Most people think that the skill in Interior Design lies in creating stunning spaces. The truth is many people are capable of designing a stunning room. Experience in design will provide you with a lot of knowledge about ergonomics, fabric and furniture durability, range of products available etc, but the real skill (the expertise you are paying for) is transforming it from concept to reality. Managing your money and the logistics to get everything on to site at the correct time and in the correct order, and being fast thinking when something goes wrong and causes a ripple in the supply chain. And doing this comfortably within your budget.
Serval software programs exist for the interior design trade, king among them is Estimac.
EstiMac allows you to control the financial and administrative aspects of a project. They claim that it’s “simple and efficient, leaving you more time for creative work”. I think we’d probably argue against simple, it’s not very intuitive, but once you’ve mastered it it is certainly very efficient. It’s a time consuming part of the business anyway, but having everything in the one place does make it easy to collage and access data. We find the need to save multiple copies, as if a client changes their mind you need to completely erase the data, and it wouldn’t be stored anywhere else (as the point of it as it is a centralised system) so we need to have a back up incase the client wants to go back to an original item (happens quite often).
EstiMac handles all your project information including descriptions, images, confidential details, costings, markups and fees. It uses this information selectively to generate client estimates, invoices and statements, supplier orders, contractor listings, management reports and summaries. It’s super handy at detecting anything that hasn’t been entered correctly, so it limits human error style mistakes, and having a penny accurate display of how much you have spend and how much you have left makes projects run very smoothly.
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