How Self-Employed Architects Manage

In the Age of the Entrepreneur, Holidays are More Important Than Ever

Research suggests that a quarter of the self-employed never take a holiday. But to stay fresh and motivated, some time out is vital.

In every sector, more people are going it alone as self-employed freelancers and small business owners than ever before. This is particularly the case for architects, where a growing proportion are working for themselves.

There are manifold advantages to being your own boss, and survey companies like Sova Surveys work with as many freelancers and so-called ‘one-man-bands’ as they do with large companies. Many such solo architects can not afford the highly specialist equipment and skills of larger surveying firms, let alone pass on such costs to their clients.

We recognise this gap in cost vs quality and can, therefore, offer the same services and products as the bigger players, but at a much more affordable rate. But from the perspective of the entrepreneur, there are also still some downsides. One is the old axiom that when you work for yourself if you’re not working you’re not earning. No paid holiday here!

But it’s not just a matter of money.

When you have spent weeks, months, and years building up an enterprise, you can’t help feeling a sense of irresponsibility in stepping away from it for two weeks. Many feel worried that all their hard work will be destroyed and there will be nothing to come back to. Like everything in life (and in business) there are ups and downs. Good times and bad times.

So just enjoy the good times when they are manifested, and push through the bad times knowing that things will soon get good again.

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