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Top Tips for Succeeding as a Tradie

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We’ve done the research and come up with a list of things that will help every tradie improve their chances of succeeding in the industry. So have a look through; we bet you’ll find something that you can start doing today to help you kick goals tomorrow.

Try new tech

Those who are willing to give a new way of working a go can get ahead of the curve and do things smarter and faster than others.

Using drones to scope out the hard parts of a large commercial painting job, with the video streaming back to an iPad, or having small remote-controlled cameras that you can send down drains or into crawl spaces are just two examples of technology being used around Australia right now in different businesses.

An open mind to that sort of idea in your own job can mean a big payoff down the track.

Build your contacts

For all the tech in the world, being a successful tradie is still mainly built on getting great word-of-mouth referrals. Networking with other tradies is a great way to build your contact list.

This helps to put in place the foundations for long-term success, where good relationships can lead to partnerships or referrals. These can lead to more jobs, which can lead to more contacts and referrals, and so on until you’ve got a solid client base.

That’s exactly what goodwork helps you to do. We’re the fastest growing network built just for tradies.

Get organised

There’s not really any excuse for putting receipts and papers in a shoebox anymore thanks to affordable, easy-to-use cash flow software offered by companies like Xero and Reckon.

These tools make knowing how much cash is coming in and going out, who is getting paid when, and keeping receipts for the tax office easier than it’s ever been before.

You might be surprised at how many time you reach into your pocket to pay for things, but forget to claim them as expenses. With the right bookkeeping app, you can take a photo of your receipts and load them straight to the app.

Protect yourself

Insurance might cost you in the short-term, but not having it could cost you more than you bargained for. Make sure to get sorted to make sure your family and assets are protected.

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