Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 3rd Edition

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The tools needed to create and manage a thriving interior design practice

This essential sourcebook provides all of the information needed to establish and manage a productive, profitable interior design firm. Filled with savvy business and career advice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition delivers updated and expanded coverage of the full range of legal, financial, management, marketing, administrative, and ethical issues faced by sole practitioners, firm principals, and managers.

This comprehensive reference lays out clear, practical guidelines on how to structure a contract and prevent legal problems; work with other designers, allied professionals, clients, and vendors; and calculate fees that are both fair and profitable. Recommended reading for NCIDQ candidates, it offers easy-to-follow tips and instruction on how to:

  • Write and implement a successful business plan
  • Choose the right form of business to fit specific needs
  • Institute strategic planning
  • Develop effective promotional tools
  • Manage finances and set up a computerized accounting system
  • Manage employees and team members
Establishing a comprehensive foundation for effective business practice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition is the one-stop resource that no interior designer can afford to be without.

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Professional Practice for Interior Designers 2nd Edition Christine Piotrowski To succeed in professional practice, interior designers need more than good design skills. Without a complete working knowledge of effective business practices, there’s little chance for survival in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace. Now, professionals can turn to this essential sourcebook for all the information and expert guidance needed to establish and manage a productive—and profitable—interior design firm. Packed with savvy business and career advice, the new edition of Professional Practice for Interior Designers offers updated and expanded coverage of the full range of legal, financial, management, marketing, and administrative issues facing interior designers, firm principals, and managers. In clear, straightforward language, the book spells out practical, detailed guidelines on how to:

  • Develop and implement an effective business plan
  • Automate the design office for peak-efficiency
  • Avoid potential legal problems
  • Manage finances and set up accounting systems
  • Negotiate successful contracts, price products, and set fees
  • Market and promote design services
  • Make winning sales and project presentations
  • Complete projects on schedule and within budget
  • Prepare contract documents and specifications
In addition, you’ll find a wealth of valuable tips and techniques for taking the NCIDQ exam; defining career goals; choosing the right form of business to suit specific needs; working with manufacturers and suppliers; hiring, managing, and motivating employees; selecting outside consultants and advisors; and much more. Plus, scores of sample forms and documents that can be easily adapted for use by any firm are included, along with real-world examples that can save you from making critical business mistakes. This indispensable resource hands you all the tools you’ll need to create and manage a thriving interior design practice, as well as ensure your own professional success.

About the Author:

CHRISTINE M. PIOTROWSKI, ASID, IIDA, is the owner of Christine M. Piotrowski and Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, and a former professor of interior design at Northern Arizona State University in Flagstaff. She has more than 20 years of commercial and residential design experience.

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