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All About Freelance Interior Design

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 5 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
Freelance Interior Design Designs

Freelance interior design is a job in which an individual designs and decorates other’s work, home and/or social environments on a per project basis. This job generally requires training, and most successful freelancers have had interior design experience while working for an agency or other employer before they go out on their own.

There are many different types of freelance interior design work, and many ways of finding interiors for freelance designs. At the end of the day, though, freelance interior designers run businesses and they must be ready to do all that is required to help make it flourish - including taking care of administrative and other business tasks.

Training For Freelance Interior Design

Interior design courses abound across the UK, from home study courses to art school courses to postgraduate courses. The British Interior Design Association (www.bida.org) offers information on interior design training and further information on what a professional level interior design course should include. While freelance interior designers do not strictly need to complete such a course in order to get jobs, the BIDA does define an interior designer as a professional who is qualified by training.

Types Of Freelance Interior Design Work

Freelance interior designers may engage in many diverse work tasks. Professional interior designers supervise the design and decorating of interior spaces. This includes working with furniture, soft furnishings, space planning, building regulations, building systems and more. They use these skills in personal homes, offices, and on professional premises. Interior designers may also use their skills in more untraditional environments including yachts and cruise ships, airports, shopping centres and other public areas, among other spaces.

Finding Interiors For Freelance Designs

Interior designers will need to find many different interiors for their designs in order to make a success of their business. Clients are often found through word of mouth, so success on each and every job is important to keep up a good professional reputation.

Clients can also be found through advertising in the local community or trade channels related to the desired clients. Online advertising and trolling online job boards can also be good sources of new clients. Having a Web presence, usually in the form of a website or ‘blog, is important for modern designers. This presence should highlight an interior designer’s portfolio and therefore become a critical part of winning new interiors for designs.

Running A Freelance Interior Design Business

Interior design is a creative profession, there’s no doubt about that. But running a freelance interior design business also takes attention to detail and a variety of administrative skills. Designers who do not feel confident in taking care of business related tasks may find it easier to hire out help in the form of solicitors, bookkeepers and assistants, just as any other type of freelancer could as well.

Freelance interior design can be a satisfying career. It requires proper training, affords many different types of work, calls for finding many different types of clients and interiors and necessitates many different types of business skills in order to flourish.

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