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Behind the Tools

Behind the Tools

By Tradify
Behind the Tools is an inside look at tradespeople from all over the world. Each episode we bring on a guest to answer the real questions you have about life in the trades, running a business, and how to overcome the challenges that come with being a tradesperson.

If you're keen to join us as a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com

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#012 - Peter Booth - PB Plumber
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Peter Booth (aka PB Plumber) to the show. Peter is a third-generation plumber and gas engineer running his own business in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Join Peter and our host Michael as they talk about his approach to apprenticing, tool theft, and men’s mental health. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
42:00
July 27, 2021
#011 - Amy Barratt-Singh - Amy the Sparky
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Amy Barratt-Singh to the show. Amy runs her own electrical business ‘Amy the Sparky’ and podcast, Women in Trades, from her home in Packington, Leicestershire.  Join Amy and our host Michael as they talk about starting a trade at 28, making money, and sexist sceptics. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:59
July 19, 2021
#010 - Ryan Englin - Blue Collar Culture
This week on Behind the Tools, we talk hiring with Ryan Englin. Based in Arizona, Ryan runs Core Matters, a company that helps trade business owners attract & hire good workers. Join Ryan and our host Michael as they talk about recruitment red flags, considering company culture, and instructions for interviewing. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
31:50
July 14, 2021
#009 - Michael Chaplin - Tweed Electrical & Data
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Michael Chaplin to the show. Michael runs Tweed Electrical & Data in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, a growing business with big plans.  Join Michael and our host (also called Michael), as they talk about learning lucrative lessons, enabling easy enquiries, and how to hire help. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
42:51
July 7, 2021
#008 - Matt Newland - Wyldecrest Services Ltd
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Matt Newland to the show. Matt runs Wyldecrest Services Ltd in Kent, England, specialising in utility services for park homes.  Join Matt and our host Michael as they talk about rallying after redundancy, the power of punctuality, and DIY disasters. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
34:46
June 29, 2021
#007 - Pete Langford - Apex Construction
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Pete Langford to the show. Pete runs Apex Construction in Nelson, New Zealand — a building company specialising in detailed renovations and new builds.  Join Pete and our host Michael as they talk about aspiring apprentices, complex customer communications, and the truth about toiling in the trades.  If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com. 
44:28
June 21, 2021
#006 - Jordan Farley - Artisan Electrics
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Jordan Farley to the show. Jordan runs Artisan Electrics in Cambridge, England, and a globally successful YouTube channel of the same name. Having sold his original business and grown another from scratch, Jordan knows a thing or two about running an electrical company. Join Jordan and our host Michael as they talk about YouTube yields, enthusiasm around EVs, and the curious case of the crazy cat cottage. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
46:25
June 15, 2021
#005 - Bryn Harwood - Tradies Accountant
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Bryn Harwood to the show. Bryn runs Tradies Accountant out of Kangaroo Point, Queensland. Experts in the construction and trades industries, Bryn and the team help Aussie tradies manage their books and grow their businesses.  Join Bryn and our host Michael as they talk turnover tips, transaction troubles, and tradies trying it on with the taxman. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
29:35
June 8, 2021
#004 - Grant Speller - Essex County Electrical
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Grant Speller to the show. Grant owns and operates Essex County Electrical on the southeast coast of England. As an electrician with over 22 years of experience, Grant has been self-employed for a good part of his career.  Join Grant and our host Michael as they talk about innovating with Instagram, excitement around EVs, and his most insane induction. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
41:25
June 1, 2021
#003 - Rob Francis - Air Exchange
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Rob Francis to the show. Rob owns and operates Air Exchange out of sunny Sydney, Australia. As applied cooling specialists, they deal with heating and cooling on an industrial scale — from shopping centres to reactors.  Join Rob and our host Michael as they talk about going out on your own, hiring your first employee, and growing a trade business from the ground up. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:02
May 25, 2021
#002 - Charlie Harrex - Harrex Electrical
This week on Behind the Tools we welcome Charlie Harrex to the show. Charlie runs Harrex Electrical in Dunedin, New Zealand. It's a busy trade business with six staff working across both residential and commercial jobs. Join Charlie and our host Michael as they talk about admin anxiety, analysing applicants, and apprentice antics. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
23:28
May 18, 2021
#001 - Nick Bundy - Nick Bundy Electrical
In the first episode of Tradify’s ‘Behind the Tools’ podcast, Tradify CEO Michael Steckler sits down with Nick Bundy from Nick Bundy Electrical. Nick talks about life in the trades, amassing 47,000+ subscribers on YouTube, and how people sometimes think he’s related to a serial killer. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
41:25
May 9, 2021