Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure you hire someone who is up to date with not only the latest but also the most efficient technological tools, methods and software. As odd as it may sound coming from a CADD expert, there are times when simple, old-fashion technology works best.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a requirement before asking anybody to even bid to provide services. But also make sure you test for proficiency with timeless skills such as a good sense of design, and even better, a concern to provide high quality solutions.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What is your plan to tackle my problem or wish?
What is roughly the total overall cost projected?
Why you and not somebody else?
How do you use cloud technology to deliver your services?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It depends on the type of client. However, no matter what your current wish, problem or question is, it *generally* helps to formulate three things:
1. Scope of services
In particular, formulate your wishes, problems or questions in writing. It helps not only to clarify your thoughts, but it also makes it easy for you to communicate your goals to others.
It is OK not to have a specific budget and schedule in mind. Indeed, you might need an expert like me to help you formulate all three. But as a minimum, write a clear description of what you want the outcome(s) to be.
It really helps to have sample pictures, sketches, drawings, renderings, videos and other similar material that shows the general nature, size and complexity of your project. This applies whether you're an end user / property manager or owner designing a custom home or building OR you're an architect / engineer / contractor wanting to be taught how to use CAD and BIM effectively.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The combination of art and technology makes for a fascinating field to "work" in. I love the work that I do because the rules are always changing. When performed properly, the work I do makes a great positive impact in my client's lives, whether at work or at home. By helping them design the best environment or processes, a supportive infrastructure to make life easier is put in place.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Whatever field you pick, make sure you put your entire heart and soul into it. Don't focus on financial remuneration only. Start by picking fields that you would be willing to work in for "free." That will prove essential during any tough, challenging periods.
Take a careful assessment of how your natural talents and abilities fit the skill sets required in the field you're after. Willingness and ability, without each other, aren't enough.