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Setting up a Design Practice

Next start date:

  • 13 Feb 2015
  • Places Available

Fee:

  •  £185.00 inc VAT

Suitability:

Suitable for those who have been employed as a designer in the industry and who wish to set up and run their own professional interior or garden studio. Suitable for interior or garden design students

Duration:

One day

Location:

Chelsea Harbour

This course will set out the research and organisation required to set up a design practice, as well as the professionals and authorities who will assist in this field

Contacting organisations and seeking professional advice will ensure that a start-up business,either interior or garden, is given the fundamental building blocks from inception. 

 Having a realistic, working business plan is also essential when you are considering forming a new business. Practising professional designers will give advice, together with anecdotal evidence, on:

  • The business plan, business ethics and advisors
  • Market research, competitors and keeping an eye on the competition
  • Legal and technical guidelines
  • Fee charging
  • Organisation and management
  • Opening trade accounts
  • Accounting and VAT
  • Portfolios and website
  • Marketing
  • Financial forecasting
  • Business development

Running a Profitable Design Business

Next start date:

  • 20 Feb 2015
  • Places Available

Fee:

  •  £185.00 inc VAT

Suitability:

Suitable for those who have been employed as a designer in the industry and who wish to set up and run their own professional interior or garden design studio

Duration:

One day

Location:

Chelsea Harbour

To set out practical advice on how to plan and organise the daily running of a studio, and how to ensure that the business thrives and develops

Practical advice and recommendations will be given by practising professionals, together with personal accounts of their daily business dealings.

Subjects covered will be:

  • Office set up
  • Client briefing, proposal, stages of a project
  • Contract
  • Administration and project files
  • Estimates, invoices, statements & schedules of variations
  • Ordering
  • Managing the client, workforce and your time
  • Overview of accounts, VAT, profit and loss (to be expanded in Effective Project Co-ordination)
  • Implementation of a project
  • Site visits
  • Site meetings and minutes
  • Snagging
  • Signing off
  • Photographing completed projects
  • Forecasting future projects
  • Keeping up to date with CPDs, exhibitions, other designers

Effective Project Co-ordination

Next start date:

  • 27 Feb 2015
  • Places Available

Fee:

  •  £185.00 inc VAT

Suitability:

Suitable for those who have been employed as a designer in the industry and who wish to set up and run their own professional interior design studio

Duration:

One day

Location:

Chelsea Harbour

To provide an overview of the practicalities of managing and methods of communication required to co-ordinate a small project successfully

Detailed specification and clear ordering procedures, together with advice on how to co-ordinate contractors will ensure the smooth running of a project. This day will be headed by a leading Interior Designer with the following aspects being covered:

  • Sequence of a design project
  • Preparation
  • Responsibilities of people involved
  • Legal and technical information
  • Designs and product information
  • Schedules of works and specifications
  • Budgeting
  • Tendering and contracts
  • Ordering
  • Implementation of programme
  • Installation
  • Completion and evaluation

Business Skills for Designers

Many employed designers have aspirations to set up their own business. These sequential days, taken individually or together, have been developed to assist those who wish to do so.

These courses are suitable for those who are, or have been, employed in an interior/garden design practice and would like to build confidence, enhance their CV, contribute to a practice more effectively or are considering setting up their own professional design studio.