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How to Excel In Your Interior Design Career

There are some jobs that can rightly be described as “dream jobs.” On that list you’ll find interior designers, and it’s not hard to see why — what could be more fun than using your creative talents to create beautiful spaces, and also getting paid for it? Alas, while it’s true that it’s an awesome job, it’s also true that this fact makes it a highly in-demand career choice. That means that finding work in the industry can be tough. However, it’s not impossible. In this blog, we’re going to run through some useful tips that’ll set you on the right path towards making your dream job become a reality.

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Consider Training

You’ll likely already know that interior design isn’t just something that you want to do, but which you’re suited for. However, while enthusiasm and a hint of talent will get the ball rolling, it’s unlikely that it’ll be all you need to build a career. While it’s possible to build an interior design career without formal training, it can be a good idea to take a course. It certainly won’t hurt, and you might just learn something that makes industry success a possibility. 

Who To Work For

There’ll come a point when you want to strike out on your own and start your own company. But that’ll likely have to be something that you do later on down the line. Before that moment, it’ll be best to work for a company. However, it’s important that you don’t just choose any old company. Instead, you should select one that works specifically in your area. It wouldn’t make any sense to work for a retail interior design company if you know you want to be a home interior designer. So make sure the company you choose is the right fit for you. 

Become Familiar With Tools

Your greatest tool as an interior designer will be your brain. That’s where all the talent lives! And of course, you should work on nurturing your brain. However, while that’s where the talent lives, you’ll also need to know how to use some tools; think of them as what will allow you to unlock your talent. There’s software for just about everything. If you work specifically with bathrooms, then you can learn how to use a next generation bathroom design tool, for instance. In doing so, you’ll be able to show your ideas to your clients more easily — and that can make a big difference. 

Up Your Soft Skills

And talking of clients — they’re going to take up a big bulk of your work. As such, you’ll need to ensure that your soft skills are on point. How you interact with clients will have a big impact on your overall success, so don’t let this be what loses you a job! If you can engage with your clients and they like what you do, then you’ll also benefit from word of mouth referrals. And they can be just about as good a marketing tool as there is. 

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