DAY 7 – Julia Molloy Interior Designer Role

DAY 7 – Julia Molloy Interior Designer Role


Hi, it’s me again big surprise It’s Julia Molloy business expert for the interior design industry And I am here with you for day seven of our get organized program and today I am addressing the role of the Interior designer this is a full fledge interior designer so as we’ve kind of been building the team For those of you who have a full fledged team. This is a great doc. I think it’s I don’t know three four pages long outlining everything that they need to do so if you’ve got this job description it still might be helpful for you to look this over and Revise as needed your own job description and dial that in a little bit. For those of you who are looking to hire this role either in the near future or some time ahead I recommend again don’t make your company top-heavy you want to have the support structure before below you and below this role and the junior designer on your admin expediter before you bring on that seasoned designer, otherwise your company will be Just extremely expensive in terms of payroll you want the the senior level designer To be running the projects for you now, that sounds scary to a lot of designers because they’re like well I want to run my projects. It’s my project These are my clients signing it for me, and I want to be in control of that You know my vision and all of that stuff, and I say well. That’s great because you know people complain You’re like oh, I’m just such a control freak You know and you know when they tell me that I’m like good. That’s your job You are paid to be a control freak. You need to be a control freak. This is the difference though with the proper structure You can be in control of everything without having to do everything and this is the shift between a technician or an interior designer and a CEO or a principal interior designer and there’s a lot of things that go into being able to Have a team support you and when you have this role They are not leading the creative they are helping to they’re taking the lead in the implementation of Your vision and you are guiding them very specifically But you are not calling on every vendor to find out if there you know what their turnaround time is on something Or if they have this in a particular finish, or you know maybe you’re redlining drawings, but you’re not actually doing them They’re doing the heavy lifting in terms of the implementation And you are taking the lead in terms of the vision and the guidance and the client Relationship and cultivation you’re giving yourself a raise basically and to a real principal designer role Most in small interior design firms that I see are running their businesses Like they’re just a an interior designer that happens to not have another person above them. It’s a boss It’s it’s different. You need to be thinking in terms of Building a company not just doing projects does that make sense? so I want you to think in terms of a Pyramid. So for those of you who Have not read the e-myth by Michael Gerber and your small still boutique building it from I would recommend reading it, okay. It’s E – myth like entrepreneur e – myth by Michael Gerber and He’s that book changed my life, and I’ll tell that story another time But it it will help you to understand your business in terms so one of the things he talks about is the structure and Any business you have the top of the pyramid, which is you you are the entrepreneur? You’re the visionary you’re the Rainmaker You’re the person that’s bringing everything forth. You’re the idea person and You need two roles Below you like a pyramid You need the manager role and for the case of an interior design firm that is the office manager expediter because they’re the timekeeper they’re the follower upper there that you know taking care of the little stuff keeping it all going and Then you need the technician okay? It’s the other piece the technician and the technician is the designer role junior designer role and designer role the design team essentially and You Generally speaking are an interior designer. You are the technician and then you decide to go into business for yourself And you think that just because you’re a good technician and a good designer. That’s gonna make you a really great principal designer and in fact it actually doesn’t You need to be good at building your support structure below you so that you can be in charge of being a master visionary and Having those actions that you that you That you call forth be done. Not just through your own hands You guide with your own hands, but you have those actions done through other people and when you have a strong structure checklists and workflow charts and guidelines on how to do things and proper technology supporting you It’s pretty it’s pretty it’s not that hard It’s not that hard anymore, so I want you to think in terms of Principal designer up here you got your admin expediter Is that manager role and then your design team okay? When when you get to a certain point and you’ll you’ll feel it when just having a junior designer isn’t enough Then it’s time to say okay. I really need to bring on my designer Have a full-fledged design team Okay, and then you help to see that vision through and they are in charge of implementing in this senior design of this designer role that your hiring is really a queen bee or King bee of implementation of your vision okay So they have their junior. They should be sitting next to each other They are one junior to one designer is my preference preferred structure There are periods of time where one junior can serve two designers and that can work, but if I have not found it to be long-term Sustainable because there’s some tasking and priority issues that that come up Generally speaking to you if you have two if you’re paying for two like the designers That’s a lot of payroll dollar you want to have the benefit of having two full-fledged design teams okay one they each have their own junior below them you have design team one design team two and Then you can take on different kinds of projects cuz usually both designers. They have different strengths once maybe structural more structuralist strong and the other ones maybe finishes and interiors and soft goods so There’s some great advantages to having two senior level designers when you get to that point But don’t have them doing their own junior designer work Because you have that’s a lot of payroll dollar to be following up and calling on the CFA And you know getting pricing and stuff it just doesn’t that make sense Financially, so it’s a harder ROI on that so anyway. That’s what I have to stay on the designer interior designer role underneath you They should be delegating to the junior and you delegate to the team your vision and they execute that vision you there’s other things I’ll be talking to you about This week or next week during this program though in terms of how to help manage the time and tasking associated with having these roles because you can’t just abdicate everything and you do have to be Really mindful about the way in which you provide structure for these roles so they can function at a very high level Okay so anyway I hope you enjoyed that don’t hesitate to Download this complimentary interior designer description of duties for day seven of our get organized program until next time be BOLD!


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