Welcome Fellow Business Owner!
In 2010 I added my first employee to Spring Line Design. It had been a sole proprietorship for a decade but it was time to take the plunge and give SLD the chance to grow into the practice I envisioned, a firm that could attract projects that would engage our staff and produce work our clients would love and see built without going insane in the process. Along the way I found it really rewarding to be able to create an office where developing architects and engineers could thrive in a working environment where we are all pulling together to make a good living. Where we also believe that making a good living is about more than just the take home pay.
I knew there would be a dip in the amount of time I could spend being an architect, but I was unprepared for just how much time I would be spending working on the business rather than on projects. To get myself through some of the initial startup shock I prepared a checklist of all the activities/processes I might need. I have since shared this checklist with a few fellow business owners who were about to start hiring or growing. The first article in our series is this checklist. I’d like to share it with you in the hopes that it saves you some of the time and aggravation I spent collecting all this information.
Today, over six years later, I empathize with business owners in every stage of growth. From the initial spark of an idea to growth so rapid it keeps you up at night, being a business owner is hard work. If you are about to embark on or just dreaming about a building project I would like to help you by offering our insights on the things I think would be really helpful to know about the process. My staff has collected and distilled into these papers some of the input and advice that we have frequently given to our clients over the years.
I hope that this information helps you to prepare for the interesting, exciting, and challenging process that you are about to undertake. We have even tried to infuse a little bit of snark into a few of these essays to make them a bit more fun to read. We do understand that not everyone finds these topics as fascinating as we do.
If you find these helpful, please share them. Our goal is to demystify the process and get people comfortable with the service that design professionals provide. We believe that the right architect or engineer for the job can add incredible value to almost any project. Happy Building!
- Kristin Knickerbocker, Principal Architect