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4 Ways to Nail Your Pricing Structure

Come on down, welcome to The Price is Right. Remember this classic television game show where contestants jumped with excitement on getting the call up?...

4 Ways to Nail Your Pricing Structure
3 min read tradie tips

How to get your team on-board with new systems

We all know you didn’t learn your trade in a day, it takes long hours digging foundations in the rain, sweeping up Gib dust and crawling under houses as well as copious amounts of bookwork to shape a competent Tradesperson....

How to get your team on-board with new systems
3 mins tradie tips

When to Flash Cash and When To Save It

The simple approach to managing overheads is to spend as little as possible, to keep net profit as high as it can be. Sounds nice in theory right, but the reality is sometimes you have to spend money to make money....

Dan
Dan

Founder

When to Flash Cash and When To Save It
3 mins tradie tips

Which overheads you can and can't control

If you’ve been following this series of blogs or you’ve heard me speaking at an event before, you’ll be familiar with my bucket analogy....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Which overheads you can and can't control
2 mins tradie tips

Is it time to hire an office person?

As we’ve covered in earlier blogs, invoicing daily is vital to maintaining positive cash flow and it should be one of your main priorities - because the faster you get the invoice out the door, the faster money will come back in!...

Dan
Dan

Founder

Is it time to hire an office person?
3 mins tradie tips

Check out our top 10 blogs from 2018

Check out our Top 10 Blogs of 2018 to help you start the New Year on the right foot. 10. How to quote right...

Robbie
Robbie

Trade Software Expert

Check out our top 10 blogs from 2018
3 mins tradie tips

How to get quoting right for jobs you do often

I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to get quotes right, it’s vital to you making a profit. On average, 30% of a trade business’s revenue comes from quoting, so if you want to grow your business and not go bankrupt you need to get it right....

Dan
Dan

Founder

How to get quoting right for jobs you do often
3 mins tradie tips

The easiest way to avoid losses on materials

Think of your business as a bucket with holes in it. Money earned from jobs fills the bucket up, while various running costs create holes that let your hard earned profit escape....

Dan
Dan

Founder

The easiest way to avoid losses on materials
2 mins tradie tips

Why it's time to start charging deposits

When work is a bit slow and you’ve got a few slow-paying customers to boot, one surefire way to keep cash flow healthy is by charging deposits....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Why it's time to start charging deposits
2 mins tradie tips

Getting the follow-up right

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the importance of invoicing daily and putting the right support systems in place to make this your reality. Without doubt, it will have a huge impact on cash flow....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Getting the follow-up right
2 mins tradie tips

The simple solution to managing unused materials

I’m a big advocate for ordering materials correctly and not overbuying, but I’m also realistic and understand that sometimes it’s not always possible in the real world....

Dan
Dan

Founder

The simple solution to managing unused materials
3 mins tradie tips

The Importance of Cash Flow & Our #1 Tip For Improving It

Cash flow is one of the four levers that need to be mastered in order to build a successful high-performing trades business. For something so simple, cash flow is one of the hardest things for many business owners to manage (confession: I was one of them who got it wrong too!...

Dan
Dan

Founder

The Importance of Cash Flow & Our #1 Tip For Improving It
2 mins tradie tips

Smart invoicing tips for smart Tradies

Think about this for a second: All the effort trade business owners put into their work, training staff, buying stock and so on basically counts for nothing until the moment you sit down to create an invoice....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

Smart invoicing tips for smart Tradies
3 mins tradie tips

The 5 Tech Tools the Modern Tradie Needs

Whether you’ve got a team of 5 or 50, organising a trade business ain’t easy. If you’re knee deep in mud or sweating in a roof full of insulation all day the last thing you want to do is come home and bust buttons on a calculator....

Robbie
Robbie

Trade Software Expert

The 5 Tech Tools the Modern Tradie Needs
3 mins tradie tips

Effective tips on managing materials costs for trades

Managing materials is always one of the most difficult areas for a plumbing or electrical business to get a handle on. Your tradespeople are moving materials from van to van, unused stock is lying around waiting to be returned, and there’s always the odd item that goes missing....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

Effective tips on managing materials costs for trades
4 mins tradie tips

Building up to business owner burnout?

Tradies are known for working hard, long hours. Especially trade business owners, who find themselves working on the tools all day and catching up on quotes, invoices, and paperwork at night....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

Building up to business owner burnout?
3 mins tradie tips

8 Things Trade Business Owners Should Do Before The EOFY

In the days around the end of financial year it can be difficult for trades business owners to keep track of what they’ve done, what still needs to be done, and what changes to make for the new financial year....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

8 Things Trade Business Owners Should Do Before The EOFY
3 mins tradie tips

Nail Cashflow

Let’s start with a familiar story… Mark the plumber is stoked at how plump his bank account is looking. He’s had a busy month, his team has ticked off a record number of jobs, and the invoices are coming in fast....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

Nail Cashflow
3 mins tradie tips

Top 5 tips for hiring and managing subcontractors

If you’ve owned a trades business for any length of time, you’ve probably had your fair share of dealing with subcontractors. Also known as subbies, there are a lot of benefits to hiring the right people to help you get through a busy patch, meet the requirements of a job that’s outside your usual scope, or fill the gap when it’s hard to find quality full-time tradies....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Top 5 tips for hiring and managing subcontractors
3 mins tradie tips

How to manage job labour & materials costs

Imagine for a second that your trades business is a bucket with holes in it. The only time you make money is when the bucket overflows, so the holes have to be small enough that the bucket can still fill and overflow....

Dan
Dan

Founder

How to manage job labour & materials costs
2 mins tradie tips

How to find good tradespeople for your trade company

Where to start when you need new hires If there’s one gripe I’ve heard over and over again in my 25 years in the trades industry it’s this - you just can’t find good tradies....

Dan
Dan

Founder

How to find good tradespeople for your trade company
2 mins tradie tips

Preparing for another bumper year

One of the many hard lessons I’ve learnt over my years in the trade industry is that sometimes, or many times, it is better to say “No,” to a job, rather than “Yes”....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Preparing for another bumper year
3 mins tradie tips

Knock late timesheets on the head

Tradies and timesheets. If you manage a team of plumbers, electricians or builders you’ve probably already learnt that the two don’t always gel....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Knock late timesheets on the head
3 mins tradie tips

Six numbers every Tradie business owner should know

Operating cash flow, gross margin, debt-to-equity, sales close ratio… it’s easy to get bogged down by the number of different ways you can measure the financial health of your trades or service business....

Katherine
Katherine

Content Producer

Six numbers every Tradie business owner should know
2 mins tradie tips

Tips To Get Over Fear

Growing a trade business can be terrifying. The idea always sounds great but the reality can be a bit of a sweat fest. Growth will mean you are suddenly playing with much bigger numbers than you used to....

Dan
Dan

Founder

Tips To Get Over Fear
2 mins tradie tips

To Grow or Not to Grow?

Here’s the thing. I’ve been around the block a bit. I’ve owned three trades businesses, sold one for a sizeable profit, and now I own a job management software company working to streamline work processes for trade businesses....

Dan
Dan

Founder

To Grow or Not to Grow?
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