Business Resolutions for Interior Designers

Business Resolutions for Interior Designers

After working with so many designers in all shapes, forms, and stages of business, I wanted to share with you with you the resolutions I would wish for designers. These are the ones that I see repeatedly in almost every single interior designer out there.

Imagine if we could nail these resolutions in 2019 - how much better would you feel about running an interior design business and how much we could collectively raise the industry up!

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2019 Interior Design Business Planner

2019 Interior Design Business Planner

Too often, instead of making choices in our business, we allow the circumstances in our business to choose for us. Meaning, we simply react and respond to what comes our way.

Our businesses are like boats and I see so many designers have yet to pick up the oar and steer towards a destination. They’re just floating along, going where the current takes them.

One of the side effects that I heard over and over from participants in The Golden Blueprint was that they felt so much more confident during and after the course. For a long time I couldn’t pinpoint why that was.

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Working with Trades

Working with Trades

There are a few things I feel strongly about when you’re running an interior design business. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter how you do it, just that it gets done. One of those things I feel is a critical part of running an interior design business is telling people what to expect.

Unmet expectations are one of the most common reasons for unhappy clients and issues on projects. (You can read more about that in Why Projects Fail.)

But setting expectations isn’t just for clients, it is also important …

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Developing Vendor Relationships

Developing Vendor Relationships

How can I find good vendors is a popular question from new designers. Finding vendors takes time. It’ll take trial and error and research on your part. There is no quick fix. You can read more about finding quality vendors in this article.

So after you’ve found vendors, you need to develop good relationships with them for maximum benefit in your business. (I’m using a blanket term “vendors” for tradespeople, workrooms, suppliers, manufacturers, showrooms, etc.) These people are extensions of your business and will help you run your business smoother and more efficiently if you consider them part of your extended team.

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How to be Profitable in Interior Design

How to be Profitable in Interior Design

As a business, you deserve to be profitable. Running a business is a challenge and too often we settle for “just getting by”. We shouldn’t settle. We shouldn’t compromise on profitability. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to forget that we’re running a business and the goal of any business is to make money.

Otherwise we’re not running a business, we just have a hobby.

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