The Interior Design Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Profitability

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John Wiley & Sons, 2002 M04 8 - 416 pages
Discover how you can run the practical side of your practice more profitably. This comprehensive guide to managing an interior design business gives you an arsenal of proven procedures and practical tools and techniques perfected over the course of some thirty years. New to this edition are sections on establishing an electronic office, the pros and cons of working alone and creating partnerships, hiring and working with off-site employees, and more. It also includes more than fifty sample forms and letters, such as an existing conditions survey and a letter of transmittal, that can easily be adapted to your own uses.

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I have found very useful information about interior designing from this book. It is very well written, interesting, and clearly concise. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks of going into business for himself and is willing to take in the information and actively use it. There is a lot to learn here.  


Chapter 1 Finding Your Place In Interior Design
Chapter 2 Starting a Business
Chapter 3 Planning For Profit and Growth
Chapter 4 Setting Up a Design Studio
Chapter 5 Developing a Team of Staff and Consultants
Chapter 6 Marketing and Selling
Chapter 7 Succeeding in Project Management
Chapter 8 Charging For Your Services
Chapter 9 Working With Sources and Contractors
Chapter 10 Managing Your Office
Chapter 11 Mastering Financial Management
Chapter 12 Growing as a Professional
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MARY V. KNACKSTEDT, FASID, FIIDA, is founder and President of Knackstedt, Inc. of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and New York. She is an interior designer, furniture designer, consultant, and speaker. She frequently does keynotes, as well as continuing education courses and business courses for professional organizations and universities, including Harvard University s Graduate School of Design.
As a consultant, Ms. Knackstedt has helped develop many new businesses and helped to restore failing businesses. She continues to consult designers individually and in groups throughout the country.

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