What do you get for Christmas gifts for the architect who has it all? Luckily, we’ve put together a guide of 25 fantastic gift ideas for the architect in your life:
Nelson Mandela’s life was surrounded in controversy, and he has his share of critics, but no one can deny that he played a vital role in improving race relations in South Africa. For this reason he’s often called the “Father of the People”. So what can this remarkable man teach us about running a creative agency? Here are some of Mandela’s most inspiring quotes, with some thoughts on how they apply to agency life:
Today’s tip of the week comes from Gary Mawdsley, Managing Director at Hut8 Media Limited in Kirkby Lonsdale, UK – a leading supplier of mobile workflow solutions for businesses requiring site inspections and surveys.
Hut8 have clients who actively try to engage their teams to work together by collective review and appraisal of lead and job progress. They wanted a large visible reminder of issues at the heart of their call centre. Sticks, carrots and peer-pressure were all ingredients.
As an architect, you’re writing invoices all the time, for huge amounts of money. You’ve probably had enough late-paying clients or miscalculated fees to understand how important it is to stay on top of invoicing and make sure you haven’t missed off a zero or moved a decimal point in the total.
Does your invoicing system need an overhaul? Could you be doing something better to help steer clients toward paying on time? Anything that gets money in your pocket faster is definitely a good thing, so let’s take a look at 7 tips for streamlining your invoicing process:
It’s impossible to go through a single day without encountering architecture. The built environment is entwined with every facet of our lives – from our work to our homes to our hobbies and social lives.
Architecture inspires people to think, so it’s no wonder that so many famous writers, artists, politicians and designers have such profound and fascinating observations about architecture. Whether you embrace minimalism or adore flamboyance, everyone has experiences and tastes that shape the way they interact with the built world.
If you’re involved in architecture or design, I hope these 101 quotes will delight, encourage, enrage and inspire.
Have you ever added time sheets against the wrong job? How annoying is that?
Today’s Tip of the Week will teach you how to solve this problem. Luckily, our in-built wizard makes reassigning timesheets to the correct job super easy.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could sit down in a room with 15 seasoned agency leaders and pick their brains about what has and hasn’t worked in their shops. Wouldn’t that be the most amazing tool to grow your agency?
Well, we can’t get 15 busy people into a room together, but we can do the next best thing. We asked 15 top agency leaders for their advice and insight into the business: what are the biggest lessons they’ve learned over their decades in the industry? What did they wish they’d known when they were starting out? Their answers – and the lessons you can learn from them – might surprise you:
Could the reason you find invoicing so frustrating be that your current system isn’t working? With a cloud-based electronic invoicing system – like that offered as part of the WorkflowMax job management system – most of the work is done for you, from generating the invoice to filling in the info, adding up the total, and sending it out to the right person.
Leaving your comfortable bed and dragging yourself into rush-hour traffic to the office can be a real drag, even if you love the work you do. But what if your office featured beautiful natural surroundings, a three-storey slide, a running track, skate park, or a DJ booth?
There’s so much more to an office than just desks and a coffee machine. An office is a space for people to come together and share ideas, to socialise and to learn from each other. These 20 companies have got the right idea, and have sought to create unique and beautiful office spaces that encourage and facilitate employee collaboration, enjoyment, and empowerment. Which of these 20 beautiful office spaces would you like for yourself?
Here’s the scenario: I have just set up my recurring monthly jobs to capture an ongoing fee that I’m charging my client, along with setting up my recurring invoice and linking this back to my recurring job in WorkflowMax – this has cut down on my administration time, so I’m very happy.
Now I want to work out what my average hourly rate (AHR) on these jobs is and track this over the year/period of time.