• Business & Economics

Running a Successful Construction Company

Author: David Gerstel
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781561585304
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 265
View: 3664
A guide to running a construction company that provides tips and information on creating operating procedures, improving worker skills, using computers, keeping the right forms and paperwork up to date, competitive bidding, and other topics.

    • Construction industry

The Builder's Guide to Running a Successful Construction Company

Author: David Gerstel
Publisher: Taunton
ISBN: 9781561583270
Category: Construction industry
Page: 240
View: 2756
In this guide, David Gerstel shows readers step-by-step how to drum up business, choose the right jobs to bid, estimate them efficiently and accurately, write strong and balanced contracts, work with clients and architects, plus lots more.

    • Architecture

Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day

Author: Matt Stevens
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 007163147X
Category: Architecture
Page: 406
View: 2886
This detailed overview of the construction contracting business delivers an invaluable collection of best practices, forms, templates, and checklists designed to reduce risks and increase profits. Contractors will learn everything they need to know about the make-or-break areas of estimating, pricing, bidding, project management, and financial management. The author is well-known in the industry, with a weekly newsletter, website, online digest, regular column for Contractor magazine, and 70-plus seminar bookings for 2006 Extensive examples and illustrations help readers apply the insights offered

    • Business & Economics

Starting Your Career as a Contractor

How to Build and Run a Construction Business
Author: Claudiu Fatu
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1621534707
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
View: 5095
This incisive, practical guide provides a thorough breakdown of the ins and outs everyone needs to know when turning contracting skills into a business. From summoning the motivation to start your own business to the intricacies of being your own boss, Claudiu Fatu artfully turns his personal experiences and those of other successful contractors into advice on every aspect of building a business. The chapters focus on: Developing a business structure, including bank accounts, tax registration, insurance, and branding Handling legal and accounting hurdles Managing employees and dealing with clients Using marketing systems to find and book work Estimating and bidding on jobs Writing contracts Creating invoices and a billing system Controlling costs, keeping records, and understanding profit margin Planning retirement and other benefits for the self-employed By teaching contractors to anticipate problems that can arise when dealing with clients, and to build a business plan that can support a contractor’s talents in the best way possible, Starting Your Career as a Contractor is the ultimate manual to getting the job done right! Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

    • Technology & Engineering

Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor

Author: R. Dodge Woodson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071467114
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 322
View: 5592
Veteran remodeling contractor R. Dodge Woodson provides all the guidance and details necessary for success in the lucrative remodeling business. This practical guide covers every phase of starting, running, and operating a profitable business and delivers insider advice on everything from getting a license to renting an office to remodeling an entire home. Sidebars and Tip Boxes provide valuable at-a-glance information Real world case studies drive home key points from the text How to start on a part-time basis Buying trucks, tools, equipment, and materials Mistakes that can kill a business -- and how to avoid them

