Two Tips for Those Who Want to Set Up a Residential Interior Design Business

13 April 2020
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

If you are creative, resourceful and have great organisation skills, then you could make a fantastic interior designer. If you'd like to set up a residential interior design business, the advice here could help you.

Establish a professional bond with a kitchen wholesale business

If you plan to focus on residential interior design, then it is safe to assume that many of your clients will ask you to redesign their kitchens for them. This is mainly because most people spend quite a bit of time in their kitchen and are particularly concerned with ensuring that this part of their home is perfectly designed.

Because of this, it is important to reach out to a kitchen wholesale business and to build a professional bond with them as soon as your interior design enterprise has been set up. This will allow you to buy kitchen features like benchtops that your clients request from this wholesale business, which will, in turn, mean that you can purchase these kitchen items at their wholesale prices. You can then pass these savings onto your clients by offering your services at a rate that is a little lower than your competitors. This could be particularly useful when you're still trying to build your reputation as an interior designer and attract clients and are competing with well-established interior design businesses.

Do a few free or heavily-discounted interior design projects for your friends and family when you first set the business up

At the beginning of your venture, you should consider doing two or three free or heavily-discounted interior design projects for family members or friends who want some areas of their homes spruced up but who do not have a lot of spare cash to throw around. Then, you should carefully document the finished results, by taking photographs of these homes and putting them into a portfolio folder.

The reason for this is that you cannot expect new clients who you do not personally know to hire and pay you if they have never seen any examples of your work. As such, in order to get new clients, you will need a portfolio, which showcases your skills as an interior designer and provides those who are thinking about using your services with some idea of what home decor looks you are capable of creating. By offering to do a few small interior design projects for friends and family, for a nominal amount (or for nothing at all), you can put together the portfolio that is going to land you big clients in the future who will be prepared to pay plenty to make use of your talents.