Business tips

  • Accounting tips for designers and decorators - small business

    Whether you’re doing your books or submitting information to your bookkeeper, accounting is an integral part of a running a design/decor business. This said, the industry has its quirks, and the associated accounting can be a bit different from other industries as a result. Accounting doesn’t need to be a daunting task. With these tips in hand, accounting can be a breeze for decorators and designers. 

  •  Sales isn’t rocket science, but it does require a bit of TLC. As sole proprietors, we are so busy focusing on client services that we don’t pay much attention to improving our sales process. We just do it “on the side”. Many small businesses share in this struggle, and also find themselves spinning their wheels trying to turn the leads into engagements.

    If you haven’t developed a formal sales process, set aside an hour this week to follow these seven steps. They will help you reduce the time you are having to spend with leads, and get you closing more deals.

  • The key to a successful relationship, no matter whether it’s personal or professional, comes down to the one thing: communication. Poor communication can leave you frustrated and unhappy, while a good rapport and solid communication can inspire creativity, collaboration, mutual respect and motivation.

    As such, it’s no surprise that when working with your interior decorator or designer, getting the look you want requires clear, open communication about what you want and need. This means sharing with your designer everything from your dream look to your day-to-day living habits.

  • Contrary to popular belief, stylish and functional renovations or refreshers needn't cost you the roof over your head. These three projects got serious mileage from their small budgets—and won Design & Decorating Competition awards for the feat.

  • In the recent Hot Spots research study by Napoleon, when consumers were asked where they would like to have a fireplace in their next home, 35% indicated the backyard.
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    Selling takes practice. In a Houzz business webinar on selling, presenter Shawn Doyle discussed tactics clients commonly used to negotiate job price and counter tactics you can use. Here are 10 of these tactics and counter tactics.

  • Thanks to searching CDECA’s online directory you’ve found your dream decorator. But now it is time to figure out the rate. What can you afford, what is reasonable for the work you need done? How do you know you’re not being ripped off?