Starting your own business is quite a journey and while it does seem both daunting and impossible at times, both patience and persistence along with skill and dedication will eventually get you going.
For those with an eye for interior design and a talent when it comes to handling both large and small businesses, opening an office interior design consultancy is an option. But it takes a lot more than some talent and desire to get it done and if you are not organised in planning for this huge transition, then success will be hard to find.
Here are 7 steps though, which should kelp in pointing you towards the right direction –
An eye for classy interiors
The most important thing is obviously to have the aptitude and the ability that will separate you from the crowd. Go through the internet, watch interior design shows on TV and see what other commercial companies are doing. Subscribe to magazines that will help expand your range and understand office design and fit out better.
Education opens up new doors
We are not suggesting that those without a formal degree in design cannot make it big in this line of work. Many have done so in the past and many will in the future as well as it is an industry that values creativity and ability. But some sort of design school diploma or even degree helps a great deal in opening doors that are otherwise far more difficult to unlock and will help to become a valued and respected specialist.
Experiment with your own surroundings
Give your own office several small makeovers and designate a room where you can practice various styles, decors, themes, patterns, colour applets, desk and furniture layout and a lot more. This will give you both new ideas and a chance to see what clicks well and what fails within your prospective client’s company culture
Get some experience
While the idea of starting your own office design business is great, work at another company for some amount of time to know how things work inside the company and to polish your own skills in a professional environment.
Build a portfolio
Every interior designer tends to have his or her own portfolio, which includes all the work that they have done. Photograph your work, no matter how small it is and get some professional help in putting together an attractive portfolio that has your own unique flavour to it!
Obtain the necessary license
In all the excitement, do not forget to apply for the necessary license in the local office so that you can get started on your business dreams. This process is not as complicated as most people make it out to be and you should have one in no time. This means that contracting becomes easier in the long run.
Advertising and contacts
Once you decide to get started, remember to let people know that you have put office fit out on the map. Do it by talking to your existing contacts and building new ones. You can only get clients when people actually know the existence of your company! Plan a marketing strategy along with the opening of your business.