Sunday, September 09, 2007

Way back when I first followed the Boy to Sunny California, I temped for several months on a construction site. That was (nearly) the highlight of my working experience. I was able to use my admin background in conjunction with my college degree and Do Something. Over those months I also got familiar with the massive amount of paperwork that has to happen to build something as small as a single room of a larger structure.

It's not enough to just go out and build the room. Or the house. And it's not enough to just have a set of plans. You need a general contractor to run the show. They, not having enough resources to do Everything that has to be done, hires the subcontractors who specialize in painting, electrical, plumbing, whatever else has got to be done. Even with the best education and experience, a contractor has to deal with myriad issues. Just like we can go out at Borders and pick up a book to help you with quick tips and answers on things like cooking and parenting, a contractor can now pick up the new release by Matt Stevens', Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day. For excerpts of the book, go to: and you'll have a thorough guide at your fingertips no matter what crisis comes your way.

Press Release:

Recent book review of McGraw Hill's Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day - Richard Korman, Senior Business Editor, Engineering New Record and writes "If you want to clear your head about something in construction contracting, just pick up consultant Matt Stevens' new book, "Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day". It is like talking to your older brother who has clamped a hand on your shoulder and is telling you the blunt honest truth about the costs associated with schedule compression or rightsizing your overhead. Yes, this book is full of takeaways and sample equipment forecasts. But where it really shines is in discussions of resource allocations and the uses and significance of CPM schedules. Stevens makes them simple. It is in essence the ultimate, easy-to-digest book about the financial management of contracting for an industry where the younger people have college degrees and the older set don't exactly want to focus on finance. I've never seen anything more accessible on getting and managing work profitably.

There's also a fascinating and tightly narrated chapter called "The Business of Contracting" on the changing nature of the construction industry. In it, Stevens discusses, among other subjects, how most young construction professionals "do not [and did not] go through the 'field' because they don't want to work" in the dirty and dangerous environment of the jobsite. They have "turned construction into a business" in which "craftsmanship is now assumed to be the same from contractor to contractor."

The book contains 406 pages describing critical processes, 100+ illustrations/examples and 130+ best practices for the business of contracting. Order from us the bundle of:

McGraw Hill's book, Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day with a CD of 60 Excel templates featured in the book (fully customizable)with Five on-line courses based on the book's content

For $149 (plus shipping) . This is a $199 value when purchased separately. (This is not available from anyone else). Yes, we do accept international orders via Master Card / Visa and American Express. Go to our E-store located at and click on the book link.

To buy only the book, go to these bookstores:, World of Concrete, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, Books-a-Million, Borders,, Staci's, The Construction Specifications Institute, Booktopia (AUS), National Concrete Masonry Association, A1 Books, Northwest Builder's Network, NPHCC, Direct TextBooks, McGraw Hill, Bookmark Inc, Shop.Com, Reiter', Brown's Books (U.K.), Urban Think!, Construction Book Express, BooksFirst (U.K.), Campus Books, Shearer's (AUS), Alibris, Follet's or The Harvard Coop.

We also offer the book (by itself) personally signed by the author. Again, go to our E-store located at and click on the book link.

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