Auman Landscape's Grill Island Build

grill island build May 31, 2023

We are excited to share an exciting video with you today, showcasing one of our talented employees as they construct a stunning outdoor grill island using Unilock Lineo product at our very own Auman HQ. The base on this project was already installed, but we had one guy put this up in about 9 hours. This video not only captures the build but also provides a valuable educational experience for viewers interested in learning more about the process. Take a look!



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Unlocking Hardscape Excellence: The Hardscape Academy Experience

hardscape academy May 20, 2023

In recent years, hardscaping has emerged as a sought-after skill, allowing individuals to create breathtaking outdoor spaces using stone, concrete, and other durable materials. Aspiring hardscape professionals and enthusiasts are constantly on the lookout for comprehensive training and valuable insights to elevate their skills. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Caleb Auman, the instructor at the Hardscape Academy, interviewed two attendees, Nathan and Dylan, who share their transformative experience at our academy. Their conversation sheds light on the immense value and positive impact that the Hardscape Academy offers to those seeking to excel in this creative field.

During the podcast, Nathan expresses his excitement about discovering new tools and techniques. Specifically, he highlights the process of cutting bricks and creating beautiful curved bandings—a concept he had never encountered before attending the Hardscape Academy. Nathan's revelation...

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Ensuring Trench Safety: A Story of Survival

trench safety May 19, 2023

Trench work is an essential aspect of construction and utility maintenance, but it can also pose significant risks if proper safety measures are not followed. In this blog post, we will delve into a conversation from the Kid Contractor podcast, where Alex Parker, a guest on the show, recounts a personal experience of surviving a trench collapse. Through his harrowing story, we'll explore the importance of trench safety practices and highlight the lessons we can learn to prevent such incidents from happening.

Alex Parker's Story:

Alex Parker begins his tale by describing his work with a company responsible for fixing water main breaks in a local area. In 2005, he embarked on a typical day, unaware that it would soon become a life-changing experience. Dispatched to address a water main break on a dirt road, he and his team encountered their first mistake: digging down the side of an old trench.

In their haste to avoid interfering with fiber optic lines running above their heads, they...

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Leveraging Debt as a Springboard to Success in Business

debt May 11, 2023

In the realm of personal finance, there's a prevailing sentiment against debt, echoed by renowned financial experts like Dave Ramsey. However, in a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb Auman challenges this notion and explores the potential benefits of borrowing money in certain business contexts. While caution is advised, Auman suggests that strategic debt usage can serve as a springboard, propelling entrepreneurs towards larger and more profitable projects. This blog post delves into the concept of leveraging debt as a tool for business growth and examines the factors to consider before embarking on this path.

Auman acknowledges that his viewpoint diverges from traditional financial wisdom, particularly in relation to Dave Ramsey's teachings. He emphasizes that while he is generally not an advocate for debt, there are circumstances in which it can be a valuable resource. Debt, when used judiciously, can act as a springboard—an instrument that propels...

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From Classroom to Construction

repurposed educator May 08, 2023

In a recent of episode of Kid Contractor Podcast we got to speak with and hear the remarkable journeys of Kayti and Ry, two former educators who have transitioned from the world of teaching to making a profound impact in the construction sector. Their stories exemplify the transformative power of following one's passion and seizing unexpected opportunities for growth and reinvention.

Kayti begins by recounting her childhood immersed in the construction industry. With parents who owned a trucking company, aggregate pits, and a ready-mix plant, she was no stranger to the world of construction. However, societal expectations led her to pursue a college education rather than continuing the family business. Driven by her love for working with children and making a difference, Kayti became a teacher, dedicating several years to shaping young minds. Eventually, she transitioned to a role in curriculum and instruction, collaborating with fellow educators to develop impactful...

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Standing Out from the Crowd: Three Essential Areas for Contractor Success

standing out May 05, 2023

In today's competitive industry, standing out from the crowd is essential. With the current economic climate, it's becoming increasingly difficult to secure leads and customers, and contractors need to ensure they're doing everything they can to close sales. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor Podcast, guest Mike Andes of Augusta Lawn Care discussed with us how contractors can separate themselves from the rest of the industry, and outlined three key areas that can help you stand out and succeed.

The first area is having a good website. In today's digital age, a strong online presence is crucial. Your website is often the first impression potential clients have of your business, so it needs to be professional, informative, and easy to navigate. It should showcase your services and highlight your expertise in the industry. By investing in a well-designed website, you can establish your brand and attract more leads.

The second area is answering the phone. It may seem like a...

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The Impact of Inflation on Business and Target Demographics

inflation May 03, 2023

Inflation is a term that is thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. It has had a significant impact on various aspects of our lives, including the economy and the way we conduct business. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Caleb Auman discussed how inflation is affecting their business and the demographics they cater to.

Caleb first pointed out that business owners should not assume that they are too expensive for their target market right away. Instead, they should consider whether they are catering to the right demographic. For example, if a business owner is targeting the blue-collar, suburban purchasing class, they may be facing significant challenges due to the impact of inflation on their disposable income.

Auman notes that this demographic is getting "crushed" by inflation, with their disposable income being severely impacted. As a result, they may not be able to afford the same level of discretionary spending that they once did. This...

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Robotic Mowers: The Future of Lawn Care

robotic mower Apr 27, 2023

The advancements in technology have led to the introduction of many automated devices, and robotic mowers are the latest addition to the list. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb Auman shared his experience with the Husqvarna robot mower that was sent to him.

While Caleb is excited about the potential of robotic mowers, he notes that there may be a learning curve for users who are new to the technology. However, he also points out that the naysayers who might consider these devices as junk or stupid are not considering the significant technological advancements that have been made in recent years.

In conclusion, the rise of robotic mowers is a testament to the evolution of technology in our daily lives. While there may be a learning curve for some users, these devices offer a practical and efficient solution to lawn care. As the technology continues to improve, it may not be long before robotic mowers become the norm in households across the country.

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CompanyCam: The Importance of Pre-Documentation for Contractors

companycam Apr 24, 2023

In the world of contracting, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen even to the most careful and diligent contractors. One way to prevent such occurrences is through pre-documentation. This process entails taking photos of the work area before starting the job and documenting any pre-existing conditions, such as cracks in the sidewalk or a broken downspout. Pre-documentation can help cover the contractor's tail and ensure a smoother project outcome.

On the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb and guest Ellie from CompanyCam both agreed that pre-documentation is essential. They pointed out that some clients might try to take advantage of contractors or landscapers, and in such situations, it's better to have photographic evidence of the pre-existing conditions to avoid disputes. The pre-documentation process can help to establish a clear understanding of what was already there before the work began.

Contractors who practice pre-documentation can have a smoother conversation...

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The Burden of Debt: One Contractor's Perspective on Financial Freedom

debt Apr 21, 2023

Debt is a complex topic that can elicit a wide range of opinions, emotions, and experiences. Some people view debt as a necessary tool for achieving financial goals, while others see it as a burden that can cause immense stress and anxiety. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb interviewed guest Paul Jamison about his thoughts on debt and how it has impacted his life and business.

Paul's response was straightforward: he tries to avoid using any debt in his life, including in his business. He cited his experience with student loans as a prime example of how debt can weigh on a person's shoulders, causing stress and anxiety. Paul acknowledged that he has had other forms of debt in his life, including auto loans and business loans, but he has come to the realization that he prefers to work for what he wants and save up money to make purchases rather than take on debt.

This approach may not be for everyone, and Paul himself acknowledged that it may result in...

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