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Better Business while the dog barks - said NO ONE EVER!) Provide your services with passion and thoughtfulness, and thank your clients. Thank your employees and reward them well. Gratitude goes a very long way in this business.  Stay relevant in social media. You may think people are not paying attention, but they are. The Millennial generation is here and they are shopping. Guess where they will find you? That's right, social media. Don't resist it; it's here to stay.  Support your community. Get out and talk to people, go to events, donate to local fundraisers and charity. The important thing is to not advertise or get into sales while doing these things. Simply let people know what you do.   Join local design chapters. This is usually a great way to enter awards competitions and meet other like-minded people who can be influential to your business.  Call the press. Don't be shy. Chances are they will not call you, but when you win an award or complete a fantastic project, write about it and submit a press release. They won't always  Be grateful and humble. R-E-S-P-E-C-T S u c c e s s f u l d e s i g n e r 's t i p s for building a powerful and esteemed firm in your community EVERY DESIGNER I have ever met over the years has had many things in common, but one of those commonalities rises to the top: the need to be powerful and respected in their community through recognition from peers, media and most importantly, new clientele. There are many ways to create a successful business, but the designer who consistently creates projects of distinguishable interest to the public by breaking the rules, introducing new materials and concepts, intertwining with community events and using social media, are using the most powerful tools in self-promotion and advertising. THE POWERFUL COMPANY Powerful defines a company that is considered as the go-to for excellence and quality by the community as a whole. This kind of company always gets the premium, higher-end projects, is written up consistently in local media and wins the majority of the local design awards year after year. This company has consistent staff, has a presence in every social media outlet and has your attention. This equals power in design terms. A respected company is one that has had a long-term presence in the community; everyone has good things to say about your company and loves working with you. Respected is when the media outlets call to ask what you are working on or what's coming up next. When every client can say you do your job well and deliver quality, humble service with spectacular results - your company has achieved respect. But this is mostly accomplished when you have respect for yourself and the work you produce, which exudes confidence. Confidence is power, and now we have come full circle with power and respect. So how does one build these two things? Let's start with the obvious. When every client can say you do your job well and deliver quality, humble service with spectacular results - your company has achieved respect. respond or follow through, but once in a while - if they like what they see or your work is relevant to their content - you have given this to them on a silver platter. Once they publish your work, you will be on their permanent radar.  Photograph your projects. If you don't, you may as well not have done the job. A photograph is the most credit-worthy evidence of your designs,and a picture explains a thousand words. Hire a professional photographer; it is worth every penny.  Get help! You cannot do this alone. If you are in charge of accounting, billing, project management, email correspondence, product sourcing, blogging, trying to keep up with the unquenchable thirst of social media, visiting tile and cabinet shops, drawing and all those other things in between like sleeping or eating - when do you have time to actually design?  Get a public space. Clients like this. It's professional, says you are invested in your company and provides the proper environment for employees and clients. By having your own space, you can also offer business hours - this means you are accessible and paves the way for a successful relationship with your clients. A public space gives you structured brick-and-mortar credibility. (I like to drive through a neighborhood, park in front of the basketball hoop, look for the side gate to the house, tinker with the latch 30 BY NAR BUSTAMANTE, president & founder of Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc., with locations in El Dorado Hills and Carmichael, Calif. There is so much one can do to establish a powerful and respected business. The reality is that a design company is always changing with the times. Your work is never done, but the joy is always there in creating a portal of passion and design.  Kitchen & Bath Business / JAN. 2016 / KBBONLINE.COM / The official sponsor of KBIS (KBIS.com) http://www.KBBONLINE.COM http://www.KBIS.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016

Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016
Contents
Editor ’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Trends
Industry Outlook
Dealer Dish
Better Business
Sustainable Design
Tech Savvy
Design With
Solutions
Balanced Budget
Universal Design
KBIS Coverage
What’s Hot
A new build embraces its stunning seaside views with unobstructed window spaces and natural lighting
A client takes a hands-on but noninvasive role in a family kitchen redesign.
Boring master bath transforms into spa-like space with ample amenities.
Luxurious bath showroom design reflects the various brands it carries with unified elements
Last Word
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Intro
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Cover2
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - 1
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Contents
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - 3
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Editor ’s Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Show Director’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Hot Topic
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Industry Outlook
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Dealer Dish
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Sustainable Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Tech Savvy
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Design With
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Balanced Budget
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Universal Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - KBIS Coverage
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - A new build embraces its stunning seaside views with unobstructed window spaces and natural lighting
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - A client takes a hands-on but noninvasive role in a family kitchen redesign.
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Boring master bath transforms into spa-like space with ample amenities.
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Kitchen & Bath Business - January 2016 - Luxurious bath showroom design reflects the various brands it carries with unified elements
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