Be a Successful Building Contractor / Edition 3
  • Be a Successful Building Contractor / Edition 3
  • Be a Successful Building Contractor / Edition 3

Be a Successful Building Contractor / Edition 3

by R. Woodson
     
 

"A wonderful book on the industry ... If you are interested in becoming a contractor and don't have much experience with all of the building aspects, this book should enlighten you. I highly recommend it."*

"Answers many questions about the business side of the homebuilding industry."*

*Online reader review of the previous edition

THE BUSINESS OF

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"A wonderful book on the industry ... If you are interested in becoming a contractor and don't have much experience with all of the building aspects, this book should enlighten you. I highly recommend it."*

"Answers many questions about the business side of the homebuilding industry."*

*Online reader review of the previous edition

THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING

Covering the ins and outs of starting and running a profitable contracting business in today's market, this bestseller shows you exactly what it takes to make big money in construction. Successful contractor, builder, developer, and real estate broker R. Dodge Woodson shows you how to increase your bottom line, save countless hours of valuable time, and get your own contracting business up and running smoothly. In this new third edition, Woodson updates you on getting financing, computer use, insurance, and energy requirements. Plus, you get helpful new quick-reference facts and figures throughout. Open this book for expert advice on everything you need to be a successful contractor, including how to

  • Avoid the 15 fatal financial flaws that sabotage builders
  • Bid for jobs
  • Get financing
  • Price materials and services
  • Open a construction office
  • Deal with subcontractors and suppliers
  • Advertise your business
  • Handle taxes and legal obligations
  • Manage employees
  • Build on spec
  • Manage financial worksheets

There's also a "Pitfalls" checklist that helps you avoid money sinkholes caused by lead, asbestos, flooding, and other hazards. No matter what your level of expertise in construction, you'll find tools right here to help you increase profits!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071441742
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
1,099,807
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Welcome to the construction industry1
Ch. 2Getting your feet wet13
Ch. 3What do you want to accomplish in your business career?23
Ch. 4Taking the plunge35
Ch. 5Getting organized and ready to work55
Ch. 615 mistakes builders make that you can avoid63
Ch. 7The pros and cons of building model homes63
Ch. 8Courting bankers89
Ch. 9Selling without having a house to show105
Ch. 10Opening your own office113
Ch. 11Finding the best building lots121
Ch. 12Controlling desirable lots in subdivisions without buying them131
Ch. 13Developing your own building lots139
Ch. 14Building on speculation145
Ch. 15Selling with real-estate broker157
Ch. 16Managing your time and your money167
Ch. 17Adding a computer to your toolbox177
Ch. 18Keeping track of your cash191
Ch. 19Trucks, tools, equipment, and inventory241
Ch. 20Subcontractors, suppliers, and building officials249
Ch. 21Bidding methods that really work285
Ch. 22Jobsite safety makes good sense and cents309
Ch. 23Keeping your customers happy313
Ch. 24Creating and promoting an attractive business image325
Ch. 25Hiring employees345
Ch. 26Planning your future367

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