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7 Reasons to Add Holiday Design to Grow Your Business

Are you ready for the holidays?  Do you love to decorate for Christmas?

I know many of you LOVE holiday design, so I've put together "7 Reasons You Should Add Holiday Design to Your Business"...

#1

Holiday Design Fulfills a Need...

Let's face it...the holidays can be EXHAUSTING for most of us!  Between the gift shopping, parties, wrapping and vacation planning it's hard to carve out time to sift through our massive amounts of holiday decorations. Most people would love a service that works with them to dial in their holiday home while saving them time.

We are in the era of "outsourcing" and now more than ever people are paying others to do the work they don't have the time for.

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#2

Holiday Design Attracts a High-End Clientele

The very nature of holiday design is to save clients time by doing the design for them, so typically the folks who don't have that kind of time but do have the money are in a higher-end, income bracket.

What do this mean for the designer?  It means you've just created a wonderful referral source for multiple design projects!

#3

Holiday Design Attracts a "Regular" Clientele

The great thing about a offering a holiday design service is that those client's whom you did an excellent job for the previous year, will invariably have you come back every year!  That's right...you only need to cultivate a handful of client's to have regular, steady business every year.  In fact, a stager friend of mine says that she earns almost 15% of her business yearly on only a few, holiday design client's that LOVE her.

Expand Your Business to Holiday Design

#4

Holiday Design "Hedges" Your Staging Season

Sometimes I hear stager's complain that their staging business really dips during the holidays, so having a steady, holiday design clientele that keeps you busy, year after year, makes perfect sense!

#5

You Save Client's Money by Re-Purposing

Home Stagers and Designers have the uncanny ability to "see" interiors in creative ways and part of that skill-set goes toward Re-purposing items to their best showing. Why pack all of your current decor away before decorating for the holidays when you can easily to the gorgeous decor you already have and "holiday, bling it up!"

#6

Holiday Design Services are EASY to Market

Not only is this kind of service highly referral based...it's easy to market using Facebook Ads, post cards and online directory key words...

HOT TIP!

Simply add the term "Holiday Design Services" to your Yelp listing and you're already ahead of the game!  Look how few providers come up in the entire San Diego area...

#7

Holiday Design is EASY to Offer...

I've put together an hour long video training that walks you through the process, pricing and marketing of offering a Holiday Design service to your clients...

Expand Your Business to Holiday Design

5 Reasons Why Interior Designers Should become Home Stagers

I love this video testimonial from Michelle Minch of Moving Mountain Designs who is also a RESA Stager of the Year and is killing it in the Los Angeles Area as a home stager! Michelle started out as an Interior Designer and took the HSR home staging certification training thinking she would add staging to her business...boy did she get more than she bargained for!

Here's 5 HUGE Reasons Why Every Interior Designer Should Be a Home Stager...

#1

Easy "Target Market" to Find and Market to...

Who is an Interior Designer's business target market?  New home owners and people considering a remodel or design project.  Are these people easy to find?  Not really. 

The Home Stager on the other hand has a target market of Real Estate Agents who are very easy to find online (and off) and very easy to target.

#2

A Target Market that Continually Feeds You New Business

Did I mention that having a handful of Real Estate Agents who use you on every listing they get means you are continually getting new business without having to lift a finger?

That's right, the HUGE business model benefit to working with agents is that this target market will actually do the marketing for you since they will need you multiple times.  The interior designer's target markets do not continually feed them new business.

#3

"First Crack" at the Designers Best Target Market

Every GREAT staging job should turn into a new move-in design job when positioned correctly!  The home stager has the best opportunity at connecting with the home seller who very soon will be a new home owner and want help remodeling their new space.

This is one of the biggest reasons the HSR Certification Training program goes over BOTH the staging and design business models.  This HUGE advantage is what makes us different from other training companies because we understand that beautiful staging leads to new design business and we want you to be able to handle all of it!

#4

An "Economy Proof" Business

Remember when no one was spending on "luxury items and services" during the down turn?  Guess what?  They were still spending on home staging because if they didn't professionally stage their home, it simply would not sell.

As the longest running, online staging and design training provider who has been through every economy I can safely tell you that staging is an "economy proof" business when positioned correctly.

#5

Less "Measuring" & More Fun!

Many of my HSR members have left the interior design industry and jumped in the home staging industry because they said it was just A LOT more fun! Design typically is a higher risk, higher capital, bigger stress profession that has a longer sales cycle whereas staging is an "in and out" profession where clients see huge results right away.

My X-Designer members tell me they like creatively working with what their client's have to make rooms beautiful rather than the tedium of completely redoing a client's space or measuring the exact cabinet size to fit a kitchen, etc....

There are many more benefits of adding staging to the Interior Design business model but those are just a few "biggies".

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Every Interior Designer should consider adding home staging to their list of services and here are 5 GREAT reasons why designers should become home stagers…

Staging Certification Video

I have spent the last four months going through every inch of our 21-Day Home Staging Certification Training and migrating it to a cutting edge, online training system.  Every form, guide, page, link and resource or our staging certification program has been updated to reflect our changing staging, design and real estate industries.  I'm so proud of this new training area which members are RAVING about.

If you are shopping for staging and design training, then watch this video and compare it to anything else you've seen...I promise you will LOVE it!

 

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Last Week's Raves...

I love the training. I think it is exciting! I can't wait to get up in the morning and start my lessons.  All this material we are covering is invaluable.  When one thinks about all the money one can end up making in this business...this course is really inexpensive. Plus you get to have fun while making a good living.

Anna Marie Stone
Staging Pays Off

I started the training before you updated the member's area, and I have to say that I like the new layout very much. The way you've rearranged the lessons is making it easier for me to follow, and I like being able to keep track of what I've finished on the sidebar. All of the information in the training has helped me feel more confident, and as though I can actually make this happen!

Emily Funk
Emily Funk Design

The HSR training is excellent! I've learned so much already and am eager to learn more. All the questions I had before are being answered ten fold, I love this course so far!

Misha Taylor
Upstaged Home and Interiors

We have completely moved our staging certification training onto a brand new, online, cutting edge training system and it’s amazing! Check out our “Sneak Peek” Video that shows you what’s inside the training area…

Pursuing Your Passion in 2016

Pursuing Your Passion

I hear it all the time…”I need to just wait for XXX to happen and then I can pursue my dream of becoming a home stager.”  Sometimes waiting for the stars to align means things never happen for us.  Most of the time we let fear and self-doubt paralyze us from making decisions we know we would love to do.  Will you be finally pursuing your passion in staging for 2016?

Cori Smith of The Humble Abode was in this exact situation last year before she finally took the plunge by pursuing her passion and joined the Home Staging Resource training.

I recently asked her if she would have done anything differently now that she is living and breathing staging and she answered:

The only thing I would have done differently is doing it sooner.  I believe the biggest challenge starting a new business is courage and know how.  I needed a more solid business plan/model. HSR provided the guidance and direction I needed to be a Professional. 
 
So, don’t wait! If you have been rearranging furniture since you were 8, have a love of color and decor and your friends ask you all the time to help them with their house….Its time!!!

Cori graduated from the HSR training in April and hit the ground running with her business and passion!  When I interviewed her originally after she signed up, she told me these prophetic words:

My background in design and decor has always been a hobby and a passion.  Friends and family have been telling me for years to do something with my gift/talent…I am looking forward to making something that I have ALWAYS done into an official business!

I followed up with her a couple months ago and asked her how her business was doing and what advice she would give.  Here is her amazing story, wisdom and photos merely 6 months later…

1.  What was your background before starting a home staging business and how did it serve you well in this new endeavor?

My background was primarily in EMS. But, I have always been redesigning, remodeling and staging for friends and family.  I can’t remember a time when people didn’t tell me that I should design and decorate professionally. When I finally took it seriously I searched out Staging accreditation and chose HSR.  It is the best decision I could have made. HSR provided the bones for my business. The plan and direction.  There really is no way I could have done it with out HSR.

Now, thanks to the training that HSR~Audra Slinkey~ provides, my new business is gaining success every day!

2.  How “busy” are you today and why?  Do you have any real estate agent partnerships?

As of July, 2015 I average 1 to 2 consultations (redesign and/or occupied staging) a week, 1 redesign project every 2 weeks and at least 1 vacant staging per month. And my business is growing with a new partnership…the Charleston Dream Team. AND as I was completing a vacant staging project just yesterday, that client called Charleston Home & Design whom they work with frequently and told them to do a piece on my business.  None of this could have happened with out HSR!

