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Steps to Starting Your Interior Design Firm

Diana Mahoney | The Design Partner

What is Creativity?

,rb> Creativity is being able to create new ideas and ways to solve problems that provide cool opportunities.

Characteristics of Creative People • Bright
• Adaptable
• High self-esteem
• Challenge-oriented
• Idea-oriented
• Inquisitive
• Curious

Can you improve your creativity? YES! How?

Gather as much information as you can (read, talk with experts, etc.); brainstorm over time. Just think about the problem or issue until an idea comes to you.

Is the solution reasonable? If so, try it. If not, keep thinking. Did it work? If so, great. If not, begin the process over again. Don’t put barriers on your mind. Put these steps to use.

Left Brain

Right Brain

You need both sides of your brain when being creative, as they compliment each other.

What is an Innovation?
• Something that is invented (ex. CDs), orM
• Something that is created from an existing idea or product (ex. Super Wal-Mart).

Where do innovative ideas come from?

• Unsatisfied customers
• Demographic changes in society
• Luck
• Imagination
• Vision
• Problem-solving


• Look for new ideas
• Keep it simple
• Start small
• Try, try, try again
• Develop a Business Plan

A business plan will guide your efforts for establishing and growing a design business. Follow this outline for writing your plan by answering as many questions as you can. For further insight into each subject, follow the links to more detailed information.

Next: Purpose of the Business →

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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