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Dan recommends great tools and resources that will help you build a successful business. 

Architectural Home Design Software

Chief Architect®

Chief Architect software brings home design projects to life. Automated building tools for home design, interior design, and kitchen & bath design make it easy to create construction drawings, elevations, CAD details, and 3D models.

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Digital Books

Understanding Architectural Details (Books Series)

The Understanding Architectural Details series is based on UK construction methods and standards. The series contains construction details guides on Residential, Commercial and Basement construction.
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Printed Books

Recommended Books You Need To Build A Successful Business

Markup & Profit: A Contractor’s Guide Revisited

This book covers the basics of running a profitable construction business. In order to succeed, you have to price jobs to recover all labor, material and overhead expenses, and make a reasonable profit. Michael Stone discusses this and many more of the basics in running a profitable construction business. The book applies to general and specialty contractors, whether working in remodeling, new construction or commercial work.

 

Available in Printed Book and Audible Book

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Profitable Sales, A Contractor’s Guide

Michael Stone shares 30+ years of experience in residential remodeling and specialty sales in his book, “Profitable Sales, A Contractor’s Guide”.

 

Available in Printed Book and Audible Book

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Lead Carpenter Handbook

 

For most remodeling contractors, making the step from building jobs to running the company is a difficult one. It requires finding qualified, competent employees who can get the jobs built, supervise subcontractors and relate with homeowners. Tim Faller’s Lead Carpenter Handbook helps you take that step.

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Online Training

Profitable Estimating Training

When you know how to estimate a job properly, nothing is forgotten. In these construction estimating training classes taught by Michael Stone, you’ll start with a small job (under $12,000) and build skills as the jobs become more complex ($1.2 million remodel).

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Software

Markup Calculator Software

The Markup Calculator (requires Windows operating system) will calculate the correct markup for your residential or commercial construction business, whether you are a general or a specialty contractor.

Download the software after purchase to use now on your Windows-based computer.

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Fast Track Estimating Software

The Fast Track Estimating software (Windows-based) provides a fast, easy way to produce an accurate estimate and material purchase list.

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Fast Track Proposal Writer

Fast Track Proposal Writer software creates detailed contracts for any construction job. It includes over 1,200 paragraphs of contract language, easily customizable for each job.

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Download / Manuals

Employee Manual

A well-written and legal construction employee manual is the most effective way to inform employees about your workplace rules and prevent employment problems and misunderstandings in your construction business

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Employee Evaluation System

Every employee wants to know if their work matches your expectations. But objectively evaluating the performance of production employees in a construction environment is difficult.

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Subcontractor Manual

The Subcontractor Manual is designed to help General Contractors clarifying the business relationship between them and their subcontractors.

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Great Gear

Ultra™ TRIPODS

Designed for Coaches/Outdoor Use
Ultra™ Portable Laptop Tripod solves a number of problems faced by anyone needing to operate computer and video gear.

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