Month: January 2013

What is a Reasonable Profit in Construction?

Reasonable Profit in Construction

For any company, profit is based on the risk reward concept.  With construction, what should be the profit (reward) given the risk?  What is a reasonable expectation given the industry and the particular business? 

There is no single correct answer.  The construction industry is divided into several significant branches.  This article is focused on the residential contractor. 

From the new home builder to the re-modeler, a reasonable profit given the risk should be no less than 9%  AND this is net after a reasonable salary to the owner for his management role.  This is the take home or actual bottom line profit; the amount after taxes.  How do you derive such a figure?  How do you determine the markup on the construction project to end up with this profit? 

Methods to Reduce Costs in New Home Construction

There are two primary methods of reducing costs of construction.  The first is cost negotiation and the second is cost shifting.  These two methods have several tools in each to achieve overall price reduction.  The following describes each method and the respective tools within each method that you can use to achieve overall cost reduction.

How to Read a Balance Sheet – Equity Section (Simple Format)

Stock

The equity section of the balance sheet equals assets minus liabilities.  Traditionally the equity section is referred to as the net worth of the company.  If you were to dispose of all the assets through a sale and pay off liabilities, the money left over would be available for distribution to the shareholders.  The shareholders basically own the equity section of the balance sheet. 

The 1099 Subcontractor

1099 Subcontractor

The Internal Revenue Service promulgates rules and regulations concerning the employment status of workers.  In general, workers are classed as W-2 employees and certain tests must be met to have the worker classed as a 1099 subcontractor.  All 1099 subcontractors should be issued a Form 1099 in January of each year for the prior calendar year of services.  This article describes the general tests that must be met for the worker to be considered a 1099 subcontractor.

Business and Industry Growth

Business and Industry Growth

The second most weighted factor in the risk multiplier series for the Discretionary Income Multiplier Formula is business and industry growth.  This factor evaluates the overall change in an industry and in particular the business under review over the most recent three years.

What is a ‘Spec’ House?

Spec House

When a builder constructs a house without a contract, it is known as a spec house or a speculation home.  There are several advantages to the builder to build a spec house including timing, financial gains and workforce retention.  There are advantages to the buyer to purchase a spec house as well.  These include no delay in moving in, an overall lower price, and a simpler contract.

Construction Draw Schedule

Construction Draw Schedule

A construction draw schedule is a financial tool used by contractors in identifying percentage of completion points in the project for the bank to advance proceeds to the contractor. The construction draw schedule is instrumental in keeping the project moving along. 

Small Business Model Series Entry #7 – Location, Location, Location

Location Location Location

The e-mails keep coming.  A few days ago I asked my friends and family to be on the lookout for ATM’s.  I describe the difference between a bank owned ATM and an independent ATM.  I was strictly interested in the independents.  I wanted to know exactly where the ATM is located, the name of the business, and what kind of business.  With this information I am tracking the locations using a spreadsheet and a map with push pins.

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