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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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

Ep 158: Your Brand is Your Foundation

2/6/2024
Standing out in a crowded industry, especially one that struggles with a poor reputation is an age old problem for business owners in the construction field. Building a brand is the foundation for growing your business into something that employees are proud to work for, and clients are proud to work with. Today, Natalie Harper joins the show to share her best tips for success when it comes to not only standing out - but standing up for something bigger. Show highlights include: 2:50 Natalie’s start in PR and all about hockey 5:50 Getting started in marketing 8:50 Fundamentals of building a brand 11:25 How to build a foundation 14:11 Investing in knowing who you are early on 17:22 Like attracts like 21:14 Five C’s 26:20 Identifying which communities are important 30:05 What have the best brands done well to be successful? 32:14 Is it what you build or how you build it? 34:30 Your personal brand vs. the company brand 42:20 What have you learned from working in the custom construction industry? 51:20 Appreciate each other and your partners 54:35 How to connect and what’s coming up next? You can learn more about Natalie at https://www.harperpr.com. Get inspired at alairmagazine.com. Social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalieharperpr/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/harper_pr/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HarperPR/ Or hit us through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:57:28

Ep 157: The Customer Experience

1/2/2024
Today’s episode features a familiar voice. To kick off Season 4 we’ve brought back the annual favorite - Steve Barkhouse, owner of Amsted Design|Build. This year we’re treating you to his company’s step by step process for delivering the ultimate customer experience during a custom home building or renovation project. If you’ve been struggling as the industry has shifted from the ease of the pandemic building boom to what it is today - this is an in-depth look at what’s working and why it works. Show highlights include: 2:00 What’s happened in the last year? 3:00 Homebuilders and remodelers are no longer order takers 4:05 Shifts in the permit market 6:10 Defining the client experience plan 11:00 How did you design the experience? 12:55 The first real touch 16:33 The In Home Consultation 22:45 A modest investment of time and professionalism 25:22 Diving into development 27:00 Presenting to the client and design agreement 29:37 Helping clients understand budget in the current economic climate 35:15 Having fun and signing the contract 36:48 Handoff process 39:30 Discovery After Demolition 41:30 Trusted advisors and solid teamwork 44:10 Electrical walk throughs are important 44:50 Critical 10 - the last ten percent 47:10 Completion date, payment, and celebration meeting 53:50 How to connect and what’s coming up next? You can learn more about Steve at https://www.amsted.ca/. Social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevebarkhouse/?originalSubdomain=ca Or hit us through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:56:53

Ep 156: Best of 2023

12/26/2023
It’s the end of 2023 and today Duane and Dave recap some of the most memorable moments from Season 3. This highlight reel revisits a few of the best nuggets from this year. We hope to hear from our Builder Nuggets community what you took away, and what you’d like to hear more of in the future. Reach out on our social links below or visit our website. Show highlights include: 3:15 Ep 146 with Sam Rashkin 7:15 Ep 145 with Steve Arneson 11:05 Ep 109 with PJ Antonik 13:15 Ep 120 with Rob Cecil 16:50 Ep 122 Sabrina Starling 20:10 Ep 105 with Steve Barkhouse 22:40 Ep 126 with Gord Cooke 25:55 Ep 152 with Cheryl Hickey and Justin Thompson 30:05 Ep 140 with Mark Richardson 33:40 Ep 140 with Meghan Billings 37:50 Ep 155 with Chris Thomson 41:22 Reach out with your thoughts for Season 4 You can learn more about the show at https://buildernuggets.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/duanejohns Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/buildernuggets/?hl=en Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/buildernuggets/ Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-builder-nuggets-podcast/id1532287154 To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:42:40

