- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (June 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070287821
- ISBN-13: 978-0070287822
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Standard Handbook of Consulting Engineering Practice 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Everything you need to know to become a successful engineering consultant! Standard Handbook of Consulting Engineering Practice In an era of layoffs and downsizing, the life of a consultant is made to order for engineers who want to be their own boss and control their professional future. This classic handbook, which has been revised and updated to meet the needs of today's professionals, offers engineers in all fields the know-how required to start and operate their own consulting practice--or to greatly improve the efficiency and profitability of the one they already have. Whether you're interested in full-time or part-time consulting, you'll find all the information you need in such basic areas as choosing a specialty, obtaining financing, meeting licensing requirements, estimating income and expenses, promoting yourself and your business, lining up clients, and staffing your office. And the book gives you timely guidance on such current issues as how to: Bounce back from being laid off, downsized, "surplussed," or involuntarily retired; Incorporate today's strict environmental laws and regulations into your designs of machines, structures, buildings and systems; Cope with the new liability-regulatory environment and skyrocketing liability insurance costs; Use personal computers and work stations in your consulting practice--with new information on packaged software available for consultants, notebook computers for use in the field and on job sites, programming your computer for design tasks unique to your speciality, computer-aided design, and computer-aided engineering.
About the Author
Tyler G. Hicks, PE (Rockville Center, NY) is a consulting engineer and a successful engineering book author. He has worked in plant designing and operation in a variety of industries, taught at several engineering schools, and lectured both in the United States and abroad. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York.
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Questions like "Do I need to have a registered company name?" "If it is just me do I need to set up a bank account/accounting system or just have the client make out the checks to me ?". "What do I need to do if I set up for Individual vs a Coorporation or Partnership" "Do I need to set up a payroll system which takes out taxes and worker comp, or do I just deposit the checks in my personal account and handle taxes at end of the year ?"
Discussions of moonlighting vs full time and Indiviual vs Groups and practical step by step items in setting up finacial and accounting issues would be helpful.