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Overview

If you're a building professional with the technical skills and desire to work on your own business, the Third Edition of R. Dodge Woodson's - Be a Successful Building Contractor will give you the business savvy you need to set up and manage a profit-making enterprise! Packed with dozens of handy business forms, the book will help you define your business requirements-find desirable building lots-build on speculation-computerize your operations-track financial transactions-hire top-notch employees-and much more. You get everything you need to: choose the best business structure for your company-corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship; avoid 15 common business mistakes-from incurring heavy overhead to selecting poor subcontractors; deal with subcontractors, suppliers and code officers; work with bankers and real estate brokers; purchase trucks, tools, equipment and inventory; develop job-winning bidding methods; manage jobs efficiently for maximum profits; and much more. New material added on insurance, financial issues and energy requirements.

While the main strength of the book will be to update and strengthen the business tools and techniques, new material will be added on quick calculations for estimating purposes, Fast-Track building codes facts, tip boxes added throughout, land development issues. Less words and more quick reference facts and figures for ease of use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071443821
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 743,326
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson knows the home construction business inside and out. The owner of The Masters Group, Inc., of Brunswick, Maine, he has been a successful remodeling contractor for almost a quarter of a century. He is also a licensed master plumber; a Class A builder who has constructed over 60 homes in a single year; and a Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real licensure available. With nearly 30 years of experience in construction and remodeling, Woodson is a true business insider whose advice has been tried and tested in the field.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Going from carpenter to remodeling contractor 1
Ch. 2 When builders become remodelers 11
Ch. 3 Why remodeling? 17
Ch. 4 Kitchens and bathrooms 29
Ch. 5 Setting up your business 41
Ch. 6 Your business structure 61
Ch. 7 Office and storage requirements 69
Ch. 8 Adding a computer to your toolbox 77
Ch. 9 Keeping track of your cash 91
Ch. 10 Trucks, tools, equipment, and inventory 141
Ch. 11 Creating and promoting an attractive business image 149
Ch. 12 Hiring employees 171
Ch. 13 15 mistakes that can kill your business and how to avoid them 195
Ch. 14 Bidding jobs at profitable prices 205
Ch. 15 Subcontractors, suppliers, and code officials 229
Ch. 16 Time management translates into stronger earnings 267
Ch. 17 Customer satisfaction 277
Ch. 18 Growing your business from year to year 289
Ch. 19 Nuts and bolts of general remodeling projects 307
Ch. 20 Jobsite safety 315
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