"Starting Your Career as a Contractor; How to Build and Run a Construction Business" is a 224-page book written by Claudiu Fatu and available from Allworth Press.
This incisive, practical guide provides a thorough breakdown of the ins and outs everyone needs to know when turning contracting skills into a business. From summoning the motivation to start your own business to the intricacies of being your own boss, Fatu artfully turns his personal experiences and those of other successful contractors into advice on every aspect of building a business.
The chapters focus on developing a business structure, including bank accounts, tax registration, insurance and branding; handling legal and accounting hurdles; managing employees and dealing with clients; using marketing systems to find and book work; estimating and bidding on jobs; writing contracts, creating invoices and a billing system; controlling costs, keeping records and understanding profit margin; and planning retirement and other benefits for the self-employed.
Fatu has been passionate about handiwork his entire life and is the sole owner of FATU Inc. Construction. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran, and he worked on Wall Street before the market downturn in 2008. He currently lives and works as a contractor in New York City.
The book (ISBN 978-1-62153-458-7) is available in paperback and as an e-book and retails for $19.99.