The Key to a Successful Design Project is Communication

Let’s imagine your in-laws have invited you to dinner in Boston, and you live in NYC. You know from experience that the drive is roughly 4 hours, so you leave the city 4 hours before dinner begins to make it on time. Everything is going smoothly until hour 2, when you hit massive unexpected traffic. Google Maps says it’ll take you an hour to get through the jam. My question to you is, when do you call your in-laws to tell them you’ll be late for dinner?

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Fixed-Fee Design Projects: Charging Fairly and Profitably

I think it’s fair to say that among the various ways designers charge clients, the fixed-fee (or “flat fee”) basis (at least as residential designers are concerned) is not as popular as others—e.g., presented price, cost-plus, etc. That’s unfortunate, particularly today, when projects are fewer in number, budgets are down, and prospective clients are more reluctant to start a project without having a real understanding of ultimate costs. Interestingly, over the past 12 to 15 months in my practice counseling designers, I notice more and more are being asked by their prospective clients to work on a fixed-fee basis.

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Fatima Ahmed is Keeping the Art of Handmade Textiles Alive

That is, at least, her goal.

As a Fuigo Resource Oracle, Fatima devotes her day to highlighting not only large textile houses, but also independent artisans who exist all over the world.

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Sales Tax for Interior Designers

When you’re in school they don’t warn you that interior designers have one of the most complicated sales tax burdens of any profession. Whereas most businesses purchase their goods for resale from a handful of vendors and sell them to customers in a fixed location, interior designers purchase from countless numbers of different vendors—both domestic and global—and resell to clients who might have their sites in any location in the country, meaning that each project incurs a different tax burden.

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