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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Real Designer: Corrine Wilbur

Real Designer: Corrine Wilbur

About Corrine Wilbur

After earning a Bachelors & MBA in International Business and working in International Trade for 9 years, Corrine left her job managing a team in exports/imports and customs documentation.  She got a certificate from the Interior Design Institute and started Boo and Rook in July 2016.  In addition to her residential interiors work, she does interior and creative design work for a consulting and branding agency as well as designing cases and displays for a jewelry company,  styling several sets for a photoshoo for the same jewelry company, and she'll be styling a launching event coming up in the next several months.

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How to be a Kick-ass (Interior Design) CEO

How to be a Kick-ass (Interior Design) CEO

Take Ownership

You are in charge of your business.  You are at the top.  You must take ownership of your service, your business, your job, your employees, your subs, of every aspect of business.  "Every problem in the company was indeed my fault." says Horowitz, without this mindset you will be looking to others while they look to you because, "some employees make products, some make sales, the CEO makes decisions."  You are the decision maker.  If you can't take ownership of what you are building, don't start a design business, or as the author says, "If you don't like choosing between horrible & cataclysmic, don't become CEO."  

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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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