089: Small Firm Mentality

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Contract Documentsfor Small Firm Architects

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Every project we perform as professionals must be commenced with a signed written agreement, but for small firm architects working with inexperienced clients, this is a critical moment. 5 Rules For Developing Contract Documents for Small Firm Architects.

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How the CARES Act Provides Relief for Small Firm Architects

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As small firm architecture business owners, many of us may benefit from this historic legislation. 10 billion for emergency small business loans. There is $350 billion allocated for the Small Business Administration to provide loans of up to $10 million per business.

Conversion Rates for a Small Firm Architect

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I know this as fact, because I track my firm’s Prospect to Project Ratio. Every year since Annmarie and I launched the firm in 1999, we’ve had a full workload. Below are two charts that present data collected throughout the history of our small firm architecture studio.

Developing a Powerful Small Firm Culture from the Ground Up

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In this article Marica shares her recent experience with building a new team for her small firm and how she is being intentional about the culture in which they work. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was beginning to define my firm culture. for small businesses.

Bookkeeping Basics for Small Firm Architects

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Helping Firms Embrace the Language of Business. ” These are the sentiments of many firms in the architecture community. There’s absolutely nothing creative about it and yet it is crucial to the growth of all design firms. How to Automate your Small Architecture Firm.

Email Management for Small Firm Architects

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As small firm architects, we are all working so hard to get everything done. Between the many hours we dedicate to building our firms and the time we spend building strong relationships at home, there are not many minutes left to do anything else. Email Management for Architects.

The Seven Most Common Bookkeeping Mistakes Made by Small Firm Architects

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For those of you who are tackling bookkeeping yourselves, here are the most common mistakes I see when I take over this role from small architecture firm leaders: Too many “hands in the Quickbooks jar.”

Basic Financial Statements for Small Firm Architects

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Seven years into owning our own small firm, Annmarie and I decided to make some changes. As a small firm architect with no investors, I use my accounting software to prepare two simple financial reports; my balance sheet and my income statement.

Living a Balanced Life as a Small Firm Architect

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As small firm architects, work/life balance plays a critical role in the success of our businesses, as well as the success of our families. When our attention and intention are appropriately distributed between our firm and our family, stress is reduced.

5 Principles of Servant Leadership for Small Firm Architects

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Provide the necessary education for the work being performed and make “teaching through doing” part of the DNA within your firm. Share your story in the comments below or over at The EntreArchitect Community or private Facebook Group for Small Firm Architects.

The Power of Blogging as a Small Firm Architect

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The blog is still one of the most effective tools a small firm architect can use to foster community. Small firm architects are busy people. Small firm architects often ask me how they can find new projects. The Power of Blogging for Architects.

How to Build Sustainable Recruitment Strategies for Small Firm Success

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Recruitment Strategies for Small Firm Architects. Recruiting new employees is one of the most important things a professional services firm can do to be sustainable. Email the advert to as many people in the firm’s professional network as appropriate.

Successful Project Planning for Small Firm Architects (Transcript)

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This is the transcript from EntreArchitect Podcast Episode 226, Successful Project Planning for Small Firm Architects. If you don’t know how, learn how by downloading our free course profit for small firm architects today at EntreArchitect.com/freecourse.

4 Steps to Higher Productivity as a Small Firm Architect

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As a small firm architect running a virtual studio , I am wearing many hats these days. The post 4 Steps to Higher Productivity as a Small Firm Architect appeared first on EntreArchitect // Small Firm Entrepreneur Architects.

Do Small Firm Architects Need Professional Liability Insurance?

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We must protect ourselves, our firms and our families from the risk of legal action. Relative to the other expenses of a small firm, professional liability insurance is down right expensive… until you need it. Have you experienced a situation where your policy saved your firm?

3 Key Strategies for Success as a Small Firm Architect

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There are 3 key strategies required for a successful architecture firm. Too much diversification though, will dilute your brand and make it difficult for prospects to recognize your firm as a market leader. Can a firm “specialize” in more than one market?

AIA Antitrust and Establishing Fees for Small Firm Architects

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Fees for Small Firm Architects. The post AIA Antitrust and Establishing Fees for Small Firm Architects appeared first on EntreArchitect // Small Firm Entrepreneur Architects. We’re a disgruntled bunch of professionals.

How To Automate Your Small Firm Architecture Studio

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As small firm architects, we are responsible for so many different roles and responsibilities. The first step in being more productive is to automate your architecture firm. There are new digital tools to automate an architecture firm being introduced every week.

How To Get Published as a Small Firm Architect

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The post How To Get Published as a Small Firm Architect appeared first on EntreArchitect // Small Firm Entrepreneur Architects. Every architect has a dream of having their work published in books and magazines.

What Not To Wear (As a Small Firm Architect)

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About 20 small firm architects posted their response and the answers were mixed, but certainly leaning toward the casual. Small firm architects, many of whom are working solo from home offices, tend to dress for comfort over fashion.

A Simple Sales System for Small Firm Architects

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Originally published in 2013 as Part 4 of the original EntreArchitect Academy Blog Series, this final article of our month dedicated to Business Development shares my firm’s simple sales system. A Simple Sales System for Small Firm Architects.

Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect

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As small firm architects, work/life balance plays a critical role in the success of our businesses, as well as the success of our families. When our attention and intention are appropriately distributed between our firm and our family, stress is reduced.

Six Ways To Earn More Profit As A Small Firm Architect

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Prior to starting our own firms, we business-owner architects experienced an “entrepreneurial seizure”, as Michael Gerber so accurately described in his book, The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. But we also chose to start our own firm.

7 Reasons Why Small Firm Architects Should NOT Abandon the AIA

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Many small businesses, including many small architecture firms, after years of finding ways to keep the doors open are succumbing to the years of economic instability and calling it quits. We’re spending only what needs to be spent to build a stronger firm… and much sacrifice remains. Small Firm Architects Are Saying Good Bye to the AIA. I believe that it will be the collective efforts of the independent small firms that will make the difference.

My 5 Rules for Developing Contract Documents for Small Firm Architects

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Every project we perform as professionals must be commenced with a signed written agreement, but for small firm architects working with inexperienced clients, this is a critical moment. 5 Rules For Developing Contract Documents for Small Firm Architects.

How to Make More Money as a Small Firm Architect

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Like any small business, architects must pay the typical operating expenses required to remain buoyant, such as utilities, professional service fees, consultants’ fees, insurances and several other overhead expenditures. Every business, including architecture firms (yes, its true!),

7 Steps to a Happy Work Week as a Small Firm Architect

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This quiet time would clear my mind and prepare me for the “chaos” that is running a small firm architecture studio. I then review my responsibilities as administrator of the firm, as well as my responsibilities as a husband and dad.

Two Perspectives You Need to Launch a New Business as a Small Firm Architect

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Starting a new business as a small firm architect or a new career trajectory is something you must experience on your own. Both of these are on my mind nearly every day (yes, including weekends): I read and make small edits to my big vision once a month, minimum.

How To Fix Your Profitability Problem as a Small Firm Architect

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For all professional design firms there are two different, yet interrelated levels of profitability – a firm’s overall profitability and the profitability of each completed project. Historically, the profitability of professional design firms is, on average, in the range of 8-12%.

Success and Failures of a Small Firm Architecture Studio

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It leads with a story about my firm, Fivecat Studio. I shared my story with Cheryl Weber (one of my favorite trade writers) about some of the mistakes Annmarie and I made in 2003 when we moved the firm from our home office to our current 2,000 square foot studio in nearby Pleasantville.

Establish a Target Market for Success as a Small Firm Architect

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We were two young architects seeking the freedom of our own firm. I wrote a 3-part blog series a couple years back sharing the full story of how Annmarie and I started our own architecture firm. Years of experience has taught us that not every project is right for our firm.

How To Enjoy an Annual Summer “Shut Down” as a Small Firm Architect

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Most firms, here in the United States, experience a slow down at the same time every summer. For many of us small firm architects, this sounds a bit scary. This year, my firm Fivecat Studio will completely shut down for two weeks during August.

Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect

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At times the priorities with my family are more important than the priorities with my firm. At other times the firm is most important. As small firm architects, “balance” should not be our goal. A Benefit of Being a Small Firm Architect. Starting and running a small firm requires sacrifice. As tough as building a better business may be though, the benefits of leading our own firms make the sacrifice well worth the pain.

Generative Architecture is Expanding Horizons for All Architects (Including Small Firms!)

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Generative Architecture for Small Firms. All this sounds fine and well for the architect ready to try their hand, except smaller firms might find that a limitation due to the pricing of programs which can start at anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 for a license.

A New Business Model for Small Firm Architects

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In 2003, with many accolades and a determination to take our firm to the next level, we moved out of the darkness of the basement and into a light-filled 2,000 square foot office space in Pleasantville. Our reputation for finely detailed residential architecture and our care for clients throughout the process of design and construction has established Fivecat Studio as a leading firm in the Westchester County region. I believe this model is the future of small firms.

Behind The Design 004: Titan Two by F9 Productions

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Firm Name. Firm Address. Our firm built the Atlas Tiny House project with our own money. This was design-build, all done by our firm. We also hired Josh into our firm because he has construction experience. Project Name. Titan Two. Project Location.

How to Build a Stronger Team for Your Architecture Firm

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The following outlines the standard orientation for a new employee into a small architectural office. For architects, especially those in small firms, nothing has changed much in the past 40 years. Business Employees Orientation Small Firm

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Architectural Job Starter Kit | Life of an Architect

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I have almost always worked in small firms – except for that one time when I didn’t, which wasn’t a bad year but it cemented in my mind that my skill set is better suited for a small architectural firm. My experience demands that I champion the advantages of working in a small firm, it’s what I know and love. Here are my Top 5 Reasons to work in a Small Architectural Firm: 1. I fell into the world of small firms.

7 Reasons Why Architects Should NOT Abandon Small Projects

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However I have to take exception to the overall strategy of rejecting small projects. Taking a tip from your past post, 7 Reasons Why Small Firm Architects Should NOT Abandon the AIA , I’d like to suggest 7 Reasons Why Architects Should not Abandon Small Projects. If we want to expand the domain of architects into more of the housing market, then we have to be prepared to serve people that come to you with small scale projects. Small projects are a challenge.