Monday, January 24, I am scheduled to be a guest on Michael Libbie's "Insight on Business" webcast. We will be talking about preservation, renovation, and urban issues in relation to running a solo design business.
One of the most challenging parts of running a business as a sole practitioner is managing workflow: if there's work to be done, I have to do it. This sometimes means late nights, but it also means that when I'm not working on someone's project, I'm not getting paid!
On occasion, I have subcontracted portions of a project to tap someone's expertise in a specific area, or during times of heavy workload. I don't like doing that because it directly impacts the bottom line. However, it is critically important that client expectations be managed. If I have a design deadline, I do my darndest to meet it, even if that means getting extra help or working late.