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Posted by  Jon on May 16, 2003 at 00:26:39:

In Reply to:  IS IT POSSIBLE TO START A FIRM WHEN I AM ONLY 14? posted by Justin Hui on May 12, 2003 at 17:13:16:

Bah humbug! Of course you can start a business, although you probably will need your parents to co-sign for any loans involved. And you can probably design homes in your state without an architectural license.

But consider your lack of experience with regard to structural matters. The Code of Hammurabi ruled that if the house fell down, the architect was to be put to death. So do consider having your designs checked by a professional builder, architect or engineer.

Also consider your relatively brief experience in life. You may be talented and brilliant, but you've only been around the sun 14 times. There's a lot to Life - buildings can either help or hinder, and you may not have accumulated enough depth to know. You can learn from your mistakes, but it is much better for them to be paper projects only, rather than built and paid for by unhappy clients.

Rather than go into business, with all its attending worries about money, liability and reputation, consider entering some of the many design competitions open to students. You might win some prize money or travel, and build a reputation and portfolio for your future career. Consider collaborating with other students for the rough and tumble of proposing and defending your design ideas.

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