Running a Successful Construction Company

Running a Successful Construction Company Author David Gerstel
ISBN-10 1561585300
Year 2002
Pages 265
Language en
Publisher Taunton Press
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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.

Starting Your Career as a Contractor

Starting Your Career as a Contractor Author Claudiu Fatu
ISBN-10 9781621534709
Year 2015-03-17
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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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!

Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day

Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day Author Matt Stevens
ISBN-10 9780071631471
Year 2006-11-09
Pages 406
Language en
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional
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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

Construction Contractors Survival Guide

Construction Contractors  Survival Guide Author Thomas C. Schleifer
ISBN-10 0471513245
Year 1990-03-16
Pages 155
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The turnover rate for companies in the construction industry is high. This book identifies the ten key elements of contractor failure and shows how to avoid them. Each element of failure is defined, illustrated by real examples, and ways are discussed to avoid or minimize the risks involved. The final chapter shows how to bring all these elements together to develop a positive and workable management strategy. This survival guide should prove invaluable to the 1.4 million individual construction-industry businesses in this country.

Managing the Profitable Construction Business

Managing the Profitable Construction Business Author Thomas C. Schleifer
ISBN-10 9781118837139
Year 2014-02-21
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Take control of your construction contracting business and manage it through the natural highs and lows of the construction market. Learn from a team of construction business veterans led by Thomas C. Schleifer, who is commonly referred to as a construction business "turnaround" expert due to the number of construction companies he has rescued from financial distress. His financial acumen, combined with his practical, hands-on experience, has made him a sought-after private consultant. His experience and no-nonsense philosophy have truly given him a unique perspective. Important topics covered include: Understanding the primary areas of construction business failure in the next decade Minimizing business risk with real-world examples Developing a positive and competent management attitude and strategy Discover how to maneuver through this complicated and risky industry by using the authors' research and proven success strategies to sustain and grow your business.

How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Construction Company

How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Construction Company Author Tanya R. Davis
ISBN-10 9781601380173
Year 2007
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Atlantic Publishing Company
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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.

The Construction MBA Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting

The Construction MBA  Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting Author Matt Stevens
ISBN-10 9780071763257
Year 2012-05-23
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher McGraw Hill Professional
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"This unique resource teaches you everything you need to know about construction that isn't covered in business school.The Construction MBA: Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting clearly outlines how to manage the multiple processes that must work simultaneously to make a construction company consistently profitable. It contains proven methods that, if implemented, will make a construction firm virtually resistant to recessions and client and employee problems. Presenting a buttoned-down approach to construction contracting, this practical guide provides real-world solutions that can be applied in any construction business.The Construction MBA features: Proven strategies to limit time invested while maximizing profits and client satisfaction Successful methods for acquiring profitable work Charts, tables, and bulleted lists that clearly lay out the "How To's" of effective organizational management Complete coverage: The New Business Model; Corporate Objectives and Strategies; Work Acquisition; Operations Management; Human Resources; Financial Management; Technology; Best Practices; Case Studies"--

Accounting and Financial Management for Residential Construction

Accounting and Financial Management for Residential Construction Author Emma S. Shinn
ISBN-10 0867186356
Year 2008-01
Pages 207
Language en
Publisher Delmar Pub
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This solid resource for builders, remodelers, developers, and contractors provides detailed information on how an accounting system operates and the basic principles for processing financial data. This fifth edition explains how technology facilitates procedures for such items as accounts payable, change orders, and payroll and how it impacts processing systems. It explains the impact of additional management reports and how they can enhance and facilitate a manager's job. The key measurements that residential construction professionals should track. The integration of job cost accounting with estimating, purchasing, and scheduling. The profit center concept for multiple-project companies and its reporting requirements. Every company should produce monthly financial statements and other reports for management use. Just as any home or building must rest on a secure and solid foundation, an understanding of accounting should be the firm foundation upon which a company rests

Insurance Restoration Contracting

Insurance Restoration Contracting Author Paul Bianchina
ISBN-10 1572182393
Year 2011
Pages 637
Language en
Publisher
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Insurance restoration the repair of buildings damaged by water, fire, smoke, storms, and other disasters is an exciting and challenging field of construction. It also offers contractors lucrative work that's immune to economic downturns pipes still break, buildings still burn, and trees are still blown over, regardless of the economy. And with the insurance companies funding the repairs, your payment is virtually guaranteed. But not just anyone can repair fire- and water-damaged buildings. You need the knowledge and the equipment to get the job done right, and that's what this book is all about. From understanding fire repairs and smoke odors to restorative drying methods, mold remediation, and handling contents, you'll not only learn how to provide top-notch property and content restoration services, but also how to become the person homeowners and insurance companies turn to first in an emergency putting yourself first in line for all the best jobs.

Successful Construction Project Management

Successful Construction Project Management Author Paul Netscher
ISBN-10 1497344417
Year 2014
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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This book bridges the gap between the theoretical and practical and includes chapters on planning the project, starting it, scheduling, running the projects, completing it, people, materials, equipment, quality, safety, subcontractors, contractual and financial. These chapters are broken into multiple sections providing a step-by-step guide to successfully managing a construction project, and, including what-not-to-do to avoid costly mistakes.--COVER.

The Elements of Building

The Elements of Building Author Mark Q. Kerson
ISBN-10 0991327705
Year 2014-01-01
Pages 362
Language en
Publisher From the Ground Up Publishing
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" EOB is packed with a lifetime of practical, hard-won wisdom on how to succeed with a small construction business. Every contractor should read this compact book cover to cover and reread it often. It won't guarantee your success, but will help you steer clear of the many pitfalls that could guarantee your failure. " Steve Bliss, Editorial Director of The Journal of Light Construction

A Country is Not a Company

A Country is Not a Company Author Paul R. Krugman
ISBN-10 9781422133408
Year 2009
Pages 55
Language en
Publisher Harvard Business Press
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Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman argues that business leaders need to understand the differences between economic policy on the national and international scale and business strategy on the organizational scale. Economists deal with the closed system of a national economy, whereas executives live in the open-system world of business. Moreover, economists know that an economy must be run on the basis of general principles, but businesspeople are forever in search of the particular brilliant strategy. Krugman's article serves to elucidate the world of economics for businesspeople who are so close to it and yet are continually frustrated by what they see. Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough management ideas-many of which still speak to and influence us today. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers readers the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world-and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.

Construction Accounting

Construction Accounting Author Steven M. Bragg
ISBN-10 1938910753
Year 2016-10-31
Pages 216
Language en
Publisher Accounting Tools
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Construction Accounting addresses every aspect of the accounting for a construction business. The intent is to not only explain accounting concepts, but also provide examples and show how an accounting system can be constructed and operated. The book pays particular attention to unique aspects of construction accounting that are not encountered in other industries, including the job cost ledger, change orders, back charges, percentage of completion calculations, and the treatment of anticipated losses on contracts.