Be a Successful Building Contractor / Edition 3

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All the ins and outs of starting and running a profitable enterprise in today's construction market. Packed with fast track building code facts, tips and techniques, and quick calculations, this practical resource helps building contractors define their business requirements, select a business structure, manage jobs efficiently, locate desirable building lots, build on speculation, computerize their operations, understand financial transactions, hire top-notch employees--and avoid common pitfalls.

NEW TO THIS EDITION: insurance, financial issues, energy requirements; computerization; more quick-reference facts and figures throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071441742
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 392,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. Woodson is the president and owner of Expert Realty Services, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine. He bought his first piece of speculative land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer in Virginia and Maine for the past 29 years. He has succeeded with both individual plots and large parcels that he subdivided. Woodson’s contracting company, The Masters Group, Inc., offers new construction, remodeling, and plumbing in all residential phases. With nearly 30 years of experience as a general contractor, master plumber, master gasfitter, and residential land developer, Woodson has developed processes to help you succeed in your business.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Welcome to the construction industry 1
Ch. 2 Getting your feet wet 13
Ch. 3 What do you want to accomplish in your business career? 23
Ch. 4 Taking the plunge 35
Ch. 5 Getting organized and ready to work 55
Ch. 6 15 mistakes builders make that you can avoid 63
Ch. 7 The pros and cons of building model homes 63
Ch. 8 Courting bankers 89
Ch. 9 Selling without having a house to show 105
Ch. 10 Opening your own office 113
Ch. 11 Finding the best building lots 121
Ch. 12 Controlling desirable lots in subdivisions without buying them 131
Ch. 13 Developing your own building lots 139
Ch. 14 Building on speculation 145
Ch. 15 Selling with real-estate broker 157
Ch. 16 Managing your time and your money 167
Ch. 17 Adding a computer to your toolbox 177
Ch. 18 Keeping track of your cash 191
Ch. 19 Trucks, tools, equipment, and inventory 241
Ch. 20 Subcontractors, suppliers, and building officials 249
Ch. 21 Bidding methods that really work 285
Ch. 22 Jobsite safety makes good sense and cents 309
Ch. 23 Keeping your customers happy 313
Ch. 24 Creating and promoting an attractive business image 325
Ch. 25 Hiring employees 345
Ch. 26 Planning your future 367
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