Ep 155: Be Your Word

12/19/2023
Becoming successful doesn’t happen alone. It often takes support and mentorship - two things which can be difficult to find and cultivate. Our guest today is Chris Thomson, Head Coach at Student Works, who helps young entrepreneurs become successful business owners. He joins us to share his goal of creating 1000 millionaires, and his building blocks for making it happen. Show highlights include: 3:05 Chris’s background 4:38 Studentwork’s mission 7:13 How to collaborate and build a mastermind 11:05 How do we hold people accountable? 16:30 Is there ever resistance? 19:45 Recruiting to attract top talent 25:47 Success stories and 1000 Millionaires 30:00 How do you start on this path? 34:45 What do graduates go on to do? 38:50 Where do your coaches come from? 42:20 Has the program ever negatively impacted a student’s schooling? 45:50 How to get in touch and What’s coming up next? You can learn more about Chris at https://www.studentworks.com or at cthomson@studentworks.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-thomson-swp/ Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/leaders-of-tomorrow-podcast/id1448651718 Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:50:16

Ep 154: Gravitating Towards the Hard Stuff

12/12/2023
It’s a fact that women and minorities are underrepresented in the construction industry. Our guest today has been working to change that and making waves across the country. Today, Nora El-Khouri Spencer, founder and CEO of Hope RenovationsRenovations, joins us to talk about taking on the difficult task of breaking norms, creating change, and tackling the hard stuff. Her model was the first of its kind, and has been instrumental in positively impacting her community. If you’ve been wondering how to make your own business more inclusive, it’s time to learn from NAHB’s Woman of the Year for 2023. Show highlights include: 3:24 How Nora got started in the industry 5:00 Deciding to build a business 6:00 What was the reception from Nora’s circle 7:56 Who were some of the first women hired? 10:00 What are some of the most exciting opportunities available? 11:45 Teaching women there are opportunities in the trades is rare 13:45 What does Hope Renovations do? 15:50 How do women feel about participating in the construction industry? 17:35 Will Hope Renovations grow into other disciplines outside of trades? 19:35 How big is the organization? 21:45 What ways can other leaders get involved in this? 24:11 What conversations are being had with younger kids? 25:15 Who all wants to join? 27:30 A memorable student experience 30:20 What has the older generation thought about you and what do they need? 35:20 How to get in touch and What’s coming up next? You can learn more about Nora at https://www.hoperenovations.org. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/company/hoperenovations Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hoperenovations Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hoperenovations Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:40:26

Ep 153: The AI Opportunity Zone

12/5/2023
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of new technology available daily. AI is taking the world by storm and it’s not always clear how it can be used to help the building sector. Today Jonathan Porter-Whistman with Perception Predict AI and Whohire.com joins us to explain the way AI is built, the purposes it can serve, and how builders, remodelers, and tradespeople can use it to better their businesses. If you’re still sifting through resumes trying to find the best talent, yet seeing turnover stay consistently high - it’s time to learn the way of the future. Show highlights include: 2:30 Jonathan’s background 4:00 How do you determine how to find the right people and then scale it? 9:00 How should we perceive where AI is today? 12:45 AIs are already starting to behave more like humans 15:20 How can the building industry get more involved with AI? 17:45 How do you know what areas to focus on and who to trust? 21:00 What is the hiring problem that AI can solve? 23:00 How does Perception Predict AI work? 30:00 AI can be a filtration tool for employers and a resume writer for employees 36:00 How to give immediate satisfaction to potential employees 39:50 What are current AI solutions that builders and remodelers can use now? 41:25 How to get in touch and What’s coming up next? You can learn more about Jonathan by emailing him at jon@whohire.com or check out ttps://www.perceptionpredict.ai/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanwhistman/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:46:35

