INNOVATING ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE
Whether you are just starting your practice or have been in business for years, it is clear that the tools of the business of architecture have changed. The ways of finding, converting, and invoicing clients have moved largely to a digital platform. Even the tools that you use to do the work are constantly changing.
To many architects, starting your business has been a dream that you have had for a long time. When they finally get ready to leave their job and take that leap many find that there is so much they need to learn about running a business. Your education and experience have not prepared you for this.
Stopping the Trend
We have all heard the (misguided) common quote that 90% of businesses fail in their first five years. The truth for architects is that many break away from a firm with a promising project and a dream to have freedom in their lives. However, most find themselves back looking for a job with a firm in just a few short years after taking this step.
Those that refuse to go back to the "corporate" world continue to struggle until they either go broke or change careers entirely. The hope has always been "the work will come to you if you are a great designer". Unfortunately, that is not enough.
Making your business more complicated is not the answer. Creating systems based around a proven strategy is what separates the architects that live on top of the world and only take the projects they want from all the struggling practices out there.
You can bring in the work that you love to do and build a business that supports any lifestyle you desire. We are here to help you do everything else your business needs to do. Whether you are just starting out and have very little startup capital, or are an established firm looking to grow, we can help.
Our education, training and in-house consulting is focused on just four aspects: acquiring leads, converting those leads into clients, delivering services, and collecting fees. By creating a consistent strategy across these four aspects your business will be set up to thrive in today's competitive market.
TOOLS FOR THE TRADE
Your business needs a steady stream of new clients. Finding these clients has never been easier, but you have to know where to look. Our team helps you to define the strategy you need to find your most ideal clients and get them on the path to becoming paying clients.
Negotiating with clients for projects is something that most architects don't have to do until they start their practice. The reality that clients see our services as a cost on a spread sheet turns many professionals away from starting their practice. Our team has developed numerous strategies to help equip you for this process as well as make sure you get paid the fees you deserve.
Doing what you love! Designing great buildings is why we all got into this profession in the first place. However, you need a process that helps you to deliver a consistent product. Our team helps you to define the strategy to help your team deliver the quality and service you expect.
Your business needs cash. The process of invoicing and collecting is something that many architects were never taught. Our industry is inundated with slow paying clients and high overhead. Our team helps you to develop the strategy to get paid sooner and with less hassle.
We are a company that embraces change. Change is the inevitable force that is the only constant in our lives. The business of architecture is changing. Clients are becoming more sensitive to issues other than cash flow and they expect their architects to manage other ROI factors. Furthermore, clients expect architects to meet impossible deadlines on lower fees.
Star Built Consulting was started by a principal architect looking for ways to solve the problems that were affecting his practice. This meant talking to everyone who touched the industry: talking to clients about what they really wanted, discussing with contractors the realities of building, and discussing how to protect the firm with attorneys. Through this research, the inefficiencies, gaps in service, and liabilities for the industry as a whole revealed themselves.
A Desire to Help
Mike realized that his company was not the only architectural firm dealing with these issues. Clients everywhere seemed to be frustrated and contractors blamed ill defined drawings on the architects ineptitude. Both of these issues fed the cases that attorneys brought against architects most often. This seemed like a plague that ran rampant in the industry, and needed to be eradicated. Thus Star Built Consulting was formed to find answers to the problem that afflicted architectural practice.