Interior Design Trend

Interior design ideas are radically changing as people interested in smaller home designs. Bigger homes are no longer part of the urban lifestyle and people are integrating more environmental friendly interior decorating elements.

DIY 2011

A returning trend in 2011 is DIY. Although economic rumors are declaring the economy is on the rise, people are hesitant and mire bothered on spending time and money on their homes. DIY projects help home owners save money and keep them busy while at home. DIY promises to be the leading trend nowadays, homeowners are not looking for perfection & professional touch instead they are happier with personalization and homegrown imperfection. This also includes redecorating old fixtures and designs.

Colors of the new decade

Color trends for interior decorating ideas are stimulating. Vibrant colors will be the trend in coming years, as people pay more attention to their homes old beige on beige color schemes will fade out. Blasts of vibrant colors will keep home interior designs an exciting look. When repainting, brainstorm and generate creative themes by including floors, ceilings, windows, light fixtures and other interior decorations that can give a colorful burst to the interior design.

Technology

Technology is not just a trend for today but a way of life. Technology will have a huge influence on interior design ideas. We have not evolved into the Jetsons era just yet, but more and more everyday items will be connected to internet and computer technologies. Computer rooms and media rooms will be a norm in coming years. It’s a far out idea, but urban homes will soon have computer simulation exercise systems incorporated into their gyms. Interior detail & Personality

People will turn to items that come from the heart, since little things are more meaningful in homes. Homes will have a more personal look for instance family heirlooms, a piece of artwork and anything else that will make the interior design unique and personalized. To fade out the cold nature of technology personal items that carry the home owner’s memories and sentiments will play a huge role in decorating ideas. Small homes usually focus on comfort and meaningful details that have a personal touch and a story behind it.

ECO- Friendly D├ęcor

A hot new trend for coming years will be environmental friendly interior design. Homes will have more environmentally sound designs and built with eco friendly materials. There will be a burst of light as people will place more importance on sunlight and use decorative elements that reflect nature. Home owners should keep updated on new environmental innovations and ideas, which can be in turn incorporated at home. New interior design ideas will bring radical changes to home decorations. Latest trends will keep home owners on the cutting edge of interior decoration and design, also preparing their homes for future advanced eco friendly technologies.

Interior Design Tips – When to Hire a Professional Designer

Interior designers are hired for many reasons. The main reason is that the client simply does not have the know how or expertise to put the room together well by themselves. They have tried and things are just not turning out as beautifully as they had hoped and envisioned it would look. The money spent does not seem to be making the impact they had hoped to make for that much of an expenditure.

Time is another reason interior designers are hired. Busy people simply do not have the time or resources to find all the design selections they are needing. They know that since they are not used to finding these products it will take them 10 times as long as a designer who is researching products and qualities daily. They cannot tell the quality of the products and trust their designers to discern quality for them. Most designers have seen the quality of the merchandise at markets and know the quality of the individual companies. One source shopping saves them time and money.

Design Education – Clients say, “My husband says I should be able to do this because I am a woman.” That is not necessarily so. So, husbands finally let their wives get help because they can see that she simply does not have the know how to put together a professionally designed interior. It is no reflection of her womanliness. Perhaps her expertise is in other areas.

Another factor is that ideas have run out and an interior designer can offer fresh ideas that are sometimes out of the box of what the client is thinking. Interior designers are trained to think artistically and most times have many many more ideas than the client. They know how things work together, how they will look when finished and are considering the client ideas, likes and dislikes.

Unfortunately, mistakes can cause people to hire interior designers. With wasted money, time and energy finally an interior designer is hired. An interior designer is used to working all elements together and is far less likely to make mistakes than an untrained person.

Furniture Layout is another reason people hire interior designers. It is common to have rooms that are difficult to lay out the furniture. This is called space planning and a designer usually does this daily and can be a tremendous help in this area.

Where do I find unusual items like interior designers use? Where do I find the quality? The answer is that these items are not usually found in your local store. Many of the items designers use are picked up in their travels or bought from custom manufacturers that only sell to the trade. This way items can be ordered in exact finishes, fabrics and detailing that the client and designer want. The client does not have access to the resources that the designer has. Even if they did, most clients still do not know how to put the look together.

With an interior designer the client gets one design. It is all so very confusing with friends and family telling you what they like and how to do it. What they like is usually not what you like anyway. An interior designer can give you one final design that is suited to you. It should be a divine reflection of you, your family and your interests. It is refreshing to hire a designer, tell them all your ideas, likes and dislikes and let them put together that perfect look suited to you. Makes your life a little easier and the results speak for themselves!