Ep 152: A Great Big Huge Partnership

11/28/2023
The relationship between a builder and their client is the most important part of a build or renovation project. Cultivating trust and practicing positive communication are invaluable skills in a builder’s arsenal, and are the two most important factors in creating a successful builder-client relationship. Today, we interview Cheryl Hickey and Justin Thompson, a client and a builder, on their relationship and the incredible collaboration they shared. Completing a whole house renovation while supporting the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids), this partnership created a unique opportunity to support their local community. For anyone who wants to use their skills or their business to give back to others - this is the episode for you. Show highlights include: 3:00 Housing collaboration turns to community collaboration 9:35 Knowing it’s time to renovate and stay in the neighborhood 11:35 The confidence to share a build publicly 16:08 What was surprising about your renovation? 18:41 Appreciating the trades 19:50 How to be a good neighbor during a reno 22:20 Sharing a true renovation journey on social media 26:00 A successful builder/client relationship 30:20 The Sickkids initiative 36:50 What kind of feedback have you been getting? 40:40 What’s coming up next? 44:20 How to get in touch You can watch Cheryl’s home renovation collaboration with Alair here. Social media: Cheryl Tiktok- https://www.tiktok.com/@cherylhickey?lang=en Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cherylhickey/?hl=en Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CherylHickeyETCanada/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/cherylhickeyetc?lang=en Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxDXsbH3Ib8754f8izXUckjKllQzyYg27 Justin Linkedin: ttps://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-thompson-1671a031?originalSubdomain=ca Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alairhomes.ontario/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:47:20

Ep 151: The Luxury Experience

11/21/2023
For many, the term luxury is a matter of status. Ted Bainbridge with Build Magazine joins us today to discuss not just the meaning of the word luxury, but what he sees trending across the board in the luxury market with both consumers and builders. Technology and sustainability might have the edge in luxury products, but what creates a true luxury experience for consumers building their custom homes? It’s all about relationships. Show highlights include: 2:50 Lessons from podcasting 4:35 How Ted got to where he is today 6:00 What is luxury today? 9:10 The technology disconnect 12:00 What experiences are people planning for in their homes during the design phase? 14:00 New products and features in luxury homes 16:40 Healthier home trend 20:40 Sustainability is popular but so are fossil fuels 25:30 Differences in the luxury experience of building a home 35:30 Customer/builder relationships can be difficult but successful 40:00 Unique and unexpected luxury markets 42:00 What’s coming up next? You can learn more about Ted at www.buildmagazine.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-bainbridge-293b16168 Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:49:45

Ep 150: NAHB Economic Update 2023

11/14/2023
It’s that time of year again when we bring you an economic update from the National Association of Home Builders. Danushka Nanayakkara, Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis at the NAHB, joins us to share the details of where the housing market is headed as we close out 2023 and head into 2024. We tackle the big questions surrounding interest rates, supply and demand, regional market differences, and whether a recession is still on the horizon. Show highlights include: 2:30 Automotive to home building 4:15 The pulse: taking a recession off the table for now 5:25 Increases in costs and interest rates 11:00 What could the new mortgage rate be in the future? 12:34 Inflation and home prices 14:35 Locked into low interest rates and unable to move 16:50 The income gap and the shrinking middle class 19:30 Will wages continue to rise? 21:50 Demand will stay strong because of millenials 26:40 Multi-generational family living and the hurdles for creating affordable housing 32:55 What should builders/remodelers do in their business to prepare now 36:35 Regional differences seen at the national level 38:50 What’s coming up next? 40:05 How to get in touch You can learn more about Danushka at https://eyeonhousing.org/author/dnanayakkara/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/danushka-nanayakkara-234a2223/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:41:43

Ep 149: Moving in a Positive Direction

11/7/2023
Planning for retirement is often a low priority among younger business owners. There are even established builders and remodelers that think retirement is a far off reality they don’t have time to prepare for. The truth is that there are many steps, beyond the financial, that can help prepare a person for a fulfilling retirement that are often overlooked. Today, our guest breaks down retirement planning into 8 simple steps you can work towards that will help you feel comfortable. Kevin Walsh joins us to share the roadmap he’s created, and how it felt to accomplish it himself. Show highlights include: 2:10 Meeting and providing industry resources 6:00 Financially preparing for retirement 9:45 #1 Start saving money for retirement when you first start working 17:50 Invest in your employees with 401ks 19:05 #2 Focus on your health 23:20 #3 Make time for your family 29:20 #4 Figure out your career desires 35:10 #5 Self-Development is important 40:40 # 6 Giving back to your community 44:10 #7 Social experiences are crucial 46:35 #8 Have core values in your life 50:30 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Kevin and discuss the topics of today’s episode by emailing him at kevinmwalsh1962@gmail.com. Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:52:08

