Tim Meuchel

Hi, my name is Tim Meuchel and I am the founder and Owner of Trade Up Consulting. People ask me all the time what I do and why I do it so here’s just a little bit about me.

My story begins several years ago at Virginia Tech, where I earned my degree in Civil Engineering. Right out of school, I secured a decent job with a hundred year old nationwide contracting company and for the next dozen years I managed large commercial construction projects from coast to coast.

Eventually as my family started to grow I personally outgrew that job and decided it was time to venture out on my own so in 2007, I founded a small construction company on the side that soon took up my entire focus.

That side business took off faster than I could have ever imagined and In 2008, I made the decision to leave the corporate world and pursue entrepreneurship full-time.

At the time I had no idea how much my twelve years working for such a successful company had prepared me to run and grow my own business.

Within less than a year my new business had taken off and I found myself adding work, employees and equipment to support the growth. We had a great run at it for about a decade until after coming out of a bad project my experiences led me to sole search and shift gears.

Almost immediately I started making changes to my company and saw immediate results that I realized could really benefit other small business owners and contractors.

This led me to author my first book called, The 10 Factor: From Struggling to Thriving Business in 10 Months which ended up a #1 Best Seller on Amazon and launched the next chapter in my entrepreneurship journey.

Over time I pivoted my business strategy and began focusing more on construction consulting and coaching other business owners.

Almost immediately I found myself working as a construction expert providing litigation support to attorneys and contractors for construction disputes involving safety, quality and pricing issues.

Simultaneously I began working as a one-on-one business coach for contractors and other small businesses.

I could go on and on but if you’d like the rest of my story, I go into much more detail in The 10 Factor. 

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  • Meuchel, Tim, The 10 Factor: From Struggling to Thriving Business in 10 Months, Book, Copyright 2018


  • Licensed, Maryland Home Improvement Contractor, Department of Labor Licensing & Regulation, 2007 – present
  • Registered, Maryland Home Builder Registration, Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, 2008 – 2018
  • Certified, Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP), U.S. EPA
  • Certified, ECRI Institute Workshop (Infection Control Risk Assessment for Construction Activities), ECRI Institute
  • Certified, Erosion and Sediment Control, State of Maryland
  • Certified, OSHA 10 Hour, Occupational Safety and Health Administration


  • Member, National Association of Home Builders, 2008 – 2018
  • Member, Maryland Building Industry Association, 2008 – 2018
  • Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2008 – 2018
  • Allied Member, American Institute of Architects, 2008 – 2018
  • Member, Chi Epsilon, International Civil Engineering Honor Society, 1996 – present

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