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The Interior Design Business Handbook A Complete Guide to Profitability Second Edition Mary V. Knackstedt with Laura J. Haney This revised edition is an essential guide to starting and managing an interior design business, complete with updated resource listings and additional information on the computer, service, photography, and education. All procedures in the book are used in successful design firms throughout the United States. Guidelines are provided on how to deal with accountants, protect your firm against costly litigation, and secure the right insurance coverage. Youre also shown how to pinpoint areas to increase profits, make a turnaround from loss to profit, and replace complex solutions to business problems with simpler, less costly ones. Logically organized and easy to read, the Second Edition features more than fifty different interior-design-specific sample forms and letters, examples of contracts and letters of agreement, and office aids that can be easily adapted to a specific interior design operation. Among the forms provided are a design service outline, existing conditions survey, installation report form, monthly staff work plan, and design staff questionnaire. Socres of real-life scenarios from the authors thirty years of experience as a designer and business consultant are included, along with countless tips that make even the most complicated operations go smoothly. Interior design is a very demanding business. This book covers the full gamut of situations and problems that face practicing designers today, offering hundreds of practical and imaginative for taking effective control and running a business at maximum profitability. It is an invaluable book that can help you throughout your career as an interior designer.
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From the Back Cover
This Fourth Edition covers computer software and database tools that are written exclusively for the interior design field and general financial and project management programs that can streamline internal office processes. In addition to presenting the most recent banking changes, it also features an updated credit section that compares current and past procedures for obtaining and using credit.
Supplemented with more than fifty sample forms and letters, this Fourth Edition is a one-stop resource for successfully managing a firmfrom choosing a location and administering daily operations to putting it up for sale. It's a must-have for seasoned interior designers, those starting their own firms, as well as interior design students.
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