gamechanger?

    16:17 Here’s what you DON’T need to put in your scorecards

    17:05 How to track your team’s Key Performance Indicators

    18:40 How can you equip your team with their best possible chance of success?

    19:07 Matt’s book recommendations

    20:32 Matt’s realisations about deciding to change his mindset for the better

    23:01 An overview of the GSD space

    24:13 Tips to have clarity around what you really need to set yourself and your team up for success

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME)
    Go to https://tradie.wiki/grow and use the code: SITESHED
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Visit our website at https://tradiewebguys.com.au

    Books mentioned in this episode:
    Who: The A Method for Hiring by Dr. Geoff Smart (https://amzn.to/2TfzCY4)
    Traction by Gino Wickman (https://amzn.to/3rkX6Z1)
    Measure What Matters by John Doerr (https://amzn.to/3kSXEST)
    Atomic Habits by James Clear (https://amzn.to/3nDR2r3)

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    • 31 min
    From Humble Cleaner to National Franchise

    From Humble Cleaner to National Franchise

    Are you thinking about franchising your own business?

    Well, you need to remember that franchising doesn’t stop at just earning more money. It also means putting your brand out there and entrusting your franchisees with your name and reputation as a service provider.

    Neel Parekh — the founder and CEO of MaidThis, a cleaning business, informs us in our chat today about the key indicators you need to put in mind when starting a franchise business. Neel shares the story of how they managed to navigate their business through the recent struggles we’ve been faced with, including this pandemic. We also talk about how your growth as an individual is beneficial to the growth of your business.

    Grab your pen and paper as we drop valuable insights along our discussion you’d surely love to take note of. Let’s get started!

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 Opportunity Analysis

    1:54 Welcome to the podcast

    3:12 Neel talks about how he started his career

    4:20 Neel’s future plans for his business

    5:01 Mitigating the risks and forming compliances around health & safety protocols

    7:20 Deploying policies across franchisors and communicating operations to end customers

    12:10 Neel tells the story behind his decision to franchise the business

    14:33 The process of starting a franchise you need to know

    16:30 What can you offer as a franchisor?

    17:32 Allow the franchisee to be creative but also set certain limitations

    19:26 Onboarding franchisees

    20:34 Here’s why you need to put franchise systems in place

    22:35 Navigating the franchisees through the different state laws

    24:08 Choosing the right franchisees and team members

    27:00 Improving processes within the franchised business

    28:47 What is the Entrepreneurial Operating System and how can your business benefit from it

    32:38 A business is never going to surpass its leader

    35:39 How books can help you gain growth as the leader of a business

    41:29 Leaders need to accept their flaws so something can be done about it

    About the Guest: 

    Neel Parekh is the Founder and CEO of MaidThis® & MaidThis® Franchise. A company that helps homeowners and short-term rental hosts (Airbnb, VRBO, etc) with their cleaner needs. MaidThis has generated millions in revenue while having a fully remote team, and now they are on a mission to help others achieve the same.

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME)
    Go to https://tradie.wiki/grow and use the code: SITESHED
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Visit Neel’s business website https://www.maidthisfranchise.com
    Visit Neel’s website to learn more about franchising https://neelparekh.co/

    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman (https://www.eosworldwide.com/traction-book)
    The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman (https://amzn.to/31poYPs)

    Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. You can listen from your mobile device right now. 🎧 🎧  Click here 🎧 🎧

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    • 42 min
    Owning a Job vs. Owning a Business

    Owning a Job vs. Owning a Business

    Think like a business, and you’ll learn how to manage a business.

    Think like a wage-earner, and your business may flop.

    Being an expert tradie is different from knowing how to run a trades business. As a wage-earner, you only provide services in exchange for money. But as a business owner, you have to consider the profit margin, pricing, costs, employees’ salary, and more to scale your enterprise.

    With so much on your plate, how can you manage everything?

    In this value-packed episode, we have Gabriel Pinchev, CEO of FieldPulse to talk about the basics of running a valuable business. We also cover essential topics, such as using technology to systemise a business, showcasing your expertise to the target clients, leveling up your company website’s content, and more!

    Get your headphones and click that play button now! Make sure to take down notes.

