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 out of school and "accidentally" getting onto business after he'd learned a bit of carpentry. It was a struggle but once he had a taste of self employment, it was over! Even though Robin and I grew up in distant lands, starting the business had similar challenges. They go into self employment vs working for somebody. It's a different mindset bc we have different goals. Then we move on to avoiding bad clients. Even if you think you know, it's still good to hear how Robin teases apart the contractor-client interaction to determine 1. if they really want to do it 2. do they have or will they fund it. Programming (television, cable) programs on property remodels and builds give the public unrealistic expectations about cost and project length. We move on to a touch point about upgrading tools vs the fact that old tools are good tools.
The parallels diverge when it comes to how they run the daily business. Robin is always on site and Mike does site visits. Personally, I love this difference bc I didn't think I could make money being on site. Robin dips into that systemic failure when the general public looked down on the trades. Mike was raised that way and they both agree...who cares what other people think.
The sub prime market and its effect on the labor force is huge. The labor shortage is a huge issue worldwide (though Nick Lonsdale says it's improving in Australia).
We agree that we all build differently where we live but we can learn from each other no matter where we are, but no matter where we are the business is the same.
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The Contracting Handbook podcast is all about the builders and skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen in the construction industry from all over the world. Here you’ll meet the tradespeople who took a leap of faith from working their craft to running the own construction company. You’ll meet people who left lucrative careers to enter the trades. For newcomers to running a construction business, there is a ton of advice on “how to” run your contracting company. For established contractors, you get to meet other industry leaders and get behind the scenes of their business and stay up to date with industry change. Mike Knoche, your host, keeps the conversation interesting. He’s been operating his contracting business for over 15 years in the oddly wonderful, Fairbanks, Alaska. Mike’s philosophy is “we are all experts in how we build where we live, but the business basics and business management are universal”. Join us for this global conversation on operating a construction company, mental health, cool projects, and construction industry progress.
Host: Mike Knoche
Website: The Contracting Handbook
Guest: Robin Clevett
YouTube: Robin Clevett / UK Construction
Instagram: Robin Clevett