If you read yesterday’s post, you discovered I am a solo practitioner architect and happy to do so right now.
There are good and bad things to every choice you make; I’ve discovered there is no greener grass, just different grass. In fact Jojo thought the grass was greener in California…oh wait, you’re saying that wasn’t what that song was about? I don’t understand.
Anyway, I think it’s important for anyone considering hanging out their own shingle to think hard before you make this choice. It’s right for me but it’s not right for everyone. The income can fluctuate greatly and there might be times when there is little or no income. Of course there are opportunities to do very well. Here are a few thoughts to balance the discussion with yesterday’s perks.
10. There is no one to get instant feedback, no office crits, no studio pin-up
9. There is no one who brings in food to share
7. I have to talk to myself (hmm…would do that anyway)
6. Complete creative control comes at a risk of being stale, myopic or worse obtuse
5. No sharing of liability, I get all of the blame
4. Which leads to…no one else to blame “that smell” on
3. The skill set and knowledge base is limited to mine alone and the speed at which I can increase it
2. Doing all of the tedious tasks…alone
And the number one challenge of working solo….
1. The phone is always for me
There are solutions to all of these challenges (except for #4). What are your challenges? What did you discover once you went on your own? I’d love to have a long list for another post.
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