What Level is Your Design Business?

Regan Baker: Building A Team That Supports Your Core Values

Episode 838 of A Well-Designed Business®

Today With Regan Baker:

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today, I am joined by Regan Baker, of Regan Baker Design. Have you ever had that client where you thought, “we could be friends!” How about that client where you noticed and were impressed with their work ethic? Why not employ them? That’s what Regan did and with three employees that were once clients of hers, she admits she wouldn’t be where she is today without them. 

Join us for a great conversation about strong leadership and building a team from places you don’t usually expect.

Pick It Apart

[4:39] Regan’s first experience turning a client into an employee. 

[15:18] Regan’s experience of when her long term goals have changed as time goes on.

[24:34] The milestones were that developed the ROI in Regan’s business.

[29:01] How Regan got another client of hers, Lindsay, on board as an employee.

[34:19] How Regan realistically pays people like Allie and Lindsay.

LuAnn Nigara and Regan Baker’s Ah-Ha Moments

“I’m a firm believe that you risk things for people who you think are going to help transform your business.” – Regan Baker

“If you don’t have those people to help guide you, then you can’t focus on the things you want to do.” – Regan Baker

“The people you invest in, even if you don’t have a role for them, you know that they can jump in and make it work.” – Regan Baker

“An effective director of operations doesn’t have to come from a design background. Business is business.” – LuAnn Nigara

More About Regan Baker:

Regan Baker leads Regan Baker Design with 20 years of experience in Interior Architecture and Design. She firmly believes that design should be comfortable, modern, and personal, and strives to bring these aspects to every project she works on. After spending the first 7 years of her career at high-end hospitality and commercial firms, she began to understand her unique style and skillset were applicable on a more intimate scale in residential design. As a fashion-forward and design-savvy mom, she knows that personal style and lifestyle function are equally important features in a home, and believes in creating spaces that are an extension of who you are as an individual or family.

When not designing, you can find Regan outdoors either running or watching her sporty kids, and hanging with family and friends. After becoming a mother of twins over twelve years ago, her life has taken on a new priority: to inspire her children to do what they love and go after a passion in life. Regan laughs often, becomes friends with all her clients, and has a goal in life to be a nice person.

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