Interior decorating and design goes way beyond homes – think restaurants, hotels, spas, art galleries, model homes, corporate offices, even bed and breakfast inns.
Start with small re-design jobs. Hence, you can get your foot in the door by proving your skills and expertise. In addition, don’t rule out big jobs: just make the right connections!
Many successful decorators suggest choosing a specific market that interests them. Then, they specialize in that niche. This allows them to more easily become an expert in their specialty and therefore attract more customers with less effort.
How to Start an Interior Decorating Business:
First, you want to build a portfolio. Next, choose the services you want to offer, establish a business plan and price your services. Then, write down a list of client markets that you will target and suppliers to fill the needs of your customers. Lastly, set up a home office, pick a business name, design a logo and order business cards and office supplies.
Not sure how to price your design interior decorating services? No problem – there’s help for that with Price Estimating for Designers.
Below is a handy guide to help you get started. There is also an example interior design business plan that you can check out to get ideas for planning your own company.
INTERIOR DECORATOR QUICK-START GUIDE
Interior Design and Decorating Experts, including Interior Design TV Show Host Debbie Travis, have compiled their years of knowledge and experience into a information-packed guide for interior decorators who want to launch their own businesses.
- Ways to teach yourself interior decorating, tips for creating an impressive portfolio, pricing your services, where to find suppliers and setting up an office.
- How to start with little or no money, find clients with minimal effort and do
an impressive client consultation.
- How to get up to a 50% discount on decorating materials, get free media publicity to grow your business and sample forms and documents that you can use to manage your business.