Synopses & Reviews
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.
AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO A CAREER IN THE LUCRATIVE REMODELING BUSINESS
Veteran remodeling contractor R. Dodge Woodson provides great advice from his own successes for those considering starting -- or already launching or running -- a remodeling business. In "Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor," he tells you how to save money and time during every step of the process, from getting your license, to setting up your office, to remodeling entire houses.
Learn how to: Locate the profit centers in the remodeling business, and exploit them Transition from carpenter or builder to remodeler Get started in your spare time Avoid 20 common mistakes that can kill your business Create a business image that attracts customers Buy trucks, tool, equipment, and materials at reduced costs Ensure customer satisfaction, the key to success Choose employees or subcontractors Use computers to maximize profits Anticipate your office and storage needs Help your business grow, year in and year out
About the Author
R. Dodge Woodson (Fort Fairfield, ME) has over 20 years' experience as a home builder, contractor, master plumber, and real estate broker. He is the author of many McGraw-Hill books, including Be A Successful Building Contractor 2/e, and National Plumbing Codes Handbook 2/e.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Going From Carpenter To Remodeling Contractor
Chapter Two: When Builders Become Remodelers
Chapter Three: Why Remodeling?
Chapter Four: Kitchens and Bathrooms
Chapter Five: Setting Up Your Business
Chapter Six: Your Business Structure
Chapter Seven: Office and Storage Requirements
Chapter Eight: Adding a Computer to Your Toolbox
Chapter Nine: Keeping Track of Your Cash
Chapter Ten: Trucks, Tools, Equipment, and Inventory
Chapter Eleven: Creating and Promoting an Attractive Business Image
Chapter Twelve: Hiring Employees
Chapter Thirteen: 15 Mistakes That Can Kill Your Business and How to Avoid Them
Chapter Fourteen: Bidding Jobs at Profitable Prices
Chapter Fifteen: Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Code Officials
Chapter Sixteen: Time Management Translates Into Stronger Earnings
Chapter Seventeen: Customer Satisfaction
Chapter Eighteen: Growing Your Business From Year to Year
Chapter Nineteen: Nuts and Bolts of General Remodeling Projects
Chapter Twenty: Jobsite Safety