Taking The Leap: Practical Steps for Starting Your Design Practice
Starting your design practice is the dream of many aspiring architects and designers. Founders ultimately have creative control and a high level of professional flexibility which can be very desirable. Here is your checklist for important considerations when thinking of starting your design practice.
There are several approaches to starting your design practice. Whether you choose to go off on your own straight after university or after a long career working in an established office, founding your own business is very different from studying or practicing architecture, and architectural education rarely prepares students with the business development skills to manage this process well.
Here is a general list of practical things you should keep in mind and questions you should ask yourself when starting your design practice with a lean office structure for your first few years.
Are You a Lean Starter or a Pro Starter?
First, consider your path. Are you interested in becoming a solopreneur, starting from home and operating in the leanest way possible, or are you preparing for a full office set-up with a designated workspace and professional equipment? This will help guide your decision making when prioritizing how to invest in your business.
Where Are You?
The process of starting your design practice differs from country to country. The costs of incorporation, liability insurance and public financial sponsorship opportunities will vary depending on your location. Are there practical advantages to starting a business elsewhere? Where do you want to do the majority of your work? For the non-European digital nomad looking to work across Europe, consider looking into the Estonian e-Residency program.
You can read the following topics in the long read article:
- What you should keep in mind when you are starting your design practice
- The essential stuff you need when starting your design practice
- Get a Lean Design Start-up Checklist
- and much more…
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