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Books for Contractors

Below is a list of books that are recommended for contractors wanting to start and grow their business. You can also find interviews with several of these authors on our podcast that discusses the ideas presented in greater detail. If you have any other recommendations, reach out to us!

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Books Every Contractor Needs to Read



  1. Profit First for Contractors by Shawn Van Dyke

  2. Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits / Simple Numbers 2.0 by Greg Crabtree

  3. Markup & Profit: A Contractor’s Guide by Michael C. Stone


    Business Planning

  1. Pumpkin Plan / Fix This Next by Mike Michalowicz

  2. The E-Myth Landscape Contractor by Anthony C. Bass

  3. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller



  1. Profitable Sales: A Contractor’s Guide by Michael C. Stone



    1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

    2. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


      Personal Growth

    1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

    3. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

    4. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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