Professional Practice for Interior Designers

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 22, 2001 - Architecture - 672 pages
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The tools needed to create and manage a thriving interior design practice

This essential sourcebook provides all of the information needed to establish and manage a productive, profitable interior design firm. Filled with savvy business and career advice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition delivers updated and expanded coverage of the full range of legal, financial, management, marketing, administrative, and ethical issues faced by sole practitioners, firm principals, and managers.

This comprehensive reference lays out clear, practical guidelines on how to structure a contract and prevent legal problems; work with other designers, allied professionals, clients, and vendors; and calculate fees that are both fair and profitable. Recommended reading for NCIDQ candidates, it offers easy-to-follow tips and instruction on how to:

  • Write and implement a successful business plan
  • Choose the right form of business to fit specific needs
  • Institute strategic planning
  • Develop effective promotional tools
  • Manage finances and set up a computerized accounting system
  • Manage employees and team members
Establishing a comprehensive foundation for effective business practice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition is the one-stop resource that no interior designer can afford to be without.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Profession of Interior Design
3
Ethics
31
Personal Goal Setting
43
How to Establish an Interior Design Practice
51
Advice and Counsel
71
Business Formations
83
Legal Filings
97
On Your Own
111
Statute of Frauds
331
Marketing and Business Development
339
Promoting the Interior Design Practice
353
Advanced Promotional Tools
371
Selling Your Services
395
Design Presentations
409
Personal Power
429
Project Management
447

The Business of Interior Design
123
Personnel Management
147
Legal Issues of Employment
169
Legal Responsibilities
185
Warranties and Product Liability
197
Managing the Businesss Finances
207
Financial Management
231
Determining Design Fees
243
Preparing Design Contracts
265
Product Pricing Considerations
303
The Sale of Goods and the Uniform
323
Working with Trade Sources
477
Contract Documents and Specifications
489
Contract Administration
519
Delivery
543
Postoccupancy and Followup
550
vii
557
Getting the Nextor FirstJob
577
Glossary
617
Appendix
637
Index
643
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About the author (2001)

CHRISTINE M. PIOTROWSKI, ASID, IIDA, is the owner of Christine M. Piotrowski and Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, and a former professor of interior design at Northern Arizona State University in Flagstaff. She has more than 20 years of commercial and residential design experience.

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