Who Wants To Know About High Profit Low Cost Business Ideas?

Low cost business ideas are fun to find. Once you find your ideal idea you know you’re in for a quick turnaround of profit in your first year in some cases, and in others even on your first day of business!

Who wants to know about high profit low cost business ideas? We all do! I have chosen 5 core areas I believe are high potential businesses with a history of long-term sustainability, healthy growth and demand, and can be started with a low budget in many cases.

The 5 low cost business ideas I have chosen are in Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Interior Designing, Manufacturer and Wholesale products, and SME Bookkeeping. Lets get started.

Jewelry Seller

Think you can run your very own dream jewelry business? We all know that our the love for gold and silver, and for precious stones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, is so age old this trade is going to last as long as there is romance on this planet of ours. You can bet your enchiladas the jewelry business is here to stay and to service that love!

While this business may sound expensive to run, you can start small by spending only a few hundred dollars in carefully selecting your merchandise at good wholesale prices.

I have a client who works for a telecommunication company who also runs a part-time jewelry business on the side. She buys pieces she adores and only from a couple of trusted gems and jewelry wholesale suppliers and on sells her merchandise to her clients. You can easily Google for these wholesalers in your local area.

Buy only from certified suppliers who can give you assurance you are buying the genuine article. Once you find reliable suppliers, stick with those. My client runs her business without a fixed shop by promoting her business to bridal shows and to expos that women and couples attend, women organizations, business owners, company executives, and at the local chamber of commerce. She does well. She also sells her more unique merchandise at high markups to other jewelry stores.

Make sure you buy pieces that have that ‘sellable’ factor, the ones that have classic designs at very competitive prices. Try to stay away from abstract designs when you start out, unless you want to specialize in certain types of looks and make.

If you are going to set up shop try checking out these ideal spots:

  • Shop in a busy mall
  • Busy city areas
  • Tourist hot spots and resorts
  • Uptown hotels
  • Your own online store
  • eBay
  • Bridal shows
  • High fashion zones

One great piece of advice she gave me was to make sure the collection you buy has an interesting mix of gems that are already set, gold and silver pieces, and an array of loose gem stones. You will need classy looking velvet boxes and pouches, and black velvet mats to place your merchandise to showcase to the customer.

One thing about this business is that it will never be without an audience of interested or potential buyers.

Interior Designer and Consultant

An interior designer usually ‘discovers’ his or her own unique decorating flair early in life. If you have a natural passion and talent for decorating and designing interiors, this might be a great business to let loose your designing skills and be paid well for it!

The reason why I feel this is potentially a very good business idea is from a recent personal experience I had. My wife and I hired a decorator and for around $400 she helped us with some needed renovation ideas. She came to our house and gave us the best 3 hours in home decorating tips and ideas. For us, it was well worth the money we spent which wasn’t that much in the scheme of things. In fact she’s been back several times to drop off a few more research she did on what we had asked her about. We got a new lease of inspiration for our home that we couldn’t have achieved ourselves and she got our life long recommendation.

By the way, we were referred to her when we were looking at color schemes at our local paint shop. So go and make sure you network at places that spins off from what you do such as the paint shop, the hardware store, the curtain place, the local real estate office and so on. You get the idea.

There will be so many situations and places that will require a service like this if you stop to think about it. Here are some you can start your list on:

  • Businesses with reception areas
  • Practices such as doctor’s waiting rooms
  • Private residences that are going through renovation
  • Government offices
  • Luxury boats and yachts
  • Commercial premises
  • Factory offices
  • Portables such as classrooms and temporary offices
  • Tired-looking business establishments
  • Businesses that have just moved in

It would help your business success greatly if you have evidence of experience, testimonials and perhaps a relevant qualification. A nice website would be advisable to showcase your work.

Arts & Crafts Market Business

Ah this is an evergreen. No matter how futuristic life gets we will always need the works of interesting arts, paintings, and hand-made crafts to bring that touch of life and joy into a place.

This is another lucrative business idea and it can be started with a few hundred dollars for products and material. By observing the constant announcements of art shows, craft fairs and market days held in streets, shop fronts, galleries and open car park spaces across the country and in every suburb you can tell this is one thriving industry.

If you are good at creating something that people have said they’d give you money for, the arts and craft business might be a business to consider seriously and get paid for what you love doing. If so, here are some things you can do to get a feel of the potential before you start out:

  • Check out a few arts and craft shows and markets yourself
  • Get a feel of how you might run your business
  • Investigate the various costs to hiring a booth or a stand
  • Factor in transport costs, packaging, and signage
  • Apply for a credit card machine
  • Get a permit if required
  • Call your local council and make some enquiries
  • Learn some good customer service techniques

If it is convenient to do so (I don’t see many operators do this) try to collect contact details of your customers to build a dedicated mailing list. This is going to come in handy to make your business hum with profitability.

