A Complete Guide To Starting Your Architectural Firm
If you have dreams of starting your own architectural firm, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re fed up of working for other companies or you simply have an entrepreneurial brain, this guide can help you. Here’s how you can get started:
Set Goals For Your Firm
It’s so important that you set some goals for your firm right from the get-go. Ask yourself the following questions to help:
- How big do you want your firm to get?
- Will you put a focus on design or management?
- What sort of projects will you take on?
- How much money do you want to make?
- What sort of clients will you work with?
- Will you sell your firm in the future?
You can even use these questions to create a business plan.
Define Your Business
It’s crucial that you define your brand and what you’re all about. This will help you to sell your services in a way that others will relate to. Bear in mind that it’s crucial you believe in what you do and show that you’re passionate about the work for the best results.
Ask For Advice
When you know what you want to get out of your business, pick firms you admire and be upfront with them. Ask for advice! Maybe you could connect with them on LinkedIn, over email, or some other way you see fit. You could call, but it’s probably best not to cold call. Make sure you ask what they went through, what struggles they faced, and advice on any mistakes they made that they could help you to avoid. You’d be surprised at how many people will be receptive to contact like this.
Pick The Right Project/Price
To help get your business off to a great start, you need to make sure you get your work out there. You need to get some of your work out there as quickly as possible, and you can do this by offering a low fee project that will get plenty of visibility. Maybe you could help out on a new popular restaurant or something to that effect. Whether you’re adding aluminum walkway covers or adding some intricate detailing to the inside of a building, you could get some serious exposure from a project like this. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities!
Enter Design Competitions
Design competitions are brilliant, and can offer you publication if you do well. You may have your drawings and rendering online for people to see! Make sure you take strange opportunities seriously too – people who have done this have been shown on TV, and then get more exposure every time the show reruns.
Investing In Great Photography
Super high quality photography is an absolute must when you’re an architect. Put as much as you can afford towards this and it’ll always pay off. With the right photography you can make a simple, average project look much better.
Not only do you need to take action and define your brand, you need to make sure your online presence is enhancing your story. Good luck!