Tips & Tricks

Navigating the Politics Between Your Client and the Builder

It can be tough working on a "team" that's been put together by a client, especially if you've never even met the architect or builder who is part of the project. We've all heard (or experienced) the horror stories of teams that weren't very good at collaborating. Or who were pitted against each...

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Why You Need a Social Media Policy for Your Employees

We live in a connected world, more than ever before. The lines between work and play, employees and companies, and who represents your business are blurred now. It's especially tough to separate things when something goes wrong. And on social media, things can get really ugly really...

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Why You Have to Be Upfront with Your Clients!

This is one of the strangest times I can remember in the interior design business. We have clients clamoring for our services, but at the same time the supply chain is completely broken. Which of course makes it hard for us to deliver on those services. And if there was ever a time to have your...

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Vaccine Liability and Your Business

With vaccinations well underway and people ready to get back to "normal" life, there's a hot topic being debated among business owners and CEOs. What is your liability when it comes to vaccines? Can you require your employees to get the vaccine? And if you don't, how could that impact what...

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Time to Review Your 2021 Goals!

This has been the year that is flying by AND is dragging its feet! Time has no meaning anymore, right?! But here we are at the midway mark, and it's time to assess, review, and adjust. Not an easy task when the world is still feeling tentative about when and how to reopen. Here's how you can...

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The Good/Better/Best Way to Work a Budget

One of the toughest things in the interior design business is to get a client to tell you what their design budget is. In their minds, they don't want to give you the REAL amount because they're afraid you'll spend every bit of that and maybe more! But all you want to do is get a true sense of...

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How to Set Up and Fill a Client Pipeline

Keeping your head down and completely focusing on a project can keep the work rolling smoothly. But one day you'll raise your head and realize you don't have any other projects coming your way. YIKES! That is definitely not a good scenario - so how do you keep that from happening to you and your...

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The Best Client Questionnaire Has These 3 Things

The information you get from your clients during those initial meetings is critical to a successful project! If you don't get it right in the beginning, you just aren't going to deliver what your clients want. It could be the most beautiful home, with stunning art and selections, but your clients...

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5 Accounting Reports That Are Critical to Your Business

For most designers, any topic that has to do with accounting or finances is not one they really want to talk about. But the accounting side of your business is where the bread (or is it dough?!) gets made, so to speak. It's as critical to your company's success as your creativity is. So, make ...

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How a Checklist Can Save Your Business

I have something to confess - I love love love to check things off of a list! It makes me feel like I'm making progress and getting things done. I am addicted to checklists, but I also know that they have saved my business several times over. No, really! They keep your business efficient and...

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3 Things You're Doing Wrong on Your Website

Building or rebranding your website is a pain a work of love! While working on the website, we all get to the point of thinking- let's get it over with and then move on with our lives! Unfortunately, your website can't be a static and "let's just forget about it" part of your...

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How to Start the 2nd Quarter with Confidence

Here we are in April - it's already the second quarter of your business year! AHH! How did we get here so quickly? And... before you know it, it will be summer. So this is a critical time for small businesses. The first quarter sets the pace for your year, but the second quarter is an important...

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