Do you love to watch HGTV, decorate your home, and like to help others with theirs? If so, you should consider becoming your own boss as an Interior Designer.
I always thought an Interior Decorator was the same as an Interior Designer but their not. The main difference is Education.
Interior Decorators specialize in staging and arranging furniture while Designers are much more technical. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines Interior Designing as making interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials.
Interior Designers read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards. If you desire to be an Interior Decorator I recommend starting a website, take quality photos, ask friends and relatives if you can work for free to help add to your portfolio.
Once you are comfortable and have a nice portfolio, you should start actively seeking new clients and show the type of work you do through your social media channels.
To become an Interior Designer you'll need a college education.
My friend Max at Tried and True Mom Jobs recently interviewed Julie Putzel who is a very successful Interior Designer making six figures. She does great work, and you can see some of her examples below,
Julie learned the technical side at the University and can use 3D rendering software to create visual walkthroughs of a design concept or 20/20 software to quickly design and troubleshoot a kitchen or whatever. Similar to what you see on HGTV.
Her services include Floorplans, Color Consultations, Space Refreshing, Furniture and material selections, Purchasing, Personal Shopping, Window Treatment design, Kitchen and Cabinetry Design.
To grow her business, Julie seeks out business mentors that have been successful for best practices.
Before moving forward with an Interior Design career, Julie recommends interviewing a Designer in your area and asking them the ugly questions like "How did you react when you let a client down?", "How did you respond when you weren't making money?" and, etc. to see if this is the right fit for you because it does require tough skin.
Julie is a mom of 2, and she explains in further detail how many hours she works and how she manages her time with work AND her family, you can see the full article on How to Become an Interior Designer here.
Max blogs about the best work from home jobs that are flexible enough to raise a family in different ways like Affiliate Marketing, working from home as a travel agent, how to become a freelance writer, and legitimate ways to make money online.
Do you want to be an Interior Designer?