A creative and well-organized individual holds many benefits, as well as career opportunities. Exploring the possibilities to become an interior designer is an excellent way you can make money by doing something you love – diving deep into your own mind and unleashing your creativity upon others.
An interior designer is a creative professional with the ability to organize and utilize spaces to create some new and amazing. As an interior decorator, your job is to take a specific area, consider your client’s requirements and then to use your creative mind to change the look, feeling and layout of the space into something better.
Today we will be looking at what your duties as an interior designer will be, as well as how you can become an interior designer.
Interior Designer Career
Making the choice to change take on an interior designer career is both exciting and challenging. While this is the perfect career to use your imagination and design beautiful living and workspaces, this career choice also comes with many challenges.
As an interior decorator, your projects will include different tasks that need to be carried out in an organized fashion. These tasks can include:
- The first step would be to meet up with your client and discuss their requirements.
- Then you need to unleash your creativity and develop a professional design for your clients that suits their budget and requirements.
- After creating a design for your client, you need to prepare and present your initial sketches and ideas to them.
- The client will advise if they are happy and if any amendments need to be made. If the client needs any changes, you will need to make them before you can continue with the project.
- You will also need good negotiation and communication skills in order to advise the client on different aspects such as furniture, colors, paint, wallpapers and more.
- Before you can start with the design process, you need to work out a complete budget with all the costs and estimates.
- The final step before taking action would be to set up a complete report in digital form to present to the client. After presenting this to your client, they will approve the contract and you can get started.
- This is where you start taking action and begin implementing your plans to create the newly designed interior for your client.
As you can notice, the life of an interior designer is busy and full of challenges. This does not make it a bad career choice. In fact, many interior designers are making millions every year by simply using their creativity to help clients create amazing living and working spaces.
Become an Interior Designer
Now that we’ve taken a quick overview on what it means to be an interior designer, we are going to shift our focus over to the process involved in becoming an interior decorator. A lot of decision making comes with this career, and the decisions you make will have great impact on the initial capital required, your initial expenses and your running costs. Make sure you analyze and consider all your options and set up a complete career plan so you know where you are headed.
Step 1: Getting certified
Before you can start selling yourself as an interior designer, you need to get certified. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sit through long classes and sign up for a course that will take you years to complete. There’s a lot of online and offline short courses that can help you get on the road to becoming a professional, successful interior designer.
You can choose to start with a short course and continue learning as you grow your career, or you can start out by taking a full-time course that will take about a year or two to complete. The first choice will allow you to become an interior designer faster.
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Search for Colleges in your area, or online, that offers courses in this industry and sign up for one that you feel comfortable with.
Step 2: Decide on a business model
Many people prefer to start a new career by doing some in-house work for a company, while other people prefer to start out on their own. This is a decision that you will make before you can begin your new career. If you want to take on a job as an interior design specialist, then you will need to complete your courses and fill out a couple of job applications. You can start out with an entry-level job if you want to – these will usually accept you while you are studying.
A Little start-up capital or an initial business loan can help you set up your own business so that you can work for yourself. This can be done from home or from an office.
Deciding on a business model in very important and will effect the way you get into your new career.
Step 3: Your first job
Once you’ve completed your first course and you’ve decided on a business model, it’s time to get your first job. You won’t be able land a high-paying job the first time around, so try to find something that falls within your current level of expertise. This means that you should try to get a low-paying, entry level job just to get some references.
Some interior designers start out with projects that doesn’t pay anything. This is a smart choice if you have another income that can support you while you are building up a database of clients. You should also be able to land your first job quickly if you offer a free service in exchange for a reference.
Settling for a free service is only optional. You can also offer your first client(s) a discounted rate and tell them that you are still building experience.
Step 4: Building your portfolio
A Portfolio is a very important part of any interior designer’s career. Whether you have a job as an interior designer or working from home. a Portfolio shows clients what you are capable of and will help also them determine if you are the right person for the job.
This is also why it’s important to start with low-paying jobs. The more successful projects you can add to your portfolio when you are only starting out the better.
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You should always have your portfolio with you – online and offline. You can create a professional portfolio book to show off your work offline. A website will also help you showcase your work online. The more channels you use to display your design portfolio, the more options you will have to find new clients.
Each project should have it’s own page in your portfolio. a Title, description and a lot of detailed information is helpful; as well as a testimonial or review from the client. This will build trust and will help you land more jobs.
As an interior designer, you have different tasks to complete in order to decorate a specific space, or an entire building. This is the perfect chance to showcase your skills and to unleash your creativity. The steps mentioned in this post shows you the basic principles of becoming an interior designer. While these steps are not in-depth, they will give you a good idea about the process and procedures involved in this career choice.
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