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When Should Interior Designers Work Without Contracts & Retainers?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
The answer is “Never.”
Please join this important conversation in our LinkedIn group about the necessity for contracts and retainers. (Be sure and join us.)
Although newbies have been known to start work without contracts and retainers based on their good faith belief that the unsigned “clients” will pay, there are also many seasoned designers that have been burned [...]

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New FREE Report: 13 Interior Design Success Strategies for 2013

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From our colleague, Fred Berns …
13 could be – and should be –should be your lucky number in 2013.
And it will be if you download my new FREE  report entitled: “13 for ’13: Thirteen Super Success Strategies for Interior Design Professionals.”
Follow 13 simple steps, and 2013 will be your most profitable year ever as an interior design professional.
Download this report, and you’ll get practical and [...]

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2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey Results Are In

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SHOCKING STATISTIC! 23.2% of all interior designers left the industry between May 2008 and May 2011 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 For most designers, their financial results and satisfaction with the profession have been mixed and even dismal:
 

 98.5% of interior designers feel underpaid for the amount of work they do
94% of designers want or need to make more money
72.6%  [...]

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Happy New Year Interior Design Friends! Fresh Start Tips for 2013

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We are back from the holidays with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the New Year. How about you?
My husband and I went to Pismo Beach, California and enjoyed a week by the ocean.  It was especially relaxing because I didn’t open my laptop for 7 full days!  As my team and coaching clients know, taking days off is a rarity [...]

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Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey Time!

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It’s time for the annual Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey again, and we need your help.
Please take the Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey now and you will be entered for a weekly drawing of a $100 Amazon gift card. And, you will get an opportunity to see the results before anyone else.
The new eBook will be available on [...]

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How To Educate Your Interior Design Prospects Without Doing It Yourself!

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 Photo from iStock – Gail Doby
How often do you get frustrated when your prospects “don’t get or value” what you do?
a) Frequently b) Somewhat, or c) Not at All? If you answered a) Frequently, you are in good company. Do you feel that it is your association’s responsibility to educate consumers on your behalf, and to help build awareness about the value [...]

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INTERIOR DESIGNERS: How to Avoid Being Shopped!

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Today more than ever, clients are ‘shopping’ designers. What I mean by that is not the issue of clients buying furnishings themselves, but the bigger issue of people looking to designers for free advice, with no intention of ever hiring them.
There are many facets to this answer, but I’ll give you the biggest ways to avoid this, and what to [...]

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Interior Designers: Get more clients, charge more, and earn more? You CAN!

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You know you’re talented – a great designer with an exceptional eye.
So why are you losing potential clients? 
It’s a million-dollar question, and here’s the answer: it’s because you don’t know how to uniquely express your value. 
Luckily, that’s what Maria Bayer, Authentic Sales Coach for Design Success University, specializes in. And that’s what Maria’s going to teach you on a brand [...]

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