I am wanting to promote my e-design services more.
These include Zoom consultation, floor plans, style boards and shopping lists so you can do all the fun shopping yourself or use it as a guide.
It is an affordable way to get interior help without paying for anything extra, rather than help on layouts, finishes, furniture and styling.
Would this be something you would consider paying for and what else might you expect from such a service?
Thanks awesome people :)
Absolutely would consider paying for this service. Wearing my business manager hat, have you spoken to your accountant to calculate your break even point? And what do you consider your own hourly rate (comparable to your salary) needs to be, remembering you need to be responsible for your own super/annual leave/sick leave/long service leave/personal insurances etc? Wearing my client hat, Lil C makes many good points, I’d need a menu if I was looking at pricing. And some degree of certainty that I was getting more than the basics that I could do myself, such as the portfolio mentioned above. TMI I expect, but as a comparison, because of Covid, I recently spent $250 for an online personal shopper who was useless and with whom I am still furious. In the same period I paid $300 for a very, very basic but incredibly helpful garden outline (no visit just done with photos, measurements and a short conversation) with which I’m thrilled. Similar hourly rate I expect, difference was expectations met and I received a follow up, are you satisfied, call from my landscape design service.
What a great offering. I've always felt engaging an interior designer would be a costly exercise accessible only to builders, commercial businesses or wealthy home owners. If the service is affordable for the average home owner budget, then yes I'd definitely love to hire a designer! And I wouldn't mind that this was done on all virtually. I might even prefer the convenience of it.
For someone like me, I'd be wanting to understand the service more and what I could expect from it. Things around:
- Can you work towards a budget eg. want to make sure all furnishing recommendations are what I can afford
- Can I start with one room or is this service for the entire house
- What if I don't like the first concept proposed. Would you make further recommendations? How many concepts would be delivered?
- Seeing a portfolio of previously designed rooms and homes would also help me in the process of choosing the right designer
Hope this helps!
Very much so, thank you so much 🙏✨
Before the Design Dilemma: Comparing quotes - what you need to know.
Part One of Interior design project
wanted: project manager to design study/home office
Hiring a designer
There are a number of offerings of Instagram of similar services. In my opinion they under price themselves but worth checking out your competition.
Sorry can’t edit on the phone. I should add their services are quite popular.
Thank you bigreader and Jan. Yes online services are growing quickly!
I'm fascinated in the personal shopper story Jan, was this a fashion stylist? What weren't you happy about?
Some great points here guys, thank you very much :)
Yes would definately consider. Easy to source products not just a shopping list, I would prefer to specifically know where to get something. Colour palette suggestions, Portfolio, company or trades you vouch for if building work, painting is required. An outline of whats expected of the trade and client. Floor plan and layout suggestion.
In response Lauren: trying to be succinct and discreet… It’s late September, I’m in Tassie and the Premier announces interstate travel will not recommence until December 16th. Daughter is marrying in Victoria on Jan 8th. With work & Xmas, too few shopping days. Also there are several lead up events, so I need several outfits. I’m slight but well endowed, so shopping is tricky and, because of Covid, several intrastate boutiques have closed. I usually shop in Melbourne anyway. Tell the stylist my go to designer but make it clear I only want alternatives. Had lengthy conversation/email, including measurements and video, about what does and doesn’t work for my body type. I received 1. the name and website of one boutique which didn’t allow returns 2. one dress from a store that said, when I rang, that they told “professional” it wouldn’t fit. 3. the suggestion I try my go to designer. No follow up. Still cross, not so much that it was unsuccessful but that I got nothing from my spend and, importantly, no acknowledgement. I rarely give bad reviews, but I was tempted. Morale: under promise / over deliver because online services live and die by reviews
👆🏻Neither succinct nor discreet, but I like to see young businesses thrive so I’m over sharing. Good luck with it all. And don’t underestimate how important a good, not just interested in minimising tax, accountant will be 😉
I would definitely pay for a service like this as I live in a regional area and there aren't too many interior designers out here!
I would want a few options for the level of service eg for a bedroom, I would be confident to arrange and even choose furniture but would love a design board of bedding, accessories, colour scheme etc whereas for a living room, I would need guidance for the size and layout of furniture in addition to accessories, colours etc
For someone for whom the shopping is not fun, maybe an option for you to order everything and have it shipped? Then a Zoom at the end to guide the arrangement of everything.
I think you have a wonderful idea and would be inundated with clients!