I’ve had my own interior design business for some time now, and I've gotten to a place where everything is going really well. I’ve done several successful projects, virtually and in-person. I enjoy my work and the clients I serve. I feel so inspired and fulfilled. I’m helping my clients to find harmony and achieve that desired balance in a calm and mindful spaces. No more hustle finding the right furniture and accessories. They can finally enjoy slow living and be happy right there right now in their beautiful homes. I honestly love being a part of that transformation for them!
But things haven’t been so joyful for me. In the beginning, I knew I was doing something wrong, but I couldn't quite figure out what it was. And I was not happy with my job at all. Obviously, the way to success and fulfillment is different for everyone, and everyone finds their own way, but there are some common things I wish I knew when I just started out. If you're new to the design business, I want to share them with you. (Maybe you'll find something you need to hear right now!)
Don’t chase every possible interior design business project out there.
You can’t be everything for everyone. Instead of wasting time trying to get every project and appeal to everyone else's taste, calm down and master what you do best. You’ll meet your ideal client very soon.
Don’t try to be someone you are not.
Look into yourself deeply and find your unique style. I promise you DO have that special talent. Instead of going for a "Joanna Gaines look" or a "Kelly Wearstler vibe", find out what YOUR taste is and let it shine.
Don’t compare yourself with other designers.
We are not competitors - there's room enough for everyone. We are all different, with different backgrounds and personal stories. Move towards your goal step-by-step, and don't worry about what everyone else is doing.
Ask for help when you need it.
Don’t try to be your own boss for everything. You just can’t be awesome in all the aspects. Get qualified help for the things you are struggling with and rock the stuff you're fantastic at.
And the most important thing I would say my former self again and again – get enough sleep and do your job best!
You might think you need to send just one more email, or adjust your website one more time, or even find that perfect rug before you allow yourself to close your eyes - I know that pressure, too. Listen up, though - there is no bigger creativity crasher than sleep deprivation! Just close your laptop and go to bed.
Do you know someone from interior design business who needs to hear this? Help them out by sharing this post with them. And go to sleep! I mean it!