"Practical, direct, no-nonsense. Wish I'd had this 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)

Monday, March 06, 2017


Next to restaurants contractors fail more than any other business. If you take into account those of us who slip in and out of business without a leaving a ripple, contractors fail even more than restaurants. In a residential construction business, trade and business skills are inseparable, although many of us don’t learn this until our business fails and even then some of us don't get it.   
Most tradesmen think their trade skills are the business. But business skills are as important as trade skills when starting out and if the business is to grow and succeed they quickly become more important.

The Elements of Building was written to help skilled tradesmen transition to successful business owner.