40 One-Sentence Tips For Winning New Projects As An Architect

They didn’t teach marketing in design school and you have no interest in becoming a marketer. 

I get it. I really do. 

As a creative solopreneur I didn’t have the luxury of hiring a freelance marketing or a marketing agency for that matter. 

So I taught myself. You might be in the same position as I was or you might be more inclined to do it yourself. 

Wherever you’re at, there are a couple of things I know for a fact. 

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At the end of the day, you’re a business owner first and a designer second.

Unless you are intentional about marketing your services as an Architect, your business will fail. 

Or worse, you’ll struggle to win projects you love.  

You’ll take on projects you hate just to keep the lights on.

You’ll you end up miserable and wondering where you went wrong.

I’ve been here. It’s not a fun place to be. 

To save you the hassle of having to figure it out on your own, I created this list of 50 actionable tips that will help you get closer to winning more of your dream projects

1. Build a strong network by attending industry events and conferences.

2. Develop a clear and concise elevator pitch for your services.

3. Utilize social media to showcase your work and engage with potential clients.

4. Emphasize your unique value proposition in all your marketing materials.

5. Create case studies that demonstrate your design process and results.

6. Leverage your past experience and success to build trust with potential clients.

7. Collaborate with other professionals in the industry to expand your reach.

8. Stay up-to-date with the latest design trends and technology.

9. Offer a range of services to accommodate various project needs and budgets.

10. Use testimonials and referrals from satisfied clients to bolster your reputation.

11. Develop a strong online presence through a well-designed website and active social media channels.

13 Identify and target specific niches or industries that align with your expertise.

14. Be flexible and adaptable to changes in project scope or timeline.

15. Utilize online project management tools to streamline your workflow and increase efficiency.

16. Invest in high-quality photography and videography to showcase your work.

17. Foster positive relationships with contractors, suppliers, and other project stakeholders.

18. Collaborate with local businesses and organizations to build your brand within the community.

19. Keep detailed records of all project-related expenses to accurately estimate future costs.

20. Develop a clear process for communicating with clients and addressing their concerns.

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21. Offer competitive pricing and demonstrate value through the quality of your work.

22. Continuously seek out new opportunities through proactive prospecting and lead generation.

23. Develop a strong understanding of local building codes and regulations.

24. Leverage your expertise to provide added value beyond the core design services.

25. Establish a clear project timeline and budget upfront to avoid any surprises.

26. Seek out and attend community meetings and public events to network with potential clients and stakeholders.

27. Invest in professional development and continuing education to stay current on industry best practices.

28. Offer flexible payment options to accommodate client needs.

29. Use clear and concise language in all communications to avoid confusion or misunderstandings.

30. Be transparent about your process, costs, and timeline to build trust with clients.

31. Provide excellent customer service throughout the project lifecycle.

32. Create high-quality proposals that clearly outline project scope and deliverables.

33. Develop a portfolio of your best work to showcase your expertise and style.

34. Attend industry trade shows to network with potential clients and stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

35. Stay on top of industry news and current events to identify potential project opportunities.

36. Build your brand through thought leadership by sharing insights and expertise through blog posts and social media.

37. Emphasize your experience with sustainable design and LEED certification to attract environmentally conscious clients.

38. Develop a strong project management system to keep track of deadlines and milestones.

39. Foster positive relationships with local government officials and decision-makers.

40. Embrace new technology and software tools to increase efficiency and accuracy in your work.

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list. If you have any tips, tricks, or strategies that help you win work as an architect I encourage you to post them in the comments below. 

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