Today’s featured guest is Sam Shelton from Alaska Builders. Just like usual we dive in and explore Sam’s story from the beginning to where he’s at today. However, I do need to say this upfront. Soon after we recorded this interview, Sam wrote to me and told me he had an accident on his job and broke both of this legs. So, he’s been pretty quiet online the past couple of months as he recovers and heals. However, we decided to go ahead and publish his story, because he shared a lot of good insights as we talked. So here is Sam Shelton from Alaska, listen all the way to the end. And be inspired!
What do you hope people in your community would say about how you are making a difference?
“I want people to know and believe that we are building healthier and longer lasting homes than anyone else around. This Alaskan environment is harsh and very hard on buildings. It’s more of a science than a craft. Not taking shortcuts. Not being willing to build a cheaper house. Otherwise it will be a waste of money in just a couple of years. Plus I don’t want people to get sick in their home because of how it was built.”
What would you tell a young contractor who is just getting started?
“Do not take shortcuts. Don’t be afraid to take on small jobs. But in every job you do, do your very best. Perfect your craft, and get better at it on every job. Follow as many builders as you can find on IG and take the time to read their posts. Educate yourself. Get on top of your business game from the get-go. Don’t wait and try to figure it out. But get on top of it right away. Be willing to adapt. And be willing to change if you learn something new.”
Some Other Protractor News today:
- We just published a brand new article on the Protractor Blog by Lawrence Winterburn. It’s called: “Qualifying Potential Customers for your Construction Business.” It is a bit lengthy of an article so it would be a good one for you to read on your lunch break. It goes into various proven ways to qualify your potential customers which will help you waste time and resources. It’s a very good article. Check it out today!
- Vote for us in the contest for best construction podcast of 2018 today! We appreciate it!
- This is the last episode for this season. We are taking a break here on the audio portion of this podcast while we schedule and record some new guests.
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Thanks so much!
Martin, your host