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Jun 4 / Jitendra

Starting a Business as an Interior Designer

If mixing and matching patterns, coordinating colors are your dearest passion and you are simply good at the proper use of space, the business of an interior designing is just the best for you. Nowadays, when upscale living has become the standard and countless number of buildings is growing up in different corners, the demand of an interior designer is always on the rise. Here is a brief outline to guide you to start your very own business as an interior designer.

Starting a business as an interior designer To start a business as an interior designer, you have to be professionally qualified. Unless you pass a certain level of accredited education and, pass the qualifying exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, you cannot use the title of Interior Designer. In many cases, you need to be a licensed “Interior designer” before starting the business. However, you can also start the business without such qualification, but in that case, you have to use the title decorator instead of an interior designer.

The design business is multi-faceted. You can work either as a product-driven designer or as a design consultant. As a product-driven designer, you have to do the task of conceptualizing the look of the particular space and at the same time marketing a wide variety of products. The design consultant is supposed to promote various products and even offers free design advice if the client buys all of the products from him or her. The consultant offers free design advice for certain numbers of hours; if more time is needed, per hour fee is charged. Thus, in this business, there are a number of opportunities to earn a good deal of money

Once you get an established reputation and experience, you will not require much time to create a long list of references. During this stage, you can focus on offering design-consulting services instead. After you gain all your experience, you can offer advice about the design of a room or an office by charging a good amount of fee.

Marketing for an interior designing business is a crucial part. There are two types of market for interior design: residential and commercial. If you acumen supports designing a residential area, you can focus on the planning and specifying of interior materials and products used in private residences. In terms of scope and contract amount, residential jobs are often smaller, but offer a higher profit margin. You can also earn more by offering the products to be used in designing the rooms.

However commercial design offers bigger scope and embrace a wide variety of specialties, such as entertainment (e.g. movies, theater, videos, theme parks, clubs, dramatic and musical theater), facilities management (e.g. office moves or expansions); government or institutional (e.g. government offices, embassies, museums), health care (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, long term care facilities),retail or store planning (e.g. boutiques, department stores, malls, food retailing centers) and hospitality or restaurant (e.g. country clubs, hotels, cruise ships) etc.

To procure all the basic office supplies and equipment such as computers, telephones, and fax. In addition to the standard word processing and spreadsheet software, you need to accumulate some money either from bank or from friends and relatives. In addition, you need to invest in AutoCAD software to present more professional looking design solutions to clients with three-dimensional realism. To launch an AutoCAD software you may need to spend between $600 to $1,400.