I was reading THIS POST recently by Jim Connolly on why ‘Offering free consultations can be an expensive mistake’ and I urge all architects (and any professional for that matter) to implement the advice immediately. The good news is that this has been the policy I adopted over a year ago and have never looked back.
In addition to the post by Jim I’ll add the following:
• By charging for every consultation you show that you value your time and in turn people will value what you do and your time better.
• There’s no such thing as a simple ‘chat’ about the project. If you want a chat, you can buy me a pint down the pub but these chats are work and work should be paid for. No matter what anyone says, every single ‘simple chat’ has involved professional advice that has taken years of training and experience – why give this away for free.
• There are lot of ‘tire-kickers’ out there. By charging for consultations you sort the wheat from the chafe.
I would be more than happy for every architect in Ireland (the world!) to adopt this method, let’s value our time and create a level playing field for all design professionals.