Formerly a plumber, Matt noticed that a lot of the other agencies and digital companies out there weren’t taking care of ‘trade based businesses’ the right way (or at all). This led him to start his own Digital Agency Tradie Web Guys, which provides digital solutions such as websites and marketing strategies specifically for trade based businesses. His love for educating and teaching resulted in the development of The Site Shed. The Site Shed is a dedicated podcast and training resource for traded based business owners across the globe. It started as a way to provide relevant, helpful information to the industry and has now grown into one of the world’s leading education platforms for tradies and contractors. Matt lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches with his wife Amanda and when he's not working, you'll either find him surfing, skiing, or training.
With the internet changing people’s ideas about entrepreneurship over the years, millions saw opportunities in starting their own business—most notably in the small business sector. How many of them pulled through? And in between the height of their business and the brink of closing down, do they ever get to measure the ‘shoulda-woulda-couldas’ towards becoming better businessmen? Starting a business is one thing. Managing it is another.  But management doesn’t mean you look after every part of the business yourself. We have process-organising and systemisation for that. Most business owners know that not systemising is costly but just haven’t given it the importance it so deserved. So what's the true cost of the failure or point-blank refusal to systemise? That’s what we’ll talk about in our first episode of the SYSTEMology - Create Time, Reduce Errors And Scale Your Profits series, with our guest, the author himself, David Jenyns. Learn more about the consequences of saying “No” to systemising your business by tuning in to this podcast! What’s Discussed in This Episode: The importance of building a business that works and grows without you [07:08] You are the business, that is, until you change something [08:17] Recognizing opportunities and changes [11:02] Conquer challenging situations through standing by your system Snakes and Ladders: Playing business by the steps or ten in advance [12:44] Take the opportunity to grow (the business) without being too “involved” [13:49] Business is about systems [15:25] Focus on what you do best as a businessman [15:46] Don’t try to quantify the cost of not systemising—you can’t [16:19] Instead, quantify opportunities for improvement [17:02] Systemise by chunks [18:32] Business giants can systemise—so can you [19:50] You don’t have to be McDonald’s to apply a system that works [20:44] Complicating is far from organising [20:52] Simplify [21:31] About the Guest: In 2016, David successfully systemised himself out of his business, one of Australia’s   most trusted digital agencies, melbourneSEOservices.com. Through this process he became a systems devotee–founding systemHUB & SYSTEMology. Today, his mission is to free all business owners worldwide from the daily operations of running their business. With two books to his name and the SYSTEMology movement, David offers mission-centered systemising to scale up businesses and take away much of the pressure that comes with being an entrepreneur. Resources: Come visit my website at (https://www.thesiteshed.com/) Check my latest podcast or listen to the previous ones (https://www.thesiteshed.com/podcasts/) Tradie Web Guys (https://www.tradiewebguys.com.au/apply) Follow our Facebook community ‘The Site Shed’ for announcements on how you can avail our book getaway of David Jenyns’ book SYSTEMology: Create time, reduce errors and scale your profits with proven business systems Get the book at Amazon - https://amzn.to/34kxRMT Check out SYSTEMology (https://www.systemology.com/) Business Process Simplified with Dave Jenyns (https://www.systemhub.com/podcast/) Follow Dave Jenyns on Twitter (@davidjenyns) Reach out to Dave through his email (dave@SYSTEMology.com) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to The Site Shed: You can also listen to The Site Shed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!  If you enjoyed this podcast and this series, please take 5 to leave us a review: Google Facebook  iTunes – Apple Stitcher – Android
What if there is a way for you to train your tradies on how to fix electrical wiring without running the risk of electrical shock? What if you get to learn how to install a solar panel without having to be on site? As sci-fi as they may sound, with the digital transformation taking place all around us, it’s no longer hard to imagine these changes occurring in the workspace. Virtual reality is slowly creeping its way towards vocational education and training, and it’s making life for us tradies so much better! This week, we’ll have another incredible and informative episode as we chat with Doug Donovan, CEO and Founder at Interplay Learning, about how VR and AR technology is slowly paving its way towards a better way of skills learning and training. Here, we’ll get to hear more about how this technology can make