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Short videos that help you begin making changes in your business and let you get a feel for what you'll be working on in the Tradies Toolbox Coaching Program.

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Employees or Independent Contractors?

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach This is a complicated issue, isn’t it? If you’re afraid of work drying up (as most of us are) then hiring your guys as independent contractors instead of employees can feel like a good way to protect yourself from having to pay wages or redundancy...

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Fake Tradies and Conmen spoiling it for you good guys

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach I saw this article in the Byron Bay Echo ( advising homeowners that conmen and fake tradies are active in the area. This stuff comes round every once in a while. Left over bitumen from the highway or some other rubbish. It makes me think how...

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Is your website doing you justice?

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach Many of the trades business owners I work with have pretty crappy websites. “I’m too busy for that stuff, Jon” they say. Or “I know, I should get it finished properly but I’ve got more important things to do than mess around with a website.”...

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How Small Fish got Automated – A Story

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach Last time I wrote a brief piece about how wonderful it would be to automate your business. I thought you might like to hear what we’ve done here at Small Fish. This article was suggested by Grace from Freshbooks who reads our blog and asked...

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How automation can save your marriage

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach OK, it’s a big claim and, quite possibly, not true at all. But, if you run a trades business and your wife does a lot of your administration for you, perhaps at night when she’s also trying to juggle the kids (yes, I’m talking to...

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Tradies are all poor. Or are they?

Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach I enjoyed these two articles about Tradies. In the first (read the whole thing here). Sam de Brito comments on the divide between the very rich in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and the tradesmen who work on their homes. He calls them high net...

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