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Dec. 27, 2021

Robin Clevett is a carpenter and building fanatic with a business pro…

Robin Clevett is a carpenter, joiner, and passionate builder in the UK and he's translating that work into a YouTube channel that has tutorials and techniques from his hands on business. He weaves a great tale about how he came …

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Dec. 20, 2021

Brittany Farrow talks burnout, running a crew, and her generation!

In the second installment of interview with Brittany Farrow, Mike Knoche asks her to talk about burning out. The question comes up because the first time they attempted to talk on the phone, she was tired and stressed. She has …

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Dec. 20, 2021

Brittany Farrow of @girls_can_frame talks mentoring, stereotypes, job…

Up and coming framer Brittany Farrow, co-owner of BM Farrow Construction, talks business with Mike Knoche. She's a mentors women of all ages to get into the trades and runs a crew of women. Brittany lays out the realities for …

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Dec. 13, 2021

Steve Baczek, Architect talks project execution and communication

The conversation meanders into ICF vs. framing for home construction, but "failure" is not linear. Getting your clients and contractors on board with building science and then having the "dumb" conversations that are necessary. Don't let your subs run williy …

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Dec. 13, 2021

Steve Baczek, Architect talks budget and client process

Steve Baczek is a hands on architect with previous experience in the trades. After some brief background, Steve and Mike talk the importance of talking budgets from the start. Bla bla bla. It's an in-depth discussion between two guys who …

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Dec. 13, 2021

Season 2: Intro to the Interview Sessions

This is the introduction to Season 2 with a few highlights of the episodes recorded so far. Season 2 of the Contracting Handbook is all about conversations on what ties builders together, who are we what are we, client communication, …

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Nov. 29, 2021

"Setting boundaries with clients" from my interview on "Remodelers on…

I was invited to talk on my favorite podcast "Remodelers on the Rise". I've chopped up the audio to give you guys a little taste of my talk with Kyle Hunt where we talk about how I set boundaries with …

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Oct. 18, 2021

Season 2 Guests so far...SHORT TEASER

The Contracting Handbook is back! Well, kinda. In this teaser, Mike Knoche says what's in store for the first six guests in the second season of The Contracting Handbook

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Sept. 6, 2021

Season 1 Finale: 16 Takeaways from 17 Guests

Today Mike reviews what he has distilled as the 16 most important take home messages from his 17 interviews with contractors, consultants, accountants, and authors of the construction industry. He also highlights messages from the 20 topical episodes he produced …

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Sept. 3, 2021

Kyle Hunt of "Remodelers on the Rise" (Part 2)

In this second installment of my talk with Kyle Hunt of "Remodelers on the Rise", we hit upon the importance of being genuine with your clients but then we turn to working your numbers once under contract. This continuation from …

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Sept. 2, 2021

Kyle Hunt of "Remodelers on the Rise" (Part 1)

Today, Kyle Hunt, host of Remodelers on the Rise (podcast) and founder of Remodel Your Marketing joins Mike for a lively chat about running your contracting business. Kyle has been coaching his clients for 14 years and really cuts to …

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Aug. 27, 2021

Kendra Ferguson CPA and Virtual CFO for Contractors (Part 2)

In the second installment of my talk with Kendra Ferguson, we delve into finances and accenting best practices from the perspective of a general contractor and that of a CPA raised by contractors. Kendra's insight into construction specific accounting practices …

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Aug. 26, 2021

Kendra Ferguson CPA and Virtual CFO for Contractors (Part 1)

In this talk between Mike Knoche and Kendra Ferguson they discuss why you should hire accounting out immediately. The story unfolds with Mike sharing how he finally realized he needed someone else to do this (Uncle!) and Kendra shares a …

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Aug. 23, 2021

Ten Jobsite Etiquette Tips to Tell Your Employees, Subcontractors and…

Wow, I can't believe a grown can do so many unacceptable things on a job site! Here I list ten of my top actions that happen on job sites that I try to convey before they happen. The challenge is …

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Aug. 19, 2021

Know When to Bail or Why Didn't I Bail When They Started Hitting on M…

In this episode Mike draws on his 16 years experience listening to customers on cold calls, at first time site visits, under contract and between contracts and the signals that scream for you to get out!

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Aug. 16, 2021

Employees Part 2: Setting Wages and Hiring

In this episode there is advice on setting wages and talking about how you find employees. Mike tells you his preferences and some good stories about wages in other countries and being part of the Bad News Bears of finish …

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Aug. 12, 2021

Jim Molinelli, author of "Remodel! Without Going Bonkers or Broke" se…

Author and remodeling consultant, Jim Molinelli joins Mike to talk about his work in preparing clients for contractors. This information is invaluable to contractors because we can glean from his techniques how to prepare our clients for their budgets. We …

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Aug. 9, 2021

Employees Part 1: Considerations BEFORE you hire

Today, Mike tells some stories about his employees and asks you to think about how you're going to use them. It's not that good.

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Aug. 6, 2021

Daniel Preston, Project Manager at Clay Construction (Part 2)

In the second part of this interview, we get into a discussion on scope of work as it relates to budget and billing. Daniel has a great sense of how to manage money, client expectations, subcontractors, all while managing his …

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Aug. 5, 2021

Daniel Preston, Project Manager at Clay Construction (Part 1)

Today, Daniel Preston of Clay Contracting talks with Mike about his start as an apprentice to a mason, his years wearing tool bags and then moving into a management position for new custom home construction. His company is a cost …

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Aug. 2, 2021

10 Vital actions to take on Fridays

Here, I outline ten essential tasks to do on Fridays!

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July 30, 2021

Andy Bannister, President and Founder of Earthtone Construction (Part…

Andy Bannister tells Mike what he loves most about his work. His response? Maybe somewhat unexpected. Mike and Andy talk about burnout in the industry, life-work balance, and health in the construction industry. It's a personal conversation and probably a …

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July 29, 2021

Andy Bannister, President and Founder of Earthtone Construction (Part…

Andy Bannister describes how his company went from 1 to 67 employees. We talk about what factors allowed him to grow that business. Then Andy tells Mike about how they survived the crash of 2008. It's an interesting story of …

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July 26, 2021

Working for friends and family

Mike tells couple stories about working with friends and the lessons learned.

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