" Practical, direct, no-nonsense. Wish I'd had The Elements of Building when I was starting out. . . and for the decade after that. It is a very good book. . . " Mike Reitz, founder and editor of The Journal of Light Construction (JLC)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Set Your Tool Belt Aside

If your goal is to be a tradesmen work for someone else. If your goal is to establish and build a significant company, put your tool belt aside and focus on business as soon as it is practical. EOB— Rules, Ethics, & Opinions  

I have struggled with this idea more than any other in this book, after all, so many of us begin in the trades because we like working with our hands. So it seems somehow wrong that we can’t do both the trade and the business. As my own business grew I reluctantly gave up working in the field even when it became obvious that my time was far more effective taking care of the business. With hindsight, I absolutely should have done it sooner. While writing EOB I asked a several seasoned builders what they thought of the above quote, to my surprise, each agreed with the idea immediately and without hesitation. 

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Design & Planning

Design-planning happens on the smallest and the largest projects but many builders and tradesmen act as if it is something to be gotten through quickly in order to get to the “real work of construction.” But this is a mistake. Good design benefits the client, the builder, and the community. Good planning assures that the result matches the clients’ requirements and that the job runs smoothly. Companies providing and working with skillfully designed and planned products have a significant competitive advantage. EOB, Designer, Designer Notes

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

MONEY

"If you love what you do the money will follow". No, it won’t. If you work hard, find and keep great employees, provide an excellent product, charge enough, control spending, save money, and market to the right customers it might. In a moment of exuberance people explain their success as "loving what they do", but each of them touched just the right stones to cross the brook. EOB, Money Notes

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

study group

When slogging along trying to learn a complex subject—like how to setup and run a trade or construction company—and the going is tough, just know that working in a group to understand and implement ideas is far more effective than doing it alone. If you are working through a copy of The Elements of Building, for example, put together a study group—within your company, with local builders, or perhaps an online group—because it offers ongoing motivation, clarity of purpose, deeper insight, and the comradery that comes from working together toward a common goal. mqk

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Learning the Business

Residential building is a complex and difficult business with jobs in various locations, each with different personalities, equipment, codes, designs, costs, timing, and requirements. Doctors, lawyers, and engineers go to school for years. Builders & trademen, for the most part, learn on their own. Here is a broad overview of what is required to run a successful residential GC or trade company (after trade skills are acquired): marketing/sales, accounting/record keeping, insurance/codes/permits, communication, customer/employee/subcontractor relations, computers/software/estimating, trucks/equipment, tools/materials, quality control/customer service, schedule/job management, general management, estimating/bidding, and contracts. The Elements of Building was written specifically to help young builders and tradesmen succeed in the residential construction industry.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

estimating

Estimating is not hard but doing it well requires certain things: undisturbed blocks of time, thoughtful organization of the process, attention to detail, knowledge of the site and the construction method, good job documents, and time to study them thoroughly.  EOB, estimating section

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

finances

You are never too young, your business too small, or your assets too modest to learn about and use financial planning. The sooner you start the better. Financial advisers range from the individual working out of their home to multinational corporations. Choose an adviser with good references, a long track record, and reasonable fees. Whomever you choose, remain intimately aware of the finances they control for you. EOB, Financial Planning

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