Ep 148: The Tru$t Factor

10/31/2023
The adage of robbing Peter to pay Paul has been a part of the building industry for far too long. It’s eroded the trust of customers and trades who are constantly fearful of their bottom line. Builders and remodelers who manage their finances this way are floundering. Today, our guest is Jake Harris, the Founder and CEO of BuildWallet, who is challenging the industry norms by investing in the technology of the future. Listen in as he shares a new way to partition project money that reinstills trust in everyone involved. Show highlights include: 2:10 Attending the International Builder Show 3:20 How Jake got into the industry and starting his own company 9:45 Why builders shouldn’t be bankers 13:45 Inception and how BuildWallet began 22:25 How does BuildWallet work? 24:20 How does access work? 28:00 The perspective of the homeowners, the builders, and the lenders 34:30 Are users finding success? 37:00 What happens when parties disagree about the money? 43:14 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Jake at https://www.buildwallet.com/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-harris-985a565/ Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/@buildwallet Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:48:09

Ep 147: The Ladder of Opportunity

10/24/2023
The business of recruitment has changed dramatically in the last few years. The talent pool has shifted, and inevitably the employers must shift as well. David Fisher, Director of Talent Acquisition at 84 Lumber, joins us to share how they foster a company culture that retains and attracts talent. Today we talk about the difference between jobs and careers, and how to innovate in a field that can determine the success of a business. Show highlights include: 2:10 Starting out in sports management 4:50 Getting into 84 Lumber 6:00 Why recruiting? 8:00 Creating the job description and developing recruitment 10:00 Borrowing from sports management and growing into the role 11:20 What does recruiting mean today? 12:50 What are candidates looking for? 14:25 Communicating the mission and the vision 17:25 How to build and amplify culture? 19:04 Fostering the right environment 20:45 Getting the story of 84 Lumber out in the world 25:00 How to make trainees want to stay 27:13 What’s the next innovation for attracting talent? 29:56 Changes in the workforce 31:30 What’s coming up next? 32:35 How to get in touch You can learn more about David at https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-fisher-168142223 or apply to 84 Lumber at https://www.84lumber.com/careers Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/company/84-lumber/mycompany/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/84lumber Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/84lumber/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/84LumberNews Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/user/84lumbervideos Tiktok - https://www.tiktok.com/@84lumbercompany Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:33:44

Ep 146: Housing 2.0

10/17/2023
The myriad of problems facing the housing industry can sometimes feel insurmountable. The push towards high performance, the need for affordability, and the continuing rise of inflation and costs for business owners might leave you feeling like you’re getting left behind. The truth is, the answers are out there, and our guest today is here to share real examples of the direction other countries have taken, and where we might be headed next. Sam Rashkin, founder and author of Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry joins us to share revelations from his newest book, Housing 2.0. Show highlights include: 2:30 Sam’s start in the industry 4:45 The upcoming housing industry disruption 8:50 How to look at the industry and solutions differently 11:20 How important is user experience in the industry? 15:30 Does the industry have to move towards off-site prefabrication? 20:30 How to translate the experience to the customer and provide value 24:45 The future of housing and examples around the world 28:45 Landscaping and architecture 31:45 Digitization in the industry’s future 37:45 New players in the industry 43:55 What can builders do to get ahead of the disruptions? 49:00 Where will AI come in? 49:42 What should builders prioritize? 57:40 How does the industry prepare the builder to prepare to the new level? 1:03 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Sam at https://srashkin.com/ or email him at sam@truhomefacts.com. If you’re interested to learn more about Housing 2.0 visit here. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-rashkin Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:01:09:03

