Business of Design ® | Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects & Landscapers

Business of Design ® | Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects & Landscapers

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Episodes

May 21, 2024 28 mins
The journey to a dream career is frequently a winding path. That’s true for many of us, and it certainly describes the journey of designer Denean Jackson. Hear how she launched her business as a staging professional and then followed her heart to a niche in kitchen and bath design. Every year gets better, and there are big plans ahead for Denean. In this episode we learn: - self-assessment is an important tool - reflect on your...
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Could you take 1% of any revenue you earn and tuck it away, out of sight, safe in a savings plan? Yes, you can. Although 1% doesn’t sound like a lot, it might surprise you to see how fast your 1% asset will accumulate. Saving is a muscle, like any other. Taking 1% off the top may push you to get more creative with purchasing and expenses. Try it. In this episode we learn: - take 1% of all revenue and put it in a separate account ...
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There are so many joys and benefits of working on projects in different locations, but there are an equal number of challenges. Working on distant projects will force you to be extremely efficient and strategic with your time, benefiting all of your other projects in the long run. In this episode we learn: - How to manage projects in different time zones - Develop good procedures for remote work - Travel to the places where you wa...
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Two years ago, when designer Holli Appelquist joined Business of Design® and began to implement the systems. She anticipated improvements to her projects, but she was blown away by the positive changes in her life. She finally enjoyed the work-life balance that previously eluded her. She had more time to work on the tasks she loved doing. More time off during the work week and more time off for holidays. She was able to delegate to...
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Could you start over? Let’s say you’ve been in business a few years, or more. You’ve given it your all, but you still aren’t where you dreamed you’d be by now. Would you just keep plugging away, or would you be willing to try something new? Would you be willing to adopt the BOD™ systems? In this episode, designer Holli Appelquist shares how she joined BOD™ and transformed her company, her profitability, and her life, in one year. ...
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It’s one thing to design a kitchen. It’s an entirely different matter to cook in one. If you are an interior design professional who renovates or designs these important spaces, you’ll love getting advice from a professional who has cooked in a hundred different homes.  In this episode we learn: - questions to ask clients before you begin their kitchen renovation - tips for designing a kitchen that functions well - pet peeves to a...
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Yes, it can be scary to face an audience and stand in the spotlight. However, there are simple techniques you can use to harness your energy and transform it into excitement, rather than fear. In this episode we learn: - an instant technique to combat nerves and fear - what to practice before speaking or doing a presentation - a one-minute crash course in media Success is not an accident. It's a strategy. Business of Design® is...
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When someone asks you about your fantasy life, do you immediately think of your Hollywood crush or, are you so deep in the weeds that an assistant is where your mind goes? Ah yes. An assistant. A magical, mythical creature who can do all the tasks you don’t have time to do, plus keep you organized, answer your emails, deal with client headaches, and generally solve most of your problems. Sound about right? In this episode we lear...
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It's not how many years you've been in business. It's not how many clients you’ve serviced. It's not even about always knowing what to say to your clients or trades or staff. Being an expert begins with mindset. If you develop the mindset of an expert, you will become an expert. How do you develop an expert’s mindset? By relying on written, repeatable systems that support your business and life goals. In this episode we learn: -...
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Show your clients how to live like a VIP in their own homes by using those amazing hotel experiences to elevate the lifestyle you incorporate into your design projects. In this episode we learn: - play concierge for yourself and your design clients to elevate daily rituals - excavate your vacations and hotel experiences to find elements worth bringing home or to your clients - think of the foyer or entrance as a portal into the sp...
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March 12, 2024 38 mins
The Humorous Side of Design Insert laughter, smirks, and relatable cringing in your day during this entertaining, engaging panel discussion. Join Kimberley on the KBIS stage for a candid exploration of the humorous moments, horror stories, unconventional client requests and unexpected twists. The result? Invaluable lessons learned by seasoned designers who have beautifully navigated and showcased the power of creativity in this un...
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How to transform without ‘doing’ anything and how shifting your attention and awareness can change everything in your life. In this episode we learn: - what you think about grows - continually assess where your attention is going when you want to improve something in your business - actively listening to clients gets you closer to satisfying their deepest wishes - your client’s physical environment affects their well-being and p...
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Managing fluctuating client cycles of feast-to-famine can produce anxiety in even the most seasoned professionals. Anticipating annual trends where business slows down such as holiday time or the height of summer can help. But navigating longer ebbs and flows is part of any business owners journey. Let’s talk about the essential skills required to cope with feast-to-famine. In this episode we learn: - managing cash flow is part o...
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In this 4-part series, Kimberley will answer 24 questions in honour of 2024. We’ve broken it down into categories that focus on clients, projects, business, and staff. In this final episode, Cheryl will ask Kimberley 6 questions about staff. 1. Did you ever have trouble keeping staff? 2. What’s the secret to retaining staff? 3. We’ve heard you say you suck at hiring. Why? 4. What is the hardest thing about delegating? 5. What is ...
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In this 4-part series, Kimberley will answer 24 questions in honour of 2024. We’ve broken it down into categories that focus on clients, projects, business, and staff. In this episode, Cheryl will ask Kimberley 6 questions about business. 1. What is your favorite line in your contract? 2. What is the first change you would recommend to a designer who is new to systems? 3. What is the most common way that designers leave money on ...
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In this 4-part series, Kimberley will answer 24 questions in honour of 2024. We’ve broken it down into categories that focus on clients, projects, business, and staff. In the episode, Cheryl will ask Kimberley 6 questions about projects. 1. What is your favorite part of any project? 2. What is the newest system you’ve implemented? 3. What’s a system you’ve tried, but would not recommend? 4. What is the most underrated step in th...
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In this 4-part series, Kimberley will answer 24 questions in honour of 2024. We’ve broken it down into categories that focus on clients, projects, business, and staff. In the first episode, Cheryl will ask Kimberley 6 questions about clients. 1. What is your go-to line when it comes to working with clients? 2. What is a go-to example you use to set client expectations at the start of the project? 3. What is the hardest thing you...
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In this episode, recorded live at IDS Toronto 20204, Business of Design® Advocate in Chief, Kimberley Seldon, spoke to a sold-out crowd on being the expert. Confidence in your expertise is the first step in creating the successful interior design business you deserve and desire. By building confidence, you’ll be able to honor your value, charge appropriate fees and generate profit year after year. From the position of expert, you c...
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Too many interior designers struggle with delegating. Why? Well, for one thing, says our guest, we too often ask for someone to complete a task rather than provide the outcome we want. It’s time to create a high performing, self-managed team. In this episode we learn: - take a GSD staycation (get stuff done) - if you’re thinking about delegating, you must also think about accountability - an effective leadership team is accounta...
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As a left-brained creative, having a process and set of procedures is instrumental for success, says Robin McLendon. Robin is not an interior design professional. Instead, she’s a client and she has lots to say about working with professionals who do not have a system like the BOD™ 15, which allows them to run projects in an orderly fashion. In this episode we learn: - don't ask the client what she needs or is looking for, inst...
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