learning faster and safer as well as give us a sneak peek into what the future of the trades industry may look like. Hop on to this episode as we take a deep dive into the fascinating world of virtual reality. What’s Discussed in This Episode: Why schools should slowly tap into VR technology [05:37] A brief background on Doug and Interplay [08:42] Most European countries are way ahead in terms of R&D and VocEd [14:15] The effect of the decreasing number of tradies in the US and AU [15:55] VocEd requirements in some states in the US have slowly disappeared [10:37] The advantages of  VR and AR training for tradies [18:50] Most skills required in running a business are not taught at schools [22:16] Most companies prioritise attitude over aptitude [25:01] Simulation training condenses learning time [17:41] Startups are starting to adapt sim training to improve business processes [28:11] VR and AR make it possible to conduct community learning [36:58] Book knowledge has yet to creep its way into VR learning [39:52] Interplay’s secret way of handling new technology [41:19] Most of their training are based on current market demands [42:56] What makes virtual reality the best and safest technology as a tool for learning [31:44] The adaptability of tech-based programs are what makes them great to use [46:32] Virtual reality vs augmented reality [51:58] The value of experiential learning [53:45] How VR tech can make construction work faster and more efficient [54:32] The possibility of VR and AR making quoting easier [56:57] The future of VR and AR technology in the workspace [49:31] About the Guest: Doug Donovan has been in the VR space for more than a decade. He is the Founder and CEO of Interplay Learning which is based in Austin, Texas. Realising the lack of hands-on experience of some tradies, it has lead him to build a more efficient way of conducting trainings. A global leader in online and VR training, he has assisted several company trainings ranging from HVAC, Electrical, Auditing, to name a few. Resources:  Come and visit my website at (https://www.thesiteshed.com/) Check my latest podcast or listen to the previous ones (https://www.thesiteshed.com/podcasts/) Tradie Web Guys (https://www.tradiewebguys.com.au/apply) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to The Site Shed: You can also listen to The Site Shed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!  If you enjoyed this podcast and this series, please take 5 to leave us a review: Google Facebook  iTunes – Apple Stitcher – Android
Isn’t it just hard to motivate yourself when you’re not even sure what kind of metrics you have to meet to achieve a certain goal? We all want our businesses to achieve greater heights. But without setting clear steps that you and your team can commit to, the journey might take you forever, if not never! So what can you do to make sure everyone plays their part in the journey towards achieving that goal? We’ll know the answer as we reach the 3rd and final part of our “Measuring What You Manage: The Only Way to Run a Profitable Business at Scale” series with Danny Kerr. Today, we’ll talk about how you can keep you and your team accountable to ensure the growth of your business. We’ll be looking at the organisational chart and how that ties in with accountability. If you want to accurately measure your company’s financial results, then you’ll find a lot of value and insight by listening to this episode now. What’s Discussed in This Episode: Why is accountability important? [04:22] We all need someone to keep us accountable [07:02] Holding yourself and your team accountable [08:13] How to ask for a raise [09:39] By presenting career opportunities, you can retain your best talents [10:09] To give your team numerical goals, give them a bigger goal [13:52] The link between the organisational structure and accountability [11:46] The benefits of having an organisational structure [15:06] How to identify what key metrics to include [22:01] The key is to have measurable goals that have bonuses on them [24:33] Why you need to bake your key metrics into the employee agreement [18:37] Using tools to effectively communicate with your team [25:04] No big idea can be created until it’s project-managed to existence [27:14] The project management checklist is an ongoing work-in-progress [29:51] Competency models for standard operating procedures [31:13] Companies should link their budget, org chart, and job description with each other [34:11] Budgeting, forecasting, and accountability all need to work together [33:31] To remove yourself from the business, you need to have an org chart [35:23] The three faces of leadership [38:44] About the Guest: Danny Kerr created his own success in life by starting his own trades business and used the profits to buy his first home. By age 20, he had taken a leadership position with a franchise company and grew sales by 225% in one year. He then spent the next 6 years scaling businesses before co-founding Breakthrough Academy as a way to open horizons for other trades entrepreneurs.  