Interior Designers: Do you have the right suppliers, systems and support?
by jgrimplin |
June 14th, 2018 |
Do You Have the Right Structure in Place to be a Successful Interior Designer or Decorator?
As an interior designer, do you often have the chance to hear other designers explain exactly how they accomplished an award-winning design including the exact costs of the furnishings? Do you have continuous access to colleagues who share with how their business systems help them get the financial return they desire? Do you have great support from suppliers and others who want to see you achieve your dreams?
Sure, there are excellent seminars at High Point and other markets, but do you really hear the secrets, the challenges that were overcome, the client apprehensions, the tips that only a seasoned pro can know?
And at market, do you ever get to meet the senior people from a supplier or have an in-depth conversation with someone truly knowledgeable, not some person hired just to help out giving tours of the showroom?
There is a series of gatherings for select design professionals where in-depth design tips from real world projects are shared, including costs and profitability; where suppliers take time to impart behind-the- scenes type product knowledge; where you often meet the top executive of a supplier; where guest experts lead hands-on classes; where coaching is available from top performers who want to help others achieve their goals.
The cornerstone of this design business improvement series of events is an international conference that brings together several hundred designers from across the U.S. and Canada along with nearly 100 select home furnishing suppliers displaying products and samples. During the rest of the year, these design professionals meet at local regional events where solid information is shared with each other and with suppliers, all with the goal of achieving business goals. And, there are organized visits to High Point and other markets during which the designers get extra attention they would not get as individuals attending on their own. These events are all about providing suppliers, systems and support for growing a design business even further.
At our May 2018 International Conference in Orlando, for example, in the Success Panel, four top design business owners shared insight into how they built their teams, how they market, how to differentiate yourself with customer care, how to draw out a client’s desire for a room makeover, and other business tips. In the Design Session, three award-winning designers walked us through, in detail, recent room designs from creative concept, sourcing furnishings, costs, to installation. Where would you get such specifics?
These events are a key advantage in qualifying to have a design business become part of Decorating Den Interiors. In addition to such business improvement resources and camaraderie, these designers get ongoing marketing support, technology resources for running their business, and a host of educational resources—online and in-person. Most importantly, there is the wholesale pricing and direct accounts with the more than 130 nationally known home furnishings suppliers that are part of the exclusive LIVV Home Collection™. It all makes for unparalleled suppliers, systems and support.