About

What is TradeBiz Toolbox?

A sanity resource for self-employed service plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other tradesman and service providers. I am confident these methods work because they helped grow our plumbing company faster than we hoped or dreamed. Your goals may be unique – but the building blocks to money, sanity, and success are the same for everyone.

No BS

You want to know my pedigree? I doubt you really care. (Scroll down a bit if you do.) Sure, I have experience and degrees – but more than anything I understand how little time you have. That’s why my tools are no BS.

ASAP

You don’t need theory, you need action. You need this stuff figured out yesterday. Most of it is in your head, it’s just not organized. My downloadable, printable tools will get you organized and decrease your stress.

Tools Not Tells

You went into biz because you had a vision for your company. I’m not here to tell you how to do business. REPEAT: I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS. I just giving you the tools.

That Pedigree i promised

Proof I Know My Stuff

In 2012, my dad came to me and said he was ready to go out on his own. He had a vision. He had a mission. He had great business instincts … but he wasn’t organized. He didn’t have the business experience to, well, build a business. My mom and I helped with that stuff and let him focus on doing what he does best – be a rock star plumber. Lucky guy, huh? We like to think so.

For the most part, my parents work in the business every day. Me? I’m around, but mostly – I build the toolbox.

Fancy Degrees & Certifications

I hold a Business Administration Degree from Furman University where I graduated Cum Laude.

I also hold a Certificate of Graphic Design and an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC. That’s still the area I call home.

In 2017, I was invited to participate in Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program – an intensive 12-week program provided on full scholarship – where I received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

Relevant & Irrelevant Experience

I started my career in corporate advertising working for a regional grocery chain. Then, for a hot second, I worked for a local newspaper where I learned that movie clich├ęs about reporters are mostly true.

After that I started doing small business consulting – mostly local service companies like yours. I built a lot of websites and got really frustrated at how disorganized these biz owners were. That planted the first seeds for these resources.

Next, I had an opportunity to run a neat little E-commerce business where I learned how to sell things over the internet to people all over the world. I really liked that. When my father made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, I jumped in with both feet.

My Ultimate Case Study

Mom, Dad, and I had a ten year plan. We knew how many trucks we wanted, we wanted to own commercial real estate, and be a top contender in the market.

In our fifth year of business we bought truck number eight – blowing away our ten year plan. Soon after we bought a 7,800 sq. ft. facility with office, warehouse and 3-acre lay-down yard. To date, we have won several awards and receive regular recognition for service and excellence. We consistently perform at the top of our market. It didn’t take long to realize our ten year plan was way ahead of schedule.

That didn’t mean it was time to sit back and enjoy our success. It was time to re-evaluate. Set new goals, crush those goals. Rinse and repeat until we are ready to ride off into the sunset. The crazy thing is, we are using the same tools to define those goals and create the structure as we did in the beginning.

That’s the most important lesson – the basic tools don’t change. You might get some fancy new accessories. You might upgrade to the top of the line. But the basic principles of business are the same for one truck or ten.

Those are the tools I want to share with you. 

Business Geek, control freak, lazy athlete

Anja Smith

Anja Smith is a plumbers daughter and advocate for small business and entrepreneurship. She’s tried to be good with a wrench but just doesn’t have a knack for it. She loves being outdoors, reading, and is addicted to goal setting and to-do lists. She is always honest when it counts and loves making people laugh.

Favorite Way to Spend a Sunday Afternoon: Laying in a Hammock Reading a Dystopian Novel

Current Goal: Visit All of America’s National Parks 

Proudest Accomplishments: Helping to Build All Clear Plumbing, Finishing two Half Ironman Triathlons, and four full marathons.

it starts with

Taking Control

Time

You can’t create more of it, but you can use it better.

Money

Know where it comes from, know where it goes.

People

Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.

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Paperwork

Not optional. Unfortunately.

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Process

Consistency is the key to success.

Product

What you do and where you do it.