Construction Business Management : Less than half of construction firms are still in business after four years. Make sure your company thrives with essential - and very readable - guidance from a pro with 25 years' success. Find out what it takes to build all aspects of a business that's profitable, enjoyable, and enduring. Here are just a few of the things you'll learn from this book: The duties of the owner of a successful construction business Essential terms and conditions to include and exclude in contracts Commandments to follow to ensure you're paid what you′re owed, including step-by-step change-order procedures to avoid disputes and non-payment Strict dos and don′ts of mechanics' liens - including when an owner goes bankrupt What must be done administratively before breaking ground on every project How to select, hire, and keep "golden" employees Effective marketing even the smallest contractor can afford How to identify the accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents that are right for you The what, when, where, and why of licensing and registration The advantages of specializing, including the opportunities in chain store construction Whether you're a contractor, a key employee, a subcontractor, a student, or a facility executive, you'll find many ideas you can immediately add to your management and leadership toolbox. Adopting even a single one of them will pay dividends now and throughout your career.