Implementing a policy of tracking all time, whether on a time billing or flat fee model, is critical. Using DesignDocs for such tracking and reporting allows for visibility and understanding of a key revenue generator for any design firm: design time. There may be no “right” answer when it comes to billing methodology, but DesignDocs is clearly a leader in terms of time-tracking functionality and features.
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While it's essential to focus on the creative aspects of your business, interior design firms should also prioritize their accounting. Failing to do so can cause many headaches in the short and long term.
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No matter what "success" looks like for your interior design firm or how you define it, there are several aspects to consider when running a business if you want it to succeed.
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Given the complexities of the design firm business model, the ability to check profit at every level is not just a nicety – it is a necessity.
DesignDocs equips designers with the tools to measure and analyze profitability at every level of the business.
The system provides designers with the ability to easily view critical data and run necessary reports to monitor profitability. This information is available at the “big picture” level of the firm down to the smallest level of detail (e.g., the profit on shipping for one item).
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If you're a consultant or work for a bookkeeping firm, supporting your clients’ interior design firms with intelligent and powerful internal software solutions is crucial. Attempting to help manage their accounting and finance needs without a reputable system can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Allow us to make things a little bit easier for you. Download our Slideshare as we explore when to recommend DesignDocs to your interior design firm clients.
Designers build their brand and reputation on their sense of style and eye for beauty and function. Selections are made for clients based upon their needs, space, taste, and budget.
Once the client approves selections and payment is received – it is time for the behind-the-scenes work to begin. A designer’s ability to effectively track and expedite orders is a big part of the back-office work that also impacts their brand and reputation.
Using an item-based system, such as DesignDocs, is the key to accuracy and efficiency when it comes to tracking and expediting your orders.
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For interior designers, having a system that integrates project management and accounting is the solution to many problems commonly encountered in the industry.
Most designers use a fragmented approach to their business management that involves a project management tool (or even Excel) separate from the accounting system in place.
Having two (or more) systems that don’t communicate ultimately results in misinformation, potential errors, and no solid reporting that includes both company and project-level data and results.
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Trade Interiors is a mid-sized design firm located in Dallas, Texas. Trade has been in business as a sole-proprietor LLC since 2018. Their sales have been growing steadily since inception and while this has always been “a good problem to have” - it is a problem nonetheless. Trade has now reached a point in their business where they have more projects going on simultaneously than their current processes and systems can properly handle.
They have a cobbled-together approach whereby they use Excel for managing details of client orders and QuickBooks for invoicing and overall accounting function.
Download our free case study and see how converting to DesignDocs allowed Trade to lessen or alleviate the points of pain they were experiencing using two different systems. See how Trade could get project-level details in a click of a few buttons and run financial reports in the same manner.
Whether you’re doing your own books or submitting expenses to your bookkeeper, accounting is something you can’t avoid when running an interior design business.
Accurate accounting can provide you with practical and insightful information on your interior design firm’s performance. You can use it to track costs of materials and labour, generate detailed reports that show trends and patterns, and easily see how and where you could be operating more efficiently. Ultimately, effective accounting can give you metrics by which you can measure - and adjust - your interior design firm’s success.
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One of our clients is a high-end interior design firm in Toronto. They have been in business for over 20 years and over time have grown into a highly respected and influential firm in Canada.
As the design firm grew, their internal organization methods became less efficient, causing a strain on staff time and morale, and resulting in costly errors and unmeasurable lost profits and potential.
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Running an interior design firm is an expensive proposition. No matter the size of the firm, you’re always being asked to invest limited resources in a number of different ways. Determining where to allocate time and money becomes an art form itself. Unfortunately, a lot of firms overlook investments that seem secondary to paying salaries or buying supplies—that includes investing in business software designed specifically for interior design firms. The right software solution can be an invaluable tool, and neglecting to make proper use of it can put an organization at a serious disadvantage.
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Having the right tools to manage your business is imperative to being able to maintain a high level of professionalism and progress. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that running a creative business is any different. Creative entrepreneurs need to be sharp, efficient, and organized to thrive in today’s market—now more than ever. Even if you’re a superhuman workaholic, you can’t do it all on your own. Your design firm is going to need some help.
If you want your interior design firm to be successful, you need to understand just how important business software for interior design firms really is.
There's no doubt about it; the interior design industry can be a demanding one. Whether you're running your own design firm or are a consultant or bookkeeper trying to improve a design firm's business efficiency, there's always a multitude of challenges to overcome.
Fortunately, however, many pressure points can be alleviated with the right business management software. Because when workflows are streamlined and systems are automated, everything smoothly flows from one project stage to the next.
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Trade Interiors is a mid-sized design firm located in Dallas, Texas. Their growing business and project complexities caused them to change their accounting and project management systems during the spring of 2021 - as they implemented DesignDocs as of 4/1/21.
Trade Interiors credits DesignDocs, freeing up their time to focus on design billable time) instead of struggling with back-office tasks in two systems. This has allowed them to take on more clients and keep them happy with their efficient workflow and project processes. Trade has increased gross margin and overall profit as a result of billing for previously unbilled costs and hours. The project reporting, specifically the profitability reporting, has given Trade the tools to make better business decisions throughout the project and thus increase overall profits.
It can be a daunting task when you're considering implementing new business management software into your interior design firm. You're searching for a program that is strong across two fronts. It has to be robust enough to handle the complex project management tasks of the interior design world, and it's got to give clear visibility of the financial side of things.
Running an interior design business might be built on pure passion, but you need to understand how to manage your firm's finances so you can reach your business goals sooner.
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The array of financial reports that DesignDocs gives you access to is one of its most powerful features. As a platform built specifically for the interior design industry, it understands projects and vendors, clients, and profit margins. It tracks staff time and then presents you with knowledge and insights so you can adjust accordingly.
Wondering just what intel you can discover about your firm with DesignDocs on your side? Download our Slideshare on five helpful reports that DesignDocs offers.