Welcome to the Contractor Commute, a podcast by ConGenius that you can enjoy during your daily commutes. Join us as was discuss the construction industry, small business owning, and how to be a better leader in the industry, no matter what your position is.
Caleb and Ben worked together for a few years and still have a really good relationship...so how did they do it and should you do it?
What do you do when you've submitted an invoice and customers don't want to pay? In this episode, Ben and Kinsey dive into what to tangibly do to help you get paid AND what to do to stop it from happening again.
Contracting is hard enough, so make sure you're set up to inform customers and get paid!
This episode of The Contractor Commute is a special one! Drew makes his final run as our co-host as he and Ben talk about how to grow and improve your construction business.
If you're just getting started or have been running your own business for a while now, it's still good to set goals and markers for yourself. We want contractors to win!
We snagged Mr. Insurance for our podcast and he breaks down what insurance you might need, why you need it, and the best practices to save your business in the long run.
Whether your business is large or small, you need to know at what point you can start making money on projects. You have to know your overhead, what you want to pay yourself, and you need to know what the base needs of the project will cost. Material costs are just one aspect. We'll dig into the "why" and "how" in this episode!
Drew sat down with Mike and learned all about how he runs his business. Mike is a unique business owner in that he has set his business up to thrive with him as the sole source of revenue. He has thought out and planned what he needs to consider himself successful and he has made strides to achieve it without ever needing to hire employees.
On this episode of The Contractor Commute, Drew got the chance to chat with Dan Parish, the founder of Millworks by Design. Dan runs a large construction company out of California and shares the values, decisions, and heart that helped him get to where he is today.
When you have confidence in your costs, customers can have confidence in you and your value. Chasing the going rate won't help your business truly succeed. Focus on providing more value, establishing yourself as a reliable and quality business, and earn what you're worth.
Joe is humble, wise, and a really great leader that knows how to make interviews fun. If you want to learn about taking over a construction business, building culture, and the realities of a growing business, this episode is for you!
Whether you make it up in your hourly rate or in your markup percentage, there are business costs that need to be accounted for throughout your various projects. It's fair. Let's talk about why.
Drew had a great time sitting down with Richard McMurray and learning about how he got started, what prompted him to start recording and posting his work, and any advice he had for others like him.
Drew sits down with Jeremiah Lee, a designer, estimator, and overall jack-of-all-trades for his father's company, Rock Solid Renovations.
There are so many benefits when you focus on investing and establishing a proposal creation process. Let's check them out!
Mark has valuable insight into how to run a contracting business, how to start all over in a new place, and how to pivot to become the premium choice in your location.
Every estimate needs to be rock solid if you are going to charge correctly and ensure profits.
Every successful sale should be built around an accurate estimate with excellent customer service.
Every pricing model has pros and cons, so expect to hear their victories, their defeats, and more stories about each.
If you work with people, especially in construction, you'll run up against conflict.
Staying organized on the job site and beyond will help make you a more successful contractor!
Loyal contractors and team members will help make you and your business more successful. In this episode, Drew and Ben talk through some things that you can do today to start building a reliable team or lean on the one that might be around you already.
The economy will always have ups and downs, but there are steps that you can take while the economy and your business are thriving that will help set you up for success.
The unfortunate reality about most self-operated businesses is that you can't do everything yourself. In ways large and small, construction professionals need someone to help fill in the gaps in their business, and this often showcases itself in the finances of a business.
Focusing on these traits will have clients view you in a more professional light, ultimately leaving a positive impact on your business.
Drew and Ben have a tough, but fun, discussion about the mistakes they've made as business owners and leaders in construction.
Drew and Ben discuss the practical steps and practices that you can begin to build out a full and healthy pipeline. With a client pipeline prepared, your construction business can begin to thrive at a pace that you can manage.
In this episode, Drew and Ben talk about the need for a healthy sales pipeline in every construction business. Over the course of their discussion, they share what makes a healthy sales pipeline, what makes an unhealthy one, and points of consideration for every job and customer.
In this episode of The Contractor Commute, Drew and Ben discuss key mindsets, leadership tips, and business practices that will help you build a business that will survive for years to come.
While becoming your own leader in the construction space can provide a lot of freedom, there are also challenges to overcome and some helpful mindsets that will help set you apart. Let's take a look!
In this episode, Drew and Ben are continuing in the series "Why Good Guys Fail" to discuss why so many construction and contractor professionals that are good at what they can do can fail.
In this episode of The Contractor Commute, Ben and Drew discuss why good contractors can run businesses that fail. One of the root causes of business failures is unset and unmet expectations. Together, they talk about business practices and steps that will help you begin to set realistic expectations for yourself, your team, and your clients.
Drew and Ben discuss pitfalls, benefits, leadership thoughts, and business principles that will help you prepare yourself to take the leap and start your own construction company.
In our first episode of The Contractor Commute, Drew Williams interviews ConGenius CEO and Founder, Ben Walsh, on his construction journey so far and how that influenced him to create a new preconstruction software.