Building a stronger and better connected interior design community is one of the main drivers of what both I and my businesses are set up to do. I’ve always believed that together we’re able to support and work through challenges so much better than doing it on our own in isolation. Perhaps this stems from growing up in South Africa during such turbulent times where Nelson Mandela taught us that working together means we share the burden, stress and anxiety and we’re able to solve problems.
The Interior Design Sector is almost entirely made up of small businesses, according to various newspaper, tv and press reports, small businesses and small business owners are going to be affected the most. I want to help where I can and for those of you who aren’t yet part of our Facebook group, you need to join us now. There are hundreds of interior designers and suppliers who are in the group and everyday helping each other out with various challenges.
There are significant challenges that we are facing as business owners that we have not seen before, and as a small business owner myself, I understand how challenging it can be to have to make big decisions on your own. So, again, I’d like to offer this group support and I want group members to stand up and help each other out too. These are unprecedented times for our sector, but working together we can get through this.
I’ve asked members of the group to share things that you’ve found are working for you. We’ve had some really innovative suggestions and I’ve heard from a few designers who are very quickly thinking about how they can continue running their businesses online.
Please also share any challenges you’re facing, some of us in the group might have be facing the same issue, or have figured out a way to solve it.
Lastly, turn off the negative media and refocus your mind on opportunity. The way we did business before has changed, your business needs to change, you need to change. But remember we’re here to help.