In a field where many “colleagues” are extremely competitive & secretive, Kimberley Seldon is a huge breath of fresh air! She has very generously taken the time to spell out step by step, in deep, super specific detail, how to run a successful design business! Even if you have many years of experience and great training, as I do, there are plenty of fresh ideas here which you will certainly want to incorporate in order to take your business to the next level, and the next, and the next! The videos and the books are both an extremely worthwhile investment of your time and money. Thank you for everything Business of Design!
If I could be a walking, talking representative for Kimberley and BOD, I would be. Oh wait, I already do that! I spent the first 6 months of my business going in circles, feeling discouraged, feeling lost and knowing that I was clearly doing something wrong and that there had to be an answer somewhere – and there was! Luckily I found it just before I was about to give up. I would (and do) try to reach out to all new interior designers and decorators starting out and reassure them there are answers to all of their business questions and to not give up, your business and life is about to get a whole lot better.
Nikki Fisher, Milton ON
Honestly the best thing I’ve done this year for my business was to attend the Conference last year. I have gained 3 new clients from it and the full cost of the trip will have been paid back from the work I’ve been contracted for since. Secondly, I’m always continuing to connect with the ID community here with continuing education and networking through Fluff – where I recently handed out my own business card to help connect some Fluffians with the 1-2-3 Course. That connection helps me stay inspired and feel like I’m participating in my professional community.
Thanks for all you do!
Lisa Zak, Vancouver BC
I’ve been incredibly inspired and empowered by both the BOD webinars and Kimberley’s book (Vol 3). I’ve kept the book with me at all times since I got it, often just to read certain passages to give me the motivation and courage to keep steering my business in the right direction. I’m also amazed at how responsive and thorough Kimberley and the BOD team have been in answering questions that you just can’t find answers to anywhere else – this has been absolutely invaluable to my ability to grow my practice.
Ines Mazzotta, Toronto ON
Today I am even more confident and PROUD to be a BOD member. Kimberley is my coach and business partner, and BOD has my back.
Nikki Fisher Gigault, Milton ON
The Flat Fee Webinar was wonderful – perfect! Very well organized and explained; Kimberley is a great teacher/speaker. I have read both of her books and am using the 15 Steps. Kimberley is an ideal supporter of how to run a successful design business.
Gail Monica Dent, Seattle
Kimberley Seldon, I am listening to your Power Talk Friday interview with LuAnn Nigara, and I am just sitting here remembering the first time I saw you in High Point. Honestly, I was just there for a CEU. I didn’t know who you were. 5 minutes into your talk, and I was like “where has she been all my life?” I know you probably get this a lot, but I want you to hear me out. Until you came along, I didn’t know my head from my tail as a business owner – 10 years in the game now. Now I am a money making machine (haha) in my business…..all thanks to you. I looked at my final numbers for 2016 with my CPA last week (she has been doing my books now for over 7 years). She got up from the computer and hugged me, and whispered to me “keep doing what you are doing.” She was so proud to see that I am finally where I need to be financially. This is all thanks to you! I am professing it publicly here, because I want everyone in this group to know just how much you have changed my business, my confidence and my self worth as an entrepreneur. And as my CPA would say “Keep doing what you’re doing.”
Veronica Solomon, Katy TX
I have heard Kimberley speak at several professional development meetings for the Decorating and Design Industry. She is so encouraging and transparent. Her presentations are humourous, and informing and help us to see the light side of our profession. She has truly set the benchmark for all of us in this industry. I would recommend her any time.
Margo Young, Kitchener ON
We signed up for the 1-hour Sales Consultation Training with Aysun. It was worth EVERY penny! The tips and tricks learned from her wealth of experience has helped make a big improvement within my company. We’ve started to implement everything we learned and have already noticed an improvement in closing the consultations. Thank you Aysun!
Tina Marie Singh, Mississauga
Excellent webinar! During the webinar, a contractor I’m working with was at my desk waiting for me to present a quote to a client. I told him to listen to what you had to say and take mental notes. He was so inspired, he felt relaxed and more confident to see the client and he used your exact words and the meeting was a success!
Evelyn Eshun, Toronto
I raised my fees right after I found BOD. Within 2 weeks I landed a $10K flat fee project. I was scared to death to tell the client that number, but the client didn’t bat an eye. Previously that would have been a $4K fee.
Crystal Ortiz, Harrisonburg PA
Business of Design is giving me the tools I need to eliminate the chaos of running my own business. I adopted many of Kimberley’s ideas after hearing her speak in Las Vegas during the Summer Market 2014. Recently I found I needed to go even further than what I learned in Vegas and in her books, so I signed up as a member of Business of Design. I am hopeful, my business is going to start running smoother as we implement these systems. I cannot wait to take all of these courses!
Karen Viscito, Mechanicsburg PA
I had a trade day (Step 3) and things went flawlessly – client was there and said, “I can’t even get the cable guy out, and you’ve got everyone here.” Thank you! Love Business of Design! You made me look like a superstar!
