Finding Quality Vendors

Finding Quality Vendors

I've been getting this question a lot lately, how to find good vendors - contractors and subs specifically.  And it's not an easy answer.  I'm going to give you some pointers here today, but know that when a contractor doesn't return your call or email, is late to a meeting, or doesn't show when he promises - you are not alone, this happens to everyone.

As a designer, organizer, and a planner I find dealing with contractors one of the most frustrating parts of project management. (Contractors are you listening?)  I don't know why, but it seems to be the norm that contractors: take forever to send quote/invoice, don't show up on time, don't show up with the

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Fee Schedule for Interior Designers

Fee Schedule for Interior Designers

A fee schedule is just a list of client fees that could occur in your business and charge to clients.  It is not necessary to have one, but if your pricing structure is complicated and you want to be transparent in pricing this is the way to go.

I'm 100% for clear, transparent, and simple pricing.  I think you should stop using markup and start showing your clients what you pay.  But I wrote about that in other posts already (just click on the links to read those!)  If your business is more complicated

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Organizing Digital Files

Organizing Digital Files

I love organization, but not everyone does or thinks in that methodized way.  As part of my recent reader survey, one reader said her digital organization had become quite cluttered.  So I thought I would share with you the digital folders that I have on my computer for my design business and design clients.  My method is not perfect, there is definitely room for improvement, but it rarely takes me any time to find what I am looking for.

I try to delete as much stuff from my computer and cloud as possible, to keep it

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5 Ways to Book More Clients

5 Ways to Book More Clients

1. Have a Specialty

When you're known for something, people will come to you to get it.  When the keywords and text on your website is what your potential clients Google, more clients will find you.  When you try to appeal to everyone, it makes marketing much harder.  But someone looking for New England meets Palm Beach will certainly find Meggie H Interiors.  A client wanting to decorate their kids room in Massachusetts?  They'll find Boo and Rook.  You'll book more clients if you have exactly what they're looking for.

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Your Greatest Asset To Selling

Your Greatest Asset To Selling

Worried you won't be able to explain to a client why they should choose a custom-made sofa over the look-alike catalog version?

How about if they should choose vinyl plank flooring or wood-look tile?  What type of carpet is appropriate for their house?  

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