As a design professional, most of us cannot do our work without the help of others—a team. Ideally, a team of individuals who make us look good consistently, project after project. We call that an A Team.
Who’s running your business today? Is it going to be my fearful, insecure self? Or is it my confident, brave, determined, grateful self? Running a business takes guts, drive and passion. Finding a tribe, a group of people that can push you to lean into your authentic, brave, knowledgeable self, and ask for help when you need it, can energize you as a business owner and renew your confidence.
With any design problem to solve, it’s easy to make it pretty, but hard to make it matter. Choosing visionary clients and beginning every project with a beginner’s mind, allows you to listen to what the client wants and needs and solve for what matters most.
If you’re not in control of your money, you are not in control of your life. Mind blowing. YES! Financial Planner, Brad Clinard shares advice for taking control of finances, right this minute.
These days, designers have the challenge of not only unpacking who their client is and how they really live, but also in sussing out a person’s authentic style and preferences—not simply what they think they’re supposed to like based on what they see in their Instagram feed.
The business self-help aisle at your local bookstore (or on Amazon) is overrun with recommendations. Business of Design™ member Emma Navajas narrows in on recommendations the BOD™ community needs now. As a bonus, at the end of this episode, Emma repeats her book recommendations for our Spanish speaking audience. ¡Qué maravilloso!
The biggest challenge a business owner frequently has, is knowing what the biggest challenge is. If you just, “trust your gut,” when it comes to tackling a challenge, you’re likely to steer your business down the wrong path. So, how exactly can the business owner determine where the focus should be?
Writing a book is something many designers dream of doing but very few sit down to make it happen. Anna-Carin McNamara did write her book, and “Make a home to Love” not only showcases her gorgeous design work, it speaks to her process and philosophy, offering clients a permanent record of her expert aesthetic.
Start with the end in mind. Isn’t that what we do, as designers? Clients come to a design professional with a vision of what they want to create—the end product or goal. Then, it’s our job to reverse engineer the design process to reach that goal.
Silver lining alert: it’s likely, this forced slow down will help us all be more comfortable with technology and working remotely. There are distinct advantages to being “remote ready”, including positioning your firm to take on those lucrative, out of town projects.