Husband and wife team, Andrew & Angela Smith, are the Co-Founders of award winning business Lifestyle Tradie Group Pty Ltd.
A powerful and unique membership to inspire, energise, connect and educate tradesmen and their wives/partners, Lifestyle Tradie is dedicated to helping trade business owners fast-track Business and Lifestyle success!
Ultimately, a transformation in business approach, understanding and action, applied across areas such as people, profit and the platform of the business, will lead to a life of freedom… these changes are the catalyst for the positive results and outcomes in life.
It has provided this and more for Andrew and Angela in their trade business and their life, and can do the same for you…
How It All Began…
Having begun Dr.DRiP Pty Ltd in a small, window-less room in his parents home in 2000, Andy grew the business quickly to a team of 17 with 8 vehicles on the road at its peak.
A strong, reputable and profitable business on the outside hid the reality of a chaotic, lack of control and growing debtors on the inside. Andy was keeping things together with shoe-string systems, a ‘paper mill’ amount of paper and late nights completing quotes and finishing the teams invoices, enduring 80 hour+ weeks.
This coupled with a steep learning curve to survive and thrive working with your partner (LOL…), balanced with the stress and anxiety of participating in an IVF program, there’s no wonder they say ‘it’s situations like this that make you stronger!’
It took the birth of their daughter Hannah, and a quiet word from his wife Angela, to make Andy realise that there was ‘more to life!’…. They knew something seriously had to change!.
This triggered a search for likely mentors and coaches in the trade arena who were willing to share their experiences, both profitable strategies and costly mistakes. Invaluable lessons in business that money just can’t buy!
The result of their search came up zero. There was no one, with either current or past trade experience, who was willing to share their inner most secrets and talk openly about their experiences.
They knew they had to expand their search for help if they wanted their life back, hence they sought the inspiration and insight from books, audios and seminars on marketing, business success and prosperity through which they discovered a few mentors who were masters in their individual skills.
After 12 months of working with a coach and a number of mentors, meeting and brainstorming with a close-knit mastermind group every month, reading and listening to everything they could get their hands on, their knowledge grew exponentially, and as an outcome, so did their business.
It was through this acknowledgement and acceptance of change that Andy & Angela created a business that now operates profitably with as little as 1day of Andy’s personal time. Their understanding of business and marketing fundamentals have allowed them to step away from the business and be replaced with positive, like-minded, loyal team members to take control and relish in the responsibility of a strong, stable and growing business.
This new ‘lifestyle business’ led to an endless stream of questions from other tradesman in relation to their desire to duplicate the structure and provide an improved quality of life.
So what does this mean for you?
Andy & Angela realised this new found knowledge was far greater than just themselves, and that it should be shared with ALL trade business owners.
Lifestyle Tradie Group Pty Ltd was born.
A powerful and unique community dedicated to helping trade business owners fast-track Business and Lifestyle success!
And, what’s so fabulous, is the fact that Andy & Angela still own and operate their own trade business today. They are forever pushing the boundary and leading the industry in the way they operate business; perfecting the systems, pushing the technology partners to make constant improvements to assist the tradesmen in the field, and are exceptionally insightful with regard to customer expectations and industry alike.
They’ve even won Awards for their efforts!
Their leadership in the trade industry was acknowledged when Andy was crowned Small Business Champion Entrepreneur for NSW/ACT for 2008, the highest and most acclaimed award to be presented at the Australia Small Business Awards. A proud moment for the entire team!
In addition to this win, Lifestyle Tradie was crowned #1 Business in Australia for 2010 (New Business). A HUGE win for the entire industry knowing that their success secrets are shared with all…
This was followed by Dr.DRiP Plumbing being crowned #1 Trade Business in Australia for 2015.
And to top it off they have accreditation for their knowledge;
Having received their Advanced Diploma of Management, Advanced Diploma of Business and Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources). Nothing like the honour of an achievement hung proudly on the wall!
(6. pic here of gradutation pic!)
While Andrew & Angela are best known for their expertise in trade specific business and marketing strategies, their members share that the biggest impact comes from their philosophy to “re-model your business to live the life you deserve!” – ensuring your business revolves around your life and not the other way around.
This, Andrew & Angela say, is the most important key to enriching the life of the business owner and providing a life of happiness.
Andy & Angela have 2 little people, Hannah and Isaac, who complete their world!
(7. pic of family)
They have a love of travel having completed a 13month trip travelling around Australia in 1998 with 2 other couples seeking one perfect surf break after another, and on return, indulged their travel bug by working a season in Big White, Canada where they celebrated the turn of the millennium. Big White saw Andy teach as a snowboard instructor with the hard task of enjoying fresh runs every morning, while Angela managed the Service Desk of the busy Ski School.
On return to Australia they settled in a beachside property – ‘there is no place like home’ – on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. With a love of family of friends, they are located within a short drive or walk, to their entire family – siblings and friends alike. Nothing makes them happier than a day in sand, surf and sun, followed by a relaxing Aussie BBQ on the deck to share a laugh and drink.
They are passionate about sharing, educating and enriching others about business mastery and connecting like-minded business people who actually ‘get’ each other. ‘A second family’, is often the label given by the members about themselves within the group of Lifestyle Tradie.
If they are not together as a family playing at the beach, visiting the grandparents or escorting the kids to their sporting curriculum, you will find Andrew kicking a soccer ball, watching AFL, league and rugby, or doing laps at the local beach pool. Passionate about soccer, Andrew plays for his local club.
Angela can be found leaving tracks up and down the sand at their local beach, reading a good book or soaking up the sun….one thing is for sure, health & vitality plays an integral role in both their lives.
As the saying goes, ‘your wealth is your health’ – without it you have nothing!