I was just wondering if anybody had a suggestion for the best resource
- book, DVD, other - that teaches how to actually survive as a
Not the detail of how to lay bricks or similar, but how to do the
whole job from estimating quoting, managing the staff and your
customer and delivering on-time.
I am a Building Contractor and my problem these days in surviving as a
Building Contractor is finding work!
I hate to say it, but a person can learn how to mix the ingredients, kneed
the dough, heat the oven, and produce a nice loaf of bread, but trying to
find a customer is the hard part.
To get back to your original question though, learning through working with
another contractor would be best. Either it be in the field or in the
office, hands on and learning through trial and error, and hopefully not the
These days many younger people are quite self centered. The "me" generation.
Don't be that way. Place yourself in other's shoes. This includes employees
as well as customers. Treat others like you would want to be treated.
And the customer is the boss! Don't forget that.
And last but not least, learn how to add. "Watch the pennies and the dollars
will mind themselves!" Very important in business to know that a few pennies
saved here and there adds up to dollars. If you watch those pennies, you
will make a lot of money. On the other hand, if you have the attitude of "it
is only a dollar, no need to worry about the expense", you will lose your
shirt! (Scream bloody murder if someone in your company buys something they
could have purchased for a bit less elsewhere or did not need to buy at
Example if you need a piece of equipment just once, can rent it, and can
charge that cost to the job, there is no expense to you. If on the other
hand you buy that piece of equipment, there is an expense. BIG difference on
You may have a lot of profit a certain year and may be looking at a big tax
bill. Perhaps buying that piece of equipment would be the best choice so far
as taxes go. Do the math and figure out what is best!
I once saw two companies fighting over a large bill (thousands of dollars)
due toward the end of the year. The company which owed the money wanted to
pay the amount owed so they could write it off of their taxes. The company
which was owed the money did not want the additional income on their books
(more taxes) and refused to send a statement until after the 1st of the
year! Back and forth they went!
"Peter Brooks" wrote in message
And so foolish. If on a cash accounting basis, which most small
businesses are, all the reciever of the money had to do was wait until
after the first to deposit the check--it doesn't matter what date was
written on the check. The sender uses the date he wrote the check, so
he's happy too.
This is a very common situation. Surely you would not hold a check for
a long period of time, however.
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