Financial Expectations With A Partner: Rios Design Studio

Introduction: Setting the Scene

Welcome back to another amazing post on Small Business Celebration! Today we’re talking about financial expectations and the world of landscape architecture. Megan Rios of Rios Design Studio opened up on what it looks like to run a successful business alongside her husband and work with other architects.

Exploring the Landscape: Inside Rios Design Studio

As Megan dives into the nitty-gritty, she breaks down the difference between a gardener and a landscape architect. It’s not just about tending to what’s already there; it’s about dreaming up and designing the perfect landscape from scratch. This it’s way more than pretty plants and flowers – there’s a whole lot of planning, CAD drawings, and collaboration involved.

Planting Seeds of Resilience: The Birth of Rios Design Studio

Rios Design Studio wasn’t built overnight. Megan takes us back to the not-so-glamorous days of the “Great Recession” of 2008 when she and her husband found themselves at a crossroads. With job losses looming, they decided to take fate into their own hands and start their own firm. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

Megan Rios and Jaime Rios, owners of Rios Design Studio in Bakersfield, CA. They own a landscape architecture business.
Megan and Jaime Rios, owners of Rios Design Studio in Bakersfield, CA.

Harmonizing Partnerships: The Dance with Ordiz Melby

Now, let’s talk about partnerships. Megan talks with us about her partnership with Ordiz Melby Architects, and it’s nothing short of inspiring. They’re like the yin to her yang, working together seamlessly to bring architectural dreams to life. In order to get a job done they have to be like a symphony orchestra hitting all the right notes.

Navigating the Finances: Managing Financial Expectations

But it’s not all smooth sailing in the world of landscape architecture. Megan opens up about the challenges of managing financial expectations. Her and her husband co-own the business and it can be hard to be both business and life partners. She shares that in order to move forward, there needs to be an emphasis on finding your worth, communication with your business partner and clients, and knowing when to stick to your guns.

Conquering Stage Fright: Embracing Public Speaking

When the words “landscape architect” come up, public speaking is not one’s first thought. However, even Megan admits she’s learned to embrace it as a necessary part of the job. Everyone needs to be able to speak clearly, especially business owners. Her best tips are to know your stuff, get involved in the community, and show up as your authentic self.

Final Thoughts: Words of Wisdom from Megan

As we wrap up our chat, Megan leaves us with some golden nuggets of wisdom for struggling business owners: focus on what you do best, embrace your strengths, and never underestimate the power of a strong cup of coffee!

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