Do your friends and relatives love the way you have adored your house? Do you have a natural flair and instinctive pull towards beautification? Then maybe you should make your passion a career option for yourself.
Not many people get their passion as a career. But before you take a decision, be warned that residential interior designing is a serious job and you shouldn’t take it up lightly. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind before you opt to become an interior designer –
* Education- Education is the biggest difference between an amateur decorator and a professional interior designer. While your friends and acquaintances may like the way you have decorated your house, it doesn’t make you an interior designer. Interior decorating for homes is a serious job and you need proper education to do it.
* The talent factor – Here’s the obvious corollary of the previous point. Do you have the talent to be a successful interior designer? Just because you got a degree in interior designing, it won’t make you a successful professional. You need to have the natural talent for every job that needs to be done inside the house.
*The ‘not-so-fun’ part- While many think that residential interior designing is only about decorating a house, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many aspects, which are not so fun and like actual office work. For example, you have to know the building density, spatial designing, architectural plan and work in unison with the builders and architects.
*Compensation- Now we come to the most important question. Does this job have money? The answer is yes and no. It all depends on your ability, experience and education. A successful and experienced designer has a perennial demand and as a result, a very handsome pay package. But if you think you can earn like them in one day, you are mistaken. Just like them you will have to wait for sometimes to make a name for yourself.
*Making a portfolio- Just like an aspiring model, the first thing that potential clients will notice about a professional interior designer is his portfolio. So once you have done a few projects of your own, you need to make a portfolio of your best work. There’s nothing like flattering yourself!
*Staying ahead in competition- The world of interior designing is a messy one with a lot of competition. You have to make sure to stay ahead of the others. This is where you need a businessman’s mind.
There are other things to consider too if you want to get into this business but these are the most important ones. If you are comfortable with these, go ahead and make a great career.