ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF YOUR TRADE BUSINESS OR IS IT CONTROLLING YOU?
We’re Andy and Angela Smith, owners of Dr. DRiP Plumbing and co-founders of Lifestyle Tradie. Since 2009, we’ve been teaching tradies in business how to start up, scale up and sell up using a proven step-by-step formula we created after hitting rock bottom in business ourselves. We climbed out the hard way, learning our biggest lessons through expensive trial and error.
Dr. DRiP Plumbing was going gangbusters and Andy’s ego was inflating with it. At the peak, we had a team of 17 tradies, with eight vehicles on the road. But the headaches of running a growing trade business caught up with us. Our lives were in complete chaos. You know how it goes — the bickering with your partner, the bloody phone always buzzing, no cash flow.
Everyone seems to think tradies are totally killing it. This narrative is not helpful at all when 90 per cent of every trade business owner we speak with is struggling in some way. Following the transformation of Dr.DRiP, we’ve dedicated our lives to educating tradies across all trades, including plumbing, electrical, building, landscaping, painting, glazing, and air conditioning, plus many more.
Based on our own experience, we’ve developed Lifestyle Tradie’s award-winning trade business education hub and community. Becoming a Lifestyle Tradie member gives you access to every tried-and-tested tactic and strategy, specifically designed for trade business owners.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing special about us. We’re not any different from you. We just made an intentional decision to prioritise our lifestyle by systemising our trade business. Now, Andy is completely off the tools. He chooses to spend about one-hour on Dr. DRiP each week.
It’s a nice problem to have, right?
Think back to why you became a trade business owner in the first place. Is it working out the way you thought it would? Most tradies have aspirations to be their own boss one day. Here’s the thing: TAFE only taught you the rules and regulations. Your first boss only taught you how to swing a hammer. You’ve never been taught how to become a business owner.
It’s the best business people who are successful, not the best tradies. That’s why we started Lifestyle Tradie. When we hit a pothole in our own trade business, there was no one to turn to with trade-specific expertise. If someone hasn’t walked the walk, how can they talk the talk? We’ve been in the trenches, almost broken. We figured out our business model was wrong.
Lifestyle Tradie is about getting your business model right, first and foremost. You’ll learn how through self-paced online learning (because we know most tradies can’t sit still for too long!), member-only events and ongoing support from us and our like-minded trade business community. You won’t be doing this alone. We’ve all got your back. You just need to get started.
Our members tell us they love Lifestyle Tradie for the following reasons:
We’ve done all the trial-and-error. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. All you have to do is implement and you’ll get immediate results. There’s no guesswork. How good is that!
Your back packing it in? Your knees aching? Get off the tools and let your trade business operate profitably without you. Yes, it’s totally possible. Andy got off the tools, you can too.
Debt collecting and lack of cash flow wearing you down? Go back to your happy place in business with all the right systems and structures in place. Imagine life without the crazy chaos.
Yes, really. One of the big wins for Lifestyle Tradie members is being able to take a holiday. You know, a real holiday without constant phone calls! What would this mean to you?
If there’s anything to know at Lifestyle Tradie, Alexis is totally across it. She’s been on the team for more than eight years, and understands the business back to front.
A whiz at pulling together our epic events and rallying behind our members, Sam remains cool and calm in all situations. She lets off steam on the stair machine at the gym, where she climbs to the top of the Eiffel Tower each day.
This black t-shirt-wearing leader is fearless in his pursuit of teaching trade business owners how to work smarter, not harder. When he’s not helping members make a profit, he’s reliving his glory days on the soccer field.
Responsible for managing and building relationships with like-minded partners, Tracey is always Captain Positive. This upbeat approach is matched by her competitive spirit, which fuels her willingness to do things a bit differently.
The custodian of the Lifestyle Tradie and Lifestyle Tradie Live brands, Jess drives our marketing activities. She rolls her sleeves up to get the job done and is mostly unflappable, unless you spell the word ‘lose’ as ‘loose’. She will lose it.
Meticulous in her approach to everything, Ange is a detail kinda gal! She steers the event and content planning, keen to deliver exceptional member results. Ange is always calm, unless you’re driving slowly in the right-hand lane.
Loveable and loyal, Piper’s got everyone’s back in the office. She may or may not play favourites if there is food and a belly rub involved. Her ‘snorts’ are legendary, and provide just the light relief the whole team needs.
Lifestyle Tradie’s in-house wordsmith, Tiffany creates editorial and marketing content to spark engagement in the trade business community. Once upon a time, she was a sports journalist and half-decent distance runner.
L TO R: ALEXIS, JESSICA, SAM, ANGELA, PIPER (DOG), ANDY, TIFFANY, TRACEY