Jil Sonia McDonald, Chilliwack
I have made changes to my business this year in 3 ways: (1) Scheduled time off in advance and stuck to it! (2) Began working with a business coach, and implemented strategies to understand my income and expenses more thoroughly. (3) Hired another staff member to release me from my least favourite daily and weekly tasks.
Soooo excited for BOD15!
LeAnne Bunnell, Calgary AB
It is such a great course so far, I’m so thankful for Business of Design!
Rosalee Bosch, St. Catherines ON
If you haven’t read Kimberley Seldon’s books or been to one of her seminars, (I just sat in one on contracts at High Point) I’d say it’s worth every penny. She’s an in-the-trenches designer who still makes her main income in our profession and I’m not receiving anything by endorsing her. I’ve had some pivotal revelations from her talks and her books.
Wanda S. Horton, Charlotte NC
I hired Kimberley 2 years ago, and it has been a great experience. I am much more confident, doubled my income and got my mojo back! It’s been incredibly helpful having a mentor to keep me on track and support me when you know what hits the fan. Best money ever spent! Highly recommend her coaching!
Ellen Walker, Red Deer AB
I read your books in 2013. Since then I have been climbing the ladder resulting in my year 2017 being completely booked up from December 2016! And I have clients begging to be added to my waiting list. Thank you!!
Met vriendelijke groeten
Shanaz Razik, Belgium
This is EXACTLY what I need! You’ve made my year…and we’re only 15 days into it 🙂
Lisa Furtado, San Francisco CA
If you are looking to streamline your business and make it more efficient and successful without so much stress and anxiety over every project and client then Business of Design is for you. The website is easy to use and full of helpful videos and information that walk you step by step through each area of your business that can be improved. There is so much useful content….topics that you didn’t even realize you needed help with are included along with everything else you can think of to make your business run better. It’s a business and a life changer.
Brittany Stiles, Costa Mesa CA
I share this program with so many designers! I spent the first weekend I found the program going over the 15 steps…implemented them in my first appointment after and never looked back. Trades Day is the bomb! Even if a project doesn’t require the 15 steps (I do lots of staging projects) the “Trades Day” has been a hit with all! Also, that age old question of “how do you work”, which translated means “how much is this going to cost me” is easily answered by never going out on a free consult. I implemented THAT right away as well. My business will double this year at least!
Pamela Sandall, Agoura Hills CA
With the help of my business coach I have started saying “NO” to any potential client or project that doesn’t fit my service offerings or ideal client profile or specific service offerings. It has made a world of difference! I currently love 90% of my clients and projects and most of my frustrations have completely disappeared. I am working less and making more money. A winning combination!
Lori Steeves, Vancouver BC
Wished the hour seminar, Business of Design, was all day. Very informative, engaging & funny seminar. @kimberleyseldon. #hpmkt # hpmkt2015 (via Twitter)
Stacy T. Hall, North Ridge NC
I have been to 2 of Kimberly’s 1-hour seminars and although it is the same message I walked away with information each time that I was able to implement into my business the next day and increased my bottom line. I own both of her books and the information has made great changes for the better for my time management and bottom line.
Robin Fisher, Portland OR
All those questions you can’t find a good answer for are here, and I’ve even learned solutions for things I didn’t realize could be solved. Great resource, highly recommended! Much thanks to Kimberly and the team!
Leita Edwards, Vancouver BC
I attended Kimberley’s presentation and she was awesome!!
Johnsye White, Pinehurst NC
I love the books, I can’t even express how helpful the info is. I’m almost done volume 1 and have peeked into volume 2 as well. Money well spent! Once I’m done, I will look at signing up for the membership. I’m glad to see that someone has gone through many of the same struggles as I have and that there are solutions. I even practiced one of the exercises today during a client phone call and it worked! So exciting!
Charli Junker, St. John’s NL
Kimberley recently presented at the International Window Coverings Expo in Los Vegas and she was a big hit! The crowd loved her.
Shannon Flaherty, Las Vegas
Aysun, thanks for sharing your insights into the sales aspect of the business. So many tips are so easy to implement! Knowing specifically ‘what sells’ was information that would take us each decades to compile; I think the one phone session saved us years of trial and error!
Gloria Apostolou, Toronto
Karen Moorman, Muncie IN
I listened to Ask Me Anything earlier. It has been the best interior design webinar I have listed to, EVER!
Marsha Lucas Thrift
Kimberley’s Business of Design course has been vitally important to my interior design firm. She covers every part of the business aspect of interior design and decoration from business marketing, business strategy, invoicing, presentations, consultations and more. My business has tripled since I took Kimberley’s courses! I strongly recommend the Business of Design courses or any of Kimberley’s amazing presentations!
Jil Sonia Interiors
I’d say Kimberley has made not only my business more streamlined, organized and professional; she’s also given me back my family life! By encouraging me to keep to business hours and keeping tabs on my hours, I no longer work until 11pm, or on weekends. My husband loves Kimberley’s support by giving us back our family time. This morning a client said “I’m not sure I want to hire you as you charge a travel fee, you’ll be coming here quite often, I expect, and the fees will really add up!” I was able to respond that I’ll see her only 2x before the presentation, once for the consultation, and once for the trade day. She was shocked and relieved and said, “Well, yes, I didn’t realize you were so organized, let’s do it!”
