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Starting Your Career as a Contractor

Starting Your Career as a Contractor Author Claudiu Fatu
ISBN-10 9781621534709
Release 2015-03-17
Pages 224
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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! Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.



Starting Your Career As a Contractor

Starting Your Career As a Contractor Author Claudiu Fatu
ISBN-10 1621534588
Release 2015-03
Pages 224
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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!



Starting Your Career as a Contractor

Starting Your Career as a Contractor Author Claudiu Fatu
ISBN-10 9781621534709
Release 2015-03-17
Pages 224
Download Link Click Here

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! Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.



Running a Successful Construction Company

Running a Successful Construction Company Author David Gerstel
ISBN-10 1561585300
Release 2002
Pages 265
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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.



Start Your Own Construction and Contracting Business

Start Your Own Construction and Contracting Business Author Entrepreneur Press
ISBN-10 9781613082348
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 160
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Focusing on budgeting and estimating—the least understood but most important factors of a contracting business—this guide shows contractors how to price their services to recover expenses and still have money for capital expenses and profits. It goes into detail on accounting issues and provides checklists for required government accounts. Plus, it covers communication concerns such as dealing with problem employees, establishing lines of communication within the company and dealing with problem clients. Detailed examples and real-life stories demonstrate what works in a business environment.



Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor

Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor Author R. Dodge Woodson
ISBN-10 9780071467117
Release 2005-06-21
Pages 322
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Veteran remodeling contractor R. Dodge Woodson provides all the guidance and details necessary for success in the lucrative remodeling business. This practical guide covers every phase of starting, running, and operating a profitable business and delivers insider advice on everything from getting a license to renting an office to remodeling an entire home. Sidebars and Tip Boxes provide valuable at-a-glance information Real world case studies drive home key points from the text How to start on a part-time basis Buying trucks, tools, equipment, and materials Mistakes that can kill a business -- and how to avoid them



Construction Business Management

Construction Business Management Author Nick B. Ganaway
ISBN-10 9781136414879
Release 2007-06-01
Pages 224
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Only 43 per cent of U.S. construction firms remain in business after four years. Why? Inadequate management, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is surprising because most construction firms are formed by ambitious construction project managers, executives and tradesmen who have excelled at what they have been doing. But as experienced as these entrepreneurs may be, they are not likely prepared to take on the full range of responsibilities forced on them in managing the business of construction in its entirety. While this business failure rate and its causes are based on U.S. experience, available data from a number of other industrialized countries shows they are similar. This book describes in detail what the business side of the construction equation requires of the construction firm owner. The contractor who quickly learns these requirements can identify and avoid or manage around the pitfalls that cause the high failure rate in our industry and put his or her construction firm on a level playing field with the best-run companies in the business. The detailed duties of the owner, whether in the U.S., U.K., Australia or Canada, are a common theme throughout the book. The author, Nick Ganaway, speaks peer-to-peer, and the book is sprinkled with supporting examples from his own experience. He is immersed in the industry and this book is "based on the things I've learned, used, and refined as a light-commercial general contractor in the course of starting and operating my own construction firm for 25 years." The contractor doing $5 million or $50 million or more in annual sales or the equivalent amount in other countries, or the entrepreneur who is just starting up, can use the tried and proven material in this book to build a business that is profitable, enjoyable, and enduring. Additionally, the book devotes a chapter to specializing in chain-store construction.



Be a Successful Building Contractor

Be a Successful Building Contractor Author R. Woodson
ISBN-10 0071441743
Release 2004-09-21
Pages 396
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Start and run your own profit-making building contractor business! The business savvy you need to set up and manage a profit-making enterprise! Key Features and Benefits * Includes Fast-Track Code Facts * Quick Calculations * Includes Fast-Track Code Facts * Land development tips and techniques for builders * "Getting Computerised" chapter updated * Tips boxes added throughout



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
Release 2006-11-09
Pages 406
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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



Markup Profit

Markup   Profit Author Michael Stone
ISBN-10 1572180714
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 316
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In order to succeed in a construction business you have to be able to mark up the price of your jobs to cover overhead expenses and make a decent profit. The problem is how much to mark it up. You don't want to lose jobs because you charge too much, and you don't want to work for free because you've charged too little. If you know how much to mark up you can apply it to your job costs and arrive at the right sales price for your work. This book gives you the background and the calculations necessary to easily figure the markup that is right for your business. Includes a CD-ROM with forms and checklists for your use.



Electrical Contractor

Electrical Contractor Author Dan Ramsey
ISBN-10 0830644679
Release 1993
Pages 328
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Describes the opportunities available to electrical contractors and discusses such aspects of entrepreneurship as finance, equipment, record keeping, customers, costs, management, and growth



How to Start and Operate an Electrical Contracting Business

How to Start and Operate an Electrical Contracting Business Author Charles L. Ray
ISBN-10 PSU:000043308064
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 271
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For electricians who've been thinking about starting a contracting business - or established contractors who want to give their current business a boost - this book lays out a proven roadmap of practical details. All the bases for building and operating a successful electrical contracting business are covered - from forecasting your business potential in a given market to technical needs, hiring employees, managing finances, and achieving profit goals.



