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Now that you have decided what services you will provide and cost for each, it is time to advertise. Since you have contacted suppliers, ask them if you can leave interior decorating flyers and business cards at their locations. If these suppliers have seen your work, and make sure they do, they may also refer their customers to you.
You should also contact realtors, new homebuilders, business offices, stores, hotels and just about anywhere that uses an interior that needs to be decorated. Send each a letter announcing opening of your business, make sure there is a name on letter and envelope, and not a generic “Business Owner” opening. Follow up with a phone call and try to get an appointment to present them with information about you and your interior decorating business. Even if they are not interested right now, they will be in future, and you want to make sure they remember you.
You can also offer services in way of teaching a class on home interior decorating. Many community colleges offer personal enrichment classes for everyone in community. In class have each person pick a room in their home they want to redecorate. By end of class, their room should be complete and you will have more happy customers to spread word about you and your business.
Once you have started your business, you should subscribe to trade periodicals, and visit websites to get interior decorating tips and ideas from others in industry. You should purchase books about different areas of decorating and techniques you can use.
Many of industry associations will only accept members that are licensed Interior Designers. Keep this in mind when you are planning your future goals, but remember there are also many successful interior designers who are not licensed.
With your thoughts now racing about interior decorating, costs, marketing and keeping up with trends, you seem to have made your decision. Start calling competitors, and decorating friends and family’s homes. Open your own interior designing business now.
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