10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

Launching an interior design business is not for the faint of heart, some people want to get it up and running in a matter of weeks and others can spend years before they feel like they can hang their shingle.  I see designers get stuck in the process needlessly because they become paralyzed with decision-making.  Keep this in mind - you can always change it later.   I tried to give the steps in order that I would go if I was starting from scratch, but the thing is many of these steps can and should be done simultaneously.  You can't build a great brand without first knowing who you want to sell to and vice versa.  But that's what I mean about changing it later, you can always go back and refine what you've got. 

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What to Know Before You Start an Interior Design Business

What to Know Before You Start an Interior Design Business

I can be my own boss!  I can make my own hours!  I can do what I want! These are probably the thoughts that are at the forefront of any fledgling business owner's mind.

But before you go down that path, here is what you really need to know about starting an interior design business. 

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You have an interior design degree, now what?

You have an interior design degree, now what?

You have two options when you have that fresh interior design degree in hand, either you work for someone else or you start your own business.  (Or a third option: you could also think what the hell am I going to do with an interior design degree? and go into banking.)

In my experience, it is always better to gain real-world experience from someone who is established and “pay your dues”.  Working for someone else allows you time to grow less green.  You'll see the current state of the business of design and learn how your employer runs his or her business. Ultimately, it is a good way to decide if you can or want to go out on your own.

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