Joe Frazzica, Stroud Melbourne Western. Been the industry for 25 years as a chippie initially, obviously building the homes myself, and as my company grew, building about 25 odd homes a year as a principal builder.
I never really envisioned myself as a franchisee. Building a house next door to Adam Paradowski from [Melbourne] Northwest, never heard of Stroud’s, you know, started questioning. Next thing you know, I was doing my own sort of investigative work, all the systems that they offer, the marketing that basically comes with it, the territory that they’d offered me.
I’ve been building in the west for quite a while, Melton, Plumpton all those sort of areas. That’s what really sort of got me over the line. The systems and the backing that they give you it sort of put me into a whole different realm. Whereas before I was sort of running around like headless chook effectively. I sort of taught me a more smarter way to conduct business and they’ve shown me how to be a businessman running a building company instead of a chippie trying to be a builder. Work smarter, not harder.
Before I’ll give you an example two years ago, I’d get up at 5:00 in the morning in the middle of winter, shorts on, I’ll be out in site with the boys, whatever I’d be doing, meeting concretors, meeting chippies, meeting roofers, whatever it might be. Whereas now, I still get up at that time in the morning, but I’ll come to a clean office, I’m not in the mud, I sit down. It’s just a lot more organized. Everything before was just up in the air. Now, everything is systematic. There’s a path, there’s a direction, as long as you stick to the systems, it’s pretty hard to stuff it up, really.
My wife actually works for me now. So I’ve got her in the office, obviously spend a lot more time with her. I’ve got my youngest daughter in the office, you know, pretty much four days a week. So I don’t get to miss out on her growing up. Whereas the other two boys, the older boys I sort of did because I was always out on the tools working, come home from work before, I’d be spent mentally and physically. Whereas now got a little bit more energy, you know.
I wanna get to the point where I’ve got a manager effectively running the business for me, where I can just sort of stand back and just oversee the business grow and what I’ve built for my family in the future.