You don't need an MBA to create and run a thriving residential construction business, but you do need a tight grip on the fundamentals of construction management and business organization. In this completely revised second edition, David Gerstel shows how to create accurate estimates, set up an office, shop for insurance and keep the books, how to find the right jobs, figure costs, make bids, write strong contracts and handle change orders. The new edition includes updates on business information technology and a discussion of how the increasing complexity in construction technology has changed the way construction companies are organized.
If you're starting your own contracting business, the systems Gerstel offers will help you get going with low overhead and without drowning in paperwork. If you already own your own company, Running a Successful Construction Company will give you the information you need to gain control of your operation.
"Nothing I have seen addresses the management issues facing small-volume builders better than this book. (Gerstel) manages thoroughly to cover the basics in a way that is both informative and entertaining." --Sal Alfano, editor-in-chief, Journal of Light Construction"Gerstel's book is insightful, exceptionally readable and compelling. (It) inspires readers to plan and organize. Even the most successful and seasoned builders have expressed their appreciation." --Nuts and Bolts, publication of the Trade Guild "One of the first and by far the best book for the small contractor who wants to be a "Professional." --Builders BookSource "David Gerstel has achieved the ultimate American dream: for years he has worked for himself doing something he loves . . . He knows first hand what it takes for a small volume construction company to survive and prosper in any economic climate." --The Master Builder News "What elevates Gerstel to the top ranks of professional remodeling is his exceptional ability to manage a company that produces the highest quality work." --Remodeling