How to plan and design your website without hiring a professional

Having your own website is just a great thing, than getting a simple page on facebook or on other free blog or social media website. You own website will give you lots of flexibility and you can get it done as per your taste and requirements of your products or services. But even getting a simple website designed and hosted takes lots of planning. Ideally you should spend some time to understand the purpose, features, domain name, etc. Let me share a few quick tips with you that can be used for planning your own website. Continue reading How to plan and design your website without hiring a professional

How to Pack and Move Household Goods of Your Own

Are you planning to pack and move household goods of your own instead of hiring a movers and packers agency to help you relocate? For most of us, packing and moving is quite a daunting task, especially when you have heaps of goods which are a mixture of both useful, and useless ones.  There’s not a single room which has every stuff that’s perfectly alright and useful. So, can you just imagine the amount of materials that has to be packed and moved? Are you confused where to start from, and where to end? Don’t worry! Here are some valuable tips, that will help you get started with the packing part, and will also help you to move your goods gently. Continue reading How to Pack and Move Household Goods of Your Own

Colors for Interior Decorating: How to Mix and Match to Decorate Your Home

For any design or decoration, using proper colours shades is a must. Interior decoration of your home may simply look amazing or boring, depending on the colours you have used. All your shades must match or sync with each other to give the room a perfect and balanced look. Mixing and matching colors is an art and when you use properly balanced colors for interior decorating, it will simply transform the overall look and aesthetics of the space. Today in this post, we are going to learn about choosing right mix of colors, while decorating.

Choosing that perfect match is not that complex, and it can be done easily. All you need is a colour wheel or a shade catalogue, and general idea of what kind of theme you would like to work on. Let go through a few tips that will help you to mix and match colours to decorate your interior.

Lots of coloured chewing gum balls in a glass bowlFirst thing that you’ll have to do is decide a colour palette, of two or three colours which you’ll want to use in your room. While choosing the colour palette, consider choosing shades that match well with the overall decoration of room, like the colours of furniture, curtains, window and etc.

Now choose a base colour, which can be used in most part of the rooms, like the main walls, or the ones which you want to display as a feature wall.

Choose a secondary, or a highlight colour that goes well with the base colour that you have selected. Keep in mind that the secondary color should create a contrast with the base color. For example- if your base colour is red, then choose Green as the secondary colour, that will create a perfect match and provide contrast. If base colour is yellow, you may like to use purple or light red to create a good contrast. Select a neutral colour now, that will balance the base as well as secondary colour. Usually white and off-white is a good choice in case of a neutral colour.

Now, match other decorative elements such as cushion, curtains, flowers and etc in your room according to the wall colours. They should match up to the colour of the secondary wall paint, or the neutral colour. You may also use paintings that match well with these three colours, that you have selected.

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Mixing and matching colours isn’t very difficult, you just need to use your creativity at its best. Don’t hesitate to discuss and take input from your Interior Designer while choosing right colour for your interior decoration. Go through magazines and other mediums where you can know more about ‘choosing and mixing colours’.

You may also like to read: How to Choose Colors for Your Bedroom

How to Start and Promote Interior Design Business in India

Are you a professionally trained interior designer and looking to start your own interior design business in India? After graduating from an interior designing institute, you have to take a call on whether to start your own interior designing business, or join an interior designing firm. If you are unsure and want to take a call, here’s the post worth reading.

In this post I am going to give you a good overview of how to start an interior designing business in India and ways to promote your business to take it to the next level;

So we’ll start with the basics first;

How to start interior design business in India

How to start an interior design business in India

Interior designers are supposed to convert an empty residential or commercial space into fully functional, efficient and aesthetically pleasing home or office. Creativity, efficiency and aesthetics are the keywords in this business. And second most important thing that is more satisfying is the smile that you on your customer face when they see the space designed by you. In fact you will be working on something that’s very precious for your customer i.e. their home, office, shop or showroom.

Needless to say, you have to have a creative mind and special ability to visualize things and present it in a way that your customers understand. You also have to have the leadership quality because you will be managing and coordinating with different people both in your team and outside (contractors, supplier, clients etc).

Let’s dive deeper and see how to start your own interior designing business in India.

You need a descent team

Every business needs a super solid team to sustain and grow. Naturally, you also have to build a team that’s ready to take up the challenges of designing and decorating homes and offices. Complete interior designing projects on turnkey basis, requires a big team to handle everything. You may need to have architect, interior designers, technicians, painters, plumber, carpenter, electrician, labor and sales executives, back office staff etc. But thankfully, you don’t need to have each of the staff on-board, at least initially till you find some work. So make a balanced team as per your need, excluding the skills you already have.

Initