Design Biz : The Best Applications and Tools for Interior Designers
What is the best software for your interior design business?
Are you wondering if there is a better way to invoice other than with Word documents or Excel and increase your productivity? We've made a list of the best interior design software and apps for you to reference for starting or improving your business tool. These are our best suggestions to support you in managing your business and increasing your bottom line.
Whats in your "Interior Design Toolbox"? We drafted this guide to help you create the blueprint for running your own successful Interior Design business. These are tools that help you communicate with your clients, fellow team members and increase your productivity. Your expertise is what brought them to you, now you can increase your profitability with the right tools for invoicing and presenting.
Best Interior Design Apps and Software
Invoicing your Time and Material
Quickbooks: This is the #1 most popular Accounting Software, make sure to add your company logo.
FreshBooks:Accounting, Invoicing and more.
Quickbooks and Excell:Combined are very powerful, easy to use, and since this is the most popular most accountants use these tools, so hiring someone to assist you is easier.
Zero:which can be linked to Harvest( time tracking)
Waves App: You can customize this tool with logo and more. This will help keep track of hours, has builtin invoicing, income and expense tracking etc. I can go from proposal to invoice at a click of the button. You can also scan business receipts from your mobile. Did I mention that it is FREE!
Studio Designer:Accounting and Project Manager Software in a cloud for Interior Design Professionals
PayPal: Free to signup, a small fee per transaction. Also offers followup communication and request for payments.
Invoice2Go: Create invoices on any device, send a request for payments via email, and accept credit card or PayPal payments. You can also automate reminders.
Staying Organized/ Team Management / Time Tracking
Trello:Great for project management.
Harvest App:Easy time tracking in real time for the whole team.
Mydoma Studio;They offer online mood boards, shopping list, and project collaborations for interior designers.
SmartSheet : Smart-sheet is designed to unleash the benefits of greater work agility and collaboration by providing a powerful platform for organizations to plan, capture, manage, automate, and report on work. Smart-sheet empowers teams to execute with speed and accountability — and make better decisions, faster.
Norton Identity Safe:Password Tool: an Encrypted tool for keeping your passwords.
Launch 27: Best online booking and followup.
Matboard: Is a scrapbook like tool for the iPad
Photoshop / InDesign / Adobe Suite: Adobe Creative Cloud offers a variety of photo editing and creating.
Morpholio Board:Great tool for layouts and collages. Board combines your perfect products library with a dream set of tools and the mobility to work or present anywhere. Welcome to the future of interior design.
Mydoma Studio:Great system for creating mood boards to send to clients. You can even include affiliate links if the client is to purchase on their own ( E-Design Service)
PowerPoint:Great tool for working on your phone or PC. Easy to access anywhere.
Ollio Board: Free mood boards for presentations.
Polyvore: Free, and a great app for creating mood boards.
Google Slides! Yes, google slides for layering and creating a pdf, jpeg, png.
Canva: Create great Social Media Graphics, edit photos, and create blog post images.Apps for Drawings
Noteworthy: Uploads plans and you can add notes
Sketchup:A popular 3D modeling tool.
Studio by Minute Matters: this graphics software is for interior designers and has wonderful features and functions as a valuable tool for interior design.
Sketchup combined with Podium ( cost-effective choice.) for interior renderings.
HomeStyler: Create Floor Plans
MODSY review via Britany Makes
Popular Posts for Interior Design Business
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Popular Books for Interior Design Business
Kimberley Seldon: Business of Design: Part I: This is a business bible on everything from invoicing to contracts.
Interior Design Branding:Kim Kuhbtal
Recipe For the Press:Amy Flurry's new book for Interior Designers and the best methods for getting published
Design Software : Book Keeping / Purchasing/ Business Software
Designer Advantage : Designer Advantage provides bookkeeping, project accounting, and expediting services exclusively for Interior Designers.
Fuego : Project management software and a trade-only marketplace.
Fuigo is all-in-one software that does it all.
Studio Design : Connecting designers, showrooms, and manufacturers.
Design Docs:Interior Design Business software
IVY: Make Time For Design(*update 2018, due to the recent purchase of IVY by Houzz, many designers are not interested in using this tool from a perceived conflict of interest) that was until IVY announce and Moodboard builder that also creates purchase orders!
Mydoma Studio; Affordable and robust. THIS IS A GREAT TOOL FOR DESIGNERS. Old School is usually alined with Design Manager. It is not the easiest to use, and not all accountants are familiar with he accounting system ( which is why I use excel or quickbooks) BUT, the tool has many layers to it that are easy to use and robust.
VIRTUAL CLIENT DASHBOARD: Your client can log in and check the progress and status of projects!!! The off your plate and onto theirs if they are interested. You filter the details you want them to see.
THIS IS COMBINED W project mood boards with links, makes this a great project management tool.
Minute Matters:easy-to-use design software, quoting solutions, fabrication tools, and organizational systems. They give you the tools to assist clients in visualizing their dreams! One of the best tools out there!
Quickbooks and Excell combined
Xero,which can be linked to Harvest( time tracking)
Waves: Which you can completely customize with logos. Keeps track of time.
Design Drawings and Drafting
2020 SPACES : $1,200/ yr This is a cloud application and a great tool for kitchens. I can usually draft and layout and kitchen in 10 hours and develop plans, elevations a PERSPECTIVES from these base drawings. Having all these too allows me to close the close to sale quickly. Easy to learn and affordable for a small firm.
CHIEF ARCHITECT: Combined are very powerful, easy to use, and since this is the most popular most accountants use these tools, so hiring someone to assist you is easier.
AUTOCad: The long time workhorse. This technology can be pricey and is used in most large corporate design firms.
ROOM SKETCHER : $49 - $99 / year: You can customize this tool with logo and more. This will help keep track of hours, has builtin invoicing, income and expense tracking etc. I can go from proposal to invoice at a click of the button. You can also scan business receipts from your mobile. Did I mention that it is FREE!
Having the right visual marketing tools at your disposal will help you create compelling visuals on a consistent basis – even if you are a non-designer. Strong visual content is necessary if you want to better tell stories and keep your audiences engaged in a more impressionable way. It is also one of the best ways to stand out from your competition.
Canva: Price: 12.95 / mo. Create great Social Media Graphics, edit photos, and create blog post images. I use this tool often and highly recommend it as part of your office staples. This is a great place to create your presentations (other than Google Slides) You can easily upload images, your logo and more.
Pic Monkey:Just like Canva. I have not used this tool, but many are on team picmonkey.
Minute Matters( see above)
Pinterest Management tool: Tailwinds : This is a scheduling tool for both Pinterest AND Instagram !
Great programs for Interior Design Video Conferencing, Webinars, Video Creation
Screencast-O Matic:Great for recording videos.
Zoom: Host video meeting, conference calls and record them
Easy Webinar: webinar stream and record.
Telestream: easy video editing on Mac.
In the Field
Apps: additional thoughts on letting your phone multitask in the field
ILevel:app for leveling artwork!
We have apps for project management, time tracking and creating mood boards. If we missed anything, a tool that has been invaluable for your business, please let us know and we will add them to the Tool Box.
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Thank you for stopping by! Leave me a comment if these tools were helpful, and if there are any you would also recommend for running your design business. Have a great day!
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