Welcome to the show! This episode is all about career change. So, from the INCREDIBLE interview that I got to do with Ron Paulk in Episode 10, I received comment from Robert Dailey asking for help, who has watched and followed Ron on his Youtube Channel. So, here is some background about Robert.
Robert worked construction Junior and senior high school, and VERY MUCH enjoyed it! He was excited to work, and learn at a young age!
We live in America, the greatest country on the planet. Living here allows us all to make almost any choice we decide to create the life we are living. The problem is that we then allow our own choices to become the barriers that we well not cross to change our life’s direction. -Can’t remember..
Robert wanted to take a year between college and school, parents refused. Here is the deal, Roberts parents apparently did NOT pay for his education, but INSISTED that he just go to college. Robert is now stuck with the bill for that. Listen, if you are old enough to vote and take a bullet for this country, you are old enough to say NO against a serious life affecting decision!
So, this resulted in five years of college, buried in student loan debt at the end, which he is still paying for. Robert is now being a man and taking care of his responsibilities. He has a wife and children to support, as well as obvious financial obligations that he is doing what he must to take care of. Good job brother, because that is what real men do!
Lets be really clear here, I’m NOT picking on Robert! He is the perfect example of what is becoming the new normal in America! He is leading by example, while still pursuing his dreams!
So, he is a elf described DIYer, and currently helps friends with project and small remodels on his own house and others. He typically takes small jobs that no one else will do!
So, here is Roberts question about his career change, in his own words.
You talked a lot about reaching younger guys and encouraging them in the trades, how would you suggest an older person (not that I’m old, but have a family to support) get into the trades? I can do a little of most things, master of none.
What do I recommend to Robert, and the others out there like him? Well, here we go!
- FIRST, talk with spouse. Clear the proverbial table, and give each other permission to voice whatever is on your mind. You need to achieve clarity and understanding, BEFORE you even get agreement. If your spouse is not on board, keep your day job. This is serious stuff!
- Get your Finances in order, this is first and foremost! I recommend Dave Ramsey, and to millennials i REALLY recommend my friend Joshua Sheats of Radical Personal Finance as well as the incredible Mr. Money Mustache. Your life will change! You can listen to my interview with Joshua Sheats right here, which I highly recommend!
- Start small with your work, like you are already doing with your small jobs that no one else will take. Get experience, learn much!
- Do you have a favorite skill/ interest? Consider all the aspects of the trades. In no particular order there is concrete, framing, plumbing, HVAC, painting, drywall, tile, siding, finish carpentry, welding, blacksmith to name a few..
- Continue your education while small. Read good magazines and books! I will link to my recommendations below. ALERT: My links below are affiliate links where I earn a very small commission if you make a purchase from the link. YOU will NOT be charged any additional money, and this is a small way that you can support this show and content.
- File HomeBuilding is one of my favorites.
- JLCmagazine and JLCOnline is a fantastic resource (same link, also this is NOT an affiliate link).
Books are very important, and here are just a few of the books I personally use and recommend:
- JLC Field Guide to Residential Construction, Volume 1: A Manual of Best Practice
Journal of Light Construction
- The JLC Guide to Production Carpentry
The Journal of Light Construction
- Lead Carpenter Handbook: The Complete Hands On Guide To Successful Job Site Management
Timothy Faller : This is CRITICAL if you intend to have employees
- Managing the Small Construction Business
Journal of Light Construction
- Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated
- The Builder’s Guide to Running a Successful Constructi (For Pros By Pros)
David Gerstel : This is the classic, and one of the best in my opinion.
- Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for Small Business (Small Business Strategies Series)
Linda Pinson : Learn it now, and keep it simple. This is LIFE AND DEATH!
- Code Check Complete 2nd Edition: An Illustrated Guide to the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Codes (Code Check Complete: An Illustrated Guide to Building,)
Redwood Kardon : Keep things tight and right! Make sure you are working safe!
This is a small list, and there are so many more, but this is a good start to begin an education of business and building basics.
- Find GOOD reputable contractor, start small, work to build up your skills and take on small tasks and projects. DO NOT overreach what you know, you WILL get in trouble. Take small steps, and get the basics down well!
- Save money, PAY TAXES, keep simple records with a pen, pencil and paper! Learn a lot, and NEVER stop!
Get Your License!!!
Also, your appearance, speech and demeanor counts. If you want to work FOR professionals, be thought of as a professional, and think of yourself as a professional, you need to ACT and LOOK like a professional!
Okay, with all this being said and all of this information before you, have fun. The trades and building are a fantastic career and business path. Being able to look at something tangible that YOU have built at the end of the day is very gratifying, and just plain old fun!
So, for all of you looking for a career change, I hope this has helped!
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it! Please let me know what you think! Also, I would love to stay in touch with you and keep you informed about the latest podcasts and articles!