Holiday Gift Guide: Clients

Holiday Gift Guide: Clients

With the holidays around the corner, I've rounded up the best gifts to give your interior design clients.  Your marketing plan should include regular contact with clients - current and past.  This could include a yearly holiday card or a card on their birthday or anniversary at minimum.  It is also nice to send cards to vendors you work closely with or who had great customer service this year.  

If you'd like to go beyond a card, here are some ideas:

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Finding the Cheapest Price Isn't Your Job

Finding the Cheapest Price Isn't Your Job

As an interior designer or decorator, you may feel like you don't receive the respect that the profession deserves.  There are certainly people that think that all we do is fluff pillows and spend other people's money.  

But interior design is more complex than most people know.  We must navigate the tricky waters of family, home, marriages, and multiple personalities.  We have knowledge of a wide-range of skills and specialties.  While a tile-layer or window-covering workroom has specialized knowledge in their specific business, interior designers have to know a good deal about those businesses as well as their own. 

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Finding a Great Accountant

Finding a Great Accountant

Years ago when I moved to Arizona, I contacted the only local resource that worked with Studio Designer.  I was restarting my business in Arizona and wanted someone to help setting up Studio and do my monthly bookkeeping.  Luckily, that resource was my business accountant and bookkeeper Denise Maxwell.  What is great about Denise is that she works almost exclusively with interior designers, she understands our business, she works in the program that works best for interior designers, and she is a great bridge between being a designer and accounting.  If you aren't as lucky as I am to have found a great accountant on your first try, read on for my interview with Denise about finding a great accountant for your interior design business.  

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How to Get Out of A Project With Grace

How to Get Out of A Project With Grace

Sometimes you begin a project and a few weeks or months down the road you realize this isn't the project for you.  Something isn't right, maybe there are red flags, maybe you have too much on your plate, maybe the client is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  There are many great reasons that you should get out of a project.  And it is perfectly okay to get out of a project.  But, getting out of a project shouldn't be a decision taken lightly.  You want to honor your commitments, just not at the expense of your personal well-being.  

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