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Steps to Starting Your Interior Design Firm

Diana Mahoney | The Design Partner

Interested in starting your very own design firm?


A big venture like creating your own design business could have you rolling in cash, working your own set hours…or pulling your hair out. Here are some tips to keep your endeavors profitable, stimulating and most of all fun!

Work for a design firm and gain experience. One of the best ways to gain experience as an interior decorator is to work for a design firm. There, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the business, and you’ll receive relevant hands-on experience.

Build a portfolio

It’s best to have an interior-design portfolio before starting a business. Take photographs of your work and keep them inside a binder or portfolio.

Get a business license

Once you’ve made the decision to start a design business, head down to city hall and apply for a business license.

Advertise your design services

Starting a design business is the easy part. However, marketing the business is tricky. Print business cards and stationery and choose an effective marketing strategy


Next: A Good Design Business is Very Intentional →



Featured Author: Diana Mahoney
Diana Mahoney has worked in the design industry since the late 1980s. Taking her career skill-set of clothing design and production, sourcing textiles, color and interior design, and retail marketing, Diana created a business for herself in this niche market as a home design writer and sole proprietor of, The Design Partner (est. 2002). Collaborating with her clients to create beautiful living places and working freelance as a home design writer is a dream realized for Diana.

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