Jil Sonia McDonald, British Columbia
My business is doing so well, I am expanding into a larger office, adding staff and moving into the busy downtown core of Kitchener Waterloo right beside the brand new Google building. And although I have worked my tail off I must say I owe You and BOD a huge THANK-YOU!!!
Amanda Baechler, Kitchener ON
Absolutely would recommend BOD – you are invaluable to a design professional. Most creatives have a hard time thinking in terms of business, but think like businesswomen we must if we are to continue to contribute our talents to the world. The info you share has given me so much more confidence – can’t put a price tag on that!
Ilana Cohen, Passaic NJ
Thank you for so much wonderful information. The information you have passed on in this course…and all the courses I’ve taken so far, has been invaluable. It makes me believe….I CAN DO THIS!
Arlene Lyon, Uxbridge ON
Loving the program… life changing.
Adam Scougall, Australia
Any designer who wants to improve their business should check out Business of Design. Kimberly offers great solutions that are implantable. The Business of Design Volumes 1 and 2 are a must read! There is so much valuable information in them.
Alicia Paley, Thousand Oaks CA
My husband and I are on a mini vacation this weekend and I’m spending most of it watching the Business of Design courses, I can’t get enough! 2016 is going to be a major game changer for my business thanks to everything you’re teaching me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Brittany Stiles, Los Angeles CA
Since becoming a member of Business of Design 18 months ago, my revenue has quadrupled and my clients are much happier. I’m really enjoying being a business owner now and have hired a purchasing coordinator and a junior designer. My best clients are coming back to work with me and the whole process from my first interaction with the client to Installation Day has become easier. Kimberley is a super mentor and holds nothing back in her BOD videos and webinars!! She’s developed a process that fits every project, large and small, and she gives you the tools to implement the system seamlessly. From selling the initial design consultation to presenting my client with a 100% complete design + pricing to coordinating my team to get it all done, Kimberly’s process was the answer I needed to build my confidence in selling my service, grow my business, and enjoy work each day.
Andrea Orndorff, Sykesville MD
Hello BOD family! Here are few changes I have made: (1) I have implemented the 15 step process and formalized a contract. (2) Yep! I did it, I have taken my home office and moved it to Ottawa, within an engineer’s firm. This gives me access and or contact with other trades, and potential new work coming from that new business relationship. (3) I have redone my website. (4) I also raised my fees!
Things are moving in the right direction that is for sure, thanks to all of your support and inspiration to basically give me the bit of confidence to just do it.
Chantale Charette, Ottawa ON
Having the ear and advice of someone who’s been there and done that before is an invaluable resource! Kimberley helped us gain clarity and a direction in both our day to day operations as well as some sage and sound advice and solutions for some particular case by case situations we were struggling with. We highly recommend the Business of Design coaching services – dollars wisely spent!
Bahia Taylor, Winnipeg MB
I am so glad I was invited to meet Kimberley Seldon. I read her books and know better now. Thanks in advance for saving my career and possibly my sanity!
I am so looking forward to taking this new course. I have to say that since signing up with Business of Design a year ago, with just the Basic Membership, I am more confident in my approach with my clients and have had my best year ever. I feel so fortunate to have found this group and am excited about the endless possibilities.
Barb Aylesworth, Vancouver BC
Our Orange County ASID community so appreciated your presentation! We have had such accolades and great feedback from those in attendance, I must say you really delivered.
Veronica Lawrence, Orange County
I had the pleasure of hiring Kimberley as our key note speaker at the 2012 Women in Biz Network Conference. Kimberley and her staff were a pleasure to work with. Her presentation of “10 Steps to Business Success” at the conference was inspiring, educational and honest. Her delivery exceeded my high expectations – I was honestly blown away by her talent.
Leigh Mitchell, Mississauga ON
Kimberley, you are an inspiration. Business of Design is not only an investment in my company, but more importantly, it is an investment in myself, something you can’t put a price on. THANK YOU for helping me see my value!
Joanne Azelis Giannoulis, Toronto
Hi Kimberley! Yesterday’s Flat Fee webinar was fun and informative.
Crispin Butterfield, Vancouver
I have been using the site and growing thanks to BOD since 2013. BOD has been very helpful in the growth and development of my business directly. The information content is unique to BOD in comparison to other avenues of Con Ed. It’s price-less in terms of how it has improved by business processes/systems.
Anna Kowalczyk, Toronto ON
Thank you so much for all of the information. That’s what I was looking for! Yes, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this project. I wouldn’t have had the confidence without BOD training. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Karen Thomas Moorman, Indiana
I read the BOD books within the first 6 months of starting my decorating business and the techniques for running a business that I learned have been priceless. Being a new solo business owner was scary and finding all of the answers to my questions was not easy until I discovered Kimberly and BOD! I recommend it to every designer I can.