Are you looking to start a business as an interior decorator or does your current design business need resuscitation?
Each week I get emails from readers interested in making a transition from their current field into the interior design industry.
I worked in the design/build industry as an accountant managing hundred of millions of dollars in construction projects. In 2009, I turned my passion for interior design into a thriving design business but trust me it didn’t happen overnight. However, it did happen faster than most thanks to this blog and my social media presence.
Often times my advice to others is to first learn the business side of interior design. This knowledge will help you to decide whether or not you even want to pursue this endeavor. The smaller your staff, the more time you spend on the business operations side than you do on the creative side. If you don’t have a grasp on the business side, you will quickly learn the reality of a “starving artist.”
In 2014, it was reported that 1 in 4 interior designers were self-employed. In my personal experience I’ve found that those who choose interior design as a second career feel more comfortable working as a solopreneur or managing a small staff.
Working in this type of setting makes it imperative to get out and establish a community of decorators/designers who understand the business and who can offer support on your journey. I hope the info within these pages will accomplish this goal. Check back often for updates.