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The Untrapped Podcast With Keith Kalfas

Welcome to the Untrapped Podcast with Keith Kalfas

Nov 14, 2023

In this podcast episode, we dive into the world of lawn care business expansion and acquisition with Blake Albertson of B&B Lawncare. He sheds light on the challenges and strategies involved in acquiring new companies, particularly in areas like billing and customer transition. We also discuss essential topics like efficient cash flow management, payroll tax handling, and the benefits of learning from industry experts and peers. Blake emphasizes the importance of maintaining a focus on core business activities while steering clear of unnecessary diversification. Furthermore, we explore quick and effective problem-solving skills, the value of empowering employees through open communication and striking a balance between delegation and micromanagement. The episode concludes by highlighting the benefits of decluttering the business for improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Tune in for valuable insights into lawn care business growth and success.


" The number one thing that I'm grateful for with the place we're at in business right now is being able to spend more time with my kids that were just like, it's such an age that it's fun, it's moving so fast and I get to hang out with them a little bit more than I could if I was working till dark every night and um, That's what I'm most thankful for, that we've done everything we've done, and we've grown a little bit and stepped a little bit out of the field is being able to spend time with my family.

 - Blake Albertson

Topics Covered: 

  • Expanding and Acquiring Businesses: Discussion on growing a lawn care business and acquiring new companies.
  • Acquisition Challenges: Billing and Customer Transition: Exploring challenges and strategies for taking over new businesses, focusing on billing and customer transition.
  • Cash Flow Management: Emphasizing the importance of efficient cash flow handling and financial problem-solving.
  • Payroll Tax Management: Highlighting the significance of managing payroll taxes in daily business operations.
  • Learning from Experts and Peers: The value of seeking insights from industry experts and peers for business growth.
  • Focus on Core Business: Stressing the need to concentrate on core business activities and avoid unnecessary diversification.
  • Quick Problem-Solving: Discussing the importance of fast and effective solutions for unexpected field issues.
  • Empowering Employees: Creating an environment for open communication and better decision-making through employee insights.
  • Delegation vs. Micromanagement: Balancing delegation with clear instructions and boundaries when assigning tasks.
  • Business Decluttering: Streamlining the business by eliminating unnecessary tools and processes for improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Key Takeaways 

"People that like got into a position and now they think that they're the rulers. And that's why people hate their jobs is people get in that position where they have a boss that just thinks they're awesome and they try to control the whole world.
So as a business owner that you really want to grow a business that people want to work for you, you need to figure that out within yourself and you to figure out how to not have that." - Blake

"It's called delegation by abdication. So it's like you just delegate and you say here, do this thing and figure it out. All right, peace. And you don't want none to do with it. And then they don't do it right. But it's your fault because you didn't give them clear outlines of specific expectations of what the end result would look like and empower them correctly.
So You're like, Oh my God, I'm so busy. Just do it. And then you can start to bullshit yourself and be like, well, I know that they're going to mess it up one out of five times and I'm just willing to deal with that. But then they can lower their self esteem and they can get upset and feel stupid and then start to resent you because you're not giving them the proper to print the proper parameters." - Keith

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