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Behind the Tools

Behind the Tools

By Tradify
Behind the Tools podcast 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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#052 - Training Your Body for Your Trade With Zac Lowth (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
Do you come home feeling stiff and sore after working on the tools all day? Tune in to our latest podcast episode for tips on how to prime your body for your trade. Goodbye aches and pains! 👋 Zac Lowth from the Australian Physiotherapy Association explains it all. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com. Check out the Australian Physio Association Website for more tips for injury prevention - https://australian.physio/
23:10
August 07, 2022
#051 - The Future of On-Site Parts Delivery With Harry Tyndall (Snap It)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Harry Tyndall to the show. Harry is the CRO of Snap It, a fast-growing UK tech start-up that provides an on-demand delivery service for tradespeople. Join Harry and our host Michael as they talk about how tradespeople can save time with on-site parts delivery, the case for ditching pen & paper, and how tech is changing the trades. Behind the Tools is an inside look at tradespeople from all over the world. In 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
25:29
July 10, 2022
#050 - Building Culture in a Trade Business With Anne Timpany (White Star Property Services)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Anne Timpany to the show. Anne is a Tradify board member & businessperson who has owned successful trade businesses in both the UK and New Zealand. She currently runs White Star Property Services in Wanaka, New Zealand. Join Anne and our host Michael as they talk about what to watch out for when hiring new people, creating a better company culture, and winning commercial contracts to secure long-term business. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:52
July 03, 2022
#049 - Encouraging Individuality With Willow Rolton (Build With Willow)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Willow Rolton to the show. Willow is a construction apprentice based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Join Willow and our host Michael as they talk about her unconventional path to the trades, embracing who you are, and encouraging others to try something new. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
26:27
June 26, 2022
#048 - Boosting Profitability With Andrew Burrows (The Trades Coach)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Andrew Burrows to the show. Andrew is the owner of The Trades Coach, a New Zealand-based business coaching company tailored to tradespeople. Join Andrew and our host Michael as they talk about pricing, profit, and getting ahead of trends before they get ahead of you. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
32:32
June 14, 2022
#047 - Making Connections With Devina & Josh (DryGutts)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Josh & Devina to the show. Josh & Devina run DryGutts, an exterior cleaning business based in Waikato, New Zealand. Join Josh, Devina, and our host Michael as they talk about networking, getting organised, and job diversity. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
43:34
May 22, 2022
#046 - Harnessing the Power of Social Media With Alex Insley (Unilite)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Alex Insley to the show. Alex is the CEO of Unilite Limited, a UK-based work light manufacturer that is pushing the boundaries of what a tool company can and should be. Join Alex and our host Michael as they talk about hiring the right people, finding inspiration in unlikely places, and the value of doing things yourself. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
37:53
May 16, 2022
#045 - All Things Van Wrapping With Matt Adams (Tradie Wraps by MotoSign)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Matt Adams to the show. Matt is the founder of Tradie Wraps by MotoSign, a top-notch van wrapping & signwriting company based in Victoria, Australia. Join Matt and our host Michael as they talk about the origin of Tradie Wraps, what makes a good van wrap, and using QR codes to drum up business. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
31:26
May 08, 2022
#044 - Recognising Red Flags in Enquiries With Jarrad Sharp (Sharp Air Conditioning)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Jarrad Sharp to the show. Jarrad is the owner/operator of Sharp Air Conditioning, a successful commercial and residential AC business in Perth, Australia. Join Jarrad and our host Michael as they talk about the best way to build a reputation, red flags to look out for in customers, and how to maximise business efficiency.  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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:28
April 30, 2022
#043 - Apprentice Advice with Kelvin Townsend (KTec Electrical)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Kelvin Townsend to the show. Kelvin is the owner/operator of K-Tec Electrics, a successful electrical business in South Devon, England. Join Kelvin and our host Michael as they talk about taking on apprentices, the importance of taking pride in your work & making connections for commercial work! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
