Overcoming Challenges in Construction and Trade Businesses

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Are you a contractor or a tradesman? Well, if you clicked on this, because you saw the title, chances are you are. And you most likely have a struggle. In this blog post, we will delve into the common struggles faced by contractors and tradesmen and discuss strategies to overcome them.


The Journey in Service-Based Businesses:

Having been in the service-based businesses industry for two decades, I have encountered various struggles and learned how to navigate through them. In this section, I want to reflect on my experiences and share insights on overcoming these challenges.


The People Problem:

One of the most significant challenges that contractors and tradesmen face is dealing with people. Whether it's managing employees or finding the right talent, people seem to be a major problem across industries. Let's dig deeper into this issue and explore ways to solve it.


The Importance of Mission:

Almost everybody I have ever talked to, whether I was hiring someone or seeking advice, emphasized the importance of having a mission. People want to know that they are serving a mission bigger than themselves. As a business owner in the trades and construction industry, it is crucial to create a mission statement that aligns with your goals.


Building a Successful Team:

To build a successful team, you need individuals who are passionate about your mission. If they can't buy into your vision and show excitement about the work you do, they may not be the right fit for your company. It's better to have a smaller team of dedicated individuals than a larger team with employees who lack passion.


Training and Development:

When hiring new team members, it's essential to emphasize the training and development opportunities within your organization. Be willing to train individuals who are committed to your mission, rather than expecting the education system to do it for you. By offering a clear pathway for growth, from an apprentice to a master craftsman, you can attract and retain the right talent.


The Role of Culture:

Culture plays a vital role in the success of any business. It sets the tone, values, and expectations for everyone involved. As a business owner, you are responsible for creating a positive and motivating culture that aligns with your mission. This will help identify those who are not a good fit and filter them out during the hiring process.



In conclusion, overcoming challenges in construction and trade businesses requires a strategic approach. By defining a clear mission, attracting the right talent, providing training opportunities, and fostering a positive company culture, you can navigate through obstacles and achieve substantial growth. Remember, it's not just about the work you do, but the people you surround yourself with and the mission you serve.

We hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights and inspiration. If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please leave a comment below. Let's continue the conversation and support each other in overcoming challenges in our businesses.

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