Building a Successful Construction Company

Building a Successful Construction Company Author Paul Netscher
ISBN-10 1500680001
Release 2014-08-08
Pages 272
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How you can make your construction company more profitable. A 'must read' before you price your next project. Many construction companies fail despite the hard work and knowledge of their managers and owners. Some companies even start well, earning good profits, building successful projects, and the company grows - only for it all to come crashing down, often leaving a mountain of debts behind. So why do construction companies fail? Is it due to bad luck? This book explores important aspects of managing a construction company that impact its success and profitability. Obviously managers should have an understanding of running a business as well as the appropriate technical skills. But, it's usually more than this. The chapters in this book focus on the importance of selecting the right project, how to find projects, tendering correctly, winning the project, delivering the project, avoiding unnecessary costs, increasing revenue, financial and contractual controls, managing the company, the importance of good people, growing the company and ensuring the company has a good reputation. The chapters are set out in an easy to read format, filled with practical tips, which provide a step-by-step guide to growing profits, remaining profitable and running a successful construction company.



The General Contractor

The General Contractor Author Joe Egan
ISBN-10 0985154403
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 186
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A contractor's success hinges around their most important asset: the customer relationship. With forty five years in the construction industry, author Joe Egan rose from apprentice to senior management and ownership positions at several large construction companies. Learn from his decades of experience in witnessing the building and destruction of that fragile bond between the contractor, employees and customers. Readers will (1) Uncover the common traits of the very successful contractors (2) Know the reasons why customers issue contracts other than the low price (3) Understand the principals and importance of true leadership (4) Recognize how to treat subcontractors (5) Build and maintain loyal customers (5) Learn how to get the contract on the next presentation and (6) Distinguish what is really important in life.



DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook

DEWALT Construction Estimating Complete Handbook Author Adam Ding
ISBN-10 9781133018872
Release 2009-12-04
Pages 352
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A real-world guide to success in construction estimating, the DEWALT® Construction Estimating Handbook is loaded with tips, checklists, worksheets, data tables, and tutorials that will provide readers with the tools they need to effectively navigate through every step of the estimating process. The book focuses on the construction estimating "how-to" essentials and provides on-the-spot answers backed up with graphic examples. With a thorough understanding of the important profit-making factors within the industry, its comprehensive coverage includes marketing, bid planning, scope review, quantity take-off for all trades and divisions, cost analysis, value engineering, Excel® spreadsheet estimating, and more. Based on the author's extensive experience in estimating, this valuable resource aims to provide workable solutions to the unprecedented challenges that construction professionals face today, from a weak economy and fierce competition to material price volatilities, skilled labor shortages, and strict regulations.



Construction Quantity Surveying

Construction Quantity Surveying Author Donald Towey
ISBN-10 9781119312956
Release 2017-09-07
Pages 376
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The revised and updated comprehensive resource for Quantity Surveyors working with a construction contractor The second edition of Construction Quantity Surveying offers a practical guide to quantity surveying from a main contractor's perspective. This indispensable resource covers measurement methodology (including samples using NRM2 as a guide), highlights the complex aspects of a contractor's business, reviews the commercial and contractual management of a construction project and provides detailed and practical information on running a project from commencement through to completion. Today’s Quantity Surveyor (QS) plays an essential role in the management of construction projects, although the exact nature of the role depends on who employs the QS. The QS engaged by the client and the contractor's QS have different parts to play in any construction project, with the contractor's QS role extending beyond traditional measurement activities, to encompass day-to-day tasks of commercial building activities including estimating, contract administration, and construction planning, as well as cost and project management. This updated and practical guide: Focuses on the application, knowledge and training required of a modern Quantity Surveyor Clearly shows how Quantity Surveying plays an essential central role within the overall management of construction projects Covers measurement methodology, the key elements of the contractor's business and the commercial and contractual management of a construction project The construction industry changes at fast pace meaning the quantity surveyor has a key role to play in the successful execution of construction projects by providing essential commercial input. Construction Quantity Surveying meets this demand as an up-to-date practical guide that includes the information needed for a Quantity Surveyor to perform at the highest level. It clearly demonstrates that quantity surveying is not limited to quantifying trade works and shows it as an important aspect of commercial and project management of construction projects.



Renovating Old Houses

Renovating Old Houses Author George Nash
ISBN-10 0942391659
Release 1992
Pages 343
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"Plain talk for restorers, from soup to nuts (and bolts). Here's thorough, practical advice that's sensitive to both history and budget".--The Old House Journal.