MONEY FROM INTERIOR DECORATING – WITHOUT CAPITAL!
Interior decorating is a most flexible, diversified field and lucrative business for either a man or woman to engage in.
It is flexible in that it can be operated on a full time, part time, even a temporary basis; it is diversified because you can
include all its many phases in your business or limit yourself to only one aspect of it; and lucrative because fees for such
consultation and services run very high, and there is every opportunity to make additional profit on furnishings and fabrics used on the job!
I’m Mrs Helena Ingoldstone, living on the South Coast, and I work at interior decorating only in the summertime whilst my husband is abroad at conferences, etc.
Although I specialise in early Tudor decoration and antiques, there is no reason for you to need to specialise, particularly in the early stages.
Incidentally, I happily conduct the business from my own home. I really hadn’t thought of interior decoration as a means of earning an extra livelihood until my dear son passed away in the Spring of 88, leaving me very alone while my husband was away.
I had actually attended adult education classes in interior decorating previously, but only with casual interest, so now I
enrolled in more advanced courses which I pursued with enormous vigor – and with an eye to starting my own business as soon as possible!
I took particular note of the fact that the kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms that most people neglect, yet they are the ones that potential buyers most remember!
One has earned a good living from that small piece of knowledge.
I learned all about such things as colour, lighting, blueprint reading, proportion, mood, room traffic flow, furniture
arrangement, period furnishings, woods, fabrics, patterns, textures, etc.
I also learned the rudiments of curtain making (though I personally like the newer French ‘rouched’ style curtains),
along with a small amount of upholstery work enabling one to estimate material measurements accurately.
Ultimately I felt qualified to decorate almost any room so that it would be considered what is known locally as ‘charming’.
This is the goal of interior decoration which when reached, will provide an appealing combination of colours, a comfortable arrangement of compatible furnishings, plus details and accessories, which reflect a skillful and personal touch.
As is to often true, one job well done led to another task as talk of my ability spread.