Home Interior Designer Requirements – 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Professional

To help eliminate the frustrations of deciding whether to tackle a home improvement project by yourself, or hire a professional home interior designer, I’ve created a list of questions to ask yourself that will assist you with making a decision.

Improving your home by redesigning the look and feel of several rooms all at once takes forethought and planning to achieve the desired results that you have in your mind. Although you might have a creative flair for using color in your home, and your friends and family have told you that your decorating and design talents are exceptional, how do you really know if you want to take on the project by yourself?

Here are ten questions to assist you in the process. After you have finished jotting down your answers, you just might have made your decision (especially if you answered no to more than one-third of the questions).

1. When looking at your calendar, do you have large blocks of time available every week for your interior design project tasks?

2. Is it easy and natural for you to place a paint sample next to a fabric swatch and imagine how the colors and materials will look in the room you want to decorate?

3. When you think about re-doing three rooms in your home, do the required tasks feel overwhelming to you considering that you’ll have to do everything by yourself?

4. Have you already purchased paint and accessories for one of the rooms, but now you’re not sure about the colors you’ve chosen?

5. Did you find inspiration for redesigning one or more of the rooms in your home from a picture in a magazine, but now you’re not sure if you like the style, whether retro, eco-friendly, minimalist, traditional or contemporary?

6. Are you the sole person making all the color and design decisions, or do you live with someone who totally disagrees with the changes you’re about to make?

7. Do your plans include more than decorating with paints and fabrics?

8. To achieve your desired goals for improving your home, will it be necessary to knock down walls, and relocate water sources and electrical components?

9. Do you have money available now because you were thinking of buying a new home, but have recently decided to stay in your current home rather than moving to another home and starting all over?

10. Do you live in an historic part of town and you’d like to have the inside of your home reflect the area where you live, but you don’t have a clue where to start?

I Wanna Be A Virtual Real Estate Developer!

Creating your own virtual real estate has become an extremely popular way to generate an income online.

In this article, I explore in more detail a bit about what virtual real estate is, but more importantly, what you will need to know to become proficient in this particular method of Internet marketing.

The term ‘Virtual Real Estate’, is used to describe the concept of a single person or company owning and operating multiple content-based websites with the sole intention or creating a profit, similar to how real estate developers will own multiple properties with the view of either selling them off or generating a profit from them in the form of rent.

Because it’s a way of generating income that I believe has a lower entry point in terms of cost to far more people than other forms of Internet marketing, I thought I’d look at it from the perspective of someone who is interested in learning how to get involved in this particular field.

So, read on and let me know your thoughts…

Virtual Real Estate
Internet marketing is a now mature industry, full of big players with years of experience and substantial resources, who can attract thousands of visitors per day to their websites.

Newcomers to this industry face an uphill battle if they want to rise above the thousands of other wannabe website owners and achieve any level of success.

As with most mature industries saturated with competition, the only way anyone can make inroads and capture some of the market share is to think out of the box and find a niche that they can dominate.

In recent years, this has led to a rise in the number of Internet marketers specialising in creating a portfolio of multiple low cost, income producing websites, designed specifically to market a niche product or products. This collection of website has been termed Virtual Real Estate (VRE), and the people who build and maintain them, Virtual Real Estate Developers (VREDs).

The idea behind Virtual Real Estate is actually very simple.

Firstly, a website is created which is promoted in various ways, in order to attract traffic. Once the website has reached a certain level of interest, various monetization methods are used to start generating a profit. This can range from selling advertisting space using AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network or MSN AdCenter, or by promoting affiliate and CPA offers, or even simply by generating and capturing leads in a specific niche which are then sold to companies in that niche.

However, the prime motivating objective of a VRED is to get the first website up and running and making profits, then repeating the process time and time again.

Eventually, the VRED will have created a large number of websites, sort of like a Virtual Real Estate Empire, and although each website may only bring in a few dollars a day, the cumulative total of all the revenue streams combines to form a significant amount of money.

These websites, sometimes called niche websites, are usually fairly simple sites consisting of only a few pages. However, all the content on the website has been designed around a specific keyword or small group of keywords. The ultimate goal of the VRED is to get each website listed as number 1 in the Google search results for the particular keyword it is associated with, although anything in the top 5 positions is also considered an excellent result.

