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Posted on: September 1st, 2010 by halewilliams No Comments

Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer: The Business of Interior Design

What is it about running your own business that keeps you on your toes?  I kept thinking about it and decided it’s all about how to keeping focused and ” clear of thought” is what separates the winners from the has beens.
One of the keys to running any successful business is being able to maintain a clear thought process at all times. This may look easy from the sidelines but in the heat of battle you will find it harder than you think.  Clarity of mind (and it’s partner, clarity of action) will help you at every stop in your design career.  From objectively seeing when a job has been done right (or wrong) to knowing when to bring in outside help to improve business, a “sharp eye and a sharper mind” are two killer designer attributes that will never, ever go out of style.

But contrary to what some of your professor’s may have told you, “success” isn’t determined by how many “attributes” you have on your dossier.  It’s more mysterious than that.  Of all the intangible factors out there, the four that will weigh heaviest in the early part of your career will be: staying sharp, being resourceful, playing to your strengths and knowing how to compensate for your weaknesses.

How does one go about doing all this?  Begin by developing the clarity of mind to see what you do well and what needs work.  Once you know the holes in your game, you can address them through self-improvement or by partnering with other design specialists who are experts in areas where you are not.

For example, if you find you aren’t very good at organization, partner with someone who is.  If you can see you’re having problems with color, bring in a color specialist.  If you’re a control freak, learn to delegate.  This is (frankly) the reason why so many of us designers go the partnership route.  Smart designers are aware of their limitations (before starting their practice) and know that, to succeed, their business must be able to do it all, even if they (as one person) cannot.

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