Be a Successful Building Contractor

Paperback | October 12, 2004

byR. Woodson

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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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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, locat...

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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 editionTHE BUS...

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 M...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 9 × 7.1 × 1.08 inPublished:October 12, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071441743

ISBN - 13:9780071441742

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Welcome to the Construction Industry

Chapter 2: Getting Your Feet Wet

Chapter 3: What Do You Want to Accomplish in Your Building Career?

Chapter 4: Taking the Plunge

Chapter 5: Getting Organized and Ready to Work

Chapter 6: 15 Mistakes Builders Make That You Can Avoid

Chapter 7: The Pros and Cons of Building Model Homes

Chapter 8: Courting Bankers

Chapter 9: Selling Without Having a House to Show

Chapter 10: Opening Your Own Office

Chapter 11: Finding the Best Building Lots

Chapter 12: Controlling Desirable Lots in Subdivisions Without Buying Them

Chapter 13: Developing Your Own Building Lots

Chapter 14: Building on Speculation

Chapter 15: Selling With Real Estate Brokers

Chapter 16: Managing Your Time and Your Money

Chapter 17: Adding a Computer to Your Toolbox

Chapter 18: Keeping Track of Your Cash

Chapter 19: Trucks, Tools, Equipment, and Inventory

Chapter 20: Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Building Officials

Chapter 21: Bidding Methods That Really Work

Chapter 22: Jobsite Safety Makes Good Sense and Cents

Chapter 23: Keeping Your Customers Happy

Chapter 24: Creating and Promoting an Attractive Business Image

Chapter 25: Hiring Employees

Chapter 26: Planning Your Future

INDEX