57 episodes

Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

Discover how you can generate more leads, sign more contracts and increase your margins while delivering a better experience for your clients.

We interview professional builders across 5 countries, host industry authorities as special guests and break down proven strategies with the coaching team at the Association of Professional Builders.

Enjoy new episodes every week.

Professional Builders Secrets Association of Professional Builders

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

Discover how you can generate more leads, sign more contracts and increase your margins while delivering a better experience for your clients.

We interview professional builders across 5 countries, host industry authorities as special guests and break down proven strategies with the coaching team at the Association of Professional Builders.

Enjoy new episodes every week.

    57. Who Should You Hire Next With Jacob Oelofse

    57. Who Should You Hire Next With Jacob Oelofse

    In episode 57 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Jacob Oelofse, one of the executive business coaches at APB. Throughout this episode, Jacob delves into the hiring process and helps you find out exactly who you should hire next.





    INSIDE EPISODE 57 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    Why making the right hire is so crucial for builders
    How to overcome struggles in hiring the right person
    What to look out for in an interview
    How builders can address the labour shortage
    The most important question a builder should ask when hiring
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to learn the most important hiring strategies so you can come out with the best candidate despite a labour shortage.



    ABOUT JACOB OELOFSE



    Jacob joined the APB team in 2021 when he moved his family from South Africa to Sydney. Jacob has coached hundreds of building company owners over the last 15 years. He enjoys stakeholder relations, financials and risk, sustainability, growth, marketing, and maximising profit margins in a company.



    Connect with Jacob: linkedin.com/in/jacob-oelofse/?originalSubdomain=au





    TIMELINE


    1:49 Why making the right hire is so crucial for builders today
    8:32 What to look for in an interview
    20:55 Budget indicators that tell you it’s the right time to hire
    23:17 Tips and trends to make hiring easier
    33:49 How can builders address the labour shortage?
    37:29 The most important question a builder should ask in the hiring process





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 39 min
    56. Professional Builder Contracts With Paul Rojas

    56. Professional Builder Contracts With Paul Rojas

    In episode 56 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Paul Rojas, Managing Partner at RCR Lawyers. Throughout this episode, Paul explains the importance of a properly defined building contract and how it can help your building company with the ever-changing costs in the industry.





    INSIDE EPISODE 56 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    How to make sure your building contract has a cost escalation clause
    That it is your right under the contract to suspend works if you’re not getting paid
    Why sitting down with your lawyer at least once a year is important
    How the more transparency included in your contract surrounding variations can save you time, money and possible court appearances
    Why copying and pasting a building contract from the internet is a detriment to your business
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to uncover exactly what you need to be incorporating into your building contracts to mitigate risk and set your building company up for success.



    ABOUT PAUL ROJAS



    Quality delivery and client focus are at the forefront for Paul, Managing Partner at RCR Lawyers. Paul also heads up the Commercial Litigation practice for the firm, and is a key driver of the firm’s overall development, growth and innovation. Backed by a wealth of experience, Paul can help you with any contractual disputes, trade practices and refining your building contracts.



    Connect with Paul: linkedin.com/in/paulrojas





    TIMELINE


    1:41 About Paul Rojas
    3:23 How to continually improve your building contracts
    8:22 The consequences of leaving your risk management unchecked
    9:53 How to ensure you get paid
    21:27 Why talking to a lawyer early can save you time and money





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    RCR Lawyers: rcrlaw.com.au



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 25 min
    55. Introducing APB Rewards With Russ, Sky & Andy

    55. Introducing APB Rewards With Russ, Sky & Andy

    In episode 55 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over exactly how APB Rewards is saving our members time and money.





    INSIDE EPISODE 55 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    What APB Rewards actually is
    The process behind putting it together
    The benefits for builders around the world
    Examples of APB’s preferred partners
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to find out how access to APB Rewards and our preferred partners can transform your building company.



    ABOUT RUSS STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Russ is a data analysis expert who has introduced data-driven decision making to the residential construction industry. Russ is also a proud member of the Forbes Business Development Council.



    Connect with Russ: linkedin.com/in/russstephens



    ABOUT SKY STEPHENS



    Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders, Sky specialises in taking complex business strategies and converting them into actionable step-by-step guides for building company owners. Sky is also a proud member of The National Association of Women in Construction and the Top 100 Women in the broader construction sector.



    Connect with Sky: linkedin.com/in/skycheristephens



    ABOUT ANDY SKARDA



    Head Coach at the Association of Professional Builders, Andy specialises in helping business owners in the building industry identify and implement the skills and systems they need to be successful, without needing to go back to school. Or more importantly, without going bust.



    Connect with Andy: linkedin.com/in/andy-skarda-92a6875/





    TIMELINE


    1:53 What is APB Rewards why was it launched?
    5:32 How APB members have responded to it
    12:52 What’s in it for the builders?
    17:41 Our hand picked preferred partners
    20:38 How builders can claim rewards
    29:37 Plans for the future of APB Rewards





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    APB Rewards: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com/rewards/



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 32 min
    54. Transparency, Systems & Future Proofing With Andrew & Marcus

    54. Transparency, Systems & Future Proofing With Andrew & Marcus

    In episode 54 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Marcus Elliott and Andrew Siracusa, Directors of Kube Constructions. Throughout this episode, Marcus and Andrew explain how structuring a business through proper systems and transparency sets it up for success and longevity.





