ARE YOU IN CONTROL OF YOUR TRADE BUSINESS OR IS IT CONTROLLING YOU?
Join us at our FIRST Lifestyle Tradie Live in-studio virtual event where you’ll hear from best-selling author, Mike Michalowicz, together with trade-specific training on PROFIT, SALES, & SYSTEMS from Andy and Angela Smith.
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?
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Anne ideates and crafts all the portal content for My Lifestyle Tradie; her commitment and devotion to producing the highest quality educational materials truly makes her admired amongst peers. Second, to her keen insights, Anne is also known around the office for her expertise in spreadsheets and her ability to code.
As the project lead on all things marketing, Tara’s truly earned the title of “Marketing Magnifico.” She’s always hunting for a fresh perspective or the next “big thing” to keep us ahead of the curve. Tara’s the office “millennial”, usually found sporting a retro scrunchie whilst practicing her TikTok dance moves.
Podcast producer by day, a Macca’s Big Mac connoisseur by night. Kate heads up all content creation across Lifestyle Tradie and is a critical thinker who loves to tinker! Kate notes, “The best copywriting is fabricated from a place of true quiet; if allow yourself to think, the words flow like water.”
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.
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.
To find the true backbone of Lifestyle Tradie, look no further than Sam. She leads the events globally for Lifestyle Tradie, which is no small undertaking. She is always rallying behind and caring for our members. Sam’s flexible & adaptable, with no challenge too great. She’s lovingly nicknamed “giggles” by her coworkers for her sunny, upbeat disposition.
Ollie’s the engineer behind Lifestyle Tradie’s video and sound production, heading up all things techy. His mantra is, “In vision and sound, there is a perfect ‘note’ in which everything moulds together seamlessly; you just need to know where to look.” Ollie’s talents don’t end here; he also plays keys in a band!
“There is no light without a spark.” Jess is the spark, the power and the driver of all projects across Lifestyle Tradie. Her depth of knowledge and dedication inspires us as she effortlessly works her project management magic. Jess takes it all in her stride, but she will lose it if you spell ‘lose’ as ‘loose’.
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.
Tracey is responsible for managing our team as well as 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.
L TO R: ANNE, TARA, KATE, ANDY, PIPER (DOG), SAM, OLLIE, JESSICA, ANGELA & TRACEY