Breakthrough Academy now works with over 300 contractors across the continent, managing over $900 million worth of revenue, and was rated Canada’s 16th fastest start-up by MacLean’s magazine in 2018. Resources:  Come and visit my website at (https://www.thesiteshed.com/) Check my latest podcast or listen to the previous ones (https://www.thesiteshed.com/podcasts/) Tradie Web Guys (https://www.tradiewebguys.com.au/apply) Visit The Top 3 Mistakes Growing Trade Businesses Make series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/attracting-talent/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/gross-profit-margin/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/wrong-prioritisation-of-time/) Check out the Scaling Your Business from $500k to $5 Mill series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-1/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-2/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-3/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-4/) Watch the previous episode in the Measure What You Manage series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/danny-kerr-1/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/danny-kerr-2/) Visit the Breakthrough Academy website (https://www.btacademy.com/) Get your free strategy sessions and resources at Breakthrough Academy using code “SITE” (https://www.btacademy.com/strategysession/) Reach out to Danny through his email (danny@btacademy.com) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to The Site Shed: You can also listen to The Site Shed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!  If you enjoyed this podcast and this series, please take 5 to leave us a review: Google Facebook  iTunes – Apple Stitcher – Android
One thing that tradies like us fear is the unpredictability of our business’ future. It’s like trying to cross the road with blindfolds on hoping you don’t get hit by a bus along the way. However, what if you have the ability to foretell your business’ financial future beforehand? That’s what we’re here to discuss in Part 2 of our “Measuring What You Manage: The Only Way to Run a Profitable Business at Scale” series with Danny Kerr. Today, we’ll learn more about forecasting, what steps you need to take to make a sales plan, and what makes it so key in ensuring the survival of your business in drastic situations. Take charge of the future by tuning in to this episode today! What’s Discussed in This Episode: What is forecasting? [03:19] Data is the building-block of forecasting [04:11] Start with your financials [05:17] The difference between goal-setting and working on it is having a sales plan [08:05] Stages in forecasting [06:01] A sales plan is the contractor’s holy grail for tracking their business [10:48] It’s alright to take a risk, just not a blind risk [11:59] About the Guest: Danny Kerr created his own success in life by starting his own trades business and used the profits to buy his first home. By age 20, he had taken a leadership position with a franchise company and grew sales by 225% in one year. He then spent the next 6 years scaling businesses before co-founding Breakthrough Academy as a way to open horizons for other trades entrepreneurs.  Breakthrough Academy now works with over 300 contractors across the continent, managing over $900 million worth of revenue, and was rated Canada’s 16th fastest start-up by MacLean’s magazine in 2018. Resources:  Come and visit my website at (https://www.thesiteshed.com/) Check my latest podcast or listen to the previous ones (https://www.thesiteshed.com/podcasts/) Tradie Web Guys (https://www.tradiewebguys.com.au/apply) Visit The Top 3 Mistakes Growing Trade Businesses Make series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/attracting-talent/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/gross-profit-margin/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/wrong-prioritisation-of-time/) Check out the Scaling Your Business from $500k to $5 Mill series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-1/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-2/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-3/) (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/scaling-your-business-4/) Watch the previous episode in the Measure What You Manage series with Danny Kerr (https://www.thesiteshed.com/blog/danny-kerr-1/) Visit the Breakthrough Academy website (https://www.btacademy.com/) Get your free strategy sessions and resources at Breakthrough Academy using code “SITE” (https://www.btacademy.com/strategysession/) Reach out to Danny through his email (danny@btacademy.com) Connect with me on LinkedIn. For more podcast episodes, you may also visit my website. Tune in and subscribe to The Site Shed: You can also listen to The Site Shed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Thank you for tuning in!  If you enjoyed this podcast and this series, please take 5 to leave us a review: Google Facebook  iTunes – Apple Stitcher – Android
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Birthdate
Mar 6th, 1981
Location
Sydney NSW, Australia
Episode Count
277
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
6 days, 15 hours
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 893814