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Become self-employed as an architect

The construction industry has experienced a boom in recent years. After all, according to the Federal Statistical Office, sales in the main construction trade rose by 4.9% in 2020 compared to the previous year. For the industry, it was the eighth year in a row with rising sales (external link).

In addition, a lack of alternative investment opportunities and low interest rates are causing more and more people to invest in “concrete gold”. These circumstances promise a good order situation for architects in the next few years. An architectural office is a dream for many architects. But what aspects have to be considered if you want to become self-employed as an architect and set up your own office? We have summarized the most important points in the following article.

Observe technical requirements

If you want to be self-employed as an architect, you have to meet a number of requirements . These include a degree in architecture and sufficient professional experience. In addition, compulsory further training of the professional code must be completed.

Since architects are classified as freelancers, registration with the tax office is required. Only then can invoices be issued. They are also obliged to be entered in the list of members of their Chamber of Architects.

In addition to a degree, two years of professional experience as an architect are a prerequisite for membership . Without a university degree, seven years of professional experience may be sufficient. It should be noted that only chamber members receive a so-called building submission authorization and are therefore allowed to submit building applications to the authorities.

Question personal requirements before starting a business

If you want to be self-employed as an architect, you should have certain skills . This includes a good spatial imagination in order to be able to present ideas spatially. It also makes sense to be fit in math and physics, since architects have to carry out a lot of calculations on statics, etc.

Architects should also have enough creativity . Because as an architect, it is an advantage not only to rely on standard solutions, but also to take into account the different needs of the individual client in the form of adequate floor plans, for example when designing a single-family house or a company building.

Which legal form is suitable for starting a business as an architect

Anyone who wants to set up their own architecture office should think carefully about which legal form is the right one for founding a company . A thorough examination can be worthwhile, as the choice of legal form also determines the capital requirements and ultimately the success of the company foundation.

In addition to financing issues, liability issues and the decision as to whether the business start -up is to be carried out alone or with several others also play an important role in the choice of legal form. The following types of company
are particularly suitable for founding an architect’s office :

  • one-man business
  • Partner company (PartG)
  • GmbH
  • UG

Depending on the type of company, self-employed architects then have to have their business start-up entered in the commercial register. The entry in the commercial register becomes mandatory if a business founder wants to set up a company in commercial law. These include in particular the legal forms UG and GmbH.

Check financing before setting up an architectural office

Anyone who has to start their own business with an architect’s office should clarify questions on the subject of ” financing the business start- up” as early as possible. After all, there are costs associated with setting up a business. Founders can expect the following expenses for an architectural office:

  • Formation costs (depending on the legal form)
  • Fees for the Chamber of Architects
  • insurances
  • Rent for the office
  • ongoing operating costs
  • office equipment<
  • marketing

When opening an architect’s office, it makes sense if the founders have sufficient start -up capital . But this is not always the case. Founders are often dependent on outside capital .

Create a business plan and become self-employed as an architect

If you want to acquire this, you should create a professional financial plan. This is the heart of a business plan, which is a crucial tool for every founder when starting their own business. After all, this shows the founder in which direction the company is going – comparable to a compass.

The business plan is also an important document when applying for funding such as the entry fee and the start -up grant .

It is important that the business plan contains all the important points . This includes, for example, thoughts about competitors and the target group. A suitable location for the architectural office must also be found.

In addition, all possible costs should be listed in a financial plan . These include, for example:

  • formation costs
  • marketing
  • insurances
  • Steer
  • operating cost
  • Equipment (e.g. laptop and mobile phone)

Tackle the creation of a business plan together with experts

In particular, the creation of a financial plan is often a challenge for start-ups. Therefore, it makes sense to seek support in the context of business start -up advice. Such advice can even be subsidized by the state. With our free funding check , you can find out which funding or funding is suitable for you personally.