Books on How to Start an Interior Design Business

Thinking of starting an Interior Design Business? Here are articles to help you get started:

For detailed guidance, tips and advice on how to start and run an Interior Design Business, check out some books we have selected below:

The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability

Thousands of interior design professionals have come to rely on The Interior Design Business Handbook for comprehensive, accessible coverage of the essential procedures, tools, and techniques necessary to manage a successful interior design business.

The Fifth Edition of this essential resource has been revised to address the latest trends and changes in the field, with new and updated material on business size and structure, building a brand, client development, social networking and Internet marketing, finances, purchasing, technology and software programs, and other key areas.

Designing Your Business: Strategies for Interior Design Professionals

Designing Your Business brings the expertise of a business and legal professional to the practice of interior design. Accordingly, the book serves as a strong reference for basic business and legal concepts. It aims to make students savvy business people as well as creative interior designers.




The Interior Designer’s Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting

This second edition is updated throughout and includes additional material on time management and numerous interviews with leading designers. Empowered by the step-by-step guidance in this book, interior designers will be able to establish prices and budgets that make their clients happy and their businesses profitable. Written by a designer and veteran expert on pricing, estimating, and budgeting systems, the book provides practical guidelines on how to value the cost of designing commercial or residential interiors, from the designer’s creative input to the pricing of decorating products and procedures.



Interior Design Course: Principles, Practices, and Techniques for the Aspiring Designer (Quarto Book)

Presenting all the design principles and techniques needed for creating beautiful rooms, Interior Design Course advises readers on how to think visually and develop distinctive, personal styles of their own. The book is organized into units that reflect interior design courses offered at leading schools. Step-by-step tutorials guide readers through the entire design process, starting with planning the space, then instructing on choosing color schemes and furnishings, and working with a variety of materials



How to Start and Operate Your Own Design Firm: A Guide for Interior Designers and Architects, Second Edition

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How to Start a Home-Based Interior Design Business, 5th (Home-Based Business Series)

Learn how to develop a business plan, estimate your start-up costs, price your services, and stay profitable once you’re in business. Read all about getting clients and referrals, outshining the competition, bidding competitively, establishing your daily schedule, organizing your business, getting paid, and much more




Business and Legal Forms for Interior Designers, Second Edition

Here you will find forms with step-by-step instructions that can be used as is, or easily tailored to meet a specific business situation. Readers will find a model job master index, product plan and budget, time sheet, contract with fabricator, estimate request form, client status report, commission of artwork contract, nondisclosure agreement, and much more. Also included is a second copy of each form with perforated pages for easy tear-out, as well as an accompanying CD-ROM with electronic copies of all these forms and checklists in both Mac and PC formats.