    INSIDE EPISODE 54 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    Why mistakes and problem clients help shape a more effective business
    The importance of transparency with clients ensuring a smooth process
    How APB’s processes and procedures helped Kube Construction
    That future-proofing the business is key for its success and survival
    Why your competitor is not your competitor; but your ally
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to uncover what top grade professional builders are doing to ensure their success.



    ABOUT MARCUS ELLIOTT AND ANDREW SIRACUSA



    On a mission to continuously set a new benchmark for professional builders, Marcus and Andrew the Directors of Kube Construction know how to construct luxury homes guaranteed to impress. Their passion for their clients and their high standards of dedicated service is unlike any other making them leaders in the construction industry.



    Connect with Marcus: linkedin.com/in/marcuselliott

    Connect with Andrew: linkedin.com/in/andrewsiracusa





    TIMELINE


    1:34 About Kube Constructions
    4:06 How to engage your ideal clients
    7:50 The APB action plan that transformed Kube Constructions
    15:49 How to future-proof your building company
    18:34 Transforming your competitor into your ally
    20:45 The #1 way to handle the skilled trades shortage





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Kube Constructions Website: kubeconstructions.com.au



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 27 min
    53. Mindset of a Professional Builder With Clint Best

    53. Mindset of a Professional Builder With Clint Best

    In episode 53 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Clint Best, an Executive Business Coach with APB. Throughout this episode, Clint takes a deep dive into the mindsets of professional builders and how incorporating a growth mindset for yourself and your business can have profound benefits across the board.





    INSIDE EPISODE 53 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    The importance of mindset in a professional building company
    What the difference is between a growth and fixed mindset
    Why a growth mindset is key to running a successful business
    How to develop and incorporate a growth mindset into your building company; and yourself
    Why knowing who you want to become helps shape the trajectory of your business
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to discover how a growth mindset can transform your business and free yourself from doubt and fear.



    ABOUT CLINT BEST



    Clint was trained and certified by the world’s largest business coaching team and was eventually named the Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, before leaving to form Kaizen Business Development in 2007. He has been successfully coaching business owners in Canada and the United States for 18 years and now forms part of the Executive Business Coaching Team at APB.



    Connect with Clint: linkedin.com/in/clintbest





    TIMELINE


    0:39 How mindset impacts a professional building company
    3:03 The key mindset to unlock your businesses potential
    15:25 Proven ways to conquer fear
    23:06 Mindset habits for successful builders
    34:53 How to become a realistic optimist





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 38 min
    52. Website Design That Generates Leads With Peter Butler

    52. Website Design That Generates Leads With Peter Butler

    In episode 52 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Peter Butler, Managing Director of Smarter Websites. Throughout this episode, Peter explains the importance of how a well designed website will set your building company up for success.





    INSIDE EPISODE 52 YOU WILL DISCOVER


    Why a high-performing website is more effective than an online-brochure model website
    How to convert your customers pain points into lead generating CTA’s
    What are the most important website content types to include
    How demonstrating authority builds trust in your audience
    Insider tips on the current most effective website trends
    And much, much more.



    Listen to the full episode to discover exactly what you need to be incorporating into your building website to make it the most effective it can be!



    ABOUT PETER BUTLER



    With over 15 years of experience in the web and digital space, Peter Butler the Managing Director of Smarter Websites knows how to create websites that convert. With a strong focus on systems, processes and automations, Peter is on a mission to help businesses use their website more effectively to boost predictable sales and create more revenue.



    Connect with Peter: linkedin.com/in/peterbutler





    TIMELINE


    1:37 About Peter and Smarter Websites
    4:00 Proven elements to include in your website
    21:45 Your websites psychology
    28:26 The number #1 thing your website must have
    34:00 How to automate your website





    LINKS, RESOURCES & MORE



    Smarter Websites: smarterwebsites.com.au/



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    Website Lead Generation Checklist: APBWebsiteChecklist.pdf



    APB Website: associationofprofessionalbuilders.com



    APB on Instagram: instagram.com/apbbuilders/



    APB on Facebook: facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    APB on YouTube: youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders



    Join the Professional Builders Secrets Facebook group for builders & connect with professional builders world-wide: facebook.com/groups/builderssecrets

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

R@LouisUSA ,

Excellent Content! Looking forward to the new episodes

This podcast has great dialogue that would benefit anyone navigating the mysteries of a small to medium size startup. There are little nuggets throughout each episode and I would recommend this for not only my builder friends but any entrepreneur. Well done!

Tiffany Pope ,

A refreshing new resource for builders!

This series where actual builders are discussing their experiences helps us realize that we can succeed as well.

J@c0b09876 ,

Great variety and content!

I have to say, I was a little sceptical when I saw APB jumped on the podcasting bandwagon. I’m a few episodes in and I’m hooked! I think the best part about this podcast in particular is how different each episode is. Tye’s story is not only inspiring, he’s relatable and the interviews with the coaches are incredibly insightful as to what APB actually do. Great content..Highly recommend

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