Hi, I'm Rick. I Help Contractors Take Their Business From Sheer Craziness To Total Control.
I did not want to become a tradesman. But my father owned a plumbing company, and I was in my early twenties without any idea what I was doing, so I kind of just fell into it.
As a plumber, I learned that it’s easy to get clients. It’s easy to get jobs. It’s easy to “do the work”.
But when I branched out to run my own business, I had no idea what I was doing.
I left my dad's business with my eyes completely closed.
I left thinking, “How hard could it be to run a business?”
I was completely blind-sighted by what it actually took to run a successful, profitable business. One where all my time wasn't sucked up by pricing projects, hiring employees, satisfying clients and filling in paperwork.
I remember getting a call from my accountant. I was in shopping in Walmart.
He was calling to tell me how much I owed in taxes. And I panicked. I remember literally taking things out of my basket and putting them back on the shelf, and almost starting to cry.
I thought, “Are you kidding me? Nobody told me about this.”
I felt defeated and embarrassed. And then reality sunk in. “I have to pay HOW MUCH back? I realized in that moment that what that really meant was, if I do better this year, I’m going to owe even more… How am I going to live?”
I was horrified.
So I did what contractors do best. I put my head down and worked harder. I put in more hours. I started charging more. I did everything I could to make more money.
My accountant had never advised me to put some money away for taxes.
No one had really given me any advice at all.
But even with my various coaching & leadership certifications, my proudest achievement is still being a licensed plumber.
SMOOHTLY TRANSITION FROM CONTRACTOR TO BUSINESSMAN
I worked for my dad as a plumber for almost 15 years.
I then branched out and ran my own plumbing and renovations business for 5 years.
These were the years filled with growing pains.
For the next 5 years, I partnered with my brother as owners of my father’s business.
That fell apart. So I left, started back up my own business, then went back to the family business as an employee, and for the first time, I became interested in business coaching for contractors.
It was during the next few years that I decided this was what I wanted to do - what I could do best with my skills - to become a coach for contractors.
And since then, I’ve coached hundreds of contractors in every kind of trade.
Admit you don’t know it all. Be willing & able to ask for help.
Have the belief that with the proper support & guidance, you can be a successful businessman.
Be open to change & suggestions. Demand change of yourself & your environment.
Trust in the process & fall in love with the change that’s happening.