Behind all great architecture and engineering work there needs to be an efficient, effective business operation in place. In his Business Behind Design blog, Steven Burns, FAIA, Chief Creative Officer for BQE Software—the company behind Core—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-tos, plus advice for maximizing meetings, business software, recruitment and retention, and strategic planning. For more on BQE Software, visit: www.bqe.com.

AEC Tech | Steven Burns Jun 15, 2018

4 project management mistakes to avoid at all costs

Helpful tips for managing projects more effectively

Building Team | Steven Burns May 8, 2018

5 tips to improve employee utilization (and morale)

Ways to increase productivity and revenue, while providing a supportive workplace environment

AEC Tech | Steven Burns Apr 3, 2018

4 reasons to take a closer look at your project metrics

We've all heard that data is important, but what role does it really play in your business?

Building Team | Steven Burns Mar 28, 2018

6 strategies to keep your project on budget

Here are six strategies to keep your projects on or even under budget.

| Steven Burns Mar 2, 2018

The technology you need for stress-free profitability

It bears repeating that project accounting—the practice of accounting on a project-by-project basis…
| Steven Burns Feb 1, 2018

If you want to improve profits, look to the numbers

Simple changes to your daily habits can help increase efficiency and profits.

| Steven Burns Jan 3, 2018

4 networking strategies to grow your business

Follow these networking strategies to grow your architectural business with the work that you want.

| Steven Burns Dec 28, 2017

Why every AEC firm needs project accounting

While standard financial accounting is essential for the health of your business, project accounting helps drive the success of individual projects.

Building Team | Steven Burns Dec 12, 2017

3 tips to address the top causes of budget overruns

The most cited issues are communication breakdowns, inadequate fees for the work provided, and unrealistic deadlines or schedules.

| Steven Burns Nov 30, 2017

4 invoicing tips that'll actually make your clients smile

There are techniques you can use with your invoices that both highlight your firm’s value and make the process more convenient for clients.


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