9 episodes

Listen to The Builder Nuggets Podcast where builders and remodelers share the elements of success needed to transform your business into a valuable asset that thrives using less of your time. Discover how to predictably scale your business, free yourself from day to day operations and develop your exit strategy and legacy.

Duane Johns and Dave Young will show you how to build a thriving business that allows you to spend more time doing what you love. Enjoy the stories, strategies and tactics that have helped hundreds of contractors like you build better lives.

The Builder Nuggets Podcas‪t‬ Duane Johns & Dave Young

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Listen to The Builder Nuggets Podcast where builders and remodelers share the elements of success needed to transform your business into a valuable asset that thrives using less of your time. Discover how to predictably scale your business, free yourself from day to day operations and develop your exit strategy and legacy.

Duane Johns and Dave Young will show you how to build a thriving business that allows you to spend more time doing what you love. Enjoy the stories, strategies and tactics that have helped hundreds of contractors like you build better lives.

    EP 09: Building a Workforce

    EP 09: Building a Workforce

    Here’s an unfortunate truth about the construction industry: Building a workforce of highly qualified workers is a very difficult task. 
    It’s even harder finding young kids who decide construction is a better route for them than college — our culture and school systems have brainwashed kids from a young age that college is the only way to succeed. The reality is there are many forms of education, other than college, that can lead to a successful career.
    That’s the problem Darren Ash, executive director at The Roc, is trying to solve. In this episode, he explains how to get young kids excited for construction — and how to hire young people for your construction business. 
    Show highlights include:
    Why a college degree doesn’t cut it in the “new economy” (and 3 things you need to land a high-paying job) (2:35)  How construction jobs unlock freedom while college tuition may trap you in debt (5:11)  The counterintuitive reason draconian labor laws hurt young ambitious people the most (and how to get exceptions to these rules) (7:53)  How tough love builds can build a better company culture (14:50)  The insidious way schools, and our culture, can brainwash young kids away from profitable opportunities (18:05)  The “Each One Take One Approach” that helps you find highly qualified construction apprentices for your business (21:00)  To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 32 min
    EP 08: The Unsolvable Problem

    EP 08: The Unsolvable Problem

    Building high end custom homes is a tough business. You could try to do it all yourself, but that won’t scale. 
    So how do you expand your business without sacrificing the quality you’re known for? You have to master the art of building relationships and surround yourself with the right people.
    In this episode, custom home builder Jeff Smith discusses the importance of self-development, building bulletproof relationships with trade partners, mentoring the next generation workforce, and how all of this will allow you to scale your success.
    Show highlights include:
    Why trade school may be a better option than college and how to take the next step for your career (4:01) The surprising reason skilled tradesmen may out-earn physicians in the future (4:56) How to maximize your contracting business by using romance (7:48) Why more “hustle and grind” may actually shrink your business (10:39) How to attract and keep the highest quality trade contractors and avoid working with those that don't meet your core values (26:42) The secret to forging rock-solid business relationships that go beyond getting paid (32:45) A simple question that will have trade contractors fighting each other to work for you (39:42) The “Two-Way Leadership” model that ensures your success (43:55) To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 44 min
    EP 07: Free Estimates Are Too Expensive

    EP 07: Free Estimates Are Too Expensive

    If you’ve been in the building business for any length of time, you’ve experienced the hamster wheel of free estimating. It’s become standard practice because clients have become conditioned to expect it. Actually they expect 3 of them.
    Unfortunately free estimates are killing the construction industry. They do a disservice to both the customer and the builder.
    Design build professional Paul Kowalski joins us to discuss how free estimates can consume your time and how to elevate yourself above the competition. 
    Show highlights include:
    Why free estimates can put your business in the red (2:03) Free estimates can mislead clients and lead to missed expectations (3:04) The reason free estimates devalue the service you provide (7:05) The “Design-Build” method frees you from free estimates forever (8:35) 3 fundamental questions free estimates fail to address (11:36) Why free estimates can be stressful to your team and be cause for turnover (20:10) How free estimates open the door for competitors to steal your clients (27:52) The “Chunking” approach that makes clients excited to pay you for your work (40:32) To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 46 min
    EP 06: It Takes a Village

