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.Read More
So you want to start an interior design business? When I first started my business, I was pretty broke. I had just moved to another city and was using savings to live on because I didn't have any clients (aka income). I remember my mom sent me a hundred-dollar bill and I was so relieved that I cried. True story.
If you're starting like I did, don't dismay. You can do it. These things are all very important and I truly wish I would have slammed down my credit card and set this all up before I started my business because it would have been easier than the diy hacking that I did for a while.Read More
I regularly get asked advice from those just starting out their own design business or looking to make a change in careers. I am always willing to provide frank and honest advice. These books are great resources for beginning a career in design or just brushing up on your craft.
1. The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability 2. The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail 3. Interior Design Clients: The Designer's Guide to Building and Keeping a Great Clientele 4. The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability