Make Trades Great Again

Make Trades Great Again

Welcome to Make Trades Great Again! Join Eric and Andy, seasoned plumbing and heating contractors turned business owners, as they dive deep into the world of skilled trades careers. If you're passionate about building a successful service business or considering starting your own venture in the skilled trades industry, smash that subscribe button. With their wealth of experience and expertise, Eric and Andy share invaluable insights on everything from launching your own business, setting competitive rates, and navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship. Discover the secrets to thriving in the competitive trades landscape as Eric and Andy unravel practical tips, proven strategies, and real-life anecdotes that will fuel your journey towards excellence. Whether you're an aspiring tradesperson, a seasoned professional, or simply intrigued by the fascinating world of skilled trades, this podcast is your go-to resource for success. Tune in twice a week for engaging discussions, in-depth interviews with industry leaders, and step-by-step guidance on investing wisely in your trade business. We'll explore essential topics like financial management, client relations, staying updated with industry advancements, and much more. "Make Trades Great Again" is available on all major podcast platforms, ensuring you never miss a chance to level up your career in the trades. Let Eric and Andy empower you to take charge of your professional destiny and carve a rewarding path in the world of skilled trades. Get ready to transform your passion into a thriving and profitable venture!

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May 21, 2024 54 mins

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Milwaukee Tool recently announced and shipped the long awaited M12 tubing cutter capable of cutting up to 2" copper pipe.  Whoa, whoa that's not all! Andy makes a pretty bold statement, naming the BEST SCREWDRIVER IN THE WORLD. Hint: It's a Wiha. 

The guys talk new tools, favorite tools and get into some general BS about tools for the heck of it. 

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MTGA friend Denver Baker joins the guys to talk E.V.’s. Specifically, service vehicles for his or the many HVAC contracting companies. 

The crew talks tech, charging, current offerings from the usual suspects and so new auto makers offering rechargeable cargo vehicles. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject! 

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The guys answer an email from a friend of the show. What do we want from our sales people? 

Mark says he's recently moved into an outside sales position for the supply company he works for, he's looking for our feedback on what we are looking for from our sales partners in the industry. 

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April 30, 2024 21 mins

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Ever just get to a point you cant stand your own playlist? We have and Andy wants to know what you're listening to.  This week the guys relax and reminisce about the early days of XM Radio and talk about some of their favorite things to stream now.   

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Some pretty big changes are in the works for how Minnesotans pay for, and use electricity which had the guys discussing everything from electrification, off-peak electrical and the home heating utility usages from one state to the next. 

To our faithful listeners: No actual investigative journalism was used for this groundbreaking discussion and revelations. 

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In all seriousness, the guys do talk about a couple recent medical events as a reminder that none of are invincible and taking care of ourselves is paramount to having a long successful career in the trades. 

Pre-surgery talk started back in February in episode 279: https://maketrades.buzzsprout.com

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April 9, 2024 26 mins

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Eric and Andy share insights and strategies for navigating economic slowdowns amidst shifting market conditions. Whether it's seasonal fluctuations or the impact of high interest rates and inflation on consumer behavior, they delve into practical approaches.

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February 27, 2024 12 mins

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It’s time for a break from new episodes while the guys work on a new approach to delivering the MTGA content and topics. 

Please take a look at any one of the 280 previous episodes in our library if you haven’t heard them all. We will be back, thank you for your continued support! 

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February 20, 2024 39 mins

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Credit card payments are the norm but how much of a risk are they if payments can be easily disputed and taken from you? 

The guys talk about this as it all started from, where else but a stupid Facebook group… 

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February 13, 2024 25 mins

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Eric has a minor surgery coming up, Andy just had one himself and both could've been done months or even years ago but it's too easy to put it off for another day. 

In this episode the guys say lit like it is, you gotta make yourself a priority, if you don't it's only going to get worse. 

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February 8, 2024 21 mins

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Here's another one from AHR Expo 2024. Our friends Becky Brotherton and Michael Provenzano join us to talk about the iconic tool company's 100 years of manufacturing history and more. 

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Heat Pumps are everywhere and Samsung HVAC has new technology on the market now and coming. Wade McCorkel of Samsung HVAC joins the guys at AHR Expo in Chicago to talk dual fuel and universal heat pump tech. 

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February 1, 2024 28 mins

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Live from AHR Expo in Chicago, the guys sit down with Bryan Orr.

Bryan Orr is the Co-Owner of Kalos Services Inc. an Orlando- area HVAC contracting business as well as an audio nerd and podcaster. 

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January 30, 2024 17 mins

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Warning: Lots of weather talk in this one lol. 

When the weather dips to the double digits below zero (F) the heat needs to stay on because setting-back the temperature may be a recipe for disaster. 

The guys talk ways to combat the extreme cold and how talking with your customers ahead of the storm might be useful. 

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January 25, 2024 23 mins

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Setting expectations ahead of starting a job is an obvious step in the process of service, repair, construction right? 

Eric tells of a recent job when it didn’t start out so great. 

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January 23, 2024 18 mins

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Will Aune Plumbing expand in 2024? Looking back on 2023 and forward in the new year.  There's always time to make plans and set goals but the new year seems like the most appropriate. What are some of your goals for 2024?

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January 18, 2024 34 mins

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If you're an apprentice this one's for you! If you're not an apprentice but know someone coming up in the trades, please share this with them asap! 

In this episode Eric & Andy go thru a list of five things/habits/behaviors today's apprentice needs to do or think about daily. 

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January 16, 2024 16 mins

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It's that time of year to look forward into the new year. This is also worth reflecting on the past year to gauge successes. This isn't a New Year Resolution episode! 

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January 11, 2024 32 mins

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Chad joins the guys to take a buzzfeed quiz to see what career we’re supposed to have. The results are as ridiculous as you probably expect. 

Thanks to our friend Chad Killinger for joining us. 

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January 9, 2024 34 mins

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“If you break it down into bitesize pieces you can eat an elephant” -Andy 

In this episode the guys talk over how to approach estimating jobs large and small. Thanks to everyone writing in lately! 

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