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Kat Anderson: Design Build and Bookkeeping Classes for Interior Designers

Episode 644 of A Well-Designed Business®

Today with Kathleen Anderson:

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Kat Anderson of Material Design, an interior design business specializing in design-build projects, shares her experience as a recently-graduated interior design student struggling to find her way in the design world. You’ll hear Kat tell how she succeeded by growing her skillset in more than just design. Kat also walks through the classes she teaches at LuAnn University.

Pick it apart:

[12:45] Kat shares why having a good understanding of your bookkeeping also helps with job costing

[17:40] Kat explains why her class benefits both beginner and mature business owners

[31:43] LuAnn explains the difference between the LuAnn University class Design Build 101 and 201

[35:08] Kat shares how she developed the curriculum for Design Build 201

[45:30] Kat shares about how awful her two years in business were

[50:05] LuAnn shares about how she coached Sara Lynn Brennan to develop processes

[53:26] Kat speaks to the designer who wants to establish a process, but has a variety of different projects

LuAnn and Kathleen Anderson’s Ah-Ha moments:

“Your finances are the heartbeat of your business.” – Kathleen Anderson

“It’s the difference between having a life that you love and feeling like when is Starbucks hiring.” – Kathleen Anderson

“An expert in their field is the one who’s made all the mistakes.” – LuAnn Nigara

More About Kathleen Anderson

Kathleen Anderson is a designer and entrepreneur delivering full-service interiors, design-build projects, window treatments, and more. With a BA in Interior Design and a Masters Degree in Architecture, she knows first-hand that business knowledge is what completes the trifecta needed to build and run a successful design firm.

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A Big THANK YOU to Today’s Podcast Sponsor:

Revel Woods: This is one of those vendors you’ll be so happy you took the time to set up an account with. They understand interior designers which makes it so refreshing to work with them to spec amazing wood flooring for your projects. They have a huge selection and are dedicated to helping you become an expert on wood floors. Go to revelwoods.com to learn more about how you can partner with Revel Woods to give your clients beautiful flooring and add profit to your projects.

 

What Level is Your Design Business?