26:42
April 23, 2022
#042 - Taking Accounting Digital With Sue de Bievre (Beany Accounting)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Sue de Bievre to the show. Sue is the founder of Beany Accounting, a team of online accountants. Join Sue and our host Michael as they talk about optimistic tax claims, incremental improvements, and setting up the right systems for success! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
25:58
April 16, 2022
#041 - Finding Success as a Late Starter With Graham Meadowcroft (Dreamy Electrics)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Graham Meadowcroft to the show. Graham is the owner/operator of Dreamy Electrics, a successful electrical business in Helensburgh, Scotland. Join Graham and our host Michael as they talk about taking on the trades later in life, winning work through diversity, and the future of the electrical industry! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
27:53
April 10, 2022
#040 - Embracing the Unknown With Ben Greenwood (Ready Set Paint)
This week on the Behind the Tools podcast, we welcome Ben Greenwood to the show. Ben is the owner/operator of Ready Set Paint, a successful painting business in Adelaide, Australia. Join Ben and our host Michael as they talk about scoring new jobs, staying ahead of the game, and embracing the unknown! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
26:51
April 02, 2022
#039 - Going for It With Lisa Sheppard
On our final episode celebrating Women in Trades Month 2022, we welcome Lisa Sheppard to the show. After working as a dental nurse in Wales, UK, Lisa decided to switch things up and become a gas engineer. Join Lisa and our host Michael as they talk about what makes the trades so enjoyable and why it’s never too late to make a change! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
27:41
March 26, 2022
#038 - Exceeding Expectations With Sophie Maguire
On our third episode celebrating Women in Trades Month, we welcome Sophie Maguire to the show. Sophie is currently completing her plumbing apprenticeship in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Join Sophie and our host Michael as they talk about standing up to outdated ideas, exceeding expectations, and encouraging the younger generation to pick up the tools! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
27:47
March 19, 2022
#037 - Choosing the Trades After School With Pauline Varlet
On our second episode celebrating Women in Trades Month, we welcome Pauline Varlet to the show. Pauline is an electrician and social media sensation based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Join Pauline and our host Michael as they talk about women in trades, scoring sponsorships, and having the courage to make a change! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
27:06
March 12, 2022
#036 - Building a Community With Verity Hare (TradieWives)
To kick off Women in Trades Month, we welcome Verity Hare to the show. Verity is the founder of TradieWives, a collaboration platform that supports wives and partners of tradies. She’s also the co-founder/director of a landscaping business in Sydney, Australia, along with her husband, Craig. Join Verity and our host Michael as they talk about women in trades, overcoming obstacles, and why the trade community is so amazing. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:43
March 05, 2022
#035 - How Tradespeople are Tackling 2022 With Matt Jones (The Site Shed)
This Week, Michael sits down with Matt Jones on the Site Shed Podcast to discuss Tradify's latest Pulse report — an annual report we create based on the thoughts and opinions of hundreds of tradespeople around the world. The Site Shed podcast is dedicated to tradespeople, exploring everything from technology in the workspace, right through to apprenticeships and current affairs.   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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
47:21
February 27, 2022
#034 - Winning with Word of Mouth with Andrew Lewis (2 Ezy Tiling)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Andrew Lewis to the show. Andrew is the owner/operator of 2 Ezy Tiling, a tiling business based in Victoria, Australia. Join Andrew and our host Michael as they talk about tiling trends, word of mouth, and taking pride in a job well done. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:05
February 20, 2022
#033 - Inspiring the Next Generation of Tradies with Jesse & Logan (Trade Collective)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Jesse & Logan to the show. Jesse & Logan are the co-founders of Trade Collective, a collective aimed at getting students hyped about trades. Join Jesse, Logan, and our host Michael as they talk about smashing stigmas, getting your foot in the door, and the dos and don'ts of being an apprentice. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
46:28
February 13, 2022
#032 - Best Bits 2021
For this very special episode of Behind the Tools, join podcast host and Tradify CEO Michael Steckler as he takes us back through the best bits we've seen so far. We've put together some of the best bants, trade business tips, and other helpful hints that stood out to us this year. Enjoy! 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
