We Did It - 500 Episodes of the Kid Contractor Podcast!

I can't believe we've reached 500 episodes of the Kid Contractor podcast! It feels like just yesterday that I was recording that very first episode in my dining room with Brian and Emily from Stump Plants. So much has changed since then but one thing has remained - my commitment to bringing you insightful conversations with top professionals in our industry. For this milestone 500th episode, I decided to call up some of our most memorable guests from over the years to get a glimpse into where they are now. It was so fun to catch up with Josh Sutton, Alicia & AJ Brentzel, Jon Pajak, and many others. I also got a chance to thank those who were instrumental in launching the podcast like Mr. Producer and Brian Fullerton. In addition to reminiscing, I asked each guest about any business "fallacies" they once held that turned out not to be true. Many mentioned assumptions about how growth works or that bigger equals more successful. It was fascinating to hear different perspectives on...

Continue Reading...

Chasing Dreams Down Under

zach taylor May 09, 2024

I was excited to have Zach Taylor back on the podcast again today. Zach is always such a pleasure to talk to - he's got a great sense of humor and an incredible work ethic. I love hearing about all the adventures he gets himself into! This time, Zach shared about an amazing trip he took to visit our friend Jimmy Starbuck in Australia. I couldn't believe the details of Zach's 24 hour travel day just to get there - over 23 hours on planes from Boston to Melbourne. But he said it was all worth it to spend time with Jimmy and see the operations at Starbuck Excavation firsthand. Zach gave us a glimpse into Australian culture and the differences he experienced. From driving on the opposite side of the road to enjoying new foods, Zach took it all in stride. I was surprised to learn that Australia isn't nearly as dangerous as the memes make it out to be! Zach didn't encounter any deadly animals on his trip. It was fascinating to hear about Jimmy's multi-million dollar plant hire business. I...

Continue Reading...

Native Inspiration: Why Native Plants Matter

I recently had the pleasure of hosting experts Amy Dutt, Mark Dilly on my podcast for a discussion about native plants and sustainable landscaping practices. As someone who has long focused on providing low-maintenance options to clients, I was eager to learn more about how we can incorporate nature-friendly designs.

What struck me most was the alarming data presented on the current extinction crisis. With so much wildlife struggling due to habitat loss, it's clear we need to make changes. But I was glad to hear that small modifications, like adding a few native plant species or reducing turf areas, can make a meaningful difference.

Hearing the science behind concepts like wetland design and water filtration through soil also gave me a new appreciation for natural systems. Who knew that simple dirt could cleanse water as it travels underground? It's amazing what nature provides when we allow its processes to function. Mark gave some great insights! Check out his work with ...

Continue Reading...

Safety First: Lessons from the Field

safety in landscaping Apr 18, 2024

As a contractor with over 20 years of experience in the green industry, I've seen firsthand the dangers that come with this line of work. From mowers flinging rocks at high speeds to excavators tipping over on job sites, there's no shortage of hazards out there. That's why on my latest podcast episode, I really wanted to drive home the importance of safety.

We heard from one guest about how even something as routine as driving to and from jobs each day is risky, with distracted motorists posing a threat to those of us working alongside busy roads. It's so easy to take for granted that we'll make it home safely to our families each night. But as another speaker pointed out, no one has promised us that will be the case. Their powerful message really struck a chord.

In addition to safety, I also chatted with my wife Brittany about the value of appreciating each moment we have with our loved ones. As business owners, it's all too easy to leave an argument unresolved in our haste...

Continue Reading...

Stepping Up to the Next Level

hardscape landscaping Apr 15, 2024

Episode 487: Stepping Up to the Next Level

This week's episode of the Kid Contractor Podcast focused on empowering our teams to take the initiative and drive our businesses to new heights. I discussed how Tyler here at Auman Landscape has been given the opportunity to independently sell his first hardscape project, representing a big step forward for him and our company. Taking that initial step out of our comfort zone is so important for growth.

I also shared about receiving some negative feedback on social media recently. While criticism can be tough to handle, blocking negativity is important for my own mental well-being and that of our brand. At the end of the day, we're all works in progress - myself included.

It was great catching up with Levi too about our plans for the week ahead. I hope this episode inspires you to invest in your team members and push boundaries like never before. Every journey starts with that first step. Wishing everyone a productive week! Listen to the...

