Business Tips & Tricks

 
3 Tips for an Effective Client Pipeline

One of the crazy parts of the interior design business (and there's a LOT of crazy - ha!) is that we can have such an up-and-down cycle of business. Sometimes it really does feel like feast or famine. But I've found a way off that stressful rollercoaster ride by using my client pipeline! I have a...

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The Theater of the 'Big Reveal' for Your Clients

There is a bit of showmanship in being an interior designer. We have to have the ability to ensure our clients see the vision of their beautiful home. And we need to have the talent to unveil a stunning backdrop for their lives with their completed interiors. There are a...

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4 Ways to Learn How to LOVE Your Financial Processes

Money is scary, even to business people. It is consistently listed as a topic that people hate to talk about, even more than death, religion, or politics! But putting your head in the sand and ignoring the "money talk" is no way to run a business. And in fact, that way of handling it is...

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Why Confidence Is the Key to Your Success

One of the things you learn quickly in the interior design business is that a good part of your job has NOTHING to do with design. You need a good grounding in sales as much as anything else. And the best salespeople all have confidence! Without confidence, it's hard to convince a potential...

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What To Do When Your Project Gets Off Track

No matter how good our intentions are, every interior designer has had a project go off the rails - and it is NOT pleasant! There's frustration, embarrassment, and a sense of failure every single time. But you CAN get things back on track! Here are my tips for a quick recovery, and how to avoid...

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4 Things You Need to Do to Protect Your Business

If you're like most interior designers, you have been going 100 miles a minute in the last year, just barely keeping your nose above water. It's been absolutely crazy. And when you're going so fast and furious, a lot of things can be left by the wayside. That is not a smart way to run your...

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You Really Are Only As Good As Your Team

Have you noticed all of the "We're Hiring" posts by interior designers in the last few months?! Yes, we're all slammed and in need of support staff to help us make it through! When you're building that all-important team, you really need to keep in mind that not only should you hire the best fit...

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How to Work with the Best Clients in 2022

If you ask any interior designer, they will all say the same thing when asked to describe their ideal client. They want someone who has an amazing budget, who will give complete control to the designer on the project, and who wants their entire (and HUGE) home renovated or built from scratch....

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How to Make the Most of 2022

In the past, so many designers have set a "word" or intention for a new year. Although that fell out of favor a bit once the pandemic showed up with all its chaos, I think there is one word ALL interior designers should have on their radar this year: ACTION. This year should be THE year that you...

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Why It's Important to Celebrate Your Wins

It's the time of year when we start to review the past year, while looking ahead to the next one. And for all of use in the home business, this has been an insane year. Not only have we had record-breaking years for projects, but we've also had to deal with the mother of all supply chain issues...

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How to Set Goals That You'll Stick To

How many times have you set goals with every intention of meeting them, only to drop them a few days later?? We've ALL done it! But as we get closer to the turn of another year, how about setting a few goals that you'll actually complete for 2022?? I have a system that helps me stay on track for...

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5 Processes That Are Critical for Success

The key to keeping your business running smoothly is having organized and strategic systems and processes in place. They will keep you from making mistakes, from reinventing the wheel for every single project, and will make your clients think you're a design genius (and you ARE!). But, small...

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