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Running a Successful Construction Company (For Pros, by Pros) Paperback – November 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 074-3153161906 ISBN-10: 1561585300 Edition: Revised, Updated ed.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Revised, Updated ed. edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561585300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561585304
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
 

 

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--  good luck, David Gerstel

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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 has been a real eye opening book.
R. Finney
I recommend this book for anyone considering starting or running a construction company.
Korey
This book is very useful as a general reference.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jim Paulin on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for start up and existing construction companies alike. It explains many aspects of the business and how things should be done to ensure profitability and longevity. It has helped my company tremendously.
Jim Paulin
Rubicon Construction
Lincoln Park, MI
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ravenskya VINE VOICE on September 29, 2008
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Most people who start construction companies start out as construction workers who get an opportunity. They are often brilliant at building, but lack training in the business aspect of running a company. My husband and I started a construction firm, he has 15 years experience in construction and I have plenty of business experience. Even with all that we knew between us, there were still huge gray areas in our knowledge base. Because I am an avid reader, I ordered about 15 different books on starting up and running a construction business. Some are wonderful, some are garbage...

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Finney on August 10, 2007
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This has been a real eye opening book. This book has helped me to organize my accounting system in more stream line manner. I have put a plan together ot implement more of the systems into my business. This book is a must for anyone getting in or already in the construction business. It explains so many aspects of the business that no one tells you about.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve on October 9, 2006
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This is a must read for anyone considering going into the construction business. As somebody who was in the business for almost 20 years, I wish this book was around when I first started. It covers all the bases and offers good advice on where to obtain the necessary items you'll need to get up and going.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Klenk on February 24, 2012
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David Gerstel put lots of effort into the thoughtful preparation of this book. It is a well organized, thorough, and comprehensive guide to the reality of the construction industry and gives a reader and newbie construction business owner his or her best shot at business survival. It should be required reading for construction business employers.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David W. Gration on September 2, 2006
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Although some of the content does not apply directly to Ausralian construction this book has given me a much better understanding of some key business components, in fact it has delivered more than i expected and helped me to focus on systems that i need to implement. It has also made me aware of the fact that some of my priorities needed to be re-aranged. I believe that this book will help my company keep up with the massive growth phase we are currently experiencing.

David Gration. Director, Home Morph. Pty Ltd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By willie thomas on March 19, 2014
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The book is a good read and reference I'd recommended to any one in the construction business. Thanks for ssking.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J Rocha on May 2, 2014
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Being a contractor for ten years and looking to rebuild my company from the inside out, this is an excellent resource and I'm looking forward to using it now and in the future.
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