    • Business & Economics

How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Construction Company

Author: Tanya R. Davis
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601380178
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 896
Book & CD-ROM. Starting a construction company, even a small one, can be a very profitable venture. In good times and bad construction is an industry that will always be in demand, and construction is not an industry where technology will replace or undermine it. The construction field is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction firms are expected to be one of the fastest growing business segments in the U.S. economy. There has never been a better time to start a construction company and get ahead of the competition. This is a comprehensive, detailed study of the practical side of starting and operating a construction firm. It will take you step by step through every aspect and prepare you with everything you need including sample business forms, leases, contracts; worksheets and checklists for planning, starting, and running day-to-day operations. You will get dozens of other valuable, timesaving tools of the trade that every entrepreneur should have. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author help you find a location and business name that will bring success, take you through the process of drawing up a winning business plan (the Companion CD-ROM has the actual business plan you can use in MS Word TM), and teach you how to start and manage your construction company. You will find guidance on obtaining licenses and permits, drawing up contracts, hiring subcontractors, meeting governmental regulations, attracting new clients and referrals, applying for financing, tracking utilities, employing basic cost control systems, dealing with pricing issues, and staying ahead of the competition. You will avoid trial by error when setting up equipment layouts, meeting legal and IRS requirements, and tapping into the best sales and marketing techniques and pricing formulas. The book will even help you set up computer systems to save time and money, teach you how to hire and keep a qualified professional staff, use the best computer software, network with publishers and associations, do your own sales planning, customer service, keep your own books, compile monthly profit and loss statements, and prepare taxes. You will become adept at media planning, pricing, and public relations. You will be able to manage and train employees, motivate workers, generate high profile public relations and publicity, and learn low cost marketing ideas and low cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales. You will learn how to keep bringing customers back and build referrals the secret of continued success as well as getting thousands of great tips and useful guidelines. The manual delivers literally hundreds of innovative demonstrated ways to operate and streamline your business. Learn new ways to make your operation run smoother and increase performance, shut down waste, reduce costs, and increase profits. The secret of continued success as well as getting thousands of great tips and useful ideas. In addition, you will appreciate the valuable CD ROM resource in your daily activities as a source of ready-to-use forms, templates, worksheets, business plan, surveys, letters, web site resources, everything you will need to get up and running. We also went the extra mile and spent an unprecedented amount of time researching, interviewing, e-mailing, and communicating with hundreds of today s most successful construction company executives. Aside from learning the basics you will be privy to their secrets and proven successful ideas. Instruction is great, but advice from experts is even better, and the construction experts chronicled in this book are earning a great deal of money for their expertise.

    • Business & Economics

Start Your Own Construction and Contracting Business

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success
Author: The Staff of Entrepreneur Media,Rich Mintzer
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
ISBN: 1599185911
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 136
View: 1566
Revised edition of Start your own construction and contracting business, 2013.

    • House & Home

Renovating Old Houses

Author: George Nash
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780942391657
Category: House & Home
Page: 343
View: 9594
"Plain talk for restorers, from soup to nuts (and bolts). Here's thorough, practical advice that's sensitive to both history and budget".--The Old House Journal.

    • Business & Economics

501 Contractor Tips

"Put Your Construction Company On The Right Path Toward Financial Freedom And Develop The Essential Mindset You Need to Attract New Clients Who Want To Pay You More Money!"
Author: Greg Vanden Berge
Publisher: Greg Vanden Berge
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
View: 7335
This book is full of my personal successes and failures as a contractor and construction worker. It hasn't always been easy and for the most part, I made it harder than it needed to be, but you don't need to. Why should you repeat the same mistakes I made years ago? I would've paid five hundred dollars or more for the information inside this book when I started. Heck, I probably would've paid $1000 for the information inside this book, ten or fifteen years into my career. When I first started, I had problems dealing with my clients and other construction workers. After that, I had problems getting paid on time or getting paid period. Then I had to deal with the ultimate problem, either too much or not enough work. The challenges were often over whelming and I can't tell you how many times... I wanted to quit. I had to make a change and those changes led me to learn more about construction, business and psychology. The more I learned, the easier my job became and this motivated me to start learning about other things, which eventually made my job even easier. If you don't believe, you need to "Read to Succeed," you're going to remain stuck where you are...Forever! I was your average student in school who started a construction business at 25 years old, with less than $1000 in the bank. Can You Believe That! It wasn't easy and I would have given practically anything to have the opportunity you have in front of you today. To benifit from the years of my experiecnce ... and for under fifty bucks... Come on this one is a no brainer. Education is the key to success my friend, so let's get started on your journey towards a better life as a successful contractor money making machine and personal development junkie! Wishing You The Best, Greg Vanden Berge

    • Technology & Engineering

Electrical Contractor

Start and Run a Money-Making Business
Author: Dan Ramsey
Publisher: Tab Books
ISBN: 9780830644674
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 328
View: 1914
Describes the opportunities available to electrical contractors and discusses such aspects of entrepreneurship as finance, equipment, record keeping, customers, costs, management, and growth