Ep 145: Consistent Joy

10/10/2023
**Trigger Warning** This piece briefly discusses suicide and suicidal ideation, and some people might find it disturbing. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. More resources are available below. There are times in life when you convince yourself things will never get better. You or your business may get knocked down, but it’s important to surround yourself with a community that can help to build you back up. Today’s guest has been through his own hard times, and he’s here to share his journey towards a mindset of abundance and how he built a foundation that won’t crumble when life sends him challenges. Steve Arneson, CEO of Synergy Mastermind in Canada, understands better than most how important it is to live with intention. Show highlights include: 3:05 How Steve got into real estate 7:00 TRIGGER WARNING: Steve shares a heartbreak that drove him to suicidal ideation 11:45 How did depression/suicidal ideation affect work? 14:10 Did people know? 15:40 What happened and how did you move forward? 20:10 END TRIGGER WARNING: Being present and intentional 24:00 Becoming comfortable moving forward and steps to being successful 32:25 Building back up 36:15 Where do participants come from? 38:00 How to get in touch and upcoming event 39:50 What is the intention when trying to be your best self? 41:30 What’s coming up next? You can learn more about Steve at https://synergymastermind.ca/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevearneson/ Facebook - https://facebook.com/groups/thereinvestors Instagram - https://instagram.com/steve_arneson Twitter - https://twitter.com/arnesonsteven Youtube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfN7ILS4mbSoYSRvQuDBGvQ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers. If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal ideation, please visit The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988, or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Both programs provide free, confidential support 24/7. More resources can be found at Lifeline (988lifeline.org) and SAMHSA.

Duration:00:45:03

Ep 144: It’s What Makes the House

10/3/2023
Taking over for a sick general contractor who was supposed to be building her home led today’s guest to become a general contractor and business owner herself. Meghan Billings talks about her unconventional journey into the industry, joining a Builder 20 Club, and the experience her company works to give their clients and their trades. Communication is key, and so are challenging assumptions about women in the industry. Show highlights include: 2:30 Growing up in Alaska, settling in Idaho 3:50 How the pandemic affected Idaho and other snow stories 6:35 The journey into the industry 9:50 Starting a business 11:30 What were you trying to do to separate yourself? 14:15 Catching excitement for designing homes 17:30 Why design build? 19:52 What does the team look like? 23:05 What challenges have you overcome? 25:35 The importance of the client and the trades experience 33:40 Your experience as a woman in the industry 37:15 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Meghan at https://megconstruction.com/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/megconstruction Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/megconstruction/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/megconstructionandDesign Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/MEGConstruction/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:43:07

Ep 143: Unraveling the Rules

9/26/2023
Neighborhood HOAs, high-density apartment complexes, and multi-use developments have become the new common practice in the last few decades as the answer to addressing housing concerns. Hard-fought changes in zoning restrictions and ugly battles that pit generational investments against community growth have crowded out the voices in the building industry that are clamoring for a different type of housing experience. Evan Bost joins us to share examples of success in land use reform and the steps he takes toward the topic in his family’s custom home building business. Show highlights include: 3:00 A musician and a home builder 4:25 About Bost Homes 8:45 Evan’s journey into the industry 11:15 Stepping into larger roles 14:30 What was the reception from the team to bringing on family? 16:00 Getting licensed and future plans 18:50 Interest in land use reform 24:50 What is the vision for more lovable communities in the future? 28:50 The younger generations have different desires for communities 34:00 Changes in development feel out of reach 37:00 Examples and barriers of reimagined housing experiences 41:51 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Evan at https://bosthomes.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/company/bost-custom-homes/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/do_you_even_baste/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BostHomes/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/c/BostCustomHomesCary Twitter - https://twitter.com/BostEvan Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:45:57

Ep 142: Never Let Your Standards Drop

9/19/2023
When building a company, there are so many priorities and often, not enough trained people to delegate to. Today, our guest covers the best practices surrounding building a team, retaining that team, and preparing for what’s coming next. Sky Kolade, co-founder of The Association of Professional Builders, joins us as we talk culture, cowboys, and the upcoming industry reset. Show highlights include: 3:20 How did the Association of Professional Builders get started? 9:10 What issues were you hoping APB could solve in the industry? 13:45 How are you seeing builders build culture? 19:25 Are current industry complications affecting culture? 23:00 What are common themes of good company culture? 30:10 Attracting and retaining talent 39:05 Team assessments for building better communication 41:24 What are the biggest headwinds in the industry in the next few years? 46:31 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Sky at https://associationofprofessionalbuilders.com/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/skycheristephens/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/apbbuilders/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/associationofprofessionalbuilders/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/c/associationofprofessionalbuilders Twitter - https://twitter.com/apbbuilders Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:49:57

