Growing Your CAD Career into a Successful Small Business

By DonShook

According to PRNewswire, the CAD market grew more than 3.4% by 2021. Freelance CADs should not do all the design work because of this high demand. This guide will help you start your own CAD company and reap the financial and professional rewards.

Tools and equipment

You can be confident that you have the necessary CAD training and qualifications. You will need the right equipment and tools to launch your business. Laptops and desktop computers with minimum speeds of 3 GHz or higher are required. For the staff that you intend to hire, large high-resolution screens, graphic cards, printers and other equipment are essential. Hardware and software that can produce 2D and 3-D designs is essential to help your CAD business grow.

Locate a business location

Renting an office space is better than buying, especially if your CAD business is just starting to take off. PriceItHere estimates that commercial properties can be rented for between $8 and $23. Austin Tenant Advisors says that most businesses choose to rent 150- 175 square feet for each employee. However, this is not a set rule. Your business premises must be large enough to allow you and your employees to work comfortably and store all of your CAD equipment. A small meeting space may be a good idea to hold client meetings.

Hiring employees

You are now the boss of your CAD business. It’s time to step back from all the design work. You now have to grow and develop your business while your employees do the modeling and drawing. Start small, with only one or two employees. It is possible that you have met other freelance fusion while working as a freelancer. Reach out to them to see if you are interested in having them join your company.

Network lots

Networking is an important part of professional success. 80% of professionals agree. Therefore, you should attend all possible events. If you really want to reach clients in the engineering and architecture fields, get tickets to events that are geared towards these professions. Give out business cards with your website details to potential clients. Your website should have a portfolio that is easily accessible for others to view.