Surviving as an Interior Designer during the COVID19 outbreak

Surviving as an Interior Designer during the COVID19 outbreak

1. Remote working setup 

We have now all been working remotely for at least 5 weeks, depending on your setup this may have been completely seamless or, a panic rush to get your vital documents and email/phone services on a cloud-based system. Either way you are going to want to be able to continue to work in the most natural and efficient way so there is the least amount of disruption. 

There are many ways to share files such as Dropbox, Google Drive and WeTransfer however physical samples prove more challenging, hopefully you have been able to distribute samples throughout the team prior to the “lockdown” but if not suppliers are still able to post to your home addresses.  

2. Communication 

“Communication is KEY, not just email but picking up the phone” A quote from the Founder and Chief Executive of one of London’s top luxury design studios, and one of our closest clients. 

Be it What’s app, Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or an old-fashioned phone call, keeping in close communication is vital to keeping your projects and business running as usual. At this time when we are all locked away in isolation it is also good for our mental health to have that regular catchup, even if it is just an update on your latest banana bread recipe.  

3. Relationships

We need our suppliers and clients now more than ever. Suppliers are going to be of course having their own issues with product supplies and the relationship that you have built with them is important to keep strong, you want to be the first they call with the new stock.  

For the residential market, clients will be spending more time in their homes right now than ever. Time to reflect on their interior spaces, what works, what might need updating. Feedback from previous clients is hugely beneficial and you may be able to get your next project just from a quick catchup call. 

4. Streamlining your business 

This is of course a time when you are going to want to reduce any unnecessary overheads and can improve the efficiency of your business for the future. The government have provided several options from furlough to support grants, so do your research you might be surprised what options you have. You may also be able to negotiate rent holidays and payment terms. And with everyone working from home, do you really need that expensive West London studio? 

5. Resilience 

There is no denying it these will be tough times for a lot of people out there. If you have your own business, you have probably ready put in a huge amount of hard work to get it off the ground and now your resilience maybe tested. But remember studios have survived much harder times in the past, you can take this opportunity to come out more efficient and stronger than ever!.. There is light at the end of the tunnel!  

6. Community 

Now more than ever people are feeling that community spirt, and this is clear within the interior design community as well. Gone are the days of withholding information to stay competitive, we are all in this together and nowadays designers are much more open to share information. So, utilise this by speaking to people in the industry, of course many events have been cancelled but there are forums, webinars, podcasts and more to be discovered.  

Top tip a recruiter we speak to a huge number of candidates, studio HR and directors daily. It is important for us to be in the know therefore we have a very good insight to market and how other studios are managing through these times. Feel free to get in contact, we are here to help in any way we can.