3 Lousy, but Popular, Methods for Calculating Flat Fees

If you’ve worked predominately on hourly fee contracts—billing customers after the fact for tasks that are already completed—you know that business model is not without its flaws. Clients often balk at fees, wondering how they added up so quickly, or express genuine alarm that they had no idea how expensive the process would be. Sometimes they demand you […]

Drawing Matters

We all want to save our clients money wherever possible. We can do that by becoming more efficient at the tasks we perform—having focus and discipline when we shop on the client’s behalf, creating tight back-end systems for obtaining quotes, ordering product, tracking items, and fine-tuning our project management skills. But you can’t save clients […]

Budgeting for Accessories

We all know a project is not finished until it’s accessorized and styled. But determining a budget for that kind of thing can be challenging. One tip I learned from Gillian Gillies (who is the guest on Podcast EP 005 Styling Matters), is to run through a high-low scenario with clients as you discuss the […]

Start where you are…

Many of you reach out to us and say you are overwhelmed. “15 Steps? I can’t even return all the phone calls I need to. How will I make time for all of this?” Our response? “How will you survive if you don’t make time?” But don’t despair. Start where you are. You can’t implement […]

A newsletter to inspire you…

We are loving the newsletters that BOD member Traci Zeller sends out. Get inspired! Thank you Traci for letting us share. Tailored to a ‘T'(ZD) Like so many designers, I have a passion for beautiful, high-quality fabrics (and any expertly crafted goodies like pillows, draperies, and upholstered pieces made from them!). I’ve been thinking recently […]

How a 90’s action star can help you handle difficult clients

Do you love a good action flick? I do. Especially the old-school ones. Life seemed simpler then. Bruce Willis, good guy. Interchangeable villain, bad guy. Well, I’m no action hero and I have no desire to fight some bad guy with the fate of the world resting on my shoulders. But, from time to time, […]

Selling the Consultation [VIDEO]

This questions comes up a lot. Do you sell your consultations through email, over the phone, or on your website? What is the best way to close the deal? Get more great tips on the consultation process from Kimberley and Veronica Solomon as they talk candidly about all aspects of the consultation from first phone call, […]

Meet Veronica Solomon

Meet Veronica, aka The Naked Decorator, a member of Business of Design and Kimberley’s first guest on our inaugural podcast episode. Veronica Solomon is an award-winning interior designer whose work has been featured in numerous publications including The ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter magazine, Houston House & Home magazine, Katy magazine, and national blogs such as Apartment […]

Karen, you just made our day

From all of us at Business of Design, thank you so much for finding us. This is the best testimonial ever. You are the reason we love what we do here at BOD. Your candid feedback and shared experience not only motivates us to keep growing, but helps the hundreds of other designers in our […]

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