Business Tips & Tricks

 
Why a Second Quarter Business Review Is Key

It's crazy that we're already into April and the second quarter of the business year! It may seem too soon to review anything in your business at this point, but I think this is one of the BEST times to stop and look at how your year is going so far. WHY? Because you have 9 months to change...

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3 Ways to Stop the Overwhelm

Last week, I talked about how hard it can be to balance EVERYTHING you have to do as the owner of your interior design business. And you have to be able to switch quickly from a right-brained creative to a left-brained executive. Not easy! It can be completely overwhelming - especially when we...

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Why Assessments and Analytics Are So Important

How many things are on YOUR to-to list??! If you're like me, the list looks like a giant scroll at this point! We rarely have time to get things done for today and for the future, so looking back at anything goes on the very very back burner. Well I'm going to convince you that assessments and...

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How to Have Hard Conversations with Your Clients

It is never pleasant to have to deliver bad news to a client, or to tell them something went wrong, or (and this is tough for so many) to ask them to pay you when they're late. Those are HARD conversations that no one wants to have. But if you're in business, you're going to have to face those...

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3 Ways to Set Expectations With Your Clients

Knowledge is a powerful thing. When you give your clients all the information they need, they feel more in control. And they build trust with you. All of which means your project will run more smoothly and efficiently. The key is to be sure your clients understand what a design project entails,...

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4 Ways to Present a Budget Your Clients Will Understand

Interior design budgets can be such a headache! They're tough to create (especially in today's supply chain nightmare) and they can be even tougher to explain to your client. UGH! And sometimes you want that particular project so much that you're willing to skip over a serious budget talk so you...

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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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