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 Opportunity Assessment  

    1:54 Welcome to the podcast

    2:39 Gabriel’s background in software and technology

    7:23 Creating a valuable business

    9:16 Systemising your business through technology

    11:38 Importance of customer satisfaction and feedback

    19:31 Doing next-level content to establish expertise

    29:00 How to showcase your business’ value

    34:41 Do contractor websites show enough of their business’ reality?

    45:51 Use technology within your business

    About the Guest: 

    CEO and founder of FieldPulse, Gabriel Pinchev, aims to help business owners run their companies more efficiently. FieldPulse is an all-in-one field service software giving entrepreneurs and contractors a digital hub that allows them to manage their business using a single application.

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME) https://tradie.wiki/grow 
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Check out the Field Pulse website: www.fieldpulse.com / www.fieldpulse.com.au 
    Connect with Gabe Pinchec’s socials: @fieldpulse
    Contact Gabe Pinchev on email gabe.pinchev@fieldpulse.com  

    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    Profit First https://amzn.to/37HjoKs 

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    • 48 min
    The YouTube Strategy of An Up and Coming Landscape Gardening

    The YouTube Strategy of An Up and Coming Landscape Gardening

    Thinking of ways to step up your landscaping or trades business? Creating winning content is the key!

     

    Regardless of the industry your business belongs to, YouTube videos, website articles, and podcasts can help you gain more clients. Now that we are in the digital age, people go to the Internet to know more about a particular business.

     

    So what does that mean?

     

    As someone who runs a business, you must give your target market valuable content where they can learn more about you and the services you offer.

     

    But how can you create content that informs, entertains, and persuades your target audience?

     

    Learn the answers to that question as I chat with Odyssey Landscapes’ Taylor Lukic about content strategies. Make sure to tune in to this episode to learn how to get started with your video content and come up with photos and videos that help you get referrals and more clients.

     

    Developing winning content is developing business success. Hit that play button now!

     

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 Opportunity Assessment   

    1:55 Welcome back!

    4:46 An insight to Taylor’s business

    5:52 The evolution of the content creation dynamic

    9:02 How Taylor’s YouTube channel gained positive feedback

    12:59 Getting referrals from other tradies

    14:56 Ways to start video content

    20:10 Creating content that addresses problems

    30:30 Capturing photos or videos is part of the project’s process

    33:55 Keeping your content interesting

    40:31 Answering FAQs through content

    45:17 Being creative as a trade business owner

    47:36 Tips for tradies

    52:23 Biggest objection Taylor got

     

    About the Guest: 

     

    Taylor Lukic is the owner of Odyssey Landscapes, a successful Landscape Construction Company on the Sunshine Coast QLD.  He started his business five years ago and has grown it from himself to 15 staff and has experienced the challenges of scaling a Construction business. He's a passionate Landscaper & business owner seeking to improve the landscape industry as a whole. He's recently started a Youtube Channel to talk about all things Landscaping.

     

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME) https://tradie.wiki/grow 
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Work with us today https://www.tradiewebguys.com.au/apply/ 
    Check out Odyssey’s Landscapes’ website http://www.odysseylandscapes.com.au/ 
    Visit Odyssey Landscapes’ YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3W_jwB8zIY8sI-_9ycQApA 

     

    Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. You can listen from your mobile device right now. 🎧 🎧  Click here 🎧 🎧

     

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    • 56 min
    From a Team of 1 to 15 in 5 Years

    From a Team of 1 to 15 in 5 Years

    What does it take to grow a trades business? 

    Everyone desires growth. But if you’ve been in business for a while, you know that getting from point A to point B is no easy feat. 

    Nevertheless, it’s not impossible!

    A good practice, though, once you’ve made it to a certain level of growth, would be to take a hard look at the lessons learned along the way. Gauge what worked and what didn’t work and commit to doing better. 

    That’s exactly what Taylor of Odyssey Landscapes shares in this podcast episode. 

    Taylor shares essential details on how he grew his landscaping business from a team of 1 to 15 in just five years. 

    He also discusses how investing in marketing and hiring a coach helped with his fast-paced growth, and the goal every business owner must have, and why learning must never stop. 

    If you’d like to know of the practical ways you can get your business growing, then we highly recommend you tune in to this episode today. 

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 The Elevation Program  

    1:54 Welcome, Taylor! 

    4:57 Odyssey Landscapes 

    6:04 What does premiere mean?

    7:37 Telling a better story 

    10:12 Investing in marketing is crucial to scaling 

    11:25 What encouraged Taylor to get a coach 

    14:01 The benefits of having a coach 

    16:54 Significant areas a coach helped Taylor in his business

    20:03 There are aspects in business you don’t like but need to accept 

    22:24 Finance is what most tradies struggle with in business

    29:23 A business that functions without you is a business owner’s goal 

    30:46 Understanding pain points in the business 

    34:20 Implementing what you learn takes time 

    38:09 Investing in and educating yourself is crucial 

    48:32 Delegating jobs 

    50:00 Measurability is essential to track and monitor 

    57:08 Process Taylor follows when hiring new employees

    58:56 Finding skilled labour 

    1:06:05 The Tradie Web Guys recruitment process 

    About the Guest: 

    Taylor Lukic is the owner of Odyssey Landscapes, a successful Landscape Construction Company on the Sunshine Coast QLD.  He started his business five years ago and has grown it from himself to 15 staff and has experienced the challenges of scaling a Construction business. He's a passionate Landscaper & business owner seeking to improve the landscape industry as a whole. He's recently started a Youtube Channel to talk about all things Landscaping.

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME) https://tradie.wiki/grow 
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Check out Odyssey’s Landscapes’ website http://www.odysseylandscapes.com.au/ 
    Visit Odyssey Landscapes’ YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3W_jwB8zIY8sI-_9ycQApA 

    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    The Pumpkin Plan https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Plan-Strategy-Remarkable-Business/dp/1591844886 
    The E Myth https://amzn.to/3awaX6g 
    Think and Grow Rich https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 
    Profit First https://amzn.to/37HjoKs 
    Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/1544512287  
    Atomic Habits https://amzn.to/3nDR2r3 

    Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. You can listen from your mobile device right now. 🎧 🎧  Click here 🎧 🎧

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Designing Your Company Values

    Designing Your Company Values

    Values are the third foundational element of your business. Without clearly defined values, it would be difficult to run your trades business. As you see, a good set of values will attract the right client, the right staff to your business, and repel those that are not a good fit. 

    In this third and final installment of the series Taking Aim With Vision, Mission, And Values, Barry shares the process to elicit the values you and your business will uphold. He explains the importance of having values and how it opens you up to opportunities you never would have thought would come your way in the first place. 

    Check out this insightful episode today. 

    Discussion Points: 

    0:00 The Elevation Program  
    3:28 How vision, mission, and values fit in the ecosystem of business  
    8:56 Common things that tend to slip without values in place 
    15:36 Being clear on your values opens opportunities
    19:07 The process to elicit values 
    23:33 Keep, kill, and combine 
    26:13 Trust what’s coming through, don’t try to get it perfect 
    28:02 We attract people who identify with our values 
    29:26 Vision, mission, and values will allow your business to grow far beyond what you can see 

    About the Guest: 

    Barry Magliarditi is the founder and director of business coaching juggernaut, The Game Changers. Having built a 7-figure kitchen renovation business in his previous life as a carpenter, Barry has first-hand knowledge of the priorities and pressures of trades business owners. Today Barry brings his coaching expertise and business know-how to help other tradies build the business – and lifestyle – of their dreams.

    Resources: 
    The Opportunity Assessment (FREE GIVEAWAY FOR A LIMITED TIME) https://tradie.wiki/grow 
    Join a global community of 6000+ trade professionals https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSiteShed
    Visit Barry’s website to learn more about what he offers https://tradiebusinessschool.com/ 
    Check out the Tradie Business School Podcast https://tradiebusinessschool.com/podcast/ 
    Listen to the previous podcast episode with Barry Magliarditi
    TSS 304 https://www.thesiteshed.com/barry-magliarditi 
    TSS 312 https://www.thesiteshed.com/barry-magliarditi-2
    TSS 313 https://www.thesiteshed.com/barry-magliarditi-3 
    Check out Dailybot (Give positive feedback while aligning your goals with team values) https://www.dailybot.com/product/kudos

    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    Get the free downloadable PDF of Barry’s book Path to Freedom https://www.pathtofreedom.com.au/freebook 
    Traction by Gino Wickman https://amzn.to/3rkX6Z1

    Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. You can listen from your mobile device right now. 🎧 🎧  Click here 🎧 🎧

    Thank you for tuning in! 

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    • 30 min

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