7 Construction Management Books Contractors Love

This article from www.foundationsoft.com covers the construction management books that’ll help you avoid those common construction management pitfalls.

Regardless of if you’re an industry newbie or veteran — construction management is hard.

And contractors looking to succeed in managing their own business need to understand not only the natural ups and downs of the industry but how to work around them. Just knowing the fundamentals of how a construction project progresses is usually not enough. You also need to understand how to bid and estimate for your target profit, choose the right projects, manage your crew and office, and follow local laws and building regulations.

It can be a lot to juggle all at once.

And while experience may still be the best teacher, learning key construction management strategies in the meantime can go a long way towards setting you on the road to success. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of some the top-rated construction management books to help get you on your way.

#1

The Construction Management MBA: Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting

Matt Stevens

A great read for both general and specialty contractors, The Construction MBA Practical Approaches to Construction Contracting covers all of the processes contractors and PMs need to keep on top of to remain profitable. It also provides a wide variety of tips and strategies, as well as case studies, to help PM’s identify and react to critical trends, adopt better processes for their company and boost all-around efficiency.

And if that wasn’t enough, the book also takes lessons gleaned from eight legendary management books and applies them to the construction industry — saving you some time and extra reading.

#2

Managing the Profitable Construction Business: The Contractor’s Guide to Success and Survival Strategies

Thomas C. Schleifer, Kenneth T. Sullivan, John M. Murdough

Written by the “turnaround” expert, Dr. Thomas C. Schleifer, Managing the Profitable Construction Business: The Contractor’s Guide to Success and Survival Strategies calls on Dr. Schleifer’s 45 years of industry experience and construction-specific consulting, as well as his team of construction business veterans, to create the ideal book for construction managers and CFOs looking to take better control of their businesses. The book offers real-world examples, advice and proven strategies to help construction business owners minimize risk, avoid common construction business pitfalls and grow their business.

This book is probably the closest you can get to having a hands-on consultant without actually having to hire one.

#3

Markup & Profit: A Contractor’s Guide, Revisited

Michael C. Stone

Want a rundown on all of the factors that make a construction business successful? Markup & Profit: A Contractor’s Guide, Revisited offers readers a full overview of the business basics construction owners need to keep their companies afloat — and equally as important, profitable. The book provides proven formulas and step-by-step instructions on how to write good contracts, manage crews, collect on your work and more.

It also includes free downloads of blank forms and checklists you can use to help you follow the book’s instructions!

#4

Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit

George Headley

This book provides an easy-to-follow guide for contractors on how to get their business organized — from setting up the most efficient processes and outlining short- and long-term goals to building and training the best management teams. Written by one of the country’s leading construction business building experts, George Hedley, the book’s tried and true strategies are ideal for contractors looking to improve profit and grow their business.

The book also steps you through the process of drafting your very own BIZ-Builder Blueprint Action Plan, which can help you lay out the foundation for what you want your company to achieve.

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