If you are starting an interior design company, it is likely that you will need a business plan at some point. The experts at Pro Business Plans have worked with many interior design companies to prepare professional plans for investment and strategy. This article presents information around what is typically included in an interior design business plan and how it is structured.
Interior Design Business Plan
Interior Design Business Plan
There are several unique factors that will determine the success of an interior design company. Among these are its positioning, size, operations structure, and quality of the designers. For instance, some interior design companies may be one or two person operations and others have dozens of in-house designers and do work for a specific industry (E.g. commercial office space) or any prospective customer nationwide. An investor realizes that part of the success of your business depends upon your business model, whereas the rest is driven by a successful marketing strategy, in conjunction with the financial projections to identify the risks and potential opportunities.
The business model for an interior design company is essentially the opposite of what you would find in a template. A generic template will package you into the 90% of companies that fail, and the purpose of your business model is to outline why you are the 10% that will succeed. If anyone wanted to read a generic template, they would retrieve it from the web themselves and not bother asking for it to begin with. Therefore, the point of your business model is to demonstrate what is unique about your company and how you will outperform the competition based on your internal resources and operations model.
The market positioning of an interior designer can range substantially depending upon the area of the market targeted. Some interior designers may focus on a particular niche such as office spaces, or more specifically co-working spaces.
The operations process for an interior design company ranges depending upon its size and scaope. A smaller single person interior design company may be designed to be simple and have a home office set-up. A larger firm with several employees and a city office location may be more complex, which should be reflected in the operations model.
The marketing strategy for an interior design company is increasingly digital with companies expecting websites with high quality photographs of previous works, references, and an overview of the business. However, having a strong inbound sales team and business development leader is also critical to the success of a marketing campaign. The sales team must be properly educated about the company’s services and core advantages, as well as have a verifiable track record for outstanding performance.
When it comes to lead generation, one of the most effective methods for an interior designer is a combination of targeted digital marketing and reputation management. Many individuals search for an interior designer at the time they recognize the need, which is perfect timing for targeted ads.
When it comes to business development for an interior designer, the most effective way is to establish a strong relationship network that will consistently drive new leads with minimal commitment from the marketing department or founder. This is done through a combination of strategic partnerships, affiliate systems, and other related networks.
The financial projections are not only necessary for investors, but also heavily needed for internal planning. The most effective way to prepare the ProForma financials is to based them off of prior operating history, or analyze the performance of comparable companies as a basis for the decision. Developing a reliable budget will help you to form better purchasing decisions and establish a strategy that you may benchmark relative to your fiscal goals. For instance, it can assist in determining an appropriate pricing strategy or selecting between several office locations.
The revenue forecasts for an interior designer is based on a combination of factors including the size of the company, amount of projects forecasted, and the projected net-profit. Some interior designers may only have a few projects per year, but charge very high fees to commercial clients and their cash flows reflect this model accordingly.
The budget estimates for an interior designer are based on several factors such as the location and office set-up, number and structure of employees, and the marketing budget. In some instances, the founder will pay him/herself a salary and others they will draw dividends. The most effective method of preparing budgeting is to acquire quotes from third-party vendors and service providers.
What is Included in Our Custom Interior Design Business Plan?
- Marketing Plan
- SWOT Analysis
- Competitive Analysis
- Profitability Analysis
- Personnel Plan
- Organizational Chart
- Company Valuation
- Executive Summary
- Company Description
- Keys to Success
- Three Year Objectives
- Product or Service Description
- Market Research
- Fundraising Support
- 12 Month & 3 Year Profit & Loss
- 3 Year Balance Sheet
- 12 Month & 3 Year Sales Forecast
- 12 Month & 3 Year Cash Flows
- Break-Even Analysis
- Financial Ratio Analysis
- Management Team