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Business of Design® is the #1 trusted business training resource for design professionals around the world. Join thousands of design professional already using our field-tested project management strategies and enjoy increased confidence, improved client retention, greater profits and a business that thrives. It’s time to take control of your business. Become a member of Business of Design®, today: https://businessofdesign.com/?ref=2&campaign=podcast
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Interviews with fascinating people from a range of industries—from music and retail to journalism and technology—who are exploring their creative practices, inventing new ways of working, and helping shape a more inclusive world. In the 11th season of DB|BD, co-hosts Jessica Helfand and Ellen McGirt are observing equity by highlighting the “redesigners” — people who are addressing urgent problems by challenging big assumptions about how the world can and should work — and who it should work for.
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Welcome to The Business of Beautiful Spaces, the podcast where interior design matters! As Interior Designers, we understand the power of creating beautiful and functional spaces that not only look good, but also enhance our daily lives. Join us on this journey as we explore the ins and outs of the interior design industry and dive into the business side of things. From one interior designer to another, we'll share our experiences, insights, and lessons learned as we strive to create spaces ...
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In these changing times, you know your business needs a fresh approach to its strategy. Dina Goebel shares 40 years of business design experiences and tips on how to future-proof your business for long-term success. She shares up-front experiences on what works, and doesn't work, rather than just dwelling on theories. Visit her website: diaryofabusinessdesigner.com to download resources and ask questions.
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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. I…
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This episode I focusing on the complexities of condo projects for interior designers, here's a structured way to discuss the critical aspects such as understanding condo board rules, logistical considerations, design limitation and solutions and regulatory compliance. The Profit Academy for Interior Designers: https://theprofitacademyforinteriordes…
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In 2015, interior designer Jonsara Ruth and architect Alison Mears received a grant to study the use of building materials in affordable housing. This grant led to the creation of the Healthy Materials Lab, a design-led research lab based out of the Parsons School of Design that raises awareness about toxins in building materials and draws attentio…
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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. I…
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Speaking with Jami Sparling, mindset coach from Authentic Armour in this episode. Jami is a mindset coach and the founder of Authentic Armour, empowering entrepreneurs to unlock their potential through transformative mindset coaching. With a diverse background spanning paramedicine and interior design, Jami's transition from creative entrepreneur t…
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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 z…
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Leveraging her expertise in both residential and commercial design, Stacy has created an accessible online education platform that equips designers with the skills and knowledge to seamlessly integrate AI into their workflows. Since its launch in 2023, AI for Interior Designers has taught over 550 designers globally how to unlock AI’s potential. In…
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Franklin Leonard is the founder and CEO of The Black List, a platform that nurtures emerging screenwriters and gives screenplays that aren’t attached to a big producer, actor or studio a chance to be produced. Since The Black List’s founding in 2005, 440 scripts from its annual survey have been produced as feature films, grossing $30 billion in box…
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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…
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Katie Decker-Erickson began Color Works in 2007 to combine her love of color and beautiful design with her business savvy and the experience she gained while earning her MBA and certification from the International Association of Color Consultants and Designers. The result is a process-driven design firm that emphasizes your ROI just as much as it …
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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 joi…
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Nolan Bradbury is a seasoned professional with a passion for helping business owners achieve their dreams through sound accounting and financial strategies. Nolan is on a mission to empower entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and unlock the full potential of their enterprises. He understands that a well-tuned and financially sound business is the …
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Carrie Mae Weems is a multidisciplinary artist. Her body of work stretches over four decades and across many mediums, but with a singular focus— depicting the reality of Black life. Weems talks about her work, her role in public life, the intersecting crises in the world, and the power of convening people through art to confront big truths. On this…
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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 kitch…
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Inspired by the principles of quality over quantity and timeless, functional beauty, Kristen Thomas is a Colorado-based interior designer committed to designing spaces that elevate the everyday. She founded Studio Thomas in 2013 and under her passionate leadership, the studio has swiftly become Colorado's go-to bespoke design firm, gaining national…
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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 cour…
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Let's talk about prepping for High Point Market! Tips and tricks in surviving High Point Market in October. From booking early, to shoes, appointments and more. High Point Market website: https://www.highpointmarket.org/ Freebie "Welcome Guide" Template: https://the-business-of-beautiful-spaces.ck.page/ The Profit Academy for Interior Designers: ht…
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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, an…
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Sun Ah Brock, the founder of LUX decor, is a driven entrepreneur dedicated to fostering the most influential design community in North America. Owning her design firm since 2003, LUX decor has thrived under Sun Ah's leadership, garnering recognition for its exceptional service and design prowess, winning prestigious awards, and earning features in …
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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, repeata…
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In this episode, we explore how interior designers can enhance the client experience throughout the design process. Thornton Design exemplifies this approach through personalized communication from the initial contact, offering detailed guides and consultations to foster collaboration. From handwritten thank-you notes to thoughtful gestures like re…
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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…
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Ahhhhh! This week I turn 50 freaking years old! How did that happen?!?!?! Where has the time gone, it really does fly by. Over half of that time I have been running an interior design business and I want to share on today's episode the confidence and the bravery that each of us designers have in us to branch out and start our own businesses! Let's …
