Contractor Evolution

Contractor Evolution

2 Seasons

This is Contractor Evolution. Where we unpack the systems, tactics, and skills you need to take your fast-growing contracting business to the next level.

If you’re here to learn what it takes to scale up, work less, and increase profitability, you’ve come to the right place.

Stay tuned to learn what separates the new breed of contractor from the old school, and welcome to your ultimate guide on the business of contracting.

Contractor Evolution
  • Ready to Scale? Watch This

    Episode 37

    If you’ve ever felt like your profit should be increasing with your revenue, you’re not alone.

    If revenue goes up…profit goes up. Right? It’s simple math. It should work like that.

    You think if you just work a little harder, push a little more…POOF… you’ll magically crest revenue hill. Economie...

  • Resumes Are Useless

    Episode 36

    As a millennial myself, I take a small amount of personal offense whenever I hear frustrated contractors verbally bash my entire generation (or young people broadly speaking) for their supposed lack of work ethic, chronic ADD, and apparent disinterest in construction and trades.

    I admittedly r...

  • Client Red Flags

    Episode 35

    Nothing in the world of contracting sucks the life out of you or your team like a miserable client. A sorry SOB whose apparent mission in life is to ruin yours. It almost seems they take pleasure in the process.

    What I’m saying is I think we can all agree that avoiding the crazies is in your be...

  • 10 Signs of Self Sabotage

    Episode 34

    If you roll into a multi-day hike with tons of vertical and a 50-pound pack after 6 months on the couch eating Doritos, chances are you’re probably not going to have the best time.

    But what about if you're asking a lot of your mind?

    How many stressful situations do you encounter in your busin...

  • From 400k To 10M+ in 4 Years

    Episode 33

    In this episode of Contractor Evolution, we’ve brought in Anthony Langdon of Asset Roofing in Seattle, WA. It wasn’t too long ago that Anthony’s business hit a ceiling because he was always stuck on the roof. No pun intended.

    In 2018 his business was doing 400k a year in revenue while he wor...

  • Not Over 15% Net Profit? Watch This

    Episode 32

    Your business is a “For-Profit Entity”.

    Profits are a slippery business though.

    Sometimes it can feel like what you made on paper and what is in your bank account don’t quite line up.

    Sometimes top-line growth doesn’t translate to bottom-line growth.

    And sometimes it's only a few expense...

  • Contractor Content Strategy For 2022

    Episode 31

    “Create Content” is such an easy thing for some marketing guru to tell you to do.

    But those people are the ones that sit in front of a screen all day and have no realistic clue what goes into running the average contracting company.

    On top of that, why on God’s green earth would you take the ...

  • 2022 Contractor Reading List

    Episode 30

    As you might have guessed by the subject line of this email, we’re talking about books in this episode of Contractor Evolution?

    Why?

    Because someone way smarter than you has devoted DECADES of their life mastering a principle that will significantly impact you in a positive way.

    And you can c...

  • The Antidote For Imposter Syndrome And Self Doubt

    Episode 29

    Do you ever feel like a fraud?
    In certain situations do you ever feel like you are one minor mistake, one missed detail away from being found out by everyone as a phony?

    Do you sometimes feel totally under qualified to occupy the position that you do?

    Flawed, imperfect, error-prone, human?

    I...

  • Only 2% of Contractors Do This

    Episode 28

    Our guest in this episode, Paul Akers, runs a company called Fastcap who’s workers now output $500-$700 a day and are happier than when the company started. He’s been so recognized for his work that he’s been invited to speak and consult with companies like Mercedes Benz, Amazon, and the US Navy....

  • No More "Go Backs"

    Episode 27

    Misaligned expectations between contractor and client are the route of all evil when it comes to:

    -Hitting or missing budget
    -Finishing the project on time or way behind schedule
    -And creating a happy customer who will refer you for years or not.

    Sales handoff is one of the most critical links ...

