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Interior Designers: How To Stay Competitive In Today's Economy

idealightbulbRethinking Remodeling
Interior designers face new challenges in today's economy. Potential clients are not only looking for excellence in taste and functionality, they also want their remodeling to be professional, and affordable.

Times are changing; interior designers who make adjustments can remain competitive even in a down economy.

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The idea is to adjust to smaller project budgets and maximize results.

dollarcutCut Costs Not Quality
There are several ways to work within the budget of your clients by carefully selecting options that will save them money, while also fulfilling the parameters for remodeling their home.

  • Prioritize the most important wants of your client first and eliminate non essentials.
  • Instead of using marble for counter tops and wood for floors, try using laminates or refinishing to save costs.
  • For major cost savings, avoid knocking down walls. Work within the allocated space available.
  • Refinish cabinets instead of replacing them.
  • Select lighting, carpeting, or furniture from warehouse outlets rather than designer retail stores

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livingroomHome Staging: An Alternate Income Source
What does a home stager do? Think of the job as redecorating a home on a quick turn around to give it the highest curb appeal in order to sell the house. Home stagers remove clutter, rearrange or replace furniture, do moderate landscaping, and enhance the overall look of the house.

Home Staging Sells Houses
Why is this service important for home sellers? Jan Van Horne of Coldwell Banker Realty said, "Typically, a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door. They were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway!" Putting the best foot forward, in this case, is essential in increasing the chances of selling a client's house.

homestagerGive It a Try
Home staging affords more flexibility because more projects can be done in the same time as a three month project in remodeling one home.

Give home staging a try. This side business may help you weather the economic storm until the economy recovers. For students or recent graduates, home staging may be a great alternative career.


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BBA, Design Management
Berkeley College , Little Falls
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2015 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
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Interior Design (BS)
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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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AAS Interactive Media Design
  • Several campuses are designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.
  • Scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Day, evening, and online classes are available for flexible schedule options.
  • Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Founded 160 years ago, it is one of America’s premier private career colleges.
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AS - Interior Design
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013 by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Sullivan University voted one of 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Best Companies Group.
  • Offers lifetime course review privileges for graduates.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Originally founded in 1961, with the main campus located in Louisville, Kentucky.
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