By building a list you can offer your customers a periodical arts newsletter and use it to announce where and when your next show or stand will be at and the specials you are going to offer. The more you interact with your list, the stronger the loyalty you will earn. Your list will eventually be worth a lot of more money than you imagined. Start by collecting email addresses and or telephone numbers of your customers and from enquiries you get.

Do the above and pretty soon you will have more people than you can manage!

Independent Sales Rep For A Manufacturer/Wholesaler

This idea may sound like a job, but its not. Yes, there are sales reps that are employed by companies to represent them but there are many manufacturers and suppliers who prefer independent sales reps who can sell for them, all at a cut of the sales or for an agreed sum. This can be a quick-earn business that you can get up and running in no time.

You can source for products to sell by visiting trade expos, industry showings, to the manufacturers themselves. Choose the kind of products you want to sell. Do your research. Find out what the market wants. Use good old Google to find a good list of manufacturers and product suppliers you can contact. They would love to hear from you. If you can prove your ability and experience they would love to load you up with goodies.

You are not tied to a fixed schedule or territory, however this might depend of the needs and demands and the specific arrangements both parties agree on.

Try to start with products you can physically transport and showcase. Although this is not necessarily always the case with every manufacturer, sometimes you can sell large machineries and equipment that normally are just not possible to access or carry. Your customers are already used to seeing these ‘heavy’ products via brochures and video presentations.

As you can see, this is a business you can start as quickly as you find a supplier who will agree for you to rep for them. If you get a hold of a product that enjoys high demand you can be turning a profit on your first sale.

Your market is dual, you can sell direct to businesses or the end user retail consumer, depending on what you are selling.

Bookkeeping Services to SMEs

If you are meticulous about balancing the account, and numbers bring a smile to your face, then you were made for this business!

Ask anyone at a party or your local businesses, chances are that they will tell you that their accounts are in a mess or that they dread pulling out their financial statements to fix them. That’s where you come in!

Here are some of the key issues that businesses and business owners suffer from that make the bookkeeping service such an attractive proposition for the right person:

  • They are just too busy to do their books
  • They dread ‘doing the numbers’
  • They feel inadequate to do so
  • They are not happy with their current bookkeeper
  • They struggle with keeping up to date with the ever-changing accounting laws

Depending on the depth and breath of what you offer you can charge anywhere from around $20 to $70 an hour and packaged deals or fixed fees for more specialized preparation of financial and tax statements.

Here are some things to consider before you start:

  • Your qualification to be a bookkeeper
  • Public liability and professional indemnity insurances
  • Permits
  • An office or office area
  • Telephone to contact businesses
  • Stationary with letterhead and business cards
  • Computer and or laptop
  • Bookkeeping software program
  • Scanner and fax
  • Back up hard drive
  • Filing cabinets
  • Marketing budget to promote your business
  • An optional answering service

While its nice to hold a double degree in math, nowadays SME operators just want a good bookkeeper who can spot the numbers and provide accurate and great looking balanced monthly statements.

Most business owners and individuals require some kind of bookkeeping help and advice, and many can’t afford to keep a full time bookkeeper. The idea of an off-site on-demand bookkeeping service is great news for businesses and for individuals. It’s a boom industry for anyone who can deliver on-time accurate bookkeeping management.

In summary

I hope you’ve enjoyed my 5 low cost business ideas in Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Interior Designing, Manufacturer and Wholesale products, and SME Bookkeeping. These were chosen for their potential to turn a profit quickly. However, its advisable that you seek guidance from a professional before embarking on any of the ideas listed here.

In closing let me list a few more low cost business ideas for you to investigate. I feel these have unique market potential and long term business growth:

  • Wellness & Diet Personal Instructor
  • Gift and Fruit Basket Business
  • Health Snacks Vending Machine Business
  • Resume and Covering Letter services
  • Residential and Commercial Cleaning Business
  • Beauty and Hair Supply Business
  • T-Shirt With Unusual Taglines business
  • Outdoor Furniture For Children Business
  • Garden and Organic Lawn Care Business
  • Band Promoter & Scout
  • Mobile Hairdresser Service
  • Private Home Tutoring Service

There’s nothing like finding your own low cost business idea that can turn a profit in your first year! Be independent. Go for it.