Decorating & Furniture/becoming a designer


Hi Jennifer

I'm artistic and love playing around with colors and designs, love making a space more livable and just being as creative as I can, and I want to get my feet wet in the interior design business.

I've heard that the best way to do it is to first work for an experienced interior designer, then eventually branch out and start your own office.

My question is, why would anyone be willing to help train me? Since my long term goal would be to open my own business, wouldn't that be detrimental to them in the long term when they have someone to compete with?


Busy designers need "decorators" to assist.  If you put a portfolio together - photos of rooms you have decorated and that you are proud of - you give the designer an idea of your creativity and talent.

Remember - designers are scholastically trained and do space planning as well as room finishes, whereas decorators are not architecturally trained and decorate as opposed to design a room.  

Check out your local ASID designers and see if they need help.  Being a "gofer" for a good designer will not only allow you to exercise your talent, it will teach you a wealth of information that you would not otherwise have.

The reason they'd want your help?  Time.  And time is money.

Best of luck to you.

Jennifer Taylor Wojcik, Author
"From Day One"

PS:  Another avenue to pursue?  Home staging.  If you can afford a few "props", approach a realtor about staging one of their properties that is on the market.  Staged homes sell before empty ones, but there is an initial investment on your part to either "rent" or own furnishings that you use.

Regardless, you can base that cost into your staging fee.


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Jennifer Taylor Wojcik


Visit my web site at: Decor: I've written about it, planned it, designed it and colored it, and I've never stopped loving it. It's not what you spend, or who made it, it's how it makes you feel.


College, advertising, public relations, marketing, free-lance writing and a plethora of creative endeavors have led me here. As an entrepreneur in decorative product design, I learned the hard way how tough it can be to be in business for yourself. A stint at a law firm taught me humility too. Some three thousand questions ago, I wondered if I could really help. Obviously, I'm still here and still taking your questions. God Bless You!

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