14:12
December 14, 2021
#031 - Cranky Customers With Joshua Bice (Rapid Fire Protection)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Joshua Bice to the show. Joshua runs Rapid Fire Protection in North Carolina, a family business specializing in fire safety. Join Josh and our host Michael as they talk about suppression systems, cranky customers, and being brave about starting a business. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:46
December 09, 2021
#030 - Pricing Jobs With John Szabo (JS Plastering)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Jon Szabo to the show. Jon runs JS Plastering in Mildura, Victoria. Join Jon and our host Michael as they talk about pricing pitfalls, winning work, and becoming a better boss. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
39:60
December 02, 2021
#029 - Training Tradies With Hayden Wright (Tile Warehouse Nelson)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Hayden Wright to the show. Hayden has been a tiler for 18 years and is currently working for Tile Warehouse Nelson, in New Zealand. Join Hayden and our host Michael as they talk about tiling trends, training new tradies, and finding time for family. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:03
November 24, 2021
#028 - Starting From Scratch With Jarrad Burns (Grove Plumbing & Gas)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Jarrad Burns to the show. Jarrad runs Grove Plumbing & Gas in Adelaide, Australia. Join Jarrad and our host Michael as they talk about starting from scratch, who to hire first, and plumbing in prison. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
31:52
November 17, 2021
#027 - Mastering Marketing With Anne Timpany (On Tap Plumbers)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Anne Timpany to the show. Anne is an award-winning entrepreneur and plumbing business extraordinaire. Join Anne and our host Michael as they talk about marketing mastery, ballooning businesses, and how success can sometimes be scary. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
38:35
November 09, 2021
#026 - Advertising With Keith Rees-Murray (KRP Electrical)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Keith Rees-Murray to the show. Keith runs KRP Electrical with his wife Amanda and apprentice Lee in Cornwall, England. Join Keith and our host Michael as they talk about attentive advertising, testing technology, and taking your time to train. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
34:07
November 03, 2021
#025 - Company Culture With Miles, Ben & Aaron Astley (Astley Electrical)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome the Astleys to the show. Miles Astley runs Astley Electrical with his two sons Ben and Aaron in NSW, Australia. Join the Astleys and our host Michael as they talk about knowing your numbers, company culture, and creating customers for life. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
34:33
October 27, 2021
#024 - Honesty & Apprenticeships With Mike Humphries (Green Hawk Construction)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Mike Humphries to the show. Mike is a co-owner of Green Hawk Construction, a Warwickshire-based company covering three different trades: electrical, plumbing, and construction. Join Mike and our host Michael as they talk about collecting cars, operating with honesty, and his unique approach to apprenticeships. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
41:50
October 19, 2021
#023 - Growing Local With Sean Brown (Brown & Brown Builders)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Sean Brown to the show. Sean owns Brown & Brown Builders, a small crew of carpenters specialising in home renovations. Join Sean and our host Michael as they talk about local labouring, grappling with growth, and an appreciation for apprentices.  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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
33:36
October 12, 2021
#022 - Building & Growing Your Business With Jon Mailer (PROTRADE United)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Jon Mailer to the show. Jon is CEO at ProTrade United, working to connect business coaches and mentors with trade business owners.  Join Jon and our host Michael as they talk about forming a foundation, building your trade business, and guiding its growth. 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 be a guest, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:20
October 06, 2021
#021 - Workplace Wellness With Slade McFarland (Mates in Construction)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Slade McFarland to the show. Slade works for Mates in Construction, a charity dedicated to reducing the high levels of suicide in the construction industry. Join Slade and our host Michael as they talk about troubles in the trades, workmate wellness, and the need for courage in construction. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com. Check out Mates in Construction at: https://mates.net.nz/ https://mates.org.au/ If you or someone you know are in need of help, please reach out: UK (Samaritans) - 116 123 AU (Lifeline) - 13 11 14 NZ (Lifeline) - 0800 543 354
44:38
September 27, 2021
