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I received an email from an Interior Designer, she asked two very important questions

  1. How are Interior Designers finding their leads?
  2. Since clients can find almost anything now online, how are designers making sure they can make money on projects?

This is definitely where most Interior Designers struggle, and quite frankly where all business owners struggle when business is not as profitable as they would like.

Here’s how I answered:

      1. It varies greatly from designer to designer on how they find leads. It’s strongly based on how effectively they are reaching their ideal clients, how long they are in business, and how consistent they are with their marketing

Certainly, some of my clients are rocking it with referrals, Facebook, Instagram, website SEO, and networking both on and offline.  There are tricks to all of them in order to get them working for you.

I should have added that others are blogging, using Google plus, HOUZZ, and YouTube. The list can really go on and on.

The magic happens when you can increase your visibility to your ideal client market in a way that feels authentic to you. Really knowing where your ideal client is “hanging out”, online and offline and finding your way to be there, consistently offering value.

The second question is one that is indicative of a continuously changing interior design market which is making it more difficult to do business the way many used to. My answer was as follows:

  1.  Having an effective pricing model based on service and expertise is key.  Not positioning yourself as a personal shopper but as an Interior Designer who brings value, experience, education, artistic design vision, expertise, service and a team of trusted, quality suppliers and contractors.

Questions like these, and others that come up daily for my clients and my Actionable Entrepreneurs Facebook group members, is why I created the Sales and Leadership Academy for Interior Designers

In this group training, we will discuss and answer these and many more questions

During twice a month meetings, I will provide training specifically on what YOU need.  I’m keeping the group small to make sure I can move each of you forward consistently.

You will be able to share your struggles with me and others in the group and get answers that will be actionable.

Getting Clear and Concise on your offers, pricing, outward facing media, in addition to answering:

  • What’s working?  What’s not?
  • Where should you be putting your effort to grow your business?
  • How specifically can you implement a consistent marketing plan that works?
  • How can you feel more comfortable with the “sales” conversation?
  • How do you set up a fee structure where you get paid for what you love to do and do best?
  • How do you deal with a not-so-ideal client?
  • Who should I be marketing to and how do I distinguish myself in the market?

These questions answered and training specific to your needs.

Each time we meet, you will come away with your questions answered and specific steps to move you forward.

This is an Interior Design Coaching group that will bring you value and business growth every month, twice a month

And the best part? You are in control of how long you stay in the group.  That’s right, it’s subscription based and when you are ready to fly on your own, learned what you wanted, or needed, you can opt-out.

Interested in learning more? Click the link for more details.