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026: How to Calculate your Fees with Simon Berry of Fresh Projects

This week I spent some time in conversation with our collaborator for the upcoming BOA UK Live Event, Simon Berry, CEO of Fresh Projects of a software company specialising in practice management software for architects and engineers. In this interview Simon discusses how he  made the journey from engineer to an entrepreneur with a mission to transform the way architects and engineers do business to empower the industry to run profitable businesses. Like many us in the construction world, Simon at first became disillusioned working as an engineer as the long hours and low pay began to take its toll. Simon began to look towards the finance industry as perhaps an alternative career path and undertook an MBA at Cambridge University. Fortunately some encounters with bankers and brokers led Simon to see that perhaps the grass wasn't greener, as so many of his peers in these industry were unfulfilled in their work. Simon recognised that one of his greatest assets like many architects and engineers, was his passion for his work. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit and business skillset Simon created Fresh Projects to eliminate many of business struggles that he had witnessed so many architectural and engineering practices face and to empower them to run better businesses, winning better work and delivering more impactful and fulfilling design through carefully crafted software systems.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The mistakes many architects make when calculating their fees
  • The key metrics for a profitable business
  • Tools for calculating your fees




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Rion Willard

Rion Willard is the Host and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, an interview podcast where prominent guests share tips and strategies for success in architecture. He’s the founder of the The Thinking Hand Studio Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.