The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability / Edition 5

The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability / Edition 5

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by Mary V. Knackstedt
     
 

ISBN-10: 1118139879

ISBN-13: 9781118139875

Pub. Date: 09/11/2012

Publisher: Wiley

A full range of business techniques and strategies for running an interior design practice

The Interior Design Business Handbook presents cutting-edge procedures, tools, and techniques for managing a successful interior design business. Filled with essential information presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive reference is an invaluable component of

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A full range of business techniques and strategies for running an interior design practice

The Interior Design Business Handbook presents cutting-edge procedures, tools, and techniques for managing a successful interior design business. Filled with essential information presented in an easy-to-use format, this comprehensive reference is an invaluable component of any design firm's daily operations. Extensive revisions in this Third Edition provide the most up-to-date information and administrative strategies for thriving in today's market. Featured topics include:

  • Technology and its use in the creative practice
  • The pros and cons of working alone
  • Creating partnerships with other professionals
  • Presenting the value of design
  • Considering the many avenues of income available to design professionals

Every technique presented here for handling the challenges of your business has been incorporated by design firms across the country and proven effective. The Interior Design Business Handbook, Third Edition is an essential tool for existing firms looking to streamline their operations as well as new firms working to ensure a successful long-term future.

It is imperative that interior design firms maintain a solid business structure to permit them to work in a profitable way. Although the creative part of your business and administration often seem to require different talents, this book can help you realize how one can complement the other. All successful businesses must constantly redesign themselves to fit the market of the day. For over a decade, The Interior Design Business Handbook has helped firm owners manage their operations successfully. Now in its Third Edition, this book's accessible, practical guidance has been brought up to date to address the latest trends and challenges in the field. This Third Edition outlines every component of managing a firm, from choosing a location and administering daily operations to putting it up for sale. Included are innovative ideas for attracting and keeping clients, building a team of staff and consultants, mastering financial management, working with outside sources and contractors, and, most importantly, achieving professional growth. Techniques and practices used by leading firms have been meticulously researched and detailed here, such as tips for equipping your office to be Internet-friendly and strategies for establishing service value in today's economy. Supplemented with more than 50 sample forms and letters–including a prospective client report form, a design service outline, an existing conditions survey, and many more–this book is an essential reference for seasoned interior designers and those starting their own firms.

Author Biography: Mary V. Knackstedt, Fasid, Fiida, is founder and President of Knackstedt, Inc. of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and New York. She is an interior designer, furniture designer, consultant, and speaker. She frequently does keynotes, as well as continuing education courses and business courses for professional organizations and universities, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
As a consultant, Ms. Knackstedt has helped develop many new businesses and helped to restore failing businesses. She continues to consult designers individually and in groups throughout the country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118139875
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
569,971
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Finding Your Place in Interior Design 1

Chapter 2 Starting or Changing Your Business Type or Structure 31

Chapter 3 Planning for Profit and Growth 56

Chapter 4 Setting Up a Design Studio 70

Chapter 5 The Design Team 87

Chapter 6 Business Development 135

Chapter 7 Charging for Your Services 174

Chapter 8 Succeeding in Project Management 252

Chapter 9 Working with Sources and Contractors 281

Chapter 10 Managing Your Office 312

Chapter 11 Managing and Securing Your Financial Position 355

Chapter 12 Growing Your Firm and Your Professional Skills 435

Epilogue 445

Appendices: AIA Document B171 ID 447

Professional Associations 465

CIDA 469

Glossary 498

Recommended Reading 533

Designer’s Business Forum 538

Index 539

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The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your thinking or in the process of setting up an interior design/decorating business this book is the one. Covers all the things you might have not even thought of.