For those in the industry, the value a designer brings to a project is never in question—but charging for it is a whole other story. Are your rates too low? And how often should you be upping them? We asked four industry pros—Judy Pickett, Mimi Meacham, Nina Grauer and Billie Theraldson—how often they reassess their design fees.
Whether you charge a fee or bill hourly, there’s a less-talked-about expense that definitely cuts into a designer’s workflow: travel time. We asked five industry pros—Veronica Solomon, Mindy O’Connor, Anelle Gandelman, Alicia Cheung Lichtenstein and Dennese G. Rojas—how they charge for time spent on the road.
On this episode of BOH’s new podcast, Trade Tales, Menlo Park, California–based interior designer Amanda Teal shares how a growing firm—and a loss of passion for her day-to-day role in it—inspired her to completely restructure her firm.
How do you shepherd a client from initial contact to signed contract? We asked seven designers about the journey to the dotted line—including the age-old debate of whether to charge for the first consultation.