How To Set up A Healthy Interior Design Practice?
Today the buzz of health and fitness is everywhere. People are talking about being healthy and staying fit. Well, sorry to break the bubble of expectation, but staying healthy requires more than just a talk. It requires discipline and willpower to say no to any temptations.
Imagine you found your way to good health and you acquired the discipline it requires, but will that be enough? I meant staying healthy only physically will do the job? Yes it may, but only till certain extent. It is good to be physically fit and healthy, but it isn’t going to be enough.
I know I know, you are an artist and so am I. And I know, that we are very less inclined towards discipline, and we don’t have any serious relationship with discipline as such. But if you take very little pain, and research, this may shock you, but all the successful artist have discipline in their work and that is what set them on the path to success and riches.
Like I said, I used to think the same way, and I didn’t end up on the right side of success. So after figuring out myself, I discovered what Jim Rohn said years back and that is “Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of DISCIPLINE or the pain of REGRET“
Now I leave it too your wisdom to choose one of the two for yourself. Congratulations to you, if you chose the first one.
I know the question that is unsettling your mind, and that is, what kind of discipline will help you set up a healthy practice for your Interior Design Career? I thought you’d never ask. And those are:
- Build Closets, But Never Hide Behind Them.
- Make New Rules, But Don’t Break The Loop.
- Designing Is Your Friend, But Authentication Is Your Best Friend.
- Set Deadline, But Deliver Always On Time.
- Time Is Money, But Yours Is Gold.
- Client Is God, But Your Employees Are Angels.
- It Isn’t About Easy, But It Is About Right.
- Progress Is Visible, But Planning Is On Paper.
- They Give You An Empty Box, But You Fill It With Feelings And More.
- Thank You Is Enough, But Gratitude Is Beyond.
Sounds promising. Isn’t it? Allow me to elaborate them a little more for a better understanding of each of them. Shall we? Let’s begin then. . .
→ #1 Build Closets, But Never Hide Behind Them:
Our job is to build beautiful and functional closets with ample of space in it. So that space is used for the comfort of the user, and not to hide. Always keep clarity between you, your staff and your client. Whatever good or bad info you might have, or any issues for that matter, keep them out in open. Always address them and share.
If you try to hide any of it from your staff or from your client it will get out one day and you will lose the respect and trust they have for you. That is the very huge price to pay. And it isn’t healthy for your reputation and survival in this industry.
Our entire Interior Design industry works on trust. Your client trusts you with their hard earned money and and their space. Do not spoil it at any cost.
→ #2 Make New Rules, But Don’t Break The Loop:
Interior Designing or any creative field operates on one common thing, and that is to either bend or break old rules to make space and fit the new ones. But in breaking and bending the old rules never forget to keep the concerned party in the loop.
You may think you have the power and authority to do so. But that decision, is not yours to be taken alone. Many people are invested and involved in what you do. Just because you thought yourself to be the smartest person in the room, others shouldn’t pay or suffer because of your smartness.
No matter how tiniest your decisions maybe in regards to that project, always keep the concerned party in the loop.
→ #3 Designing Is Your Friend, But Authentication Is Your Best Friend.
I love the concept of Interior Designing. How design drawn on paper comes to life in few weeks or months time. It is mesmerizing in itself. But, this process of paper to reality takes toll on you, if you do not authentic them. Meaning?
Whenever you are working for someone and helping them build their dream space, you may want to take their approval on what you’re planning to do with their space. Sounds legit? Thought so. Make sure whatever you’ve drawn on paper, and then spent hours on end on your computer screen to convert them into a digital files, is authenticated and approved legit from your client.
Never forget to take an approval from your client. Take their signature on each and every approved designs, drawings, and make photocopies of the same and submit a copy to your client. This will save you from lot of unnecessary stress cloud that might gather upon you in future.
→ #4 Set Deadline, But Deliver Always On Time.
A goal is a dream with a deadline. You might have read this somewhere, and if you haven’t I’d urge you to read it again. Interior Designing is the kind of work which is full of surprises and uncertainty. But being an interior designer, our job is to deal with those uncertainties.
