Interior Design and Redesign

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Going the Extra Mile

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that in this business it's important to give more than you promise.

Over deliver on what you say you will do.

If you quote a flat rate for services based on a certain length of time, stay longer.

Don't be in a hurry. Get the job done. Be a perfectionist.

I stayed an extra 3 hours on a full day project. I did not up my price as I felt it was smarter to "over deliver".

It paid off too. My client was so grateful, she paid me an extra $250 as a bonus.

Focus on the client's needs, not your own. You'll go farther in the long run.

Can You Make Money in Redesign and Staging?

I periodically get asked whether one can really make money in interior redesign and/or home staging.

It is impossible for anyone to predict the experience of someone else. While 10 people make take the same training, each person brings their own skill sets to the equation.

The trainee is the X factor.

It really doesn't matter what other's have or haven't done. Because your experience will not match anyone else's.

On that note, I just got paid $1000 to redesign a home. I actually worked about 8 hours. You do the math.