Looking for an Interior Design Franchise? Look to the Kitchen
A beautiful kitchen is at the top of most homeowners’ remodeling to-do list, and a talented interior designer is perfect for directing the transformation
What makes a good interior design franchise? We submit that it’s a business that allows you to be profitable while expressing your creativity in a way that transforms people’s homes. Kitchen Solvers is always looking for franchise partners who have a passion for transforming lives and spaces through excellent design. Here’s why interior designers shouldn’t shy away from kitchen remodeling:
Design eye, people skills key to success
It’s not the size of your tool belt that matters when it comes to finding success as a Kitchen Solvers franchisee.
In fact, many in the Kitchen Solvers family got into the world of kitchen cabinet refacing and reviving kitchens without backgrounds as carpenters, sub-contractors or contractors.
Sure, there are many franchisees with craftsman resumes who have leaped at the opportunity to build their existing business by joining the Kitchen Solvers family. But there are many others who are not handymen or handywomen. What they offer is passion, creativity, people skills and natural savvy when it comes to marketing themselves and their Kitchen Solvers products.
Sara Baumann of Eau Claire, Wisc., is a prime example. Her personal skills didn’t include mastery of a carpenter’s saw. Instead what she packs in her “toolkit” is a passion for kitchen design, a desire to help people update and improve their homes and also a talent for putting customers at ease.
And, she admits, her gender also plays to her strengths. “People are more likely to trust a woman to have good design skills and to understand the best way to redo a kitchen,” she said.
Baumann hires experienced carpenters to handle the remodel itself — she finds customers, creates the design, orders materials, then supervises subcontractors who finish the job.
Suzie Crowley also lacks the craftsman skills. For 15 years, the franchisee in La Crosse, Wisc., has devoted her time to sales consultations while her husband, Brian, handles installations.
Like Baumann, she has a passion for design. She complements that with strong people skills, a drive to succeed, organizational skills and a willingness to network and market.
She says interior designers and real estate agents ought to consider becoming Kitchen Solvers franchisees.
“You don’t have to be a carpenter,” she says, adding that the training given franchisees makes up for lack of tool-belt experience.
What franchisees need, she says, are “a flair for color or good taste in design” and a desire to help people.Back