Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a very process oriented person. I’m a firm believer that a strong, repeatable process is the difference between an interior design firm that is profitable and one that is not. So pop quiz time! Do you always stick to your process? Or does it get thrown to the wayside?
Guilty? Don’t worry, we’re all friends here; you can be 100% honest with me. In a moment of radical candor, I will fully admit that when I was running my own design firm, I was guilty of all of the above at some point or another. In the moment, it can be easy to slip into one of those traps, and color outside the lines.
Maybe you just wanted to make your client happy, or you had a lot going on and you just wanted to keep things moving. There are a ton of reasons and excuses of why you might not have followed your interior design process.
But here’s the thing.
A repeatable interior design process can be the difference between an interior design firm that is profitable and one that is not.
Building a repeatable interior design process is easier said than done right? False! It doesn’t have to be complicated, but If you’re finding it challenging, start with these 4 tasks.
The design process covers everything from how you identify and qualify your ideal client, gather client and project information, organize project assets, deliver contracts, invoice, manage product selection or ordering, revisions, installation, the project closeout, and more…
Perfecting your interior design process won’t happen overnight. It takes time and experience. Work smarter, not harder by identifying what’s working and what’s not working. Be sure to document your existing process, and identify changes you can make for next time.
Don’t be afraid to share your design process with your client. Make them feel comfortable. Set, manage and exceed their expectations by being collaborative and transparent. Follow this, and over time you’ll have a system that works for you based on your own experience and mistakes.
Nobody said running an interior design business was easy, but it can also be very rewarding. You’re probably tired of hearing me say this by now, but the success of your design business is only as good as your design process. The interior design process is something very near and dear to my heart. Truthfully, it’s a part of the story of how Mydoma came to be.
Until next time!
Sarah Daniele is the CEO and co-founder of Mydoma Studio.
Starting off her career as an interior designer, the first version of Mydoma Studio was built to fulfill a personal need.
But after some encouragement from friends and colleagues, Sarah traded in swatches for shoulder pads, taking up the mantle of CEO and building up Mydoma Studio for the interior design industry.
Sarah is passionate about building tools and technology to allow interior designers to grow their businesses.