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"?
What apps do professional interior designers use? 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 Excel: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.
Streamline your interior design business and save time ?
Staying Organized/ Team Management / Time Tracking
Trello:Great for project management.
Harvest App:Easy time tracking in real time for the whole team.
(and more on download)
Matboard: Is a scrapbook like tool for the iPad
Photoshop / InDesign / Adobe Suite: Adobe Creative Cloud offers a variety of photo editing and creating.
MODSY review via Britany Makes
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Popular Books for Interior Design Business
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Design Software : Book Keeping / Purchasing/ Business Software
Designer Advantage : Designer Advantage provides bookkeeping, project accounting, and expediting services exclusively for Interior Designers.
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.
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.
Great programs for Interior Design Video Conferencing, Webinars, Video Creation
In the Field
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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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