The world of interior decorations is a simple one which does not need a special qualification, but diligence and foresight. However if you are always receiving compliments on your interior design taste or perhaps love decorating rooms and arranging furniture then interior decorating business may not be a bad idea.
Literally anyone can become an interior decorator. Someone who loves playing with colours, fabrics and textiles can become a decorator by simply printing business cards and promoting themselves to clients. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but educational background is also important. Interior decorators are paid to make homes and businesses suit the tastes of their owners. A good interior decorator can combine his own vision with the wishes and budget of his customers to turn physical spaces into places of beauty.
You can actually make good money in this business, as there are lots of designs possibilities, from home decoration, office, hotels, wedding venue, birthday, burial or any special events.
Before you make a life-altering career choice in this line of entrepreneurship, there are some things you should know about the decorating world. Decorators face challenges every day; some of these may not appeal to you, while others may excite you and open doors to a career that you never thought was possible.
Hone your own design sense
Interior decorating does not require any particular educational background, but a good sense of how to blend colours, fabrics and various pieces is important to be successful.
Without a portfolio, it will be hard to get decorating jobs. Offer your services to local women’s shelters or volunteer to assist established decorators to gain experience.
Create a portfolio
A picture says a thousand words, and this is definitely true when it comes to an interior designer’s portfolio. You can talk all day long about colours and textiles, but unless you have an outstanding portfolio that showcases your designs and projects, your successes will be few and far between. So it may be necessary to offer your services for free or at a reduced rate. This is probably the best way to get a portfolio started; it’s also a great way to get to know local merchandises and suppliers, and develop a rapport for future projects.
Everybody starts at the bottom. With some effort, experience and proper marketing, you can become a successful force in the interior decorating field. Also with the experience you have gained volunteering, you can put together samples of your work to show potential clients.
Join professional organisations and chambers of commerce to meet professionals in your area and potential clients. This is especially important if you are working for yourself.
A Knack for design
It may seem obvious, but in order to become an interior decorator, you need to have an innate flair for colour, spatial arrangements, architecture and textiles.
The first step to a successful career is to follow your passion. After all, doing something you love will never feel like work, and you will never feel bored doing it.
Be people’s person
Ask decorators to share their experiences, and they will surely relate some horror stories of past clients. People are finicky, especially when it comes to their homes. While some clients have clear goals in mind, others may think they know what they want only to discover that they hate the final product and are dissatisfied with your work.
A successful interior decorator is a people pleaser and a mitigator (and sometimes a mind reader) — someone who can steer clients toward a favourable outcome while making them feel they are in full control of the design choices. Interior decorators are constantly balancing their design decisions and their clients’ desires. It’s not a cakewalk, to say the least.
Decorating business is a competitive business. The key to success is getting yourself noticed. As mentioned above, an amazing designer portfolio will certainly help you land jobs.
It is also a good idea to stay abreast of design trends by reading design publications and websites, communicating with fellow designers and following a mentor. When competition is high, you need to work hard in order to get noticed and rise to the top
8. It’s Not About Your Style, It’s About Theirs
While decorators can offer their clients a wide range of design styles to choose from, it is important to remember that it is up to the clients to choose what style suits them best.
Your job is to offer a variety of styles and direct the client toward the right design choice while allowing the client to feel in charge.
For example, you may work as an interior decorator for years and never decorate a house that suits your personal tastes. It is all about the clients’ style — and you must put your own aside.
9. The world is indeed a global village and you can get job from anywhere, most especially from Nigerians in diaspora. Yes, decorators can telecommute, too! Thanks to technological innovations such as Skype, facebook, email, and other social media.
10. Promote your business.
The best promotion is word of mouth from a job well done, but you can also advertise your services in local publications or through your local chamber of commerce as well as the social media, or you can even have your own website.