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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 5 edition (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762750154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762750153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know to run a successful interior design business from your home
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based interior design business? Have you been hesitant to put your business plans into action? This book contains all the necessary tools and success strategies you need to launch and grow your business. An experienced designer shares her advice on every aspect of the trade.

Learn how to develop a business plan, estimate your start-up costs, price your services, and stay profitable once you’re in business. Read all about getting clients and referrals, outshining the competition, bidding competitively, establishing your daily schedule, organizing your business, getting paid, and much more. The book is packed with worksheets, including a:
Products and services chart
Sample balance worksheet
Profit-and-loss worksheet
Cash-flow projections worksheet
Weekly accounting ledger
Bid sheet
Job-tracking worksheet
This new edition also includes numerous sidebars and lists as well as new information on “green” home furnishings and environmentally friendly paints that clients may ask about.

About the Author

Nita B. Phillips is an interior designer based in Wilmington, North Carolina. She began her career working for a local firm and then started and ran her own retail business for six years. She currently runs her own home-based interior design business, which specializes in consultation for private clients and builders.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BoxwoodTerrace on September 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very thorough and helpful for getting started in the interior design business on a small scale. The author also includes items to consider with taxes, billing, and paperwork in addition to what to expect as an interior designer and typical skills that are required.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Wiggins on September 17, 2012
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This is a great book for those just starting out in the business. I will most certainly be reading it multiple times throughout my start-up process. There's great forms you can use and even practice problems to solve with how to measure for certain items. I could not give it all 5 stars however, because it focused a great deal on saling products and how to price them without ever really focusing on how to price your services and time. Overall, this book gives a designer starting out an edge on what to expect and how to be prepared for it. Great book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AndreaBN on March 17, 2012
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Very useful and informative. Nicely written. It help me a lot to understand how the business is like and the possibilities there are. I would not recommend it to everyone just because I don't need more competition... Just kidding! If you are planing to get started in the interior design field this book is a MUST
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By abf on February 11, 2013
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For someone who has a degree in the subject and already works in the industry, this book will not offer any new knowledge. I was looking for some tips from other professional(s) who took the plunge and started their own businesses. Unfortunately, this book will not provide that kind of insigt. Perhaps, someone who has a 'decorating' hobby would feel differently...
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By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2014
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This book was worth every penny, really gave me the kind of information I needed. It lacked a lot of technological advice (social media marketing, internet advertising & resources), but besides that, this is a great starting point for aspiring decorators/designers
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