…ultimate goal of the VRED is to get each website listed as number 1…

A VRED must have the determination and tenacity to continually adopt new strategies in order to be one step ahead of the competition. Most VREDs are high achievers who are never willing to accept being second best.

In their eyes, accepting anything less than the number one position is a failure.

VREDs are always on the look out for new market opportunities, and are willing to take educated risks. If there is enough data that suggests that a particular market may be possible to conquer, a VRED will give it a go.

Conversely, a VRED will not waste time and energies on battles that will never be won. VREDs are realistic in their expectations and strictly adhere to the ‘fail fast, fail often’ rule. If something isn’t working they will investigate the reasons why and if necessary, will pull out of a failing niche if it is deemed a no-win situation.

VREDs only deal with the cold, hard facts.

Up until the last few years, the majority of website businesses were established using the same principles followed by traditional business. Namely, they provided a service or product to fulfill a gap or need in the market.

In most cases, this perceived gap in the market was at best a gut feel or rough estimate, and as a result, led to the failure of the website to crystallize a profit.

Over the last decade however, search engines like Google have allowed online business owners to reach a never-before achieved level of understanding about customer behaviour. Their search data, gathered over the years, can be analysed in great detail to get right to the core of a whole range of customers online buying behaviours, identifying exactly what they are buying, how these buying trends change over time and what market gaps may exist.

VREDs, using this vast amount of information and implementing sophisticated data correlation software, are able to not only identify these market gaps, but can also determine with a fair degree of certainty whether or not the market is viable, exactly who the competition is and what will be required to compete and conquer the competition and attain a 1st position ranking in the search engine results.

Armed with this information, an experienced VRED can have a website up and running with a top page ranking and producing income in a matter of a few short weeks.

So what skills are required to become a VRED?
To become a proficient VRED, you’ll need a wide variety of skills and abilities. But the diverse nature of online business means that almost anyone can use their unique experience and skills and leverage them to become a successful VRED.

A lot of being a VRED is pure commonsense and having the ability to put themselves in the customers shoes; understanding what a customer is looking for and whether or not a certain product or service will be in demand.

But in general terms, VREDs must possess the following attributes.

  • Willingness to spend hours researching market niches;
  • Patience and dedication to detail;
  • Ability to take action and crystallize ideas;
  • Ability to delegate design and/or research work;
  • Ability to manage a lot of information;
  • Ability to operate complex software tools

Being a VRED is an extremely interesting and satisfying Internet marketing specialization to be involved in as your ability to generate large sums of money is only limited by your imagination and ability to outsource the daily maintenance and monitoring tasks required.

Once the process of identifying a niche market, creating a corresponding website and monetising that website has been learnt, a VRED can simply repeat the process over and over again, and in doing so, is able to build an on-going income generating online business and achieve real financial freedom.

Home Interior Design Tips and Guide

One great way to do your own home interior design is to use home interior design software. This is a special software that allows you to basically decorate your home on your computer before you actually implement any ideas. This is perfect if you are going to rearrange furniture or paint. When you move furniture around it is difficult and usually requires help. You do not want to spend all day lugging a heavy couch from one end of the living room to the next. Instead, you can try out all different possible scenarios on the design software. In addition, this software is great for paint. While only the best grade design software will have a wide variety of colors to choose from, even with cheaper design software you can get a basic idea of colors and if they go well together.

Many people neglect to use their local home improvement store for more than just nails and hammers. You may not even know that home improvement stores, for the most part, have many things to help people do their own home interior design. Look into your local home improvement store’s do it yourself schedule. Many of these stores have workshops to help you learn basic home interior design concepts. There are workshops on unique painting styles, color pairings, and how to build unique pieces of furniture or wall decorations for your home. All of these workshops could help you in any room that you want to design in your home.

Finally, remember to look through the paint section in whatever store you go to. Most paints are arranged in compatible orders. Each paint strip has several accent colors on it. If you want different colors that go well together, look for a booklet near the paint strips. Many of these booklets will give you colors and accent colors that go well together. These can take the guess work out of home interior design, making you feel confident about your design choices.