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Old 08-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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I am a new business just starting up and specialize in drywall. I want to be competitive but need to know pricing. I was told there is a book you can buy to help. What is a good book to help me estimate a job and with the going rates to charge for labor?

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you can google around but the best across the board advice with any trade business is to work the trade for awhile before you start your own show. you will learn a LOT about how the industry works.

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I am a new business just starting up and specialize in drywall. I want to be competitive but need to know pricing. I was told there is a book you can buy to help. What is a good book to help me estimate a job and with the going rates to charge for labor?
RS Means publishes ZIPcode corrected rates for many types of labor.
http://www.amazon.com/RSMeans-Buildi.../dp/0876290209

Of course, keep your own records from every job.

Others say just up your rates each year by some percentage until business drops off, and then back off a bit.

Get every book out of the library that you can find on this subject and read them all. Each one has at least one tip that is not in the others.

It's important that you identify bad customers ahead of time, so you can cut your losses. This skill comes from experience.

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Go to Borders Book Shop--They have a nice section on contractor estimating--
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Labor prices can vary widely within a 100 mile area.
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Labor prices can vary widely within a 100 mile area.
The median income within a ZIPcode is one strong determinant of prices.
http://zipskinny.com

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