363 – Part 1: Transition from a Technician to a Business Owner

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Starting a business is never easy, and for those in the trades industry, the transition from a technician to a business owner can be especially challenging. In this episode of The Site Shed podcast, we’re excited to welcome Rob Kropp, Founder of Pravar Group, to discuss the topic of “Transition from a technician to a business owner”. This is the first part of our 2-part series called “How to structure your trade-business” where we’ll be discussing the key actions a tradesman can take to be a successful businessman.

Rob is a seasoned business coach with a wealth of knowledge on how to create a structure for a trade-business. In this episode, he shares his insights on the importance of having a clear plan and understanding the importance of having a business structure.

Overall, this episode of The Site Shed podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking to create a structure for their own trade-business. Rob’s insights and practical tips are sure to help you navigate the transition from a technician to a successful business owner.

So, tune in to this episode and learn how to create a structure for your trade-business as a businessman. And don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss a future episode of the series.

Discussion Points: 

00:00 Episode Intro
00:27 Welcome back Rob Kropp
03:52 The reality of having a structure in your trade-business
04:45 Common mindset of tradesmen turned trade-business owners
07:45 How hiring a team reflects the size of your business
13:30 Why do people get stuck working long hours?
17:12 Importance of optimising your trade-business structure
19:50 Shed to Grow: How Rob helped a client structure their business
21:00 Positions, People, Processes
21:50 Scale Team not Time: Starting with the Organisation Chart to grow your business
25:00 Equipping your team to succeed in their position
29:00 Soft skills to develop to improve your leadership
32:55 Setting your mindset to grow your trade business



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The Site Shed is one of the best online communities and podcasts for tradies out there. The free content provided to members is unbelievable - offering invaluable advice to run a successful business, and the community of tradies is truly awesome. Do yourself a favour and check it out.

Peter Cox Business Man

Great work Matt with all the podcasts and the site shed facebook community group. The amount of information that you can learn for free in this space is unbelieveable. It's great to see like minded contractors and trades trying to improve their businesses and also share ideas and help others. Highly recommend. Thanks!

Ben Hern Business Owner

I have been listening to the pod casts for a few months now, I can't get enough of all the awesome content that you guys provide. Especially when you guys deliver it from a trade perspective which helps out a lot. Keep up the good work and hopefully one day I can afford one of the trade training trips.

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I own a construction company,and i love learning how to make my bussiness more competitive,profitable and how to better serve my clients. The site shed is a wonderful place to get invaluable knowledge no matter your trade .

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