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Unlocking the Secrets of Construction Business Success

Updated: Jun 13

Becoming a Construction Champion: Transitioning from a Profitable Hobby to a Thriving Enterprise

In the construction industry, it's all too common to see businesses come and go, with many struggling to achieve long-term success. However, there are those who have managed to rise above the challenges and become true "construction champions" - business owners who have transformed their profitable hobbies into well-oiled machines that consistently deliver excellence.

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Understanding the Complexity of Construction Businesses

The construction industry is not for the faint of heart. It's a complex business model that requires navigating a multitude of moving parts, from labor and materials to subcontractors and project management. This level of complexity can make it challenging for construction business owners to accurately track their financial performance and determine whether they are truly profitable.

"Construction is way more complex than [a simple business like] house cleaning," explains Luke Boyenger, CEO of Cruzumi CFO and Advisory. "You've got employees, labor, materials, subcontractors - all of these moving pieces and variables that are really hard to track and figure out, 'Did I actually make any money or not?'"


Embracing the CEO Mindset

One of the key factors that separates construction champions from those with profitable hobbies is their willingness to embrace the CEO mindset. Many construction business owners start out as skilled tradespeople who stumble into entrepreneurship, but struggle to transition from being the primary laborer to becoming the strategic leader of the organization.

"Most people got into construction because they were really good at some kind of skilled trade, not because they thought they'd make an awesome CEO," Boyenger notes. "They've got this opportunity in front of them to really capitalize on the excellence that they've established and take what it was that made you awesome at your skill, your trade, and embed that in your team so that it continues to repeat under your brand without you being the one to do it."


Overcoming the Resistance to Delegation

A significant hurdle for construction business owners is the reluctance to delegate and trust others to handle critical operational tasks. Many feel that they need to be the ones doing the work, rather than focusing on the strategic direction of the company.

"You have to be able to shift your focus away from operations to how do we do the work by hiring and delegating that to kind of construction supervisor or president of construction, whatever the case may be," Boyenger advises. "When you have that in place, it frees your brain up to not be worried about operations all the time. And now you can go be CEO, and your focus now is entirely on building and supporting and coaching and training the team that is running the business."


Embracing Third-Party Expertise

One of the most effective ways for construction business owners to make the transition from a profitable hobby to a thriving enterprise is to leverage the expertise of third-party service providers. Whether it's bookkeeping, accounting, or project management, bringing in the right professionals can help construction champions scale their businesses and achieve greater success.

Boyenger emphasizes the importance of thoroughly vetting potential service providers, looking for relevant experience, referrals, and a willingness to work on a month-to-month basis rather than locking clients into long-term contracts. By taking this approach, construction business owners can minimize the risk of bad experiences and focus on finding the right partners to support their growth.

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Conclusion: Embracing the Mindset Shift

Becoming a true construction champion requires a fundamental mindset shift. It's about moving beyond the "hobby that makes good money" mentality and embracing the role of the CEO, who is responsible for building a scalable, profitable business that can thrive in the long run.

By delegating operational tasks, embracing third-party expertise, and focusing on the strategic direction of the company, construction business owners can unlock the true potential of their enterprises and leave a lasting legacy in the industry.


Unlocking the Secrets of Construction Business Success

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