The Business Behind Design

Behind all great architecture and engineering work there needs to be an efficient, effective business operation in place in order to maximize profits. In his Business Behind Design blog, Steven Burns, FAIA, Director of Product Strategies for BQE Software, creator of ArchiOffice, and long-time managing director of an architectural practice, offers valuable advice about running a design firm.Topics include project management tips, financial best practices, marketing how-to, advice for maximizing meetings, business software, recruitment and retention, and strategic planning. For more on BQE Software, visit: www.bqe.com.
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Posted on October 16, 2013 By Steven Burns
How does one person make tons of money in a business, while others lose their shirts? If you’re on the outside looking in, successful entrepreneurship may seem mysterious. But it isn’t. Here are five patterns of behavior that are common to successful entrepreneurs. 1. Open-mindedness. The...
Posted on October 07, 2013 By Steven Burns
The average U.S. office worker generates two pounds of paper each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Ninety percent of that trash is made up of printed materials: marketing reports, project drafts, copy machine mistakes and unwanted mail.  Regulating the flow of paper...
Posted on September 26, 2013 By Steven Burns
As AEC firms navigate toward an uncertain future, the most effective leaders are those who eagerly adapt to change, writes James Cramer, President of the Design Futures Council, in DesignIntelligence. “Leaders in successful professional practices are optimistic in the face of change,” he writes. “...
Posted on September 23, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   What’s the best way to reward those employees who go the extra mile, particularly when it’s not always feasible to give large financial bonuses?  According to author and “...
Posted on September 16, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   The idea-generating process known as brainstorming has come under some intense fire recently. Critics contend that it suspends much-needed criticism and conflict while suppressing the...
Posted on September 04, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   U.S. businesses spend more than $170 billion annually on leadership-based curriculum, according to the American Society of Training and Development. Is all that training producing...
Posted on August 28, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Measuring client satisfaction during the long journey of designing and constructing a building can be a challenge for most AEC firms.  Although firms commonly use client satisfaction...
Posted on August 19, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Anyone whose desk resembles a war zone can proudly cite a new scientific study that suggests a messy workspace may actually help people think more creatively and stimulate new ideas....
Posted on August 08, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   What’s an idea really worth? That’s the question posed by The New York Times in a provocative article that explores whether the notion of billing time – the standard income-generating...
Posted on July 30, 2013 By Steven Burns
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   As the designers of collaborative work environments, architects and engineers understand how open, transparent spaces can cultivate the casual interaction and knowledge sharing that...