    • Business & Economics

A Simple Guide to Turning a Profit as a Contractor

Author: Melanie Hodgdon,Leslie C. Shiner
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 9781608442546
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 216
View: 2830
This is the book you should have bought the day you decided you could make more money running a construction company than banging nails for somebody else. It provides you with the answers to those business questions that plague contractors: what am I doing wrong and what's stopping me from making the money that I deserve? You'll meet Mike, a remodeler who thought he owned a business but actually had a low-paying job. Many contractors start out like Mike. This book, in a very simple and easy to understand way, follows Mike as he learns to understand his numbers, adopts new systems, and creates a repeatable process for profit. "Every contractor should read this book. It is the first and only book that makes the numbers game easy to understand, but, more importantly, easy to incorporate into a contractor's business. Bravo!" - Shawn McCadden, CR, CLC, CAPS, award-winning remodeler, columnist, and nationally recognized remodeling industry specialist. "The authors have distilled many of the mysteries of the small-business person who can no longer manage the business by quick thinking and fast actions." - Mike Gorman, CR, construction industry author and speaker. "Contractors love a good story, and that's what they get. All of the basics are covered, including cash flow analysis, distinguishing job costs from overhead expenses, and calculating mark-up." - Sal Alfano, Editorial Director, Hanley Wood Business Media. Melanie Hodgdon (Business Systems Management, Inc.) and Leslie Shiner, MBA (The ShinerGroup) both manage successful consulting and coaching companies. With over 40 years combined experience, they help contractors better understand and improve business practices and maximize profits. In 2007, they began to work on a series of joint projects that would capitalize on their combined talents. This book is one product of that collaboration.

    • Architecture

Construction Business Management

Author: Nick B. Ganaway
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136414878
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
View: 9369
Only 43 per cent of U.S. construction firms remain in business after four years. Why? Inadequate management, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is surprising because most construction firms are formed by ambitious construction project managers, executives and tradesmen who have excelled at what they have been doing. But as experienced as these entrepreneurs may be, they are not likely prepared to take on the full range of responsibilities forced on them in managing the business of construction in its entirety. While this business failure rate and its causes are based on U.S. experience, available data from a number of other industrialized countries shows they are similar. This book describes in detail what the business side of the construction equation requires of the construction firm owner. The contractor who quickly learns these requirements can identify and avoid or manage around the pitfalls that cause the high failure rate in our industry and put his or her construction firm on a level playing field with the best-run companies in the business. The detailed duties of the owner, whether in the U.S., U.K., Australia or Canada, are a common theme throughout the book. The author, Nick Ganaway, speaks peer-to-peer, and the book is sprinkled with supporting examples from his own experience. He is immersed in the industry and this book is "based on the things I've learned, used, and refined as a light-commercial general contractor in the course of starting and operating my own construction firm for 25 years." The contractor doing $5 million or $50 million or more in annual sales or the equivalent amount in other countries, or the entrepreneur who is just starting up, can use the tried and proven material in this book to build a business that is profitable, enjoyable, and enduring. Additionally, the book devotes a chapter to specializing in chain-store construction.

    • Business & Economics

Smart Business for Contractors

A Guide to Money and the Law
Author: Jim Kramon,James M. Kramon
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781561584116
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 204
View: 4670
Aimed at single contractors and small businesses, this handbook gives readers reliable information on bidding and pricing and offers field-tested ways to handle legal matters that arise during this process. Includes chapters on incorporation, taxes, insurance, disability, and retirement.

Nail Your Numbers

A Path to Skilled Construction Estimating and Bidding
Author: David Gerstel
Publisher: Latitude 67
ISBN: 9780982670903
Page: 388
View: 961
A complete guide to estimating accurately and bidding wisely. Includes guidance on: Selecting the right jobs to bid. Accurately figuring labor costs and obtaining reliable sub and supplier quotes. Astutely marking up for overhead and profit. And moving beyond the competitive bid rat race to getting paid for estimates.

