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Project Mistakes learnt before becoming a Licensed Interior Designer

12/17/2018

A Female Entrepreneur  reviewing her mistakes in past the past by checking her laptop

Have you feel so much shame for not being knowledgeable enough over certain things and at that point you said yourself that one day, I'll become better and I won't have the same problem after all. So so many nights you'll be awake and remember what I should have done and what I shouldn't have. I am no exception on those times that I have encountered but it happened.

As an Interior Design student, I have begun getting projects for experiences and it helped me where I a right now. However, I started well for my client understood and help me in the process in the field of design and somehow business matter in this. I had quite a handful of project mistakes that I have learned to overcome as I continue to practice and 7 of it are the things that I would want to tell myself to find as early as those years.

  1. Contractor. Find a partner whom you entrust your design. A person whom you can confide with and be able to retain your business relationship. When starting out, a general contractor is your best friend to make your design a reality. I had none in the beginning because I relied on myself and those carpenters who are all-in-one.
  2. Hardware Supplier. I have a to go supplier and a salesman who became my friend with that it is easier for me to choose and select the type of brand I would likely see in most projects without compromising the quality outcome of the item. So everything I'm buying something or my client wishes to buy, I just tell them to go to this person and hardware.
  3. Your adviser. As a newbie in the design, find someone who will help you achieve your desired look for the space that person should be your advisor or an "ate" in school who has better taste than you.
  4. Your Bestie. Your design best friend will tell you what went wrong in your design if things didn't go well with what you have and how you can improve this next time.
  5. Finance. Understand the value of money. Not all clients you'll encounter will be understanding and not all will have the extra money to spend on the unforeseen purchases you wanted to add. I didn't understand all until I have to experience it.
  6. Function. Know and understand how they operate in their daily lives, not everything is base on the space provided will work for them because you said so. As the designer, one must dig deeper to make it functional as the aesthetics will follow.
  7. Communication. Passive communication with the contractor and owner will not help, it has to be in a timely manner and also let them understand when you are available. Avoid text messaging or social media app, it will just confuse you because you have to identify and trace your communication. Choose one and if the second communication is used, summarize your conversation on the primary communication to avoid confusion along the way.

Since this was base on a newbie mistake, I have improved and learned from them and still learning on ways how I can improve with it. Despite that I am a licensed interior designer, I still make mistakes but not similar to the ones I had before. Like I have said, every project is a learning process and I'm glad to make it through. Check my website to see more of the projects I have to undertake and see the improvement. 
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