Scott, I've gotta tell you that what you want to do, you WON'T find in a book. You can get the basics, but, my experience, as many others, is on the job training! I LOVE DOING HOME RENOVATION, & worked for a friend of mine, who has his own business, partnered with his neighbor/friend of many years, & they do so well, that they can't keep up, & have to hire sub contractors to do certain jobs. We use to pick & choose. Actually, we didn't care about the roofing aspects to the work, so we subed it out. Anyhow, I haven't worked for him in years because I moved to Florida. My specialty is handyman,because I can usually tackle any job. What's critical about all of this is common sense! Also, be a perfectionist about it. I am anyhow, & we always had jobs because of word of mouth. When you are good, people call you over & over again, & also tell everyone about your work, & of course they see it as well. So this is all a bonus that goes with it. It pays well, but, the learning experience is more valuable than the money will ever be!!!