Starting an architecture firm can be a rewarding experience, but it also comes with risks. To help you determine if the venture is right for you, here are the key pros and cons of starting your own architecture firm.
• You will have complete control over the projects you take and how they are executed.
• You will have fewer bureaucratic hurdles to clear before beginning a project.
• You can focus on particular types of projects that best fit your interests and strengths.
• If successful, you could potentially earn more money than if you worked for another architect/firm.
• You will be responsible for all aspects of the business, from finding and managing clients to marketing, accounting and more.
• You will need to build up a portfolio of work before you can expect to make money from your firm.
• You may have difficulty competing with larger established firms in terms of pricing or access to resources.
• You will need to invest a significant amount of time and money into starting the firm before you can expect any returns.