Lee Calisti had a great post on his blog think | architect about the positives of being a sole practitioner. You can read his post here- 10 good things about working solo. He asked for others thoughts on the matter and I
needed a post topic accepted. There’ll also be a follow up to the ‘negatives’- come on, you saw that coming.
Like Lee, I’m a sole practitioner. It wasn’t by any great desire I had, it came out of survival instincts. The economy was bad and my daughter likes to eat and have clothes. So a few fees here and a couple of forms there and BOOM! Legal entity to practice architecture. I was off and running to secure my own work. ** cue wavy dreamy sequence*** Ah, that was 2009… seems like yesterday… but I digest. I know, I know sounds awesome… well for the most part, it is! So what are my top +10 for being a sole practitioner, here you go:
+1. I get to resolve all the ‘bad’ issues that arise- it’s the best learning experience.
+2. No random principal comes to me at the 11th hour saying “I’m not sure I agree; let’s give this scheme a try.”
+3. I can refuse projects that aren’t a good fit.
+4. I rise and fall… I get credit for both!
+5. I get full authority on creativity… as well as veto power!
+6. I can
sleep go for a run or mow the lawn whenever I have to clear my head.
+7. When I take pens and trace from the office, no one knows but me… shh.
+8. All my days-off for vacation requests are approved.
+9. I’m in control (however loosely) of where my practice goes… such as my design value menu concept.
And the final, and best reason I enjoy being ‘da man’…
+10. It allows me to be more actively present in my daughter’s life, attend her swim meets, dance recitals, volunteer at school, etc.
Are you a sole practitioner, if so, what are your reasons?
** One thing I didn’t mention is that my boss is sometimes a bit over demanding about ‘billable time,’ he just doesn’t get this whole blog thing. And remember kids, much like a battery, in order for things to run well you need both a positive and a negative.