It can be overwhelming to find the best software for interior designers. There is a learning curve to each software, which often acts as a deterrent for creative business owners. But running a small business requires streamlined processes. You can save hours a week by implementing the best software for interior designers. With proper implementation, these processes can even replace the need for additional staffing.
We spoke with experienced interior designers from around the country, researched extensively, and had personal demos from more than five software companies. We’ve narrowed the list to the two key softwares you need for a thriving interior design business.
This post is not sponsored in any way, nor are we provided any free services. We wanted our recommendations to be as candid and genuine as possible. Every business has it’s own needs and every business owner works differently. We selected these options because of their ability to be customized to each individual business. Not only can you customize the look and design of the software, but the functionality as well.
Also noteworthy, only one of these softwares is dedicated exclusively to interior designers. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer or copywriter, the other softwares will serve your business incredibly. Without further delay – here are our findings:
We have been using Dubsado at IDCO for over two years now and we will never be able to sing its praises enough. For all creative businesses, Dubsado will work be your operations work horse. From the moment a client inquires with you to the final deliverables, Dubsado will manage each step of the process – most with complete automation.
But what makes Dubsado stand out in a sea of client management software is the unparalleled customer service. As an active, but not very needy Dubsado client, we feel like we know each member of their team personally. No question goes unanswered for more than a few hours (usually less than 10 minutes!) and their commitment to your success is awe inspiring.
To be fair, this is an extremely abbreviated list. The software is so incredibly robust, you can customize it to act as a full-time operations manager.
For an interior designer, Ivy picks up right where Dubsado leaves off. When we sat down with their team, we were blown away by the capabilities the software had. Creating custom product catalogs with client pieces, saving favorite items for future projects, managing deliveries and creating line sheets. You’re provided with a dedicated account manager who can walk you through the software and answer any questions that comes up over time.
In addition to the five star software, Ivy produces incredibly helpful original content for interior designers. From industry specific webinars to easy-to-access tips and tricks about running a design business, it’s a wealth of knowledge.
We’ve worked with interior designers from all over the world on their branding, web design and Instagram management. More than 80% of them use Ivy in their business and swear by it. The functionality is endless. To be more specific, here are the exact items Ivy will help with:
Let’s talk numbers, you can have unlimited access to Dubsado and Ivy for less than $100 a month. That’s likely less than one billable hour of client work, which will save you as much as 20 hours a week. Later this week, we’ll be revealing the full workflow we’d implement between the two softwares, making for a seamless truly business model. In the meantime, schedule a demo with Dubsado and Ivy here to get started.
Any questions? Let us know! We’ll reach out to our contacts to get you the answers you need if we don’t have them ourselves. We can’t wait to see what you guys implement!
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The Identité Collective 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. Want to work together? Shoot us an inquiry here.
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