"As I read The Elements of Building, I found myself saying… this is all the stuff you can’t find in books."

Alex Gromada, Coordinator,

Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP)

Monday, April 24, 2017

SAFETY: freedom from injury or risk


The pain of a person hurt is obvious, less obvious are the ways a company suffers; job disruption, lost income, rising insurance costs, poor morale, schedule changes, and possible legal issues. A safe job is the direct result of the effort and resources that a company gives to safety, and the investment pays for itself a thousand fold, although the return is measured by what does not happen.

EOB, Rules, Ethics, & Opinions

Monday, April 17, 2017

financial planning

While accounting tracks the flow of money, financial planning manages money to produce the maximum growth and to meet specific goals, such as building financial reserves, eliminating debt, or saving for college and retirement.    EOB, Financial Notes 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

education within the company

Offer ongoing education to employees. Share relevant articles, have company classes on important issues, ask people inside the company to teach what they know best, invite folks from outside—suppliers, subs, retired builders—to teach their specialty, buy trade magazine subscriptions for key employees, and send your best people to seminars and trade shows when you can afford it. from EOB, Builder Notes

Monday, April 03, 2017

court, negotiation, arbitration

When deciding if an issue should be taken to court, negotiated, arbitrated, or let go, ask your lawyer to analyze the legal options, break the strategy into stages, estimate the cost for each, give an opinion about the likelihood of success, and outline what he believes is the best course of action. Although this process will not provide a perfect road map, nor are legal issues the only ones to be taken into account, it will provide some basis on which to make a judgment.  EOB, Lawyers Notes
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Monday, March 27, 2017

subs bids

Every sub’s bid must include furnishing all material, labor, taxes, and permits required to complete their work. That is, everything historically associated with that trade must be provided for in the bid price. EOB, Subcontractor Notes

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Monday, March 20, 2017

table of content for The Elements of Building

Rules, Ethics, Opinions, Honesty, Integrity, Communication, Education, Quality, Attitude, Image, Vision, Goals, Persistence, Safety, Pacing, Fear, Marketing, Sales, Money, Overhead, Profit, Management, Administration, Business Skills, The Business Of Building, Gratitude, Humility, Builder, Building, Residential Building, Residential Business, Builder Notes, Principles, Business Strategies, Practices Off & On The Job, Human Relations, Being A Builder, Participants, Personnel, Personnel Notes, Miscellaneous, Hiring, Employee Relations, Firing, Subcontractor, Subcontractor Notes, Sub, Subs, Finding Subs, Bidding, Contracts, Licenses, Insurance, Managing Subs, Suppliers, Supplier Notes, Selecting Suppliers, Working With Suppliers, Customer, Client, Owner, Customer Notes, Getting Work, Pricing, Job Preparation, On The Job, Planning, Zoning, Codes, Inspections, Planning, Zoning Notes, Miscellaneous, Professionals, Professionals Notes, Accounting; Bookkeeper, Accountant, CPA, Accounting Notes, Miscellaneous, Computer Programs And Systems, Computers, Programs, CPA's, Accountants, Bookkeepers, Practices, Financial Planning, Financial Advisor, Bankers, Lenders, Loans, Consultant, Consultant Notes, Hiring Consultants, Working With Consultants, Designer, Designer Notes, Principles, Bidding With Designers, Hiring Designers, On The Job, Design-Build Versus Design-Bid-Build, Engineering, Engineer, Engineering Notes, Home Inspection, Home Inspector, Home Inspection Notes, Insurance, Agent, Broker, Insurance Notes, Selecting A Broker/Agent, Managing Insurance, Claims, Lawyer, Attorney, Lawyer Notes, Real Estate Broker/Agent, Real Estates Notes, Choosing An Agent, Working With Agents, Buying And Selling, Contracts, Estimating, Types & Parts Of Estimates, Types Of Contracts, Ways In Which Jobs Are Contracted, Estimating Notes, Principles, Creating An Estimate, Estimates And Clients, Bidding, Bidding Notes, Principles, Process, Clients, Money, Money Definitions, Money Notes, Principles, Strategies, Money And Jobs, Terms & Definitions, Appendix, Lists, Forms, Contracts, Examples, Site Visit Check List, New Home Construction Schedule, Draw Schedule, Draw Schedule, Subcontractor Agreement, Small Job Contract, Change Order, Construction Index, Pre-qualifying Client Phone Interview, Client Interview, Bibliography, General Construction, Estimating, Construction References Construction Standards, Indexes, Specifications, Codes, Magazines, Periodicals, Inspirational Business Books, Printed Forms, Catalogs, Residential Construction, Home Building, The Business Of Building, Building, Construction, Trades, Tradesmen, Subs, Subcontractors, Contractor, Contracts, Money, Managing Money, Ethics, Residential Building, Residential Builder, Residential, New Home Builder, New Home Building, Building Business, New Home, Custom Building, Custom New Home Builder, Custom New Home, Sub, Subs, Subcontractor, Change Orders, Allowance, Allowances, Building Book, Building Books, Builder, Builders, Design Build, Design Building, On The Job, Managing A Job Site, Managing A Job, Bidding, Estimating, Bidding Defined, Estimating Defined, Licenses, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Financial Planning, For Builders, Financial Planning For Tradesmen, Money, Savings, Construction Definitions, Definitions Building, Building Definitions

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Monday, March 13, 2017

insurance

When you get your insurance policies, meet with your agent—a few times if necessary—to go over them thoroughly until you understand every term, every clause, in each policy. This is not fun, and some agents may resent it. However, over the course of your career you will pay an enormous amount of money for insurance; therefore, expecting coaching from your agent is perfectly reasonable.