Be A Successful Building Contractor

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Run your own profit-making contracting business. If you're a building professional with the technical skills and desire to work on your own, the Second 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 buisness 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, equipmet and inventory; develop job-winning bidding methods; manage jobs efficiently for maximum profits; and much more.

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Make sure you build profits when you build! Be a Successful Building Contractor, Second Edition Many building contractors lack the business skills they need to make the big money in construction. In this fully updated and revised version of his bestselling Building Contractor, R. Dodge Woodson covers all the ins and outs of starting and running a profitable enterprise in today's construction market. Tapping his experience as a builder, developer, and real estate broker Woodson provides even more builder-specific guidelines in this edition. He also discusses new computerization techniques that simplify construction projects. Turn here for advice on how to: Bid for jobs; Get financing; Price materials and services; Open a construction office; Deal with subcontractors and suppliers; Advertise your business; Deal with taxes and legal obligations; Manage employees; Build on spec; Avoid the 15 financially fatal flaws that sabotage builders. Financial worksheets make it easier to determine costs for projects. There's also a "pitfalls" checklist that helps you avoid problems from lead, asbestos, flooding, and other hazards. No matter what "tools" you need to turn a profit in construction, you'll find them here.

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Editor-in-Chief, Roger Woodson has been active in the construction industry for more than twenty-five years. Self-employed since 1979, Woodson has been a leader in land development, the construction of residential properties and developments, and the real estate industry. The real-world field experience Woodson has gained over the years has been shared in many of the more than 60 books that Woodson has written. Presently, Woodson is heavily involved in publishing, book production, and real estate consulting services. His companies are located in northern Maine, where Woodson resides.

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