Things they don’t teach at Architects School~Feast or Famine & cashflow is king

A bit of a continuation of the post on ‘Architect as Roller-Coaster Driver’ and the series on stuff they don’t teach at architecture school is that a. as a small business you go through periods of feast or famine; that is when all you seem to be doing is sending out invoices (which hopefully get paid) and the next minute either doing a stack of work before getting paid or praying for some work to come in.

Which brings us neatly to the second bit of the post heading: “Cashflow is king”. A well known phrase but what it means is that the cashflow in your business needs to be such that you can even out the feasts or famines.

Now there are three things that affect cashflow and can cripple your fledgling business:

1. Office accommodation

Renting an office is a big expense and for me it’s one that doesn’t make sense. I don’t really want people coming of the street and as a sole-trader I can work just as well from my purpose-built studio at my house.

2. Staff

Staff wages make a big dent in your cashflow and there’s a careful financial equation that needs to be made on net income vs staff expenses.

3. Marketing

If there’s one thing guaranteed to make your money disappear fast is spending money trying to chase it with ill informed and badly put together, inappropriately timed leaflets, brochures and marketing stuff. Sometimes in business it’s best just to sit tight, batten down the hatches and just get smart with how you’re going to spend your hard earned £,$ or €.

There you go, a little bit of business advice from someone who’s been around the block a few times, had bigger offices and is now working ‘smart’. Comments as always welcome…

3 thoughts on “Things they don’t teach at Architects School~Feast or Famine & cashflow is king

  1. Hi Mark. Long time no speak. Its funny how these feasts and famines seem to return cyclically and cause us all to rationalise our activities and curtail those things that an absence of legal tender or credit limit.

    Its really quite amazing when we examine the physical reality and compare it to the commercial construct and the pyramid of control.

    I’d rather pursue right livelihood these days and have resigned from any previously assumed obligations to banks and the instruments of government. The present crisis is by design and enables entirely synthetic shortages of all our requisite needs to be imposed and all of it, all of it is based upon fictional theories designed and imposed through a deceitful system.

    I’ve been looking at architecture and some of the more innovative techniques now coming from the mother of all invention. Trading for us has now much more to do with resources and negating the notion of being dictated to through a tyrannical and genocidal system of corporatism and international banking.

    Keep well, it would be good to hear from you

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