Starting up a business can be expensive. In most businesses the overheads can soon stack up: premises, council tax, rates, and of course stock. Start-up costs can be so expensive that it puts many people off from starting.
However, the age of the internet has made it more accessible than ever to start your own business, and the once-prohibitive costs are becoming increasingly less.
So what do you need to get going?
I always recommend that people complete some form of training in interior design. Even if you have a knack for design and an “eye for it” there is so much more to learn, about how to manage clients, how to advertise your business and how to maximise your profits for example.
Quite simply, I mean a phone and a computer. As well as being the main tool you will use to create your designs, a computer will enable you to have a website, run your social media and to manage initial consultations from clients. A mobile phone allows you to speak to clients directly, which allows you to build rapport.
Whether you are a techy or not, the first place that people will go to find out about you and your business is the internet. You need to have a “shop front” on the internet; at least a Facebook page but more ideally a website with examples of your work. Using social media to attract clients is a key tool, and something that I teach in my monthly membership.
And talking about examples of your work, most potential clients will want to see a portfolio of your work. If you have studied with me, this is not a problem because you build a portfolio as you complete the work. You can also use images of rooms that you have decorated in your own home.
You don’t start your own business unless you have a certain level of confidence about your skills and what you are doing. Now don’t worry if you don’t have that to begin with. Through your studies, you will begin to gain confidence about your skill level, and by joining our supportive community you get access to advice and trainings to help you with client questions, as well as business and marketing questions.
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