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Jake Bruton of Aarow Building: Act like a real company!

“I want my employees to retire happy someday, same as I do.” Are you acting like a real company? You guys that know your guy, Jake Bruton, know he does so with his company @aarowbuilding . For the rest of you who don’t know him… Jake is a high-performance home builder, and he knows and wants it to be clear to everyone that tradespeople should be treated as professional…

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Aug. 8, 2022

Jake Bruton of Aarow Building: Act like a real company!

“I want my employees to retire happy someday, same as I do.” Are you acting like a real company? You guys that know your guy, J…

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July 25, 2022

Introducing: Season 3 Guests!

In this episode, Mike introduces a bunch of his guest from the upcoming season. It's all the fun, sincere, off the cuff typical …

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July 11, 2022

The Contracting Handbook: Greatest Hits of Season Two

Today, I highlight some of the comments from episodes that got a lot of feedback from the audience. Personally, I would never ran…

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July 6, 2022

What to do if your IG gets hacked, Alaska Wildfire Season, and reflec…

Today I'm asking everyone who has an instagram account to go my @thecontractinghandbook and report it. Scroll down for instructio…

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July 1, 2022

I was hacked, what's next, and how to protect yourself from these pre…

My IG was hacked Remember those phishing scams where a Nigerian Prince would tell you that he wanted to share his fortune with yo…

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June 4, 2022

TCH Update and Introduction Pre- Season 3

The Contracting Handbook host, Mike Knoche, introduces the pod to new listeners and updates the podcast for everyone!

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May 16, 2022

Spencer Lewis of Insider Carpentry: Creating value and a business aro…

“Your core focus should be how do I create value and then leverage that value” Spencer Lewis is a method man. Whether its his Yo…

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May 9, 2022

Eric Ruggiero- Biophilic Build

“As humans I think we appreciate things more when we know it was crafted by another human being...by someone who cares and takes …

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May 2, 2022

Ryan Smith: Are Skilled Trades Endangered?

If that quote doesn’t have your attention maybe the second picture will. It doesn’t matter which trade your in, Ryan Smith ha…

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April 25, 2022

Casey Finan talks ADD and trade denigration

Casey Finan of Finan Craftsmanship is a restoration artist but he would never claim to be a contractor. On ADD…when he first hea…

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April 25, 2022

Casey Finan talks blazing his own path, overcoming sickness

Casey Finan of Finan Craftsmanship is a restoration artist but he would never claim to be a contractor. On ADD…when he first hea…

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April 18, 2022

Robin Pierson 1st year apprentice Plumber & Pipefitter

Today, you get to meet my friend Robin Pierson, The Plumber Formerly Known As HVAC Warrior Woman, if you don’t already know her, …

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April 11, 2022

McClain Construction Group: The Contracting Handbook Master Class (P…

Drew McClain brings much experience to The Contracting Handbook this week. Coming up through the trades as an electrician and mov…

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April 11, 2022

McClain Construction Group: The Contracting Handbook Master Class(Par…

Drew McClain brings much experience to The Contracting Handbook this week. Coming up through the trades as an electrician and mov…

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April 4, 2022

Matt Blomquist and Mike Knoche discuss how to set up a home building …

What did you make in your shopclass? My next guest Matt Blomquist and his students build high performance homes in his shop clas…

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March 28, 2022

Schannon Yodice of That Tile Chick talks quitting a lucrative career …

I truly admire Schannon Yodice’s ability to communicate tiling advice, business advice, and encourage tradespeople across multipl…

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March 21, 2022

Ella Star talks her start up "Plumberella"

This week, we meet up with Ella Star, owner and operator of “Plumberella”. She opened the doors of her plumbing business on March…

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March 14, 2022

Sasha Kassis- Nomadic Carpenter

Sasha Kassis calls it like she sees it. She works her tail off doing everything from forming to framing by hand in a remote area …

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March 7, 2022

Rachel Taylor: Talks client contractor relationship

IT DOESN’T matter what type of business you have, if you are in business for yourself, you need to listen to Rachel Taylor. Rach…

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Feb. 28, 2022

Mike Morley of MGM Construction Bahamas

Mike Morley, owner and operator of MGM Construction and Maintenance, is all about growing his business “in due time”. He’s clearl…

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