Share Success, Be Successful

Custom builders and architects are like everyone else. You face problems every day. You also find solutions. Finding solutions, however, can be its own problem. 

Sometimes we can solve problems on our own. Other times we need help. It might take a few phone calls or e-mails to colleagues and coworkers to find an answer. Thankfully, the value of finding the proper solution outweighs the effort of finding it.

Wouldn’t it be great to have access to people who face the same challenges you face, or to share your problems and get solutions in return?

It turns out the National Association of Home Builders runs a program called the 20 Clubs, whose purpose is to facilitate peer networking. The 20 Clubs are comprised of similar-type builders from noncompeting markets who meet several times a year.

These builders share their wisdom and learn from each other ways to improve operations and increase bottom lines. Members even share and compare financial information, look for trouble spots, and offer each other advice on how to increase their profit ratios and improve their performance.

Join one of these groups and expose you and your business to a wealth of knowledge and support. Join and you’ll soon wonder how you survived without it. 

Don’t want to join one of these peer groups? Then form your own. All it takes is a place to meet and at least one other person to meet with. Meet with a fellow builder or architect over coffee or dinner and share your successes, failures, challenges and best practices. Make it a monthly, quarterly or yearly event. Meet whenever you want to; just meet. Networking is a powerful tool with rewards that are worth the effort. 

Another peer group of sorts whose goal is to share success is the 2005 Leading Residential Design/Build Firms. Each year, this magazine profiles a group of design/build firms that have achieved success. Members benefit from being held in the spotlight as examples of success to emulate. Readers benefit from gaining insight into the innerworkings of successful peers.

Apply to become one of the 2005 Leading Residential Design/Build Firms by completing the application on page 57 of this magazine, or download an application at It’s FREE. We’d love to recognize you as the leader you are.

P.S. Keep your eyes open for the new look and name of Design/Build Business magazine. Coming May 2005 to a mailbox near you.