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Take a look at your “break-even volume,” which is the bare-minimum volume of work that you need to complete (and get paid for) in order to keep your doors open.
In recent years I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to and consulting with builders and remodelers, big and small, and I’ve noted that there’s often confusion about what types of costs go where on a financial statement.
Pushing this inexpensive checkbook program to its limits can give you a simple, streamlined approach to check writing, payroll accounting, and job-costing.
Q: A design we're bidding on has several peeled cedar logs that function as both architectural and structural elements. Are there any rules of thumb for determining their strength so that they can be safely used without redundant grade-stamp framing - and so they meet the approval of a building...
Questions about AFCI rules; Mac estimators; roof-ventilation correction; fastening underlayment
Office on wheels; all-weather blueprints
You're looking at an invitation to bid, complete with plans and specs. It would be a big job for you — very profitable.
Two old-school and two new-school approaches to 2-D and 3-D design.
I used to run my business the way most contractors do: I'd visit potential clients, review the plans their architects had drawn, agree to bid against a group of other contractors, and then spend 10 to 100 hours estimating the work.
The other night, my husband and I watched a television show about contractors in California who are walking away from unfinished houses. But few contractors will walk away from an unfinished job voluntarily. That's definitely not part of their business plan. So why would it happen?
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