End-of-Project Survey

End-of-Project Survey

I’m a huge fan of creating an on-boarding process for new clients. It makes attracting and signing new clients so much easier, efficient, and professional. A large part of my system involves a detailed client questionnaire. This helps me get to know the client before work begins. But, what happens after the work is complete? Do you have a process with an end-of-project survey?

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Finding Value in Skills

Finding Value in Skills

Do you ever feel like the public doesn’t place much value in interior design anymore?

YES!

I know. It’s what everyone says.

The funny thing is when I was at a marketing conference in April, an accountant stood up and said, “No one values accountants anymore.” And someone else stood up and said, “No one sees the value in custom dresses and clothing anymore.”

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Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

I don’t have enough experience to take that project.

Why would clients listen to my advice?

I’m charging too much and client’s won’t pay me for my time.

Imposter syndrome rears its ugly head pretty regularly. I see it in other designers and more potently, I notice it in myself. Why would anyone listen to me? I battle it pretty regularly. I’m pretty sure most of us do.

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Financially Strapped Designers

Financially Strapped Designers

{Warning! Do not read this if you can’t take some tough love.}

Is your business financially strapped? Is your financial life a mess? Can you not afford to invest in your business? Are you taking whatever measly work comes your way just to make ends meet? Living paycheck to paycheck for years?

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Setting the Tone

Setting the Tone

It has taken me a long time to realize that it is up to me to set the tone. I was recently at a conference and the energy from the crowd was truly amazing. I’d never seen so many people enthusiastic and pretty much saying that this was the greatest conference ever. (Which if you’ve ever sat in a large bland hotel ballroom, in uncomfortable seats, and intense air conditioning you know is quite an accomplishment.)

I am generally a reserved person. I look before I leap.

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