How to Become an Interior Designer

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Begin With Small Steps

To get practice, try making some changes around your own home or living space. Volunteer to help friends and family members update the interior decorating in their homes. As you work, you will learn that just as important as using your expertise to design a space is making the client happy. You need to consult with them to make sure they agree with the changes you make. Working first with friends and family will help you gain confidence and communication skills.

Create a Portfolio

As you volunteer to make interior design changes for friends and family members, keep a record of what you do, thus building a portfolio that will help you when you look for a paying job in the industry. Companies will be much more likely to hire you to be an interior designer if they can take a look at some of the spaces you've designed. Your portfolio will help a potential employer get a feel for your talents, your perspective and your ideas.

Start Out On Your Own

If you would like to become an interior designer, but don't like the idea of working for someone else, you may want to choose to go into business for yourself. If you decide to do this, it's helpful if you're someone who is self-motivated and who isn't afraid to self-promote. You might want to work from home at first, thus saving money on office space. Referrals from family and friends may be the best way of getting work to begin with and then word of mouth can do wonders to help you build your business if people like the work you do.

Liz Smith writes about Interior Decorating and Interior Design and is Editor-in-Chief of Trouve Publishing.

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