    • Technology & Engineering

Markup & Profit

A Contractor's Guide
Author: Michael Stone
Publisher: Craftsman Book Co
ISBN: 9781572180710
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 316
View: 9589
In order to succeed in a construction business you have to be able to mark up the price of your jobs to cover overhead expenses and make a decent profit. The problem is how much to mark it up. You don't want to lose jobs because you charge too much, and you don't want to work for free because you've charged too little. If you know how much to mark up you can apply it to your job costs and arrive at the right sales price for your work. This book gives you the background and the calculations necessary to easily figure the markup that is right for your business. Includes a CD-ROM with forms and checklists for your use.

    • Technology & Engineering

Building a Successful Construction Company

The Practical Guide
Author: Paul Netscher
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500680008
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 272
View: 3877
How you can make your construction company more profitable. A 'must read' before you price your next project. Many construction companies fail despite the hard work and knowledge of their managers and owners. Some companies even start well, earning good profits, building successful projects, and the company grows - only for it all to come crashing down, often leaving a mountain of debts behind. So why do construction companies fail? Is it due to bad luck? This book explores important aspects of managing a construction company that impact its success and profitability. Obviously managers should have an understanding of running a business as well as the appropriate technical skills. But, it's usually more than this. The chapters in this book focus on the importance of selecting the right project, how to find projects, tendering correctly, winning the project, delivering the project, avoiding unnecessary costs, increasing revenue, financial and contractual controls, managing the company, the importance of good people, growing the company and ensuring the company has a good reputation. The chapters are set out in an easy to read format, filled with practical tips, which provide a step-by-step guide to growing profits, remaining profitable and running a successful construction company.

    • Technology & Engineering

Contractor's Survival Guide

Author: Jason Reid
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133018823
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 160
View: 4523
Overcome and even grow amidst the challenges posed by a challenging economy. The Contractor's Survival Guide provides all the tools needed to succeed when others in the industry are struggling. This book is written by a contractor with first-hand experience, and it is packed with proven techniques that will increase leads, cut costs, drive profits, and improve overall productivity. Topic coverage includes identifying the most effective areas to spend marketing dollars, gathering qualified but inexpensive leads, selling more estimates, driving business through the Internet and social networking sites, and more. With special attention to industry-specific trends and the latest technologies, this is a must-have for anyone seeking to develop a strong business that is driven by growth.

    • Architecture

Be a Successful Building Contractor

Author: R. Woodson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071441742
Category: Architecture
Page: 396
View: 4643
Start and run your own profit-making building contractor business! The business savvy you need to set up and manage a profit-making enterprise! Key Features and Benefits * Includes Fast-Track Code Facts * Quick Calculations * Includes Fast-Track Code Facts * Land development tips and techniques for builders * "Getting Computerised" chapter updated * Tips boxes added throughout

Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit!

The Biz-builder Blueprint for Contractors
Author: George Hedley
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781500965761
Page: 363
View: 3768
You can get your construction business to move to the next level, get organized and systemized, build an accountable responsible team, charge the right mark-up, always make a profit, and work exactly the way you want by drafting your BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan. George Hedley is one of the country's leading construction business building experts, top speakers, and professional business coaches. He has helped thousands of contractors grow, make more money, install systems, and build profitable companies. His step-by-step practical blueprint system helps general and specialty contractors who are stuck and want to improve profit margins, take charge, and grow. This book presents proven steps to: 1. Become a "Best In Class" contractor. 2. Develop a five year BIZ-Vision & BIZ-Plan. 3. Write your short and long term goals. 4. Develop an accountable management team. 5. Delegate and build responsible team players. 6. Replace yourself with written BIZ-Systems. 7. Install field and project management systems. 8. Create scorecards and job cost tracking systems. 9. Learn how to know, track, and hit your numbers. 10. Draft a winning marketing and sales action plan. 11. Focus on growth and finding new customers. 12. Always make a profit.