The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability, 5th Edition
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.
Complete with more than 75 sample forms and letters, this Fifth Edition is a one-stop resource for all aspects of establishing and running an interior design businessfrom choosing a location and managing day-to-day operations to growing a business and putting it up for sale. All of the techniques and procedures in the book are rooted in real-world experience and are used daily in successful design firms throughout the United States.
Filled with valuable information for solo practices and small firms as well as larger businesses, this book is an indispensable resource for seasoned professionals as well as interior designers who are at the start of their career.
Chapter 1 Finding Your Place in Interior Design 1
Chapter 2 Starting or Changing Your Business Type or Structure 31
Chapter 3 Planning for Profit and Growth 56
Chapter 4 Setting Up a Design Studio 70
Chapter 5 The Design Team 87
Chapter 6 Business Development 135
Chapter 7 Charging for Your Services 174
Chapter 8 Succeeding in Project Management 252
Chapter 9 Working with Sources and Contractors 281
Chapter 10 Managing Your Office 312
Chapter 11 Managing and Securing Your Financial Position 355
Chapter 12 Growing Your Firm and Your Professional Skills 435
Appendices: AIA Document B171 ID 447
Professional Associations 465
Recommended Reading 533
Designer’s Business Forum 538
MARY V. KNACKSTEDT, FASID, FIIDA, is founder and President of Knackstedt, Inc., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and New York City. She is an interior designer, furniture designer, consultant, and speaker. She has taught continuing education and business courses for professional organizations and universities, including Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. As a consultant, Knackstedt has helped develop many new businesses and restore many failing businesses. She continues to advise designers throughout the United States.