This is not some “How to Get Rich Quick” article, rather more of a scientific article that looks inside the creative mind of an interior designer, looking into the way they think and why those very thoughts are blocking them from maximizing their potential and their income. Nor is this talk of “The Secret” and how your thoughts create reality. Here we will touch upon some hardcore things interior designers can do to boost their income, and discuss the barriers that block their income potential.
Perhaps this will be an article that you can share with all creatives in your life, as one thing seems certain: Creatives are their own worst enemies, and are the first to discount their talent and work, readily sabotaging themselves.
Here are some ways that you may be your wallet’s worst enemy and how to fix it:
Innovative Brain of Interior Designers
Did you know that interior designers have a rare brain type called Innovators+Influencers? This article in Entrepeneur Magazine says that only 15% of the population is capable of making creative connections such as the ones required in the creative jobs of interior designers.
While the magazine was using this brain type to explain the thought processes of creative entrepreneurs, we can easily apply it to interior designers. It is a way of thinking that is driven by the need to blaze a trail, discover, explore and gain recognition. It is also a thought-processs that fears lack of recognition and respect. We think most interior designers will relate to this drive to blaze a trail; the deep want of finding and designing new modern approaches and innovations to home design. We think they will also relate to the fear of lack of recognition and respect (How many people think interior designers just play with fabric samples all day? There is a deep lack of respect for this career and its requirements).
So, what does this all mean, and how can it possibly affect an interior designers income? Read on to discover more:
Barriers That Block Your Income Potential
Our brain rules the way we think and do things, so if an interior designer thinks with this Innovator+Influencer brain type, then it naturally has some self-sabotaging qualities that block its optimal potential.
Here are some key things that may be holding you back from your full potential, thanks in part to the way you think:
- Taking on too much: it is natural for Innovators+Influencers to want to take on every project; it seems they can’t say no to an opportunity.
- Starting too many projects: Your creative brain is bouncing everywhere; you want to take it all on and start them all at once. This results in a lack of structure and an overworked mind.
- Underestimate and over promise: Do you underestimate your own skills, beating yourself up inside despite your talents? Or perhaps you underestimate the time required for jobs? Do you over promise to your clients, regretting it later? These are all natural flaws thanks to the workings of a creative, innovative brain.
Multi-Taskers Make Less
So look at the above list again. How on earth could taking on too many projects block your income? The more jobs the more money, right? Well, yes in a sense that is true, but what about quality? At some point in time when you are juggling too many things, something has to drop.
All of these things: taking on too much, starting too many projects at once, over promising to clients, and underestimating yourself and the job at hand—all equal a drain to your income. Your brain is bouncing in too many directions; You are unable to completely focus on the job at hand because part of you is thinking of another project or another promise or another deadline. You may think you are a successful multi-tasker, but multi-taskers can shoot themselves in the foot. This article shows how multi-tasking drains performance, and a bad performance means unhappy clients, less client referrals; therefore, less income.
How to Fix Your Flaws and Make More Money
After all of this has been read, you may be feeling a bit frustrated. No worries, we will now enable you, with some hard core strategies, to boost your income and organize your workload:
- Hire someone who is talented and trustworthy: This is key. In most cases, you will not be able to change the way your brain works, and why should you— You are talented and creative! So hire someone who can help finish all the jobs that you take on; someone who can deal with all the little details, freeing your mind to focus on the next project.
- Structure your day: Schedule your day! If you are currently juggling four clients, then break your day into four sections, allowing time to focus solely on one client at a time, giving them your all. Ignore the phone, shut down everything that does not rotate around the task at hand. This will result in many happy clients and many referrals.
- Say no: You have to be willing to say no to some projects. If you are at a point in your career where you are successful, then perhaps it is time to say no to the smaller jobs, making room for the bigger, more noteworthy projects. After all, the bigger projects are the ones that help make your name well-known, and of course boost your income.
- Be confident: This is a big one—if you don’t have full faith in your gifts, then how can you expect anyone else to? Us creatives are hard on ourselves, picking out every flaw—this is just defeatism and definitely blocks our income potential.
What do you think? Are we right when it comes to the way creatives and interior designers think? If you are an interior designer, please write to us and let us know if you relate to these modes of thought; do you think your creative brain is perhaps blocking some of your income potential?