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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Motivating Employees: Using Numbers and Incentive Plans to Drive Team Performance

Motivating employees to care about the financial health of the business can be a daunting task for any business owner. However, it is a critical step to ensuring the long-term success of the business. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb discussed this topic with guest Carla from Cycle CPA. They discussed how to get employees motivated about the numbers and shared some practical tips that can be implemented in any business.

Carla recommended practicing some form of open book management where the business owner shows as much or as little of the financials as they want. However, she emphasized the importance of showing the gross profit percentage margin, which is a rule of thumb for the industry at around 50%. This helps employees understand the financial health of the business and how their work contributes to its success.

Carla also shared how she helped a particular business put incentive plans in place to motivate their employees. This involved creating a...

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Auman Landscape 2023 First Quarter Review

As a business owner, it is important to conduct regular reviews to track your progress, identify areas of improvement, and make necessary adjustments. In a recent episode of The Kid Contractor Podcast, Caleb and Brittany Auman, owners of Auman Landscape, discussed their first-quarter review of the year. The couple went through their financial records, analyzing their sales and expenses, to see how they were performing.

One thing that stood out during their review was the impact of their work on the building on Auman Landscape's books from the previous year. Although the work was not a significant expense, it was considered a sale, which made it challenging to compare their first-quarter results accurately. Caleb and Brittany acknowledged the need to look closely at the numbers and analyze them collectively to get a better understanding of their current financial status.

The couple found that their sales were down by 16% compared to the first quarter of 2022, and down by 20%...

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Landscaping Business Marketing with AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a concept reserved for science fiction novels or Hollywood blockbusters. It is already part of our daily lives in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. From Siri and Alexa to self-driving cars, AI is revolutionizing the way we live and work. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Caleb shared how AI has already began to change the game for marketing a businesses.

Caleb explained to the guests that the chat GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is an iteration of AI developed by Microsoft to compete with Google. With this tool, one can ask the AI to write an essay, create a report, or even do homework. The AI scours the internet and cross-checks the information before producing a high-quality output within seconds.

The potential applications for this technology are limitless. For businesses, chat GPT could be used to create blog posts, build SEO, and automate tasks. For example, a landscaping company could ask the AI to...

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ConEx 2023 Reminiscing with Zach Taylor!

conexpo Apr 10, 2023

The Con Expo 2023 has come and gone, but the memories and experiences it brought will stay with attendees for a long time. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb and guest Zach discussed the growth and popularity of the Con Expo, which has become a massive event for the construction industry.

Zach shared how he has loved seeing the Con Expo grow and how it has given him the opportunity to make connections with people from all across the country. He talked about how he has met a bunch of people that he has talked to for years, and the Con Expo gave him the chance to finally put a face to the name. It was a chance to shake hands, give hugs, and just have a cool experience.

ConExpo is more than just a trade show; it's an event that brings the construction industry together. Zach talked about how it felt like a big family reunion, with people from all over the industry coming together to share ideas and experiences. It was a time to hang out with a bunch of folks...

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Celebrating Micro Victories: Why Small Wins Matter

small wins matter Apr 07, 2023

We all have dreams and goals that we want to achieve, but sometimes it can feel like the journey to get there is never-ending. It's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of our big, audacious goals that we forget to celebrate the small wins along the way. In this episode of the kid Contractor podcast, guests Brian Fullerton (Brian's Lawn Maintenance) and John Pajak discuss the importance of celebrating micro victories.

John starts off the conversation by emphasizing the need to celebrate small wins. He says, "I mean, you do have to have those like, micro celebrations 100% Otherwise, if you're waiting for the Big Bang to happen, it you're gonna miss out on a lot of things." He's absolutely right. Waiting for the big bang moment can be demotivating and can make the journey seem longer and harder than it actually is.

Brian Fullerton, who is a successful entrepreneur, shares how he and his wife celebrate their micro victories. He says, "Liz and I celebrate micro those little celebrate...

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Building a Stable Business: The Three-Legged Stool of Customer Service, Quality Work, and Sales & Marketing

In today's business world, customer satisfaction is paramount. Business owners across industries have come to understand the importance of creating a strong customer base by focusing on providing exceptional customer service, high-quality work, and effective sales and marketing strategies. In a recent Kid Contractor podcast episode, we were joined by guest Savier Caballero, of Caballero's landscaping where he discussed the "customer's three-legged stool," a concept that emphasizes the critical role that these three components play in running a successful business.

Savier explained the three legs of the customer's stool are customer service, quality work, and sales and marketing. Each of these components is essential and must work together to create a stable and long-lasting business.

The first leg of the stool, customer service, involves providing the best possible service to your customers. This includes being attentive to their needs, responding promptly to inquiries, and...

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Red Flags and Avoiding Bad Clients

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2023

In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Craig Sheller of Sheller Outdoor Living talked with Caleb Auman about the red flags he looks for in potential clients.  Craig and Caleb both agree that if a client refuses to pay for a consultation, it's a red flag and they aren't a good fit. They believe that if a client is not willing to value what they offer as a company, it's not worth anyone's time, even if it's a $50,000 job.

Another red flag for them is when clients say they've received multiple bids. They prefer to work with clients who come to them directly and trust them enough to not have to shop around. They believe that building good referral partnerships and taking care of clients is the key to getting clients through referrals.

The podcast also discusses how to get to the stage of business where one can confidently turn away work and focus on the type of work and clients they want. For the full episode, listen here!

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