Continue Reading...

The Downsides of Self Employment: 10 Reasons why Working for Yourself Might Suck!

In a recent Kid Contractor podcast episode, we discussed some of the challenges that come with being self-employed. One thing we touched on was a instagram post by @chriswillx on Instagram outlining 10 reasons why working for yourself can really suck sometimes. I wanted to highlight a few of those reasons here to give you all a taste of what we covered.

The first reason is that as the business owner, you're the only one holding yourself accountable. There's no boss looking over your shoulder making sure things get done. It's all on you to stay motivated and push through, which can get exhausting.

Another is that there's never really an "off" switch - there's always more work to be done. It's hard to fully detach from the business, even when you're trying to take time off.

Attaching your self-worth to the success of the business is dangerous too. When things aren't going well financially, it can really take a toll on your mental health and confidence.

Creating your own...

Continue Reading...

A Day in the Field with Caleb Auman of Auman Landscape

Man, what a couple days it's been! I decided to try something a little different with this episode - instead of just sitting down to record like usual, I brought my mic along to capture some real action over the course of two full work days.

It started with a big sales call I had lined up for a patio project. I was pumped but also nervous to present the design and price to the client. Thankfully it went well and we booked the job - what a relief! From there I hit a few meetings, checked in with the crew working some jobs, and handled calls and estimates back at the shop.

I wanted to give listeners an inside look at what a typical couple days look like running the business. There's highs like closing a sale, lows when you miss an appointment, and everything in between. I also dove into some topics I'm always trying to improve, like communicating value to clients upfront and having all the contract details ironed out.

A big thanks to my producer Hunter for piecing it all together into...

Continue Reading...

Hitting the Ground Running: Preparing for Our Best Spring Season Yet

Alright team, getting pumped for this spring season! As you guys know, we've been putting in some long hours this winter to get our systems dialed in so we can hit the ground running. I'm really proud of the progress everyone has made in buying into our new vision. It's awesome to see guys stepping up and offering ideas for how they can take more ownership over different parts of the business.

This past week we wrapped up our home and garden show, which is always a good way to get some early leads. Even though we only booked one job from it, I'm feeling optimistic that some more work will come down the pipeline from connections we made there. Now we're focused on getting our new patio space finished up out back. It's gonna be such a cool spot for clients to really visualize how an outdoor living area can transform their home.

Anyways, just wanted to check in with you all before our meeting tomorrow. I know there's still some kinks we need to work out with inventory and project...

Continue Reading...

Telling Your Story: What I Learned from Building a StoryBrand

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2024

I recently finished listening to the audiobook "Building a StoryBrand" by Donald Miller, and it completely changed my perspective on how we communicate with clients. For years, I thought we were doing a good job positioning ourselves and our services, but this book showed me there's always room for improvement.

One of the key takeaways is that as contractors, we shouldn't focus so much on positioning ourselves as the "heroes." Rather, we need to make the client the hero of their own story by guiding them through their project. It's about understanding what their true problems are - both externally and internally - and framing our conversation and solutions around solving those problems.

The book also dives into the concept of a "story curve" - having a beginning, middle and end to what we present. We need to clearly define the "villain" (their problem), show how we'll be the "guide" in helping overcome it, and allow them to be the "hero" who succeeds through our work. This framework...

Continue Reading...

Shredding in Steamboat: A Recap of Our Wild Colorado Sledding Adventure

colorado snowmobiling Feb 27, 2024

Hey all! Caleb here checking in with a recap of our wild Colorado sledding adventure. We just wrapped up recording a multi-part podcast live from Steamboat Springs about our trip over the past week.

Joining Brittany and I for the ride were Jeremy Swihart, Bill and Courtney Cipparone, the Tournoux brothers, and Andy Mulder as we spent six days tearing it up on the mountain. The terrain out here was no joke, with some huge open fields and steeper slopes than we're used to. A guide helped get us to the good spots, though I definitely have more to learn when it comes to sidehilling and tricks.

It wouldn't be one of our trips without some good crashes too. I definitely took the worst tumble, launching off a jump and rolling the sled over multiple times. Thankfully it was only some minor damage but it gave me a good scare. Safety is no joke out there in the backcountry.

Be sure to listen to the full podcast for all the details on our adventures, mishaps, and high jinks. I'm already...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.