Did you know that according to a nationwide survey of interior design professionals, the average independent interior designer grosses $250K a year? Are you grossing anywhere close to that figure? Do you know the difference between net and gross? I have found that many interior design professionals not only make far less than this, but far less than they are worth! It can be challenging to know how much to charge, know how to charge and understand how to create a business that generates profitability well beyond break even. The greatest gap is in education.
Our industry is fractured, fragmented and independents and even those in small firms often work in a vacuum, isolated from critical knowledge, possible mentors, and successful business models. The most important investment you can make is in yourself, your education, and your worth. This means it is vital to stay up to date with the following:
- Home Expos
- Trade Shows
- Private Coaching
- Exclusive Designer Only Workshops and Events Allowing Unique Business Focus
Take a good look and see how much you have invested in yourself in the last year, the last 3 years. I invest on average $20K a year in my knowledge, expertise, talent and success. I get back that return and far more. If you could invest even half that in the right opportunities for you, and get it back 2x, 3x, 5x wouldn’t it be worth it? This isn’t about a website, a single showhouse opportunity, or a brochure, but about your business intelligence, systems, know-how, and implementation.
What are you willing to invest in yourself to realize your potential and your outrageous success? Oh, and if you choose not to, know that you are choosing limited success or even not to succeed. Those overnight sensations you hear about, never are, they worked hard, invested in themselves and their future.
Tell me, I’d like to know and keep you on task and on investment in your greatest asset, YOU!
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