  • From 0 to 380m in 10 Years

    Episode 26

    Just 13 years ago, Barrett was working as a bags-on carpenter fresh out of school.

    Since then, he has not only built an extremely successful construction company but has also become a full-blown multi-family developer.

    His company, Cadence Real Estate, which is actually composed of 4 subsidia...

  • Contractor Acquisition Model: Does It Work?

    Episode 25

    This painter crushes it by buying into his competition

    You may have, at some point, pondered the idea of supercharging your growth by buying another business.

    Entrepreneurs naturally see opportunity all around them - owners that don’t know what they’re doing, older guys trying to get out, young...

  • The Benefits of New Territory

    Episode 24

    If you have ever wondered what it takes to expand into a new market, begin operations in a new city, or even a new state, this episode is a must-listen. Our guest for this episode is Kory Ballard, founder of Perficut Site Management.

    Kory started as a teenager, borrowing his dad's mower to do...

  • Will You Weather The Storm

    Episode 23

    One situation you are inevitably going to face at some point, or many points, is an economic downturn. Or Recession. Or Meltdown. Whatever you (or the media) want to call it.

    You get what I’m saying though. Business isn’t just about winning when the times are good and everyone is fat and happy. ...

  • Bigger Business = More Family Time

    Episode 22

    Today’s episode is a case study with Curtis and Channell Murray of 180 Kitchens: A kitchen cabinet refacing business based in Vancouver BC. Listen carefully now okay? In one short year, they accomplished the following.

    -They increased their top line revenue by 250%
    -They moved their net profit...

  • Contractor Hiring Q's Answered

    Episode 21

    About 2 months ago we put on our first digital Contractor Evolution Summit where we focused on recruiting and hiring.

    We had so many questions during the live event that we couldn’t get to them all so here are an additional 9 questions that were too good not to respond to.

    By the end of this ep...

  • The New Way To Recruit In The Trades

    Episode 20

    When it comes to solving business problems there will always be hundreds of theoretical or formulaic sounding answers floating around out there.

    There is certainly value in these more textbook concepts, but one of the best ways we entrepreneurs learn is by simply listening to how other entrepr...

  • How to Implement a CRM Without Giving Yourself a Migraine

    Episode 19

    If you took a survey of contractors right after the implementation of their first CRM or Project Management tool, many of the responses you’d get would sound something like:

    - That was awful
    - My head nearly exploded
    - Truly the worst 6 months of my life for me and my team
    - I never want to go t...

  • Unlock Your Employees Full Potential

    Episode 18

    When people know and trust each other they’re more likely to collaborate together on important work, they’re more likely to be honest with each other when it counts, and your business will be better for it.

    Your employees need to form deeper relationships than simply “someone I work with” in o...

  • 5 Ways to Stay Out of Legal Trouble

    Episode 17

    You want to keep your A$$ out of trouble.

    All ventures, big and small, face some form of a legal risk. Whether you realize it or not, the business of contracting is on the riskier end of the spectrum.

    You put thousands of hours of work and millions of dollars every year into growing your compa...

  • How to Stop Just Dreaming & Start Empire Building

    Episode 16

    In this episode of Contractor Evolution, we sat down with a guest we've been trying to pin down for a while, Luke Hansen.

    Luke is the founder and CEO of CompanyCam, our favorite photo storage, and site management app. Company Cam is purpose-built for contractors. It is an intuitive platform to...

  • Get Things To Go Your Way With Active Listening

    Episode 15

    There is one skill out there that very few people try to engage in. But, well execution leads to stronger social connections and increases your ability to solve. That makes you a more interesting individual, builds trust, and increases your effectiveness as a leader.

    That skill is active listen...

  • The Best Way to Find great Talent Abroad

    Episode 14

    Have you ever considered bringing in skilled workers from abroad?

    Think about it… you as an entrepreneur can’t find the people you need at home, so the next logical step is to seek help elsewhere. If overcoming the labor shortage and growing your business is something you care about, immigratio...