PROFESSIONAL BUILDER SECRETS PODCAST

Episode 38: Building A Business That Serves You With Zak Johnson

Just because you're good at building houses doesn't mean you'll be good at running a business.

In episode 38 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Zak Johnson, owner of ZJ Building based out of South Australia. Throughout this episode, we learn about Zak’s story and how he created ZJ Building from the ground up.

key moments

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  • 1:44 About ZJ Building.
  • 02:05 The decision to choose the path of building.
  • 02:59 Zak’s perspective on the current labour shortage.
  • 03:43 What got Zak started and his journey.
  • 04:29 When Zak decided to go into business for himself.
  • 05:54 The reasons behind wanting to go into business for himself.
  • 07:15 Lessons learned or most memorable moments.
  • 08:56 What inspires Zak to executive plans of action and strive for excellence.
  • 10:19 The transformation of ZJ Building.
  • 11:41 Zak’s perspective on stepping away from the tools.
  • 13:00 Zak’s feelings about being off the tools?
  • 13:49 How Zak came across APB.
  • 15:25 Learning lessons and knowing when to implement changes into the business.
  • 16:20 ZJ Building's award wins.
  • 18:04 How Zak feels about working in the office.
  • 19:08 Getting to the stage where the business as designed?
  • 20:32 The next focus for ZJ Building.
  • 21:45 The challenges in the market.
  • 23:37 How APB has helped the feelings of isolation.
  • 24:50 Zak’s advice to new builders.
  • 26:53 Innovation in construction today.
  • 28:39 How Zak finds balance between running a building company and family life.
  • 30:02 The advice Zak would give a younger version of himself.

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key moments

  • 1:44 About ZJ Building.
  • 02:05 The decision to choose the path of building.
  • 02:59 Zak’s perspective on the current labour shortage.
  • 03:43 What got Zak started and his journey.
  • 04:29 When Zak decided to go into business for himself.
  • 05:54 The reasons behind wanting to go into business for himself.
  • 07:15 Lessons learned or most memorable moments.
  • 08:56 What inspires Zak to executive plans of action and strive for excellence.
  • 10:19 The transformation of ZJ Building.
  • 11:41 Zak’s perspective on stepping away from the tools.
  • 13:00 Zak’s feelings about being off the tools?
  • 13:49 How Zak came across APB.
  • 15:25 Learning lessons and knowing when to implement changes into the business.
  • 16:20 ZJ Building's award wins.
  • 18:04 How Zak feels about working in the office.
  • 19:08 Getting to the stage where the business as designed?
  • 20:32 The next focus for ZJ Building.
  • 21:45 The challenges in the market.
  • 23:37 How APB has helped the feelings of isolation.
  • 24:50 Zak’s advice to new builders.
  • 26:53 Innovation in construction today.
  • 28:39 How Zak finds balance between running a building company and family life.
  • 30:02 The advice Zak would give a younger version of himself.

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After recognising a gap in the industry with a lot of builders lacking in customer focus during projects that closely involve the homeowner, Zak found himself with an opportunity to create something truly unique. With a passion to deliver high quality projects and improve the lifestyles of South Australian homeowners, he started ZJ Building in 2015 and has been transforming homes ever since. With a strong drive for self improvement and professional development, Zak continues to evolve and improve the company. From building strong systems and processes for our customer's benefit to proudly running a virtually paperless office, the future of ZJ Building is always looking bright.

“A specialised podcast made just for the owners of custom home building companies. Extraordinary guests, valuable content and  amazing stories from other builders.”

Cheri K

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