Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Many individuals have started interior design businesses. If run correctly, these be successful ventures. The following contributed post is entitled, 4 Rules For Interior Design Business Success.
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When it comes to dream jobs, there are few more romanticized than a career as an interior designer. You’ll be taking existing places and bring them to life, all within the framework of the rubric set by the client. You’ll be using your creativity, your critical thinking skills, and helping people in the process. What’s not to love? As you can imagine from a job that scores highly on the satisfaction front, this is a career that is in high demand. So how can you ensure that success comes your way? We take a look at a few tried and tested tips below.
Love Your Job
First thing’s first: if you’re going to throw yourself into the challenging and satisfying life of an interior designer, then it’s important that you’re fully committed to the job. While there are some professions where you can “tip your toe in the water,” so to speak, when it comes to creative jobs, you have to be all in. It’ll be more of a lifestyle than a job. If you’re not willing to throw yourself into the craft, then it’s best to choose something else — only the most committed make it!
Get the Ball Rolling
No-one walks straight into success in the interior design world. It’s like any other challenging profession: before success is achieved, the person usually has plenty of experience under the belt, it’s just that they probably weren’t paid all that much, or at all. When you’re taking your first steps as an interior designer, you’ll want to look at performing jobs for free, or at least cheaper than you will one day charge. This will give you the opportunity to develop your portfolio, so you have something to show to future clients.
A Professional Look
Appearances are everything when it comes to interior design. After all, you’re selling your expertise at creating a visually appealing space; if you don’t have “the look,” then people will — rightly — question your professionalism. The two areas you should focus on is your digital life and your personal look. Online, you’ll need a website that is slick, clean, and which shows off your talents. You’ll also need to carefully manage your social media channels, too. On a personal level, it’s all about dressing well and presenting a professional, trendy look. People would rightly raise eyebrows if you were dressed in old, tattered clothes!
Know Your Place
You’re not going to get every interior design job that’s available, and you shouldn’t try to, either. You’ll find that you get more work once you’ve specialized and can focus on one particular type of design. This could be designing interiors of homes, for example, or stores, or hotels. It’s a good idea to play around with a few styles in the early days, but at some point, you’ll want to find your niche. Like with most professions, it’s better to pick one specific area, rather than make yourself available for all jobs. It’ll show that you’re an expert in that niche.