    EP 06: It Takes a Village

    There are always excuses for not getting involved in your community. Time, money, effort. Builders also don’t want to be seen as greedy, just in it to make a buck.
    But your community needs you. You can share your skills and talents in a way that benefits everyone.
    In this episode, consultant and community manager Whitney Brown discusses how to find the right projects to get involved in, how to help your community without coming across as selfish, and how to motivate your team to make your community a better place. 
    Show highlights include:
    The Win-Win Method for local involvement that benefits the community and your business (4:33) How to give back to your local community without feeling like an opportunistic leech (5:58) Why publicly sharing the ways you give back is win for you and your community (6:20) The Community Marketing checklist every builder needs to successfully get involved with their local community (12:03) Why your budget doesn’t matter for genuine community involvement (29:21) The easiest way to start getting involved with your community even if you’re new to the area and have never done it before (32:58) To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 36 min
    EP 05: From Risk to Reward

    EP 05: From Risk to Reward

    A construction business involves risk. Building on speculation, working with the wrong clients, and other traps that builders may fall into. Making the wrong decision can send you spiraling into debt, lead to fatigue, or put you out of business.
    In this episode, building industry thought leader Matt Risinger discusses how to find the right clients, the importance of collaboration and how to avoid debt so your business can thrive. 
    Show highlights include:
    How to find the perfect partner that can propel your business forward faster than you could alone (6:58) The “Free Marketing” method to building a thriving business when you have no existing relationships (8:42) The prolific creator’s secret for pumping out great content that connects to the clients you want to work with (10:25) How video content lays the groundwork for successful client relationship while you sleep (12:25) Software that can help you get out of debt no matter your current financial situation (17:05) A bulletproof method for eliminating time-wasting clients from the start (20:40) How to build the team that lets you step out of your business and enjoy your life (28:05) The “Noble Builder” model that helps every company in your market succeed (37:45) To learn more about Matt Risinger you can find him at the https://buildshownetwork.com or follow him on Instagram @risingerbuild
    To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 44 min
    EP 04: Life Plan

    EP 04: Life Plan

    Life goes by faster than you expect it to. If you don’t live intentionally, you’ll regret all the things you missed out on. 
    A life plan helps you avoid regret. Better still, your life plan also helps you create the business you’ve always wanted.
    In this episode, award-winning remodeler Steve Barkhouse joins us and we discuss how your eulogy may be the key to the life of your dreams, the importance of company culture, and how to ensure you meet all your goals in life and business. 
    Show highlights include:
    The busy contractor’s secret to finding time to enjoy life when you run an all-consuming business (5:13) What writing your own eulogy teaches you about your life (even if you’re still alive) (6:53) A simple way to attract employees that will help you build your business legacy (9:41) Why misunderstanding priorities harms your life and business (11:40) The surprising reason a life plan is better than a business plan to achieve professional success (17:28) How to find the peers and mentors who will push you to levels of success you could never reach alone (23:08) A radical way to stop your cell phone from controlling your life (31:51) To get the most out of this podcast, head over to buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

-Mtnsmith ,

Leadership

This podcast provides excellent insight from powerful voices in an industry that seldom has a proper platform. Successful individuals in the construction industry are typically very special folks that have many valuable nuggets to share. In many cases, these nuggets are universally applicable.

I highly recommend tuning in.

Pog64 ,

Great for anyone in the construction industry

This podcast fills the gap of what is missing in the industry and bringing just what it says “nuggets” together for all to share. Highly recommend.

mkbolio ,

Highly Recommend you Listen

I listen to quite a few podcasts, and have been looking for one that blends entrepreneurship and the construction industry. Love the idea that this community has the potential to truly transform the Construction Industry - to the betterment of all of our businesses

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