Interior designing is now a trend and is becoming a significant industry in UAE. According to the INDEX Interior market Report by Ventures Onsite, we can expect that interior designing will be worth 973 million USD by 2022.
This booming industry attracts many young entrepreneurs who have an eye for design. If you are one among them, here are five things you will need to get started with your interior design firm:
Get An Online Degree
Even though you have an eye for designing, nothing beats an expert. Things will be easier if you have an interior design diploma so that your firm will have weight on it, and your credentials will be more suitable in the industry. There are myriads of online platforms right now that offer such courses. You can also learn and discover your specialty as you go along the degree, so you will know what to offer from the get-go. Your specialty will be your branding. Have a clear vision for the work you want to do, then devote your time and resources to establishing that for your firm and finding the right clients for your niche.
Trademark Your Selected Distinct Company Name
Upon finishing your course and having a specialty in mind, think of a company name that will be your firm’s identity. Keep in mind that although you need to grab the investor’s attention with your company’s trade name, you need to adhere to the naming conventions in UAE. No vulgar, offensive, and blasphemous words. You may now apply for a trade license after deciding on your firm’s name and activities.
Set Up Online Presence
It would be best to showcase your artistry and what you can do to build your branding by making a portfolio, website, and blog. Take photos of your home that you have designed, create three-dimensional renderings of spaces using interior design software and make mood boards. Exhibit what you know in your specific niche and display your design techniques to attract future clients for your website and blog.
Promote Your Business
Knowing how long a project can take and being knowledgeable of the prices in the market, you can calculate and decide on your rate. You can do an hourly rate or provide tiered design packages to your future clients to manage both you and their expectations. Using the website, you built, promote your firm, and be active on social media. Make business cards and use paid advertisements to make your company be known to others.
Build Your Network
Suppliers and contractors are your partners in this business. So, knowing the right ones is essential for you to thrive in the market space. It would be best to find reliable individuals or groups who will deliver the exact thing you ask for and deliver it on time. Establish connections with appliance distributors, cabinets, textile, countertop suppliers, and general contractors who can perform excellently and at your pace.
Starting a business is a difficult task. But with perseverance and your willingness, you can make a name for yourself out there as an interior designer.