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Builder: How Many Successful Builders Do You Know?


How many owners of successful building companies do you know?

When did you last have lunch with a builder who didn’t have to be on the job for his business to be functioning well?

Not for a long time? Hmmm.

You see if you are hoping to grow your building business and become a successful business owner, but you don’t spend any time with already successful building contractors, then you have a real problem.

While there are some exceptions that “prove the rule,” the greatest influence on most of us are the people we regularly keep company with.

People who associate with criminals and much more likely to get into trouble with the law. Similarly if you associate only with unsuccessful renovators, you are likely to imitate their habits. But, when you associate with successful builders you are much more likely to imitate their habits.

So how do you go about associating with owners of successful builders?

In this post I suggest three ways you can build your networking skills with owners of successful trade businesses.

1. Join the local chapter of your builder’s association

If you have a builders’ association your area then join in their activities. Get involved in any service programs they are engaged in and put yourself forward as a candidate for leadership. It is the successful builders who have the time to give to working with their local organisation.

2. Build great connections with suppliers

Your local building supplier is likely to know many successful builders in your area. Not only does he supply them, but is is highly likely that he views his success as linked to theirs. So he is on the lookout for successful building contractors – not failing ones – who are likely to cost him money.

3. Act like one

Successful builders are successful people. They treat others with respect, pay their bills and tend to employ better team members. So copy these habits immediately. Choose to do similarly and you will be surprised at who will show up around you. A builder I was talking with recently commented on how easy it was to get great team members once he began to focus on being a successful person.

Building a successful business is not just about getting the right systems. It is also about being and about being with.

Talk Back

Do you think it helps to associate with successful builders?

Who did you associate with on your journey to success?

I’d love to hear of your experiences.

Post your comments below.

12 Responses to Builder: How Many Successful Builders Do You Know?

  1. kamaga September 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    you are spot on on meeting successful builders.

    • Graeme September 29, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      Hi Kamaga

      Thanks for the comment. Do you have an experience of a builder you are thinking of? Love to hear your story. Cheers

  2. Craig Riddle September 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi Graeme,

    I have been fortunate to have a friend like you describe. He often tells me “you wouldn’t believe the amount of money that changes hand over lunch or coffee” He was one of those builders you describe. Drove a sports car, I only saw him once every 2 weeks as I ran many jobs for him over many years. Whenever I think of a successful builder, this person springs to mind.

  3. zuanthomas September 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Excellent tips to create healthy relationship with the renowned builders of great companies. Successful builders remains calm and steady.

    • Graeme September 29, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks for your comment. It’s amazing that most successful builders are more than happy to help others who are ready to learn. But sometimes it’s hard asking. Love to hear of your experiences.


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    • Graeme April 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you are enjoying the articles. If you have some questions or challenges you are facing right now, I’d love to hear about them. It will help me think about future topics I can write about to be of more assistance to you. Again thanks for commenting. All the best. Graeme

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    • Felcity Owen July 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi there, thanks for your feedback. It’s always great to hear from readers. Pleased to hear you’re saving yourself some time now by applying the principles in the blogs.

  7. Lee October 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    to think you can run an efficient construction company while driving around in a sports car I suggest you give up now. It takes commitment and if you do not over see your business regularly you will lose it with the blink of an eye. You can build healthy relationships with various types of sucrssful business owners as you can take valuable information from all different areas

    • Graeme Owen November 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi. Thanks for the comment.

      Of course there is more to building and running a successful construction company than “driving around in a sports car.” However, it’s often successful business owners who can afford to buy sports cars, so hanging out with them can be a great way of learning how they behave and what they do. I know a builder who participates in a local car rally since many of the owners of the rally cars are successful business owners, and in his target market. He is learning heaps from them (about business) …and getting some very good leads and referrals. Cheers

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