A passion for interiors isn’t uncommon as our screens are ablaze with renovation and redecorating shows. Plenty of people are passionate about styling their homes and often end up styling the homes of friends and families too. Yes, I’m one of them!
So if you’re constantly styling and restyling the rooms in your home, you will eventually run out of space and perhaps inspiration. Maybe you have styled your home to exactly what you want. Or maybe playing on home design apps just isn’t satisfying enough. If any of these apply to you, another outlet for your creativity is required. So what about turning your passion into a career?
Why Should You Turn Your Passion for Interiors into a Career?
I truly believe you should love your job and that your passion for what you do is more important than money. But others say that your job should be something you tolerate, but it shouldn’t (or doesn’t have to be) your passion. They feel that doing what you love for money can suck the fun out of it. Personally, I don’t agree with that thinking at all.
However, there are some great reasons to use what you love to earn money, even if it’s just something you do on the side. Earning money is universally required unless you can become entirely self-sufficient. So if you have to make money, you might as well enjoy what you’re doing.
I spent many years enjoying work in media, marketing, and public relations. But architecture and interior design have always been a HIGE passion. I have a passion for interiors that was only satisfied in my own home or in the homes of friends. I finally took the plunge to create my own business doing what I love.
If you have a passion for interiors there are a few career options you could consider exploring. The most obvious one is an interior designer. Helping home lovers to create beautiful new spaces, coordinate colours, position furniture, hang art, and display treasures is incredibly satisfying. You can also recommend soft furnishings and textiles, lighting, storage and many items that help people love their homes. You will need strong design skills, including the ability to create sketches and use digital tools.
Another option if you have a passion for interiors is to work as a Home Stager, who sets up homes for photo shoots or to help people sell them. It often means working with real estate agents or directly with people who want to sell or rent their homes. There are other careers that aren’t as directly related to interior design, but still allow you to use your skills. For example, designing sets for theater or film and TV is another option.
Improving Your Design Skills
To make a career out of your love for interior design, you need to have excellent design skills. This usually requires you to be able to do more than simply create a mood board or look through interior design magazines for ideas. There are several ways you could improve your skills with alternative options. If you’re happy to go back to school, a degree in interior design or perhaps graphic design can give you all the skills you need. But if you can’t afford to become a full-time or even part-time student again, there are other ways to stretch your abilities.
One option is to find a local course you can take with options usually available in the evenings or on the weekend. There are also excellent online courses and resources you can access from the comfort of your own home. Of course, you will need the right software and tools to practice your skills. Software packages can be expensive, so make sure you’re prepared to spend the money if you don’t already have what you need.
Building Business Skills
It’s not just design skills you need to make a career from your passion for interiors. You also need business skills, including sales skills and the ability to negotiate. If you want to start a career in interior design or a related field you’ll be working with clients. It’s not all about what you love so don’t get embark on your own business if all you want is have complete creative freedom. You need to be able to work with clients to give them what they want, even if it’s not what you would have in your own home. As with your design skills, you can take courses or even a degree in business skills. There are also plenty of free resources online to explore.
You need to be able to work with clients to give them what they want, even if it’s not what you would have in your own home. As with your design skills, you can take courses or even a degree in business skills. There are also plenty of free resources online to explore.
You might be thinking about starting a business, but looking for a job is another option. Perhaps after working for someone else for a while, you might go on to launch your own company. Working under someone else will teach you some of the valuable skills you need so you can see how the industry works and get some essential experience under your belt. You’ll be able to build a portfolio so your skills and abilities will support your desire to launch your own business in the future. Finding your first job could be hard, which is why it’s a good idea to have some qualifications to back you up. It’s also useful if you have a portfolio of any work you might have done on your home or for your friends and family.
You’ll be able to build a portfolio so your skills and abilities will support your desire to launch your own business in the future. Finding your first job could be hard, which is why it’s a good idea to have some qualifications to back you up. It’s also useful if you have a portfolio of any work you might have done on your home or for your friends and family.
Funding a Business
If you decide to start your own business, think about whether you can afford to do it. You might not have the software and important design tools you need, and you may need other essentials to get yourself started. But a lack of funds shouldn’t stop you before you start. There are ways to fund a business so that you can afford the materials you need including marketing and other important elements.
In fact, you can get the money you need quickly, which is the reason cash advance loans are a popular choice. If you only need a small amount of money, you can get what you need within a day with the right lender. Other options include a bank loan, borrowing money from family or friends, crowdfunding, or even selling some of your possessions to get the money you need.
Should You Join a Franchise?
You want to start an interior design business, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to step out entirely on your own just yet. So is a franchise something you should consider? Instead of starting a new business, you can buy the rights to help expand a business, and you should get plenty of support.
Franchises like Decorating Den Interiors give you ongoing training and an established vendor network with which to work. But there are pros and cons to buying a franchise. You need to money for your initial investment, of course. And then there’s the fact that you can’t be entirely in control because you need to follow the brand. It’s an option to consider, but it’s not for everyone who has a passion for interiors.
Marketing Your Services
Marketing your services is one of the most important elements of launching a new business. If you’ve already been using your passion for interiors to help friends and family with their homes, that’s a great way to get started. They can recommend you to others, and you can begin to reach people through word of mouth. But it’s also important to use other methods, such as setting up a website, using pay per click advertising and getting on social media. And don’t forget about traditional methods too, such as print media.
If you love interior design, you can turn it into a career you enjoy. However, think about it carefully because it’s not for everyone.
Our sister site, Don’t Call Me Penny, has an absolute passion for interiors; their tagline is Styling Your Home… Your Way. So for more expert tips, DIY projects, inspiration, and genuine savings on interior design and homewares, why not pay them a visit?