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Episode 25: Dustin Manny (Manny Topsoil and Gravel)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!

Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners!

In this episode, our Host Mike Nelson and Visionary Founder Derek Foster interview Dustin Manny, the main man behind Manny Topsoil and Gravel! Dustin is all about working hard and doing the job right, and he tells us all about his methods, beliefs and styles right here in this episode!

00:15 - Hello, Newspaper Truck! And a Snag in the Brewery

03:08 - There’s Always an Issue…

04:18 - Welcome, Dustin!.. Finally!

06:08 - An Introduction to Dustin Manny

09:07 - Hard Work is Easier When You’re Working for Yourself!

11:37 - Making the Jump to Self-Employment

15:43 - Does the Economy and Real Estate Market Affect Dustin’s Business?.. NO!

17:05 - The Challenges of Growth: Trucks Ain’t Cheap!

21:03 - A Two-Employee Business… Two is Plenty!

22:36 - Vacation, Have to Get Away… Slows Down Business, Though!

24:30 - From One Guy in a Truck to a Massive Company…

25:30 - … If You Can Get a Truck!

26:39 - Dustin’s Secret to Success: Hard Work!

28:57 - Working Blue Collar, You Don’t Need a Workout Regimen!

29:51 - Hey, Shit Happens!

33:29 - Time With the Kids… Blue Collar’s Big Downside

36:04 - Mike’s Kids Smash his Televisions

37:17 - College Isn’t for Everyone! There’s so Much Opportunity in Blue Collar Work!

42:09 - Routine? Nah! Up, Eat, and Go!

43:14 - Mike Nelson, (Semi) Professional Podcaster

44:01 - Dustin’s Marketing Secret: Diversify, Try New Things!

45:15 - Turn Off Your Damned Phone!

46:41 - What’s Hot? CDL Drivers, and Hard Workers of All Kinds!

48:32 - Dustin’s Key Piece of Advice: Pick Your Niche, and Master it!

49:49 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Dustin Manny

  • Runtime

    51 Minutes, 35 Seconds

  • Air Date

    March 15th, 2023