Part narrative, part business book, Architect and Entrepreneur is filled with contemporary, relevant, fresh tips and advice from a seasoned professional architect building a new business. The guide advocates novel strategies and tools that merge entrepreneurship with the practices of architecture and interior design.
Embarking on a new business venture is intimidating. You have questions, but many of the resources available to help entrepreneur architects and interior designers start their design businesses lack timeliness and relevance. Most are geared toward building colossal firms like SOM and Gensler using outdated methods and old business models.
If you're an individual or small team contemplating starting a design business, this is your field guide, crafted to inspire action.
Using the lean start-up methodology to create a minimum viable product, the handbook encourages successive small wins that support a broader vision, enabling one to think big, start small, and learn fast.
It's a unique take on design practice viewed through the lens of entrepreneurship and is designed to answer the questions all new business owners face, from the rote to the existential.
Building a business isn't a singular act; it's a series of small steps. Using the outline found in Architect and Entrepreneur, you can start today. The chapters are organized to guide you from idea to action. Rather than write a business plan, you'll be challenged to craft a brand, and you'll sell it using new technologies.
©2015 Eric W Reinholdt (P)2016 Eric W Reinholdt
Three years ago I started my own practice and I really wish I had this book then. It was like listening to a storey of my own journey from Architect in practice to Business owner. Eric's native is calm and relaxing and explains the steps in an easy to follow path thou aimed at the US architects 90% translates over to the uk in terms of starting up and where you and your branding want to be. This is an absolute must have book for any part 3 student and Architects looking to make that jump into practice.
This is a very useful and well written exploration of the architect's role in the business, design and digital worlds.
Too many to list - I am on my second listen.
It is a book that can be visited again and again. The book contains many useful lessons for architects and businessmen.
This is a modern and forward-looking architectural business strategy resource. The book provides a play by play roadmap for creating a (economically) sustainable practice.
The idea of moving (or supplementing) your architectural business from a service model to a product business model is highly enlightened and something that addresses the inherent flaw of most firms; service businesses rely on you being in the office and on the drawing board to make money.
"Very worthwhile and full of practical advise"
If you're thinking about starting a small firm or going out alone as an architect or related design profession, this book is well-worth your time.
Covering everything from branding, marketing, selling yourself to (and vetting) clients and operating proceedures, to questions to ask yourself before you start, it touches on all the bases. And as a book from a perspective of someone who has sucessfully started their own small firm, it's not just theoretical, but I found it chalk-full of practical advise and pitfalls to avoid.For those outside of the United States, note that the parts on business structures, licensing, legal and tax implications are sometimes U.S.-specific, but nonetheless many of the same concepts apply elsewhere, even if the specifics differ. I found this didn't detract from the book as a whole, just something to be aware of.The parts I found most valuable were those on choosing your niche / unique selling proposition, and on Eric's process for turning leads into clients - and identifying those leads you don't want as clients.
"A Good Guide to setup your Architectural Business"
The book describe each step in a very comprehensive way. It is easy to follow and provide with good advice to how to start your architectural business
This book can easily be listened in one sitting. I used my commute time to listen the book.
This book has been invaluable to me in helping me understand the total process, finances and all of the daily tasks of starting up, running, maintaining, and succeeding in your architectural firm.
Thank you very much Eric! Can't wait to start listening Volume II.
"Architects must read"
It is a good addition to my printed version. A reminder.
Openminded and well described story for your enthusiasts who want to become self branded.
Most parts give you optimism throughout well written instructions and guides.
"Refreshing & Relevant Info for Modern Architect"
Small business startup
The balance of new strategies for architects - mainly growing an online presence - with traditional business know-how, such as budgeting, a lean business model, and legal entity types.
I have been listening to this book in segments over the last couple weeks and get inspired every time to think about how I approach the business aspect of architecture. Eric draws on a well-rounded career including working for a company before starting his own practice. The book is broken into chapters explaining several aspects of business required for any startup, but specifically as they relate to architectural design. This starts with dreaming of what you're looking for in starting a firm, what you would want to offer your client base. He moves into practical aspects of the business, including varying business types, passive income strategies, and considering your services as a product - a unique way to market in a consumer-driven society. What differentiates this book from past Professional practice resources is its modern day relevancy - Eric references using websites such as Houzz as a tool, and goes into detail on online marketing, such as Search Engine Optimization. Many of these are aspects that you will have to research further, but it's great to have this book as a reference guide. I enjoyed listening to it and intend on purchasing a printed version to keep on hand as reference as I move forward in my career. Even as someone happy in a corporate office setting, this is a great resource to be aware of the aspects of business I have not yet been exposed to, for eventually becoming a project manager or, if I am to take the leap, to know what I'm getting into with starting my own practice.
"The Bible for anyone in the process of beginning an architecture firm"
Incredibly comprehensive guide that covers literally every aspect of starting a firm listing all of the available options and opinions. This would have saved me thousands of dollars and countless hours when starting my firm 6 years ago!
Looking forward to the second book now.
"If you're a designer who's thought of flying solo, buy this now!"
I have thoroughly enjoyed Eric Reinholdt's field guide to starting a design business. It is the most comprehensive, current, relatable and common sense approach that I've heard. He lays it out there in manageable steps and provides you with an overview of key considerations and sources of further info as you go. He understands the mind of a designer and works with it!
Starting my own design and product firm, I've begun to tackle many of the same issues, but always feel like I'm moving through it blind. Regular business books have not fully encapsulated my particular challenges as a design professional. This is a great reference and offers the big picture- from professional licensing to photographing projects and website design. Now I can see I've actually made good progress and know what I need to take on next.
If you're on the fence about finally flying solo- Eric knows what it feels like. He speaks with the mind of a designer, knows what we're trying to achieve, what we're up against and what our hesitations are. He gets it! and after hearing him speak, he may just prod you to finally make the move!
Great information. Here I go!
"architect's path to freedom"
Yes considering there are no images related on the text.
With R. Kiosaky's, because of its guided step by step way of approaching the complexity of a bussines building.
The way you can inmediately relate what he is telling with his practice as an architect, on his website and youtube channel.
Every time he told a personal life story.
I found it very inspirational the way you can see what he says on the book, related to his practice.
Architect and entrepreneur is a an extremely useful guide for architects thinking about starting out on their own. The skills and knowledge required to start your own firm are acknowledged only passingly in architectural education and sometimes not at all. This book serves to fill in that gap and helped me go through the process and the work involved in handling my own business before I actually started out. It is clearly narrated, well paced and I don't know of any other material out there that addresses this specific issue in architectural practice.
"A modern template to start an architecture firm"
Practical, Thorugh, and Experienced
There is nothing else as contemporary as Architect and Entrepreneur. Eric Ries book The Lean Startup has a similar methodology
Yes. On par. He typically brings something worthwhile to the table.
In architectural (solo) practice, no one can hear you scream (in your home office). Alien 1979
Eric's book rocks. I listened to it while working in my home office and it has practical advice, things I had never thought about and things I know I need to do. It is practical, scary (In a good way) and motivating. all things you need to make it work as an Entrepreneur and Architect.
"Helpful Guide for Architects"
It's a very usefull guide for architects, helps new architects who want to work for themselves. Teaches what we don't learn in the academy about entrepreneurship, how to deal with clients and what we are to be exposed to when setting up and taking care of an organization.
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