- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Taunton; Revised, Updated ed. edition (1 November 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561585300
- ISBN-13: 978-1561585304
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.4 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,91,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Running a Successful Construction Company (For Pros by Pros) Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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"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
About the Author
Respected nationally for his books about house building and construction company management, David Gerstel has been a licensed builder for 35 years. His interests date back to his childhood and undergraduate days. An avid builder of tree houses during his elementary school years in North Carolina, he served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper at Brandeis University near Boston. After college he set out to learn a trade, becoming a master carpenter and founding a construction company that rapidly earned respect for its upfront business practices and the integrity of its work. David's books are widely admired for their depth of research, expertise, readability, and humour. Along with his work, he enjoys tennis and reading about history, financial and environmental issues, and building design and construction as well as (especially) spending time with his wife Sandra.
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This book is helpful in that it really explains the business end of the construction industry. Though this won't tell you how to build a house or a hotel... it will tell you the logistics of bidding, tracking expenses, labor costs, time sheets, draws, and all kinds of other things the those not familiar with the industry might have problems with the first go round. It helps you to figure out all of the little things that you might forget when trying to determine "if I do the job for X will I make any money?" The book is quite colorful and has excellent graphs, drawings and pictures to really bring to light what they are explaining to you.
If you are considering either starting a construction company, or trying to move up in one... I highly recommend this book.