Adam Dovile on his move
from chippy to empire builder

The low-down on Adam


  • Driven and focused business-owner
  • Life changed after winning House-Rules
  • Now also a TV host and go-to DIY expert
  • Loves how MYOB makes things easy
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Why Adam has the right tools for the job with MYOB

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Adam Dovile is a Logie-winning presenter on Better Homes and Gardens, but he’s always been a business owner first and foremost. Yup, this is a man with a lot to smile about.

G’day, Adam.
Most People know you from TV, but maybe don't know you're a business owner too. Can you tell us a bit about that? 

As well as Better Home and Gardens, I have a small building company, ASD Construction specialising in extensions and renovations.

And you were doing that before BHG? 

Yeah! Life changed when my wife Lisa and I won House Rules, in 2014.
Lisa promised my life would return to normal. 

Five years later and I’m still waiting, ha ha.

"Building has always been my passion."

Building has always been your passion though…

I was lucky enough to have a Carpenter live over the road from my family home.

He helped me build a music studio under my parents’ house for my teenage band. I loved it so much I applied for my pre-apprenticeship the next day.

When did you think about going out on your own?

Looking back that was always the plan, I was never gonna work for the man!

But after qualifying as a carpenter, I worked and learned a lot from two great bosses before going out on own and getting my unlimited building license. 

"I was never gonna work for the man!"

Lana Wilkinson reviews a winter coat
Lana loves that MYOB's mobile apps mean she can work on the go
Has running a business alongside your media commitments been an eye opener?

Bookwork is constant, which is something no-one tells you. And I don’t know any tradie that likes the admin – we hate it. 

What drew you to MYOB?

All my tradesmen invoice with MYOB, and after speaking with my bookkeeper and doing a bit of research, they had the best tools for me too.

You’ve likened doing the books to being on the worksite, what did you mean?

Well, if it’s a mess, the job’s chaotic. You’ve got invoices going out, receipts coming in and it can be hard to keep track of everything.

Having MYOB…everything’s there in front of you in one spot.

"Life changed when we won House Rules."

Your tradies invoice with MYOB, what do you like about the feature?

There’s so much for you to manage when you’re running your own business. MYOB helps me stay on top of things.

I love that when I send an invoice, the system sends a reminder automatically if it isn’t paid in 7 days.

Thanks for your time, Adam. What’s next for you    

I want to live a simple life, keep building, doing what I love and teach punters some DIY tricks along the way. 

"Business hasn’t been the same since."

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