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I've often said that the number one reason we have trouble selling our services is a lack of confidence. If you aren't confident in your business, you will not get the clients that you want, you won't get the fees that you want, and you REALLY won't hit those goals that you've been dying to...

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One of the Best Gifts for Your Clients binder clients gift interior design

We're moving quickly into the holiday season, and that always makes me think of gifts for my clients. One of the best gifts that any designer can give their clients may seem too mundane but is SOOO important, and that's the maintenance binder! WHAT?! A binder full of paper?? Yes! You will make...

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Installation Day Tips (in the time of COVID!) interior design

Everything has been upended this year – absolutely everything, including design installations! And given that our business is about the home, it’s been even crazier. How we work with clients is definitely something that can change week to week. It’s hard to stay on top of...

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How to Make More Money in Design business goals interior design

If you're reading this and expecting a magic bullet to bring you tons of cash...you're in the wrong place! BUT, I do have tips that I know work and that I know will help you make more money. Sadly, they aren't going to involve a wand or any kind of good luck charms. HA! This is more about tough...

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Interior Design is 70% Sales interior design

If you became an interior designer because you loved the creative side, you're not alone! ‍ You wanted to design beautiful homes and help fabulous clients - it's really what we all dream about in this business. But once you open your own company, you quickly realize that the creative part of...

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4 Ways to Improve Your Portfolio interior design

When someone is looking for an interior designer, even if they've already received referrals, they're going to go straight to your website and your portfolio. As a designer, you have no way to talk to those prospective clients, so all you can do is hope they like what they see. And if they don't?...

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3 Ways to Stay Motivated interior design

In the middle of a pandemic and a shutdown, it's definitely hard to stay motivated and keep your mind on your work. In fact, psychologists are warning that we all need to acknowledge and deal with the fear and anxiety we're feeling if we're going to move forward. And that doesn't even address the...

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3 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Business interior design

Running your own business is tough, and it's even harder today with a pandemic and economic uncertainty adding to the challenges we normally face. And then there's an even bigger issue that can completely sabotage a business. That is the owner – or in other words, YOU. Without realizing...

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Why Communication Is More Important Now than Ever clients communication interior design interior designer

Communication is ALWAYS important in our business - we have to stay in touch with our clients, contractors and builders, vendors, and more! But during this time of uncertainty, communication is more important than it EVER was! Why? Read on....

Your Clients Are Worried, Too

All of that worry,...

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5 Ways to Wow with Digital Presentations clients design presentations interior design presentations

We all know that design presentations are when you should really WOW your client - it's the one point that can make or break the project! So it's key to have everything in place to show your very best work. But wait - how in the world do you do that in our new normal?? If you can't be in front of...

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There's No Better Time to Get Your Design Systems in Place interior design

I've talked to so many designers lately who are finding this sudden stop in all their activity hard to take. After all, our business is usually go-go-go, right?! Some people want to fill that time with lots of to-do lists and others are feeling like they can't get off the sofa. Neither one of...

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4 Ways to Make Tough Decisions Easier interior design lists pros and cons

If you're like most small business owners right now, you're having to make some tough decisions. You may be deciding whether you should break a showroom lease. You're probably navigating all of the loans, grants, and programs available to small businesses right now. And... you may even have to...

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