Ep 141: The Flip Side

9/12/2023
Any business owner in this industry has struggled to build a good team, to scale, or to step away from the daily grind. Today, a familiar voice joins us to share his personal struggles through his seemingly meteoric rise through the ranks as a young builder. Nick Schiffer of NS Builders breaks down where he’s chosen to invest, the pushback he’s received, and how he’s choosing to focus his energies moving forward. Show highlights include: 2:00 You can love and hate what you do 3:10 Having a fourth child 7:00 How does perfection fit into scaling a business? 13:45 Innovation can make slow progress 18:40 The struggle to focus on one thing at a time 24:07 Risky business transitions 27:30 Reflecting during times of struggle 31:50 Where to invest for the biggest impact 34:00 Learning from a bad hiring mistake 37:15 Investing and building an A Team takes a lot of work 42:00 How to scale when your team isn’t behind you 45:45 It’s hard to stay in your own lane 48:15 To focus or not to focus? 51:00 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Nick at https://www.nickschiffer.com/. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickschiffer/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nickschiffer/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/c/NSBuildersLLC Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:53:42

Ep 140: Better is Better

9/5/2023
Across the industry the consumer mindset has shifted immensely around remodeling and our guest today has lived through it all. Mark Richardson, author of How Fit Is Your Business, joins us to share his journey of helping set the standard for professional remodeling and his views on where the industry is headed. Today we tackle why bigger isn’t always better, avoiding potholes, and changing the common misconceptions that plague remodelers trying to grow their business. Show highlights include: 2:25 An interesting last few years 5:20 A different consumer mindset 7:20 Mark’s journey through the industry 12:16 What makes a remodeler a professional? 16:00 Are there more professional remodelers now than in the past? 18:28 Shortage of skilled labor 21:52 How can a remodeler become more professional? 25:00 What does a healthy construction business look like? 29:20 Common business mistakes 34:00 Use the resources you have available - including AI 35:50 Who were your mentors along the way? 37:10 Mastermind groups 39:30 Where is the industry headed? 42:42 The difficulty of finding talent 46:30 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Mark by emailing him at mrichardson@mgrichardson.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-richardson-54970255/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:49:48

Ep 139: Planning For a Business Sale

8/29/2023
Building a business and building a business that’s attractive to future buyers are two different things - but they don’t have to be. Today’s guest, Mark Herrmann, walks us through the process of finding and retaining a quality business broker who can help you prepare for the transition out of business ownership. He tackles the mistakes and misconceptions that many entrepreneurs make when trying to sell their businesses. We all wish selling a business was a quick and easy process, but with the right preparation and the best professional assistance, success could be just around the corner. Show highlights include: 3:00 The journey into business ownership 6:00 Building and selling the first business 10:25 The transition into a new business 12:30 What does a business broker do? 13:55 The process of valuing a business 18:10 What has the most effect on the value of a business? 19:30 The timeline of a sale 20:45 The value of a broker vs. selling on your own 24:55 How does a broker get paid? 28:35 How to make your business more valuable in advance 31:00 What is the process for selling a business? 33:34 Finding a good fit to buy your business 37:00 Can the seller and buyer meet? 42:40 Preparing for the transition after selling 49:25 What’s coming up next and how to get in touch You can learn more about Mark at http://www.carolinaadvisory.com. Social media: LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/markherrmann92/ Or hit us up through our Contact Page at https://buildernuggets.com and we’ll make a personal introduction. To get the most out of this podcast, head over to https://buildernuggets.com and join our active community of like-minded builders and remodelers.

Duration:00:51:48