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“How do I get noticed when I am first starting an architecture firm? I have no portfolio of my own to show clients. How do I get that first solo project?”

I receive comments and emails on a regular basis asking these or similar questions. (Shout out to Andrew and Samantha most recently.)

I’ve shared articles on how much it may cost to start your own firm and how Annmarie and I launched Fivecat Studio with no clients and very little money. Starting a firm from scratch is not easy. Many architects take a different tact by working for established firms and using the knowledge and connections from that position to leverage the launch of a new firm. Your first clients may come from relationships built during your time as an employee.

Another path to owning your own firm is to work your way through the ranks in an established firm, becoming a partner and ultimately taking the reins and responsibility for that firm.

What happens though if you want to launch your own firm and you are not in the position to use the projects or established relationships with clients from your current employer? How can you get things rolling before taking the leap to a full time commitment of running your own firm?

How can you get noticed when no one is watching?

(Read more) Via Entrepreneur Architect