Construction Business Management

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Construction Business Management
 A Guide to Contracting for Business Success

Contents:
  • Do you have what it takes?
  • Your role as owner of your construction f irm
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Creating customer loyalty
  • Business considerations
  • Controlling your f inances
  • Bidding
  • Building it
  • Accounting and record keeping
  • Contract terms and conditions
  • You and your employees
  • You and your subcontractors
  • Banking and finance
  • Insurance and bonds
  • Specializing in chain store construction

What you can learn from this book???

Most general contracting firms start small—formed by smart and ambitious
construction project managers, executives, tradesmen, and occasionally even
students right out of construction training, but as accomplished as they may be
at what they’ve been doing they are not likely prepared to take on the range of
responsibilities forced on them in managing the business of construction in its
entirety. I believe this is the primary reason for the high four-year failure rate that
start-up contractors in the United States face. According to research published
by the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, US Bureau of
Labor, by Amy E. Knaup, only about 43 percent of US construction firms that
started up in the second quarter of 1998 were still in business four years later.

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