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The Humorous Side of DesignInsert 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 design…
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Planning and scheduling social media posts in advance using a social media planner offers several advantages, especially for busy interior designers looking to maintain a consistent online presence. Let's explore the advantages of pre-planning and additional marketing tips that I have learned through this podcast from the experts. Welcome Guide Fre…
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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 dee…
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Ericka Saurit is a designer, brand strategist, and founder of both the Marketing School for Creatives and Saurit Creative, a boutique brand marketing agency with a mission to support and elevate brands across the entire home industry. She has overseen digital product development brand strategy at Airbnb in San Francisco, created immersive physical …
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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 …
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Cutting down costs on interior design projects requires a strategic approach to maximize efficiency and minimize unnecessary expenses. Today we discuss some ways to reduce project costs without compromising quality. The Profit Academy for Interior Designers: https://theprofitacademyforinteriordesigners.mykajabi.com/ Be sure to follow along on Insta…
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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 …
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In this episode we welcomes Jacqueline Green, founder of "Behind the Design," a groundbreaking platform providing interior designers with unparalleled education, marketing strategies, business courses, and coaching. Formerly the force behind GA Interior Solutions, Jacqueline evolved her business into a hub for design professionals seeking to elevat…
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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 …
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Welcome back to another milestone episode of "The Business of Beautiful Spaces," where we celebrate the one-year anniversary of this podcast dedicated to empowering interior designers in their entrepreneurial journey. Today, I want to reflect on the incredible journey over the past year, sharing insights into how this podcast began, the lessons lea…
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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 y…
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Welcome back to another exciting episode of "The Business of Beautiful Spaces," your go-to podcast for interior designers managing their own businesses. Today, we delve into my recent adventure at the Las Vegas Market, drawing comparisons to the renowned High Point Market and exploring the latest design trends. The Business of Beautiful spaces Free…
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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 c…
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n this episode, we delve into the art of presenting interior design quotes and contracts with precision and professionalism. From crafting a clean and concise quote with a professional header and project-specific details to addressing price transparency and guarantees, we guide you through essential elements like time frames, payment methods, and i…
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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 app…
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The episode started off with a plan but quickly I went rogue into so many paths with curves and things and spiralled into thoughts and ramblings with me, myself and I. Sometimes keeping it real is the best, so they say. Who is "they" we don't know but let's see where this leads! Stay with me as I make a promise to help you with your bottom line thi…
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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, yo…
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Today we are exploring outsourcing tasks in your Interior Design business with Danae Branson, Founder of Elite Design Assistants. Danae and her team match interior designers with virtual design assistants (VDA) based on the skill sets and talents the interior designers are looking for. Offering a wide variety of services such as admin, 3D renders, …
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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 thi…
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Today's episode we are talking to Mindy Applebaum of Luxury Move Management located in Toronto, Canada. Mindy and her team offer services that can take you client service offerings to the next level. From packing and unpacking, moving, donation or selling of unwanted furniture to organizing your clients closet or new kitchen, they do it all. Let's …
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Old habits are difficult to break, but often these are the challenges that stand between you and success. Running an organized business means putting the end goal top of mind and then building the systems, structures, habits, and behaviors required to reach the goal. BOD™ BOSS Helen Austen shares her insights into running an organized business. In …
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Today we're diving into an often overlooked aspect of interior design projects— Let’s talk extras to consider when quoting your design projects. These are the little details that can make a big difference in the overall success and satisfaction of your clients. So, let's get started! The Business of Beautiful spaces Freebie: https://the-business-of…
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The journey to running a mature, profitable design firm is rarely an easy one. In this episode, Advocate-in-Chief, Kimberley Seldon shares some anecdotes on the path to success.In this episode we learn:- clients will follow whatever rules you give them, so don’t give them lousy rules- years on the job does not guarantee success or even progress- so…
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Merry Christmas! Today let’s talk interiordesign studio necessities Regardless if your studio is your home office or you have office space to call your design studio, here are some necessities that you may need in order to effectively run your business and create stunning designs for your clients. Be sure to follow along on Instagram @thebusinessof…
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Uncovering operational gaps within a business is easy, right? Every time something goes wrong, you’ve found another one. Implementing frameworks to support workflow is the only solution. It works. But it takes time to make the changes that will provide you with a business that supports the lifestyle you deserve and desire. In this episode we learn:…
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As we round out 2023, here are my top 5 podcasts that I enjoyed this year! Wingnut Social:https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/designed-by-wingnut-social-interior-design-business/id1434240381?i=1000627427538 Host: Darla Powell Description: Darla and her team keep you updated on the ever-changing landscape of social media. From quick-paced updates …
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As the design world faces the challenge of addressing wastefulness, it may be surprising to learn, the key to creating beautiful design while remaining eco-conscious lies in our very own backyards. A Los Angeles-based designer, Patrick Ediger has a formula that harnesses hyper-local practices to craft sustainable, timeless, and functional design fo…
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