Keeping an account of those uncertainties we must move ahead with our project and keeping them in mind we shall promise the delivery of the said project. If you think a project might take 60 days to get finished, then you set a deadline of 65 to 70 days for your client.
The buffer of this 5 to 10 days will give you time to deal with any surprises that may reveal themselves along the course of your project. And will save you from commitment issues. But once promised, make sure you deliver on that timeline.
→ #5 Time Is Money, But Yours Is Gold.
Time is what we Interior Designers want more, as we wish to give more to everything that we do. So for us time is scarce. We mostly deal in time rather than other things that involves into Interior Designing. Our time schedule always hangs on the timing of our client.
Have a habit of being punctual. This gives you an upper hand. How? Suppose, if you have 3 meetings schedule for a day, and three of them are on the different corners of the city, do you think you will make it if you are not punctual?
Punctuality is the soul of business. If you’re punctual your clients will be too, and if they aren’t you can always teach them the importance of time.
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→ #6 Client Is God, But Your Employees Are Angels.
Customers will never love the company until the employees love it first. Respecting your client is inevitable, but respecting your employees is a choice. It is more of a transaction. If you respect them, appreciate them and keep their belief high enough in your vision, then they will work for you with blood, sweat and tears.
You can either manipulate them or inspire them. Choice is yours. The day someone better comes in their life, and manipulate them better then you, who knows they will sell you out too. They are as much important as clients. Clients are there because they are there.
→ #7 It Isn’t About Easy, But It Is About Right.
Always do what is right and not what is easy. If anything goes wrong, it is you who have to face the consequences. Doing right thing may not be easy to do, but that is the only way to do it.
In Interior Designing many things are complex and complicated. Instead of finding a way out, find a way in, and you will solve it for a lifetime. I promise it will automatically be easier than the first time. Hence always choose the right, if you wish to paint a bigger picture for yourself.
→ #8 Progress Is Visible, But Planning Is On Paper.
In Interior Designing we always do the planning of the given space first, and then we take on the challenge of designing. Why? Because, that gives us the idea of what will fit in which place and which space needs change or expansion. Once we do that, then it is called progress.
Planning always comes before progress. Make sure you don’t just plan your designs, but an entire project. Plan the stages of your project progression.
What is visible can be seen now, but whatever is documented can be referred always anytime.
→ #9 They Give You An Empty Box, But You Fill It With Feelings And More.
I have a question to ask. Are you doing this just to earn money or to help them design their dream home, office space or a restaurant? I believe Interior Designing is a profession which allows Interior Designers to fulfill the dreams of others through their vision and ability to understand the space.
It is so satisfying to see those happy, excited and illuminating faces at the end of every project. They see their space getting filled with furniture, paint colors and so many emotions and feelings that they can relate to. Suddenly that empty space feels complete and it is you who made that possible. This feeling is no match for any money. It is priceless.
→ #10 Thank You Is Enough, But Gratitude Is Beyond.
It defines thankful as “conscious of benefits received” while defining grateful as “appreciative of benefits received.” I think the difference between “conscious” and “appreciative” signifies that we experience thankfulness and gratitude for others in two different ways.
Thank you seems just a word when someone has given you the opportunity so grand. It is enough to say “Thank you” to the people who gave you this opportunity. They may not complain.
Being grateful is a different experience. Being grateful necessitates that we are first affected by one another. Gratitude then involves a period of reflection, perhaps through writing or thoughtful meditation, in which we allow ourselves enough time to understand our appreciation of this person. True gratitude expresses “thank you” not solely from our mouths, but also from our hearts. Gratitude transforms a hardwired response into an intentional discipline. Its healthy.
I thank you and I am grateful to you for sticking around and listening to what I had to say about the discipline requires to set up a healthy practice for your Interior Design career. One thing left to mention is that one must require so much discipline to read through the entire article and you certainly have it. This shows how important it is for you to become healthy in every way of your life.
Glad to know. See you around.