Monday, January 14, 2013

Thinking about starting a business?

I started Homestyling101 several years ago while in the midst of diapers, potty training, sleep training (did I mention that took 6 years for my daughter?) etc, etc. I started very timidly, very slowly and I was very naive. I had never worked for another Interior Designer so I was new to the ins and outs of starting a small business.

When I started, I focused mostly on home staging and vacant properties because I felt that was a very targeted market and I wasn't quite ready to tackle large and continuous design projects or the world of wholesale. Needless to say- it was all "on the job training" since they teach you very little about business in design school.

And that brings me to today's lesson....I am going to share this amazing series from one of my favorite blogs, Hyphen Interiors, where designer Kristy Swain talks about the details of starting your own design business. It is an 8 part series covering all the important stuff! Boy, if I'd had these when I started, you'd be watching me on Bravo right about now....

Source: via Ross on Pinterest

Anyway, for those of you considering starting your own business...or in the midst of it- this is a great overview of what you need to do.....and of course, it varies from state to state and this girl's a brilliant designer, not an accountant or a lawyer so stop with the expectations....but she tells you like it is from a small business owner's perspective and that is priceless.

Definitely worth checking out...and subscribing for all the juicy design deets she shares on the regular! And Kristy, thanks for all the time you put into this are going to help many small business owners get started!


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