As hectic as they may be, the holidays always provide an opportunity for some perspective. The attention is shifted off our bottom line as we all practice gratitude and look for ways to lift one another up. There are so many tangible opportunities to give back as a business, and we’ve put together a simple guide to get you started. We encourage you to take action in ways that best align with your studio’s core values and make an impact where it matters most. This season, let’s remember to pause our hectic schedules and prioritize generosity every chance we get.
Giving back all starts with how you treat those closest to your business. Your team (employees, contractors, and tradespeople) are your company’s most valuable asset. Your team should be top priority as the year comes to a close. They are humans with families, responsibilities, joys, and tragedies outside of your business. That matters first.
While the work interior designers do matters and profoundly impacts your clients’ lives, it is not life or death. Closing your office a week or two over the holidays gives your team flexibility and freedom to rest and recharge. Closing your office for a week of two over the holidays gives YOU the flexibility to rest and recharge. And after the stressful year of delays and supply chains, that’s imperative to being a good business owner.
Now more than ever, small businesses need our support. As you’re shopping for client gifts, consider prioritizing female-owned, BIPOC and AAPI owned, small + ethical businesses. We even put together four values-driven gift guides to help you shop. The major retailers certainly have their place within the mix, but let’s do our part to shop small and help lift one another up this season.
Along with shopping small, remembering to shop local is an easy way to give back to your community. Consider purchasing gift cards to local restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops or ordering your holiday wreaths and centerpieces from your local florist. How and where we spend our dollars as business owners can make a huge impact.
Donating time is such an underrated act of kindness that goes a long way. It also helps communicate your values as a business owner. Start by rallying your team and picking a day to volunteer together. Reach out to a local food bank or women’s shelter to see if there are helpful ways they could use your team’s time and talents.
Since the onset of the pandemic, many nonprofit organizations have had to cancel in-person fundraisers and could greatly use our support. Find a cause that’s dear to your heart, and consider making a special donation this season. These are national organizations we love, but we also encourage you to consider giving to the local nonprofits in your neighborhood.
Black Girls Code is on a mission to change the face of technology by building career pathways for young women of color in science, tech, engineering, and math. We’re so passionate about their work and have committed to donate 5% of our total monthly revenue back to BGC.
As business owners within the design industry, architectural preservation is an essential value of our work. The National Trust for Historic Preservation strives to save America’s historic sites to help connect our past to our future. You can also localize giving as a business by finding a historical site in your own city—just use the Explore Places tab on their website.
Food insecurity is a reality for so many, especially amid a pandemic. Feeding America works to end hunger and prevent food waste by partnering with farmers, manufacturers, and retailers to provide meals for people in need.
Mercy Housing is an affordable housing organization that’s working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for low-income families, seniors, individuals, and people with disabilities. Their work is a reminder that even having a place to call home is such a profound privilege.
IDCO Studio is a full-service creative studio for interior designers and boutique lifestyle brands. Offering bespoke branding, web design and social media content creation, we help brands built around beautiful living elevate their digital presence to represent the physical spaces they design. Our recently launched limited-release website templates are the perfect way for interior designers to get a luxury website on a budget. These templates allow designers to maintain control of their content. Want to work together? Shoot us an inquiry here.