When we started our firm, Bonin Architects & Associates, almost nine years ago now, Jeremy and I knew that our hours and days would be sometimes crazy. We worked out of a bright, sunny office attached to our home at the time. We were in no way prepared to predict how many hours we'd need to invest into our firm in the first few years to bring it to the level of achievements and realization of goals which we are now enjoying.
|Our first office attached to our home with me, pretending to work while Jeremy took my pic.|
The reason we've reached a level of success is due to not only our invested hours, it is also due the amazing design team we've added over the years. Nine years later, with two offices in New London and Meredith, NH, and seven people (soon to be eight), we are a successful, respected, award-winning full service architectural design and landscape design firm. That feels great, and without the dedication of our employees working with us on projects we all care about, we would not be able to achieve these goals. We are thankful and grateful for our wonderful clients and our talented design team.
Today is Saturday. Jeremy and I are working. We actually work most weekends in some capacity. We do not ask or expect our employees to work on weekends, unless there is a meeting that we need to schedule due to our clients' travel schedules, which happens mostly during the summertime. We are working in our New London office, catching up on some emails, discussing a design for a new project, writing a proposal for a potential client, reviewing project timeline projections, discussing resumes for another position we are creating, and just some miscellaneous things like watering the plants, getting rid of some desk clutter, hanging a bird feeder outside of my window, this list goes on and on.
|My paperweight frog. Jeremy bought this for me years ago at a trade show. I love it.|
As much as I like the active, busy office environment during the week, working on weekends is pretty nice too. The phones do not ring as much, vendors don't pop in trying to promote their products to the nth degree, and Jeremy and I are able to freely discuss some of the more confidential business decisions. It is kind of a nice balance, and by Monday, we're always ready to enjoy the office environment again when everyone returns.