Archly

Founders: Jonathan Reinhardt
 
Number of Staff: 3
 
Start Date: 2020-04-01
 
Tell us what your business does?
At Archly, we enable homeowners to meet with Architects in online consultations. Homeowners complete a project form on our homepage, based on their needs we recommend Architects & Home Designers. They can then book & pay for an online meeting to receive guidance & advice to make their home design project a greater success.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
Having designed homes & buildings since 2005 for homeowner clients, Jonathan noticed a problem with the design quality when an Architect was not used on a home renovation project. The route of this problem is the lack of affordable and standardised access to architects, for example, if a client with €20k is renovating their kitchen there is not much budget to pay for an architect’s typical service. With Archly we enable homeowners to book and pay for a 1hr consult to receive feedback & guidance on their submitted project needs (reviewed by the architect prior to the online meeting taking place).
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes 
What planning did you do before you started up?
Surveyed and interviewed Architects & Homeowners to establish the need and problem in better detail. Watched & read other startup stories.
Which entrepreneurs do you admire?
Des Traynor
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
None of our founders is technical, we ourselves used WordPress and plugins to create archly.ie MVP as a working marketplace to onboard architects, automate booking between client & designer.
How have you promoted your business?
Paid online ad’s, sharing blog content and an article in The Irish Times.
Where do you see the business in 3 years’ time?
Global import/export of architecture between countries through archly.ie online consultations. Our core value is to ‘Democratise Architecture’ by making expertise easy to access & affordable.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Define one core goal, value or aim that will never change .i.e your north star. Obsess over your idea, be prepared to take no’s & criticism every day, be prepared to change, be resilient, never give up* (within reason), no idea is a bad idea, learn from your mistakes, expect things to take a lot longer. Follow Y-combinator, they are the number one startup experts in the world.

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