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Actionable Ways To Start an Interior Design Business

by Tandava Krishna


Having food and shelter are the most basic survival needs. We work hard every day to get food and we save money from it to build our houses. Nowadays, houses are not just built for shelter they are also built according to comfort, the capacity of expenditure, and of course as a status symbol. The more designer the house, the better the aesthetic, the cost of making that house increases too. Since the income of the middle class is increasing their ability to spend more is increased and as a result, the dream of many to have their own house is getting fulfilled. When we think of making our homes, we try to put the best we can afford to make it look beautiful and there are many options available too. Once it is built, we often face difficulty in decorating it. Here is when the role of the interior designer comes handy. Interior designers are artists who help the client to create the aesthetic of a space. They are trained specifically to enhance the beauty of even a small space by adding a few elements which a normal person fails to create. People don’t build their houses every day and once it is done, they like to make sure it is gorgeous and inventive as it is comfortable. To achieve that, it is the interior design business that makes a profit. They design the space and arrange the labor and raw material and you get the final product of your choice. The interior design business is very creative and profitable. Once you set your feet in this business, there is no going back. 

Let’s take a look at how you can start an interior design business:

Decide your niche

It depends on your expertise and skill set. Interior designers work usually have a niche based on which they take clients. Much only work for commercial buildings while others do studios or home interiors. You have to first decide if you are going to have an arena that will help you settle in the market. The business will expand and you can always switch to bigger projects based on your experience but decide first how you are going to introduce yourself to the market and how influential it will be and will it get enough attention.

Generate funds

This is amongst the first things to do for any business that you are setting up. It will require a principal investment. your scale of business will depend on this and vice versa. Get yourself sponsors who are willing to support a local business and have your back in tough times.

Do your research

To open a business, as easy as it sounds, is not an easy venture. You have to do a lot of research about how the market functions and what is the demand and supply chain in this business. The business requires your understanding of trends, styling, and presentation. You need to have great shopkeeper’s skills and a compassionate personality. You must know how to attract customers to your shop.

Increase your expertise

To open an interior design business, you need to have a lot of information about the design culture and trend. You should be an expert. Take guidance from an expert and join classes to know the maximum about the business. There are many courses for interior designing available such as B. Des., BS interior design, and other diploma courses. It is a must you understand the architecture of the place and use your skills to enhance the beauty of it. An interior designer requires years and years of practice to master their vision. You should know the value of it and thus work on yourself along with your business.

Understand the Market

To start any business, you must know how the market works around it. Find out how many people are interested in building homes, what are the real estate colonies and what is the pattern of growth their, etc. What other interior design businesses are available? Meet with architects and other interior designers to know more about the business. This research will help you understand the market size, strata, variety, and help you build a vision for your interior design business. This way you can be more focused and the knitted to your business.

License and Permit

To start any business in India, you need to have legal permission sorted beforehand to avoid any hassles with government officials. You’ll need to get yourself registered as a business person, get all the necessary approvals, and get all the documentation handy. To set up an office for an interior design business, you must have a valid degree. So get the right education.

Understand your customer

Focus on the needs of your customers. Follow the pattern of what are the designs which are demanded by them. Interior designing is an artist’s work and we all know how passionate artists are about their work. There are times when your client will criticize your work and it is when you must be patient. Provide them with the service they demand and listen to their queries and concerns. In this business, people don’t shy away from buying fancy designs so go overboard if you are one who wants to sell them, make sure some prospects will be willing to buy them too.

Go online

Setting up any business requires a strong local connection and communication so that the business can propagate but with the rise of the internet people have also started appreciating work they see online and services. It is with websites and web pages that things have become a lot easier. Make a website for your interior design business where you showcase your previous work. Arrange your designs in different categories and use various models and tools which are available online to make your website catchier and more attractive. 

Get the Manpower

Designing can be done alone but you need to have a staff which will carry out formalities. Apart from that once your business is busier and you have a few clients, you can have a draftsman who can help you with drafting your ideas on different software. You need to have carpenters, laborers, masons, and other helpers for the actual makeover.

Have a partner

Integrating with other interior designers or architects where they design and you do the finishing touches can work like magic. People tend to trust more when you have a partner working alongside them. It helps in building more creative and ease out the workload.

Find the right distributors

The interior design business isn’t just about design, it is about doing the complete makeover of the place. You have to arrange raw material and have labor to put your design from paper to reality.  Make sure you have a distributor who can easily make you available with the supply whenever you demand them and have access to the list of items that is trending in the market. You should not miss on days when the material required by you wasn’t available with the distributors.

Marketing and Social Media

Nowadays, marketing holds one of the prime spots if we think of important things required to start any business. To open an art gallery, you must know the people who can make a good customer base, a network of art enthusiasts who can help you with marketing your business. Along with propagating your art gallery on different platforms, set up their Instagram and Facebook page so that idea reaches a diverse audience of that medium. Market your website as much as you can. It is an investment that never fails. You can go for on-page and off-page SEO of your site. Use various discount offers to attract the audience and take proper feedback from the customers who have purchased from you and if they would recommend your service to their friends. You can also set up a WhatsApp Business profile for keeping the customers intact and providing them with various personalized offers according to their needs. Also, invest in offline advertisements. Handout business cards to people in your locality so that they know a new interior design business has been set up near them.

Interior Designing is a business that is based on rapport. Your few initial successful projects can make you popular because the main marketing tool in this business is the reference made by people themselves to their peers. Remember to manage your business well, keep a cool head and charm personality, and talk those potential customers into your next big projects. All the best!


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