If I seemed overly harsh in this chapter then I have been successful in my words.
There are days when I just want to shout: “What is the point!”
“What will we gain from trimming down our fee?”
“We have more work than we can handle. Why is that a good problem?”
“How will I prosper from missing time from my family as I work weekends?”
“Did you even ask for additional services?
“What is the point!”
I did not get into architecture for the money.
But that doesn’t mean that I want to be mistreated.
It does not mean that I am ok being taken advantage of.
It does not mean that I want to be in the office on a Saturday.
You did not get into architecture for the money but you should demand fair compensation.
I have a confession.
I have thrown stones in this chapter and in doing so I am a hypocrite. I have taken part in all of these bad business practices.
• I have done additional services without asking for additional fees.
• I have lowered a fee just because a client asked.
• I work tons of overtime.
• I have done a poor job of negotiating my own salary.
I have done it all.
I learned these practices from my mentors and supervisors. They picked them up from their mentors.
It does not have to be that way. As emerging professionals in architecture, we have the opportunity to chart a new path.
Fortunately, many other architects are disrupting the system and demanding change. There are architects sharing best practices on the business of architecture and doing so much more eloquently than me.
I recommend you check out the website and podcast: Business of Architecture by Enoch Sears and EntreArchitect by Mark LePage. These two gentlemen have dedicated their lives to improving the business practices of architecture.
Another Chapter in the Books!
Chapter 6 by the Numbers
• 3,605 words
• 14.42 – Translates into approximately 14.42 pages in book form.
• 5 – Blog Posts
• 6 – Hours to Write and Post on Blog
• 5 – Stretched over 5 calendar days.
• 2.88 – Average book pages written per day.
The Book by the Numbers
• 14,409 – Total Words
• 57 – Total Pages
• 21 – Total Blog Posts
• 220 – Goal for final page count.
• 29 – Straight Days of Writing
• 1.96 – Average book pages written per day.
• 103 – Estimated days to completion. (220-57) / 1.96) = 83
• 5– Chapter down.
• 25 – Chapters to go.
• 1 – New subscribers to the Breaking the Box Email Newsletter
• 27 – Total subscribers to the Breaking the Box Email Newsletter