Successful Business Plans for Architects

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9780070456549: Successful Business Plans for Architects

This is a source book of planning and strategy designed specifically for architects. Written by practising architect and an attorney, it covers all the elements of the business plan, the architectural business environment, financial planning and implementation, and marketing strategy. It should be a valuable tool for architects managing a firm's long-term growth in today's tough construction market. Topics covered include: how to choose the form of business that will best suit a firm's needs; how to plan for - and avoid - legal problems; assessing risk and insurance needs; negotiating successful contracts; retirement planning; ownership transition - selling, merging, and acquiring; the importance of CAD and computers to stay competitive. To add to its usefulness, the book follows a fictitious office as it develops a business plan, with step-by-step procedures and worksheets that can be easily adapted to any company's needs.

Note from Author: Although this book is out of print, the information about business planning is very valuable to an architect looking to increase revenue and become more competitive.

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The definitive guide to creating a winning business foundation.
 
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
 
Part 1 Business Planning
Chapter 1. Architectural Business Environment
Chapter 2. Business Plans Explained
Chapter 3. Business Plans
Chapter 4. Strategy and Marketing
Chapter 5. Financial Planning and Implementation
Chapter 6. Management Perspectives
 
Part 2 Business Planning Strategies
Chapter 7. Selecting the Form of Doing Business
Chapter 8. Planning: Legal Strategies
Chapter 9. Planning for Risk
Chapter 10. Negotiating for Professional Services Agreements
Chapter 11. Planning for Fringe Benefits
Chapter 12. Planning for Ownership Transition
 
Appendix: Making Your own Business Plan
References
Bibliography

About the Author:

The Author, RONALD A. MCKENZIE, NCARB is a licensed architect in California and is president of COMPASS Consultants Corporation, a national strategic planning company for the construction industry helping architects, design/builders, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and engineers develop a positioning advantage through his Business Growth Consulting. Ron has spoken at seminars and conventions about the benefits of developing a competitive advantage through business planning. He is an experienced peer group facilitator, and has worked with Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Builders Association of Greater Chicago, as well as other associations. He is co-owner of the only Business Development magazine in the industry - BD4AEC.ORG. For more information go to compassconsultantscorp.com

Co-author, BRUCE SCHOUMACHER is a partner with the law firm of Querrey and Harrow, Ltd., Chicago, and is the author of Engineers and the Law: An Overview

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