I subscribe to Enoch Sears' website, Business of Architecture, which you can find here. One of his recent mailings featured this article on Marketing Mistakes. I thought this was very good advice, so I am repeating the article here. If you agree with me, take a look at what more he has to offer. This is link is a good overview of what Business of Architecture is all about.
Did you know that census statistics indicate that most architectural firms are small. I have been wondering about that. Why would that be?
Here’s the 2011 data that I found.
All architectural offices = 21,181 offices
1-4 employees = 14,028 firms
5-9 employees = 3,711 firms
Combined, that’s 17,739 of 21,181 firms - or 83.75%.
How To Get Where You Want To Go
Yes, but No.
I'm not talking about travel. I'm talking about how you achieve goals, objectives and non-physical stuff like that. We have all had the experience of making a plan or setting a goal that proved hard to implement or achieve. Somewhere in the process, often right at the beginning, obstacles appear. Not tasks, but real ’how am I supposed to do that’ obstacles. I am going to show you why that is a good thing and not the ’killer’ that you might suppose it is.
Architects are not known for being realistic about costs. I don't know about you, but my Alma Mater didn't act as though cost was an issue.
About seven years out of school, I got to do my first estimate. I estimated the construction cost of a branch library to within $7,500 of the low bid. When your first attempt is a success, you are going to think you have a 'special' talent.
It turns out it isn't a talent. It is just easy if you follow instructions. But my pride and joy is my drawing-less Pre-Design Quantity Take Off System.