• Profit First for Contractors

  • Transform Your Construction Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
  • By: Shawn Van Dyke
  • Narrated by: Shawn Van Dyke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Construction industry business coach, speaker, and author, Shawn Van Dyke, has taken the core concepts of Mike Michalowicz's Profit First and customized them to address the specific needs of the construction industry. Profit First for Contractors addresses the major struggles contractors face and provides clear and actionable guidance on how to overcome them. Shawn shows contractors how to go from simply getting by to becoming permanently profitable. This audiobook is for every construction business owner who dreams of prosperity. 

Using Van Dyke's Profit First for Contractors system, listeners will learn how to break out of the "craftsman cycle" - the seemingly never-ending loop of urgent tasks and responsibilities that keep contractors from gaining traction toward their important goals. He guides construction business owners how to understand their financial statements and how to use them to determine the markup and margin that lead to profits. You will also learn how to develop solid rules of thumb for the operation of your construction businesses, and how to implement an effective cash management plan that simplifies accounting and leverages normal human behavior. Using real-life stories from actual construction business owners, step-by-step advice, and his conversational twang, Van Dyke puts permanent profitability within reach of every construction business owner.

©2018 Shawn Van Dyke (P)2019 Shawn Van Dyke

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Not going to help you

I’m always trying to stay motivated and learning more but this was horrible. The steps in this book are what an actual good accountant will set you up with and tell you to do when you first start your business. Heck even a personal banker will tell you to do these things. (Regardless what the author says about an accountant)
Basics of the book. Don’t be the cheapest, don’t try and win every estimate, pay yourself a check, set money aside for taxes. That’s it.
If your not doing that in the first place you shouldn’t own a business or it’s just a hobby.

The chapter of going over numbers and excel sheets probably should have been left out of the audible book as well.

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90% crust, 10% rest of pizza.

The amount of usable information to the average person is very little. I read the first 30 mins of this book and couldn’t get through the rest. I skimmed going over 20 min sections. I am glad this book was free. I can see why. The other reviews seem non-genuine. This is all common sense stuff. Nothing groundbreaking or intuitive here. Make profit. There I spoiled the book. This might get deleted now. Make profit guys!

Wow, I think I need to write a book because I understand that I want profit. Wow, I should write one on wanting to put on shoes in the morning. I’ll call it For Shoes - “how to make it walking around without blisters.” Chapter 1: Have you ever wondered why we do things over and over again and still get the same result. This is why I am going to show you how to not get blisters. The definition of insanity is.... you get the bliss.

A lot of the info was served to me by just breathing and walking around places. If you didn’t do a lot of walking around and existing in the world, then this book is for you! Buy it! It’s Groundbreaking! He tells you exactly how to live life by understanding common sense virtues and things.

He also loses me talking about his life. I don’t need this. You’ve not done anything for me. In fact, I did something for you by clicking this book and giving away my precious time.

My precious time. There’s my book.

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A must for any contractors / construction business

I have been following Shawn Van Dyke since 2016 and meet him for the 1st time at the International Builders Show in 2017. Shawn is a great guy and a wealth of knowledge which he shares in his book. I have bought the book and now download the audible version to listen to.

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Just say no

In a word, No! Just a bunch of blah blah blah. Put gas in your tank with the money you were getting ready to spend - no matter how curious you are to know what all the fuss is about- don’t buy it

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I was excited because a lot of builders on IG

This book was pathetic. This guy has no clue about the construction industry. This is definitely not for professionals. This book lacks all financial sense and actual construction reality. This was just really pathetic. This is one of those wanna be influencers. I am embarrassed i fell for it.

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A must listen for contractors

This book is a life changer for all those contractors that are suck in the craftsman cycle. Once you listen to this book and implement the process your business will go from a cash cow to a well oiled money making machine.

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A must have.

Own both the hardcopy and the audio. Shawn is a true leader with in the construction industry. His program and now this book are tools no one in the construction industry should be with out. PFC has totally changed the way we deal with our comoany income. You need to listen or read the book and DO the things Shawn tells you to.

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Great information not necessarily best format

The information is very good and discusses the pitfalls of what most contractors fall into. My biggest drawback is in some of the chapters get into Excell spreadsheets cell by cell, which when driving or just listening on the deck is totally useless as this information goes right over your head. The author leads you to his website with supporting documents and that is a real plus. I don't know if there is a better way to format the material. Additionally, this book is geared to a established contractor with exercises of reviewing your books; however there seems to be less material focused on those about to create a startup.

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hard to follow

I'm sure it all makes sense to accountants and numbers people. but Shawn is spitting out numbers and explanations so quickly nothing makes sense to me. and I'm sure many others hoping to get more out of this book felt the same. re edit and start over in a new edition. and think about us low life contractors when explaining.

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contractors accounting book.

Doesn't seem to be for those transitioning from tradesperson to business owner. But rather someone who's been running a contracting business for a little while and has already dealt with accounts. Wasn't as relatable or helpful as I thought it would be.

Seems like the whole book is a push for you to take there mentoring/consulting program. Very reiterative.

I'll probably re-listen to it in the future and maybe I'll give it a better review then, if it's just me who didn't understand a lot. Also, the guy who wrote this didn't have a lot of personal/practical life stories on the matter, seemed very second hand. Not a tradesperson, but coaches tradespersons.

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  • Bert
  • 09-18-19

a must listen

great book to listen too but definitely get the hard copy to use as a work book and help you implement the processes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-19

yeah baby

awesome the end, highly recommended to anyone in buisness. great concept and ideas. tip top

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  • winston
  • 02-05-19

transfomational

if you are in construction for your self then this is and must listen. straight foward systems to get your business making money. track the right things and improve profitability.