3. Wow, that’s a steady stream of business already!  How have you marketed yourself?

Lets just be totally honest here….marketing is NOT my strong point.  I have quite a few friends and acquaintances that are realtor’s. That helped. My first vacant staging as The Humble Abode was basically a charity project (wanted to help a friend sell her vacant listing of 4 months and I knew I could do it!). I pilfered furniture, begged and borrowed and invested in my first acquisition of accessories. Promoted the talents of other friends who are Artisan’s and Craftsman by using their wares to fill the “Crooked House” a 1923 Charleston Single in Historic down town. It would have been easier to just deliver a yummy plate of “Pop By’s” to the nearest Realtor’s office.  The home received an offer with in two weeks of being staged….it wasn’t done up fancy or lux…just felt lived in.  That got folks talking about The Humble Abode.
Now, I use Thumbtack, Porch, Houzz and Face Book for most of my marketing. Mailers don’t seem to work and I haven’t had a great response to email marketing.  In my area it is who you know or who know’s you and refers you.
Get to know your Realtors. Establish relationships, make friends. In this day and age I am finding that people appreciate the face time and that you care about them and their clients.

4. Are you glad you decided to go into the home staging field?  Why or why not?

Yes!!! I was staging before I even knew there was such a thing and I have found my professional niche! I will most likely never do anything else.

5. Any words of wisdom for those just entering into the field?

I just have to THANK YOU again for HSR and the thorough extensive training you provide. I honestly could not have made my passion (or should I say fetish) into a business with out this amazing training!  I recommend that others trust the HSR training and learning process. Give yourself time, confidence comes with experience. Be honest with your clients.  Don’t be afraid to fail~that’s were we learn the most!

Thanks Cori for sharing!  I wish I could post every interview I get that looks very much like Cori’s.  If you have a gift in design, then do yourself a favor and pursue it!

I have never heard any of our HSR Members say they regret following their design passion and getting into the industry…Never!

8 Reasons to Add Holiday Design to Your Staging Business

holiday design

8 Reasons to Add Holiday Design to Your Business

I’ve been working on creating a holiday design and Christmas decorating webinar over the last few weeks, so that it’s very easy for my members to offer holiday decorating and Christmas design services to their clients this holiday season! I’ve really enjoyed building out this training since it gets me in the holiday mode even if the San Diego weather is still in the 80’s…ugh.

You may be asking, “Audra, why should I add holiday design services to my business?”  Well, here are 8 reasons why expanding your business into holiday design could be good for you along with Christmas trees from my 8 holiday styles so pick your favorite (they can all be found in my Houzz>Holiday Style Ideabook)…

It’s Fun!

If you are one of those people that LOVE the holiday and LOVE designing your home for the holidays, then this service is a no-brainer.  Here’s a secret for you…not everyone loves or even likes to decorate their home for the holiday BUT they know they should, so they are your perfect client.

It Fulfills A Need

Is it just me or does it seem like the holiday season gets shorter and shorter every year and I never have enough time to fit it all in?  I know I’m not alone and people would love a service that works with them to dial in their holiday home while saving them time.  We are in the era of “outsourcing” and now more than ever people are paying others to do the work they don’t have the time for.

It Attracts A Higher-End Clientele and Easily Leads to Much Broader Design Projects

The very nature of holiday design is to save clients time by doing the design for them, so typically the folks who don’t have that kind of time but do have the money are in a higher-end, income bracket.  What do this mean for the designer?  It means you’ve just created a wonderful referral source for multiple design projects.

It Attracts a Regular Clientele

The beauty of a holiday design service is that those client’s whom you did an excellent job for the previous year, will invariably have you come back every year!  You only need to cultivate a handful of client’s to have regular, steady business every year.  In fact, a stager friend of mine says that she earns almost 15% of her business yearly on only a few, holiday design client’s that LOVE her.

A Holiday Design Service is a Great Hedge to the Busy, Spring, Staging Season

Sometimes I hear stager’s complain that their staging business really dips during the holidays, so having a steady, holiday design clientele that keeps you busy, year after year, makes perfect sense!

It’s Impossible for People to Be Objective About Their Holiday “Stuff”

Yep, they are emotionally attached to some Christmas decor that really should have gone by the wayside long ago.  They wonder why their home doesn’t look very good during the holiday season and many times it’s because of these older, cheaper items they just don’t have the heart to let go of…sound familiar?  An expert, fresh set of eyes is such a huge benefit to sorting through home decor and getting the look we really want for our holiday home!

You Save Client’s Money by Re-purposing

Home Stagers and Designers have the uncanny ability to “see” interiors in creative ways and part of that skill-set goes toward Re-purposing items to their best showing.  Why pack all of your current decor away before decorating for the holidays when you can easily to the gorgeous decor you already have and “holiday, bling it up!”

Not Hard to Market a Holiday Design Service If You Know How (That’s What My Training Teaches You!)

An hour-long training that walks you through the entire process, gives you the FAQ and Price Sheet for your website, a Pre-Appointment Form so you ask the right questions up front and trains you on how to market this valuable service is available!

Invest in your business this holiday season!

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