Problem: Architectural and interior design firms have on-going needs for people who can provide reliable working plans for their projects, but the ancillary costs of vacation time, health care, liability insurance and other overhead costs often make the hiring of full-time employees cost-prohibitive.

Challenge: To find a way to get project plans drawn up in a timely and cost-effective way. 

Solution: To provide plan and document services to architectural and interior design firms as an independent contractor, which eliminates the costs associated with hiring full-time employees. 

How SCORE Helped: 

In the days after separating from his employer, Christian spoke with a counselor at a Dislocated Workers Program in St. Paul. Through this contact, Christian became even more convinced that he had made the right decision…the one that best suited his background and goals in life. During those discussions, his counselor mentioned SCORE. Christian did some investigating and learned about the seminars that St. Paul SCORE provides to people who want to start a business. He enrolled. After attending several of the seminars, he decided that individual mentoring would be to his benefit so he filled out the application for free mentoring. Wally Freier, a volunteer in the St. Paul Chapter, was assigned as his mentor. 

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My Successes: 

Projects: Christian’s current workload is primarily with senior development communities, specializing in the design of common areas, kitchens and dining facilities. 

The Future:  Mr. Bauerecker’s longer-range goals include expanding his services to a wider variety of architectural and interior design firms. At some point in the near future, Christian hopes to use his past experience to move into actual construction management of the projects on which he has worked. With his growing business, he feels that he will soon need to take on a contract vendor or a full-time employee.

What's Great About My Mentor?: 

“Wally Freier is a valued mentor because of his in-depth knowledge in marketing and sales.” - Christian Bauerecker, Owner.

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