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Contractor Quick Tools - Breakthrough Academy

Our Contractor Quick Tools are ready-made resources specifically developed to help you professionalize and systemize your company. Each tool includes simple directives to get you started, a complete example file to reference, and an editable template to start using immediately.

Ideal Candidate Profile

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THIS PROVEN JOB POST FORMAT ATTRACTS THE TOP CANDIDATES YOU’VE BEEN MISSING OUT ON

Recruiting is the biggest challenge facing the industry and everybody is talking about the ‘non-existent labor pool’ and ‘entitled workers,’ yadda, yadda, yadda. You’ve heard the complaints. There are always ‘A’ players looking for great opportunities; but most contractors have a brutal recruitment process – if they even have a process at all.

Use this tool to:

  • Stop hiring employees that stress you out and cost you time, money, and your sanity
  • Figure out who you’re actually trying to recruit that will bring a solid ROI for the position (#IdealCandidate)
  • Build sexy job posts that appeal to competent candidates and repel the rest
  • Lay clear expectations so you won’t have to fight fires because of future confusion about responsibilities

Recruiting is not – and should NEVER be – about guess-work. This tool will help you to get hyper-clear on who you want in your company and how to attract them.

Get a copy of the IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE & JOB POSTING tool by clicking the button below.

Interview Setup Call

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MAKE YOUR INTERVIEWS LIKE A GREAT FIRST DATE, LEAVING AMBITIOUS CANDIDATES HUNGRY FOR MORE

Imagine an awkward first date with no prior conversation and no idea if you’re digging the other person in any way! Sorry to break it to you, but that’s what your interviews are like without a proper setup call…like a good old voice-to-voice phone conversation… that lasts 20 mins! It’s vital that you screen your candidates before an interview and get to know each other a bit, so you can sit down with great people who are excited to chat, and will actually show up.

This tool squashes the awkward by:

  • Standardizing your setup call so you’re not guessing what to say to every new candidate
  • Bringing a little swagger to the call so you come across as confident and prepared, setting the tone for the new hire
  • Significantly reducing the chances of being no-showed at the interview and wasting your time

Start getting excited about the candidates you interview…

Get a copy of THE INTERVIEW SETUP CALL tool by clicking the button below.

Interview Guide

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FILTER OUT APPLICANT DUDS USING PROVEN BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE

Stop hiring people just because they have a heartbeat, a pair of steel toe boots, and you’re behind on work. Making quick hires today KILLS your ability to ever build a business that scales with an A-Player team.

Our tool will save you 1000s of hours down the line by giving you:

  • 10 character traits to look for that are proven to be present in high-performing team members
  • A behaviour-centric approach to interviewing that gives you insight into HOW the candidate will show up in the position, long before they step foot on site
  • An in-depth template that is 90% complete and you can start using today

As if you need any other reason, this form is backed by behavioural science research and more than 3 decades of testing by 1000s of contractors.

Get the INTERVIEW GUIDE tool by clicking the button below.

Employment Agreements

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AVOID CHAOS AND CONFUSION IN YOUR COMPANY WITH CLEARLY DEFINED ROLES

Employment Agreements: Everybody needs them, but nobody wants to write them… are you feeling this? Without a clear employment agreement for every role in your company you’re constantly clarifying who does what, and undoubtedly dealing with a lot of finger pointing.

Enough with the schoolyard antics. You need to define the goals and responsibilities for every member of your company, and ensure that they align with your big picture goal.

Where to start is the big snag for most contractors; but we’ve got you covered.

Our Employment Agreement tool:

  • Is a 90% complete template that you can easily customize for your team
  • Will save countless questions from team members when they aren’t clear on their responsibilities
  • Covers all the little details that get missed without a clear line of accountability
  • Dramatically improves jobsite efficiency because everyone on site knows their role in the team

Get a copy of the EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT tool by clicking the button below.

Training Checklist

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STOP FIGHTING FIRES AND SCALE WITH A DIALED TRAINING PROGRAM

The #1 complaint from new staff is that they don’t receive proper training. I mean, you showed them what to do and left them with the right tools – what else do they need? It’s time to up your training game so that you can retain productive employees. In this tool you’ll get a structured system to train great staff and keep them around for the long term.

By using our training checklist you will:

  • Join the ranks of contractors with over 5-year retention rates in their crews
  • Spend far less time training your crews and see benefits months or years sooner than many ‘on the job’ training programs
  • Save yourself years of trial and error building a training program from scratch
  • The hardest part is figuring out the best framework to use…and we give it to you for free.

