Starting Your Own Redecorating Business: The First Key Steps

Article by: Julie Dana

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I own a wonderful business specializing in doing what I love to do - redecorating. Many people over the years have contacted me to ask, "How can I do what you do?": I tell the people who contact me to do three things.

1. Do your research.

The first step in any research is to increase your knowledge about the subject. The easiest way it gets knowledge is to purchase the recommended reading list or borrow them from your neighborhood library. The first book, and probably the most important, is to get a book on starting and running your own home , Silhouette Blinds How Are They Different From Other Blinds? based business. "The Complete Idiots Guides" and "For Dummies" series both have great books on home , Finding a Bamboo Flooring Supplier based businesses. (Don't get the book on how to , Mattresses Getting The Support You Need start a small business because you won't need the employee hiring section or the store front location , A Guide to Vinyl Shutters sections etc) These books are good at describing all the steps you need to take to make your business "real" and not a hobby. There several good decorating , Hire Painting Contractor for Professional House Painting Job books that focus on this type of decorating , Choosing A Window Covering that you will also find helpful:
  • Decorating for Good by Carole Talbott
  • Dress your House , A Guide to Interior Shutters for Success by Martha Webb and Sarah Parsons Zackeim
  • Use What you have Decorating , 7 Budget Kitchen Ideas by Lauri Ward
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2. Make an appointment with the Small Business Development Center near you.

These are government-operated programs focusing on helping small businesses get started and flourish. They will help you make a business plan , Bedding Ideas And Tips and budget - very critical steps. Now the best part is that appointments are usually free. Ask them to send you a kit on how to , Decorating Kid's Bedrooms - Get Them involved! start your business because each state may be different in where to file legal papers. The SBDC will help you with the easiest order of steps such opening a commercial bank account, where to file your business name, getting listed in the yellow pages, etc. Find the SBDC near you by going to

3. Take a training program

Now the first two steps have not cost you too much but the third step will. I highly recommend that you take a hands-on professional redecorating training program. Yes, I know that they are a lot of money (can be 2 to 3 thousand for the week) but I would not even think about going into this business without a strong background in not just what makes a house , 7 Kitchen Design Ideas looks good, but how to , Hire Painting Contractor for Professional House Painting Job market this niche area, how to , Kitchen Island Sizes work with clients (like how to , The Reasons Why Gas Fireplace Logs Heat Your Chimney Better Than Your Room tell a client that the lime green carpet , The Furniture Style Of Thomas Chippendale and moose head have to go) In your favorite search engine type in the phrase "Interior Redesign training" or " Home , Modern Bedding Ideas Staging training"

When I took the training programs I was mental and physically exhausted at the end of the week, I felt it was well worth the money. I still refer to my training manuals and network with my creative classmates. Just like any other consumer purchase, be sure to research the company and check references. (There are people who claim you can download their book and start a thriving redecorating business. I do not recommend that method)

My biggest advice , 7 Kitchen Design Ideas is that decorating , A Guide to Recliner Slip Covers may be your passion but you need to treat it like a business to get paid for it. Once you get paid for it then, believe me, you will love to decorate , A Guide to Ceiling Fixtures even more!
Julie Dana is a professional Interior , Shakin' Things Up Redesigner and Accredited Staging Professional. Her company, The Home , A Guide to Interior Shutters Stylist, offers online decorating , The Value of Antique Wood Stoves consultations, do-it-yourself decorating , Tabriz Persian Rugs plans and real-estate staging. Visit to take a fun style quiz, vote on a color , Modern Bedding Ideas poll, and sign up for free decorating , Power Red: A Few Facts About the Color Red e-newsletter.

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