#020 - Creating Business Connections With Chris Collins (Grizlec)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Chris Collins to the show. Chris runs Grizlec, an electrical and air-conditioning business in Melbourne, Australia.  Join Chris and our host Michael as they talk about risk vs reward, pesty possums, and creating business connections. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
26:35
September 21, 2021
#019 - Changing Careers With John Taylor (K9 Weed Detection)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome John Taylor to the show. John runs K9 Weed Detection out of Invercargill, New Zealand, where he and his dog Wink track down and destroy invasive plant species. Join John and our host Michael as they talk about stacking up skills, changing careers, and putting an end to pests in New Zealand. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
33:29
September 13, 2021
#018 - Mental Health Support With Ed Ross (TradeMutt)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Ed Ross to the show. Ed’s from TradeMutt, an Australian workwear brand providing professional mental health support to tradies, truckies, and blue-collar workers. If you or someone you know are in need of help, please reach out: UK (Samaritans) - 116 123 AU (Lifeline) - 13 11 14 https://mates.org.au/ NZ (Lifeline) - 0800 543 354 https://mates.net.nz/ Join Ed and our host Michael as they talk about clever clothing, culture changes, and asking your friends how they’re feeling. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:40
September 07, 2021
#017 - Tackling Tough Times With John McGrath (Man In Shed)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome John McGrath to the show. John is a self-employed electrician from Mooncoin, Ireland, with over 20 years of experience in the trades. He also runs ‘Man In Shed’, a popular YouTube channel all about making things, from woodworking to electrical work, tools and tool reviews.  Join John and our host Michael as they talk about trudging through tough times, balancing busyness, and creating clout through consistency. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
29:06
August 31, 2021
#016 - Financial Priorities With Alison Warner (Evolve and Grow Coaching)
This week on Behind the Tools we welcome Alison Warner to the show. Alison is the founder of Evolve and Grow Coaching in London, England, specialising in business coaching for construction and trade businesses.  Join Alison and our host Michael as they talk about personal priorities, financial fears, and an eco-friendly future. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
41:54
August 24, 2021
#015 - Starting an HVAC Business With Tara Mcilvenie (Connect Air & Refrigeration)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Tara Mcilvenie to the show. Tara and her husband Rob run Connect Air and Refrigeration in Winmalee, a town in the misty Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia. Their busy HVAC business has five staff servicing both residential and commercial properties.  Join Tara and our host Michael as they talk about starting from scratch, adept advisors, and engaging employees. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
30:57
August 17, 2021
#014 - Trade Students & Apprentices With Rachel Griffiths (@plumbingbyrach)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Rachel Griffiths to the show. Rachel owns half a local plumbing business in Flintshire, North Wales, providing maintenance, repair and installation services.  Join Rachel and our host Michael as they talk about supporting students, winning work, and advancing as an apprentice. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
35:05
August 10, 2021
#013 - Subcontracting & Hiring With Brad & Shane Rawson (Morphett Air)
This week on Behind the Tools, we welcome Brad and Shane Rawson to the show. These two brothers run Morphett Air, a 50-year-old HVAC company in Adelaide, South Australia.  Join Brad, Shane, and our host Michael as they talk about successful subcontracting, wangling workers, and diversifying to avoid downtime. If you're keen to be a guest on Behind the Tools, send an email to behindthetools@tradifyhq.com.
47:32
August 03, 2021
#012 - Apprentices & Mental Health With 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 - Starting a Business With 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 - Recruitment & Culture With 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. Learn how to hire.
31:50
July 14, 2021
#009 - Managing Enquiries & Hiring With 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 07, 2021
#008 - Self-Employed Struggles With 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 - Customer Communication With 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 - Digital Marketing & EVs With 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 - Talking Tax Time With 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 08, 2021
#004 - How To Win Work With 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 01, 2021
#003 - Going Out On Your Own With 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 - Hiring & Admin With 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 - Youtube Marketing With 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 09, 2021