Get a copy of our STAFF TRAINING CHECKLIST by clicking the button below.

Budget

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YOU GOT INTO BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY, BUT WHERE IS THE MONEY?

Imagine if you always knew your margins; every week, every month, every quarter! Time to quit holding your breath and waiting for your bookkeeper to tell you if you made money (#FinancialRoulette). You can’t manage what you don’t measure, so get your numbers ready…

In this downloadable tool, we give you a budgeting template specifically designed for contractors. The proof is in the 40% average Net Profit increase seen by 100s of trades entrepreneurs already using it.

In our bullet-proof budget you’ll get:

  • The evaluation system that takes contractors from uninspiring margins to healthy profits
  • A clear idea of what you should be tracking, and where to focus attention
  • The ability to plan a year in advance so you aren’t stuck wondering whether you have the money to make a new hire or buy a piece of equipment

Get our free BUDGET tool and know where your money is going.

Strategic Plan

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NO STRATEGIC PLAN IS LIKE A TREASURE HUNT WITH NO MAP!

What’s your vision for the company, where do you want to be in 5, 10, 15 years? If the answer is, you’re not alone! Running a business is intense, and full of curveballs; making big moves without a strategic plan leaves you open to emotional decision making – no bueno.

Strategic planning sounds hard, and it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start – we get that!

This One-Page Strategic Planning Tool is:

  • Quick to build with our pre-populated template
  • Easy to understand and share so you can get your whole organization aligned and pulling in the same direction
  • Makes you look like a strategic planning genius, and gives your team confidence that the company is heading in a positive direction

Get a copy of the STRATEGIC PLANNING tool by clicking the button below and get your big picture vision down on paper; it’s way less complicated than you think!

Reclaim 5 Hours Per Week

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TIME TO FOCUS ON OWNERSHIP-LEVEL WORK. PERIOD.

Being an owner is often a crazy balancing act between managing your role and pieces of everybody else’s role on your team. 70-hour work weeks, estimate all-nighters, and missed sales calls while you’re too busy on the jobsite. Bluntly put, it’s mayhem…and it’s not sustainable. When you’re busy doing 101 things, it’s easy to lose sight of what you should be doing: running the company.

This tool provides a simple process to audit your time, and rank the skill level of everything you’re doing so that you can begin to:

  • Redistribute high-time/low-skill tasks that eat up your entire work day
  • Reclaim time in your week to focus on the business, not in the business
  • Understand where you make the company money so you can double down on what is best for the business (and usually what you’d rather be doing anyway)
  • Potentially open up free time for things outside of work, like friends and family

At a minimum, you’ll save 5 hours per week from this exercise opening up the space to start focusing on big picture, ownership moves.

Get a copy of the RECLAIM 5 HOURS PER WEEK tool by clicking the button below.

Tech Stack

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AUTOMATE YOUR SYSTEMS AND CUT TASK TIME IN HALF WITH A PROPER TECH STACK!

The game is changing, and fast.

Contractors who invest in building their tech stack have a huge advantage over their competitors when so much of the industry is still doing things manually. However, there is a closing window of opportunity on this.

This tech stack tool will:

  • Streamline the priority technology you need to solve your biggest problems
  • Help you objectively evaluate which tech is right for your current phase of growth
  • Share what top contractors are using right now for software
  • Give you a serious advantage in the service you deliver to your clients if you use it right
  • Potentially result in an increase of referrals due to a painless client process that is head and shoulders above the competition

Get a copy of the TECH STACK tool by clicking the button below.

Compensation & Incentives

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DECODE PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY AND GET EMPLOYEES TO STAY!

It’s the Wild West out there when it comes to compensation plans: they’re too complex to understand, bonuses are too small for staff to care, incentives don’t align with the company goals, or there simply aren’t any perks at all. For these reasons, pay is an incredibly hot topic in contractor forums… How much are people paying their staff? What do the compensation plans look like?

In our Compensation & Incentives tool you’ll learn:

  • How to create a balanced compensation structure for every role in your company
  • The way to incentivize the right behaviours and give staff the ability to hit goals that they directly impact
  • Some tried-and-tested practical performance-based pay structures to model from
  • How to effectively incentivize your people so they don’t jump ship and head over to your competitor

Get a copy of the COMPENSATION & INCENTIVES tool for free by clicking the button below.

How does a $20M contracting business run?

Would you like to find out?

Take the 10-day ‘evolved contractor’ challenge and identify the methods that will scale your business past 8-figures