Business Clarity Challenge

Business Clarity Challenge

First post of a new year!  Love a fresh start.  I've reworked my Business Clarity Challenge for 2018 and think it is the perfect companion to the beginning of a new year (or anytime you're feeling overwhelmed and directionless).  

This free challenge was designed to touch on all those things that you can miss in the rush to get your business off the ground, the client work and the day-to-day running of an interior design business.  If you give yourself a few hours over the next week to do the daily lessons and exercises, you will emerge next week with SO MUCH MORE CLARITY.  

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How to Deal with Negative Client Feedback

How to Deal with Negative Client Feedback

Getting negative feedback from a client is inevitable.  Let's just get that out of the way: you are going to get negative feedback and so is every other interior designer out there.  You're not alone.  But sometimes it feels like you're alone if you hear anything but rave reviews.  It can feel like a giant spotlight is on you.  Or like it is written on your face and everyone knows.  But none of this is true.  

Sadly, negative feedback will probably stick with you much longer than the rave reviews.  At least it does for me.  In a way, I think this is because we don't expect our clients to have criticism.  We expect our clients to love the work we've done for them.  This kind of feedback can make you question your talent and maybe even question why you are in interior design.  

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3 Money Habits to Grow Your Biz

3 Money Habits to Grow Your Biz

Here's a little secret about me: I despise the financial/accounting parts of running my business.  So much so, there have been times that I try to ignore it altogether, forget it exists.  I just want to create!

Please don't do this.  This doesn't help your business grow.  And ignoring your financials does not make them disappear.

Here is where creating some money habits in your business is going to come in handy.  Because you are going to make them habits and habits by definition are something you do regularly.  You are going to be motivated because you know that keeping an eye on your money is going to help your business grow and run more smoothly.  Easier.

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Designing a Business Retreat

Designing a Business Retreat

I'm going to introduce what is probably a radical concept to many interior design business owners out there.  A retreat.  To be more exact: a business retreat.  Know all those conferences that are held by very large businesses where they fly their star employees to a location, have meetings all day, then follow up with some band that hasn't put out an album in at least 20 years?  That's what I want you to do, at least yearly.  Better bi-annually. You can have a business retreat without the employees and without the band, but keep the meetings and the planning.  

This is a wonderful time of year to start thinking about it.  Look at your calendar, pick a day, preferably two and preferably not the weekend.  Why not the weekend?  Because you are business planning, and this is work and it shouldn't feel like the weekend.  I also don't want you to feel burnt out from working two weeks straight.  #worksmarternotharder

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Tracking Your Business: Monthly Reviews

Tracking Your Business: Monthly Reviews

It took me a couple years to finally be able to take my attention away from the day-to-day of starting and running my business.  I realized I needed to be working on the business and not just in it.  I was years-in before I started doing monthly reviews, but there isn't a single better tool for tracking your business progress.

And it can be quick!

My to-do list was always a mile long and always included urgent tasks, things that needed to get done right then rather than the important tasks that would help my business grow.  It's like spending all your time picking up your house without ever cleaning it.

When I started doing monthly reviews, I created a repeating appointment in my calendar.  The last business day of every month I spend an hour reviewing my business in the following areas.

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