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John Wilson Part 2 | How to Overcome Plateaus in Your Business

The Sharpest Tool™

John Wilson, CEO of Wilson Plumbing & Heating, shares his best practices for aggressively scaling a company through marketing, acquisitions and personal growth. Overcoming Plateaus In BusinessDon’t fear the dreaded business plateau. As an entrepreneur, seeing your business grow and reach milestones is incredibly exciting. Everything looks like you’re on the right track until you hit a plateau.The first plateau that many businesses hit is at a million to a million and a half dollars in sales, says John. This often happens because the owner is not prepared to hire an operations manager to take care of what is happening in the field. Instead, they spread themselves too thin trying to do it all.You have to hire help in order to grow. You cannot do everything by yourself.Play To Your StrengthsKnow what you are good at and stick to that. John explains that although he knew he was better on the business side of things rather than being in the field, this isn’t the case for everyone. >“If you’re not good at the business side or you don’t want to do it, then you probably shouldn’t and you should hire someone else to do it. Or just stay super small and that’s okay too… You don’t need to get big.”Understanding your strengths and your weaknesses is half the battle.Leveraging Social MediaOne of the biggest barriers to talent is whether the individual wants to work for your company. John says one way to avoid this is to have people apply to work for you through other mediums. For example, social media and/or podcasts are helpful platforms that can help potential employees understand:Who you areWho your company isWhat your values areShowcase what you do on your platforms and put your ideas forward. John has found success building future customer and employee relationships on social media by providing value. He shares his own experiences and failures on Twitter and then interacts with people whenever they ask questions.>“Audience is king… even with just a few thousand people, you can make an impact, in your business or wherever your goals are. That would be consistently driving traffic towards it (social media), posting on it frequently and making somebody own it so that way you are driving towards the results you want.”Enhancing Your TeamA solid onboarding process is a major component of employee engagement and retention. It impacts the productivity and success of your new hires. Focusing on developing a strong connection is vital for earning their loyalty and commitment to your home services business.Creating a hiring process is one of the most important tactics John’s team has implemented.>“Every company needs the same two people. You have the visionary and you have the integrator… you need someone to figure out the vision and someone to run the company. So figuring out which one you’re best at is important and then hiring your exact opposite who plays the opposite role is important.”For more information on John’s business and services, visit Wilson Plumbing & Heating.


12 Oct 2021

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John Wilson

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Filmmaker John Wilson feels very fortunate about being Conan O’Brien’s friend…? John sits down with Conan to talk about the oddest discoveries made producing his show How To with John Wilson, the authenticity of old home videos, and indulging in propaganda-machine reality TV. Plus, Conan trains David Hopping to do the things Sona does, and should do. Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821. For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit TeamCoco.com.

1hr 1min

26 Jul 2021

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Episode 46: How to Manage Growth Through Acquisitions w/ John Wilson

Toolbox for the Trades

Some shops are happy trucking along as a lifestyle business. And there is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to grow aggressively, you need to learn about acquisitions. That’s one of the secrets John Wilson, Owner at Wilson Plumbing and Heating, has learned rapidly growing the family business from its comparatively small roots into a sprawling operation. What we talked about: - The secrets to scaling - How to approach marketing - How to expand through acquisitions Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: - The Making of an American Capitalist - Rich Dad Poor Dad - The Outsiders - The Millionaire Next Door If you want to hear more stories from the trades, subscribe to Toolbox for the Trades on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or here. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Toolbox for the Trades in your favorite podcast player. 

1hr 3mins

1 Jun 2021

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Okay Kaya & John Wilson

FUSE: A BOMB Podcast

Kaya Wilkins is a Norwegian-American Berlin-based musician, composer, and artist who records and performs as Okay Kaya. Okay Kaya has released numerous acclaimed albums including Both (2018), and most recently Watch This Liquid Pour Itself (2020) followed by her companion album Surviving Is the New Living (2020).John Wilson is an NYC-based documentarian who has been making low budget documentaries for over a decade. His films eventually caught the eye of Nathan Fielder, who ended up convincing HBO to give John his own TV show. How To with John Wilson is the result of this collaboration.


18 May 2021

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#18 - John Wilson - $10M+ Buying & Scaling Home Services Businesses

The Next Generation

What’s up everybody, we have an awesome episode today on scaling and buying home service businesses. We chat with John Wilson who is on track to hit $10 Million in revenue this year with his companies. After buying out his fathers plumbing business, John has been acquiring up other home service companies. We dive into exactly how he’s done this and some of the struggle along the way. If you like this episode, don’t forget to subscribe. Follow John on twitter to stay updated on what he's doing  https://twitter.com/WilsonCompanies


12 May 2021

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73. John Wilson: Jamming!

Gateway Music

John Wilson stops by The Gateway to have a chat with Howard about jamming. Over ten years ago John Wilson moved to Montreal after a long career as a musician and composer and for some reason he decided to start jamming with musical naifs, Howard and friend of the podcast, Jason Friedman (Episode 25). Over the course of 90 minutes they explore the emotional and intellectual power of jamming as a tool for connection, self-discovery, and having a blast and Howard explains how those jams led to the creation of Gateway Music. Along the way they talk about scary album covers, the Godfathers of Funk, and how Pete Townsend was secretly the drummer in The Who.For access to other Gateway Music episodes go to: https://linktr.ee/gatewaymusicpodcast or The Upford Network: https://upfordnetwork.com/Checkout Gateway Music on facebook and Instagram @gatewaymusicpodcastLogo Design: Eric DoudeauOriginal Music: Howard Mitnick

1hr 26mins

16 Apr 2021

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John Wilson of "How to with John Wilson"

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

John Wilson created the series "How To with John Wilson," one of our favorite new shows, a totally unique look at New York City, social anxiety, the pandemic and risotto. John joins Bullseye to chat about finishing a season of television during a pandemic, the nuance he found in his personal life from the edit process and making real life seem "less fake." Plus, we'll find out just how much of his life is dedicated to shooting the footage for his show.


29 Jan 2021

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John Wilson - Growing the Family Plumbing Business - Ep. 47

Think Like an Owner

My guest on this episode is John Wilson. John purchased his 3rd generation family business, Wilson Plumbing, which was started by his grandfather and has grown it from 4-5 plumbers to 20 and still growing strong. I’ve had guests with just one company and those with a half dozen companies or more. John’s in the middle and we spend some time talking about his evolution into a holding company role and desire to build a portfolio of companies.  We also talk about building his plumbing business, hiring and training new plumbers including how to walk up to a customer’s house, why plumbers often don’t make good managers, and how to scale a home services business. I learned a ton about the nuances of operating in this episode and I hope you take away a few great lessons from John’s experience so far.  For the full episode transcript and more, visit alexbridgeman.com/podcast. I’m also the founder of The Operator’s Handbook, a print publication where small company operators share their insights and ideas for building more effective and profitable companies. Articles focus on process improvement, sales, hiring and training, managing culture, and all responsibilities within operating a small company. If you run a small business and are looking for new ways to grow and improve, subscribe today and join your peers in the endless pursuit of better at theoperatorshandbook.com.


19 Jan 2021

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168. The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace (with John Wilson!)

Two Bad Neighbors - A Simpsons Podcast

John Wilson (Greg's dad) joins us to talk inventions, forging your own destiny, and what Atlanta was like in the late '80s!E-mail us at thehammockdistricton3rd@gmail.com, follow us on twitter @BadNeighborsPod, and like us on Facebook to never miss an episode! If you like what you hear please consider leaving us a review on iTunes, and becoming a patreon member here: www.patreon.com/boathausstudiosPatreon members will gain exclusive access to our bonus episodes!

1hr 27mins

16 Jan 2021

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John Wilson Demystifies ‘How To With John Wilson’

The Last Laugh

The mysterious New York filmmaker behind HBO’s ‘How To With John Wilson’ joins this very special bonus episode to break down how he made perhaps the most fascinating TV show of 2020. John reveals how ‘Nathan for You’ creator Nathan Fielder helped pitch the show to Hollywood executives, why he considers himself “completely different” from Sacha Baron Cohen, how the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the season one finale and what fans can expect from a possible season two. And yes, we talk about the foreskin restoration guy. Twitter: @howtojohnwilson and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @peepingjohn and @lastlaughpodHighlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 Nov 2020