Today In Trades
Winning the Contractor Fight with Tom Reber

Winning the Contractor Fight with Tom Reber

October 20, 2021

Tom Reber, host of the popular podcast, "The Contractor Fight," joins us to discuss his new book, "Winning the Contractor Fight," available online October 23rd. Hear Tom & Jim discuss winning strategies to set yourself apart from competitors and win the battle between your ears.

Quit Getting Stiffed - Karalynn Cromeens

Quit Getting Stiffed - Karalynn Cromeens

September 7, 2021

Karalynn Cromeens is back to share more wisdom with us in navigating legal issues within the home services industry. This time it's all about collection: how do cover your bases and make sure you get paid for the services you provide?

Mary Kay Liston - From Television to President in the Trades

Mary Kay Liston - From Television to President in the Trades

August 10, 2021

Mary Kay Liston says mentorship is the hallmark of her career - and mentorship is exactly what she passes on to us in this week's episode of Today In Trades. We are talking about how she achieved success and inspired success in others, from starting in television to becoming the president of Five Star Painting and Molly Maid, and everything in between.

The Trap of Time and Materials

The Trap of Time and Materials

July 29, 2021

Are there better ways to estimate? Time and materials might be the way we've always done it, but it could be time for a change. This week we're talking about the downsides of using time and materials to quote a job, and discussing the alternatives. 

Quit Getting Screwed - Common Subcontract Mistakes with Karalynn Cromeens

Quit Getting Screwed - Common Subcontract Mistakes with Karalynn Cromeens

July 13, 2021

What are some avoidable mistakes we make when putting together subcontracts?  How does learning about contracts help us do better business, and why does it matter? This week we're talking with Karalynn Cromeens of the Subcontracting Institute, and author of "Quit Getting Screwed," to go over the importance of contracts and how an in-depth understanding of them can improve your business. 

Find Karalynn's new book here: https://www.amazon.com/Quit-Getting-Screwed-Understanding-Negotiating-ebook/dp/B08QMBBLLS

Find out more about the Subcontracting Institute: https://subcontractorinstitute.com

Listen to Karalynn's Podcast: https://the-quit-getting-screwed-podcast.castos.com

 

Tessla Rennie - Teamwork in the Trades

Tessla Rennie - Teamwork in the Trades

June 29, 2021

Today we hear the story of Tessla Rennie - How teamwork, perseverance, and hard work has paid off and allowed her to excel and encourage a place for anyone who is considering the trades as a career path. 

Lessons from the Floor - What We Can Learn from Trade Shows

Lessons from the Floor - What We Can Learn from Trade Shows

June 15, 2021

Trade shows are a huge part of the Services Industry, and this week we dive into the lessons waiting to be learned from the people who attend.  We talk about labor and labor retention, new consumer behaviors, cross-selling, and tools available to meet demands as consumers begin to expect more from service industry professionals. 

Running a Stronger Business - Auto Glass with Mike Evans

Running a Stronger Business - Auto Glass with Mike Evans

June 2, 2021

Building a culture, building trust, and empowering your people.  Today we have Mike Evans - certified business and leadership coach, as well as owner of a Glass Doctor Franchise - to talk about beginning a business, managing employees, and valuing your business right.

Questions about leadership and business?  You can reach out to Mike Evans at mikeevansmail@gmail.com

Integrating Technology in the Trades - Featuring Mark Haeck of Mainstreet Computers

Integrating Technology in the Trades - Featuring Mark Haeck of Mainstreet Computers

May 18, 2021

What are the attributes that set the best shops apart?  Glass industry expert Mark Haeck of Mainstreet talks about using tech in the trades, partnerships, and looking long-term in the midst of a changing industry. 

Free Estimates - The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Make the Most of Them

Free Estimates - The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Make the Most of Them

May 4, 2021

Free estimates have become an industry standard, but is it time for a change?  This week we're talking about the actual cost of doing a free estimate, and different ways of doing estimates that can bring more value to both you and your customer. 

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