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We’re Andy and Angela Smith, co-founders of Lifestyle Tradie and authors of Start Up, Scale Up, Sell Up. We owned and operated our plumbing business, Dr. DRiP Plumbing for over 20 years. Since 2009, we’ve been teaching trade business owners 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?

You can listen to our full story on our podcast,
The Tradie Show

Our story — Surviving the ups and downs of owning a trade business

After hitting rock bottom in business, how did Andy & Angela Smith turn their plumbing business around and rebuild their marriage? Check out ‘Our Story — Surviving the ups and down of owning a trade business’ TODAY to hear their journey of trial and error.


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?


Andy Smith


Angela Smith


Tracey Lee

General Manager

Alexis Hoy

Member Experience Manager

Anne Young

Content Manager

Ollie Stokes

Studio Manager

Susan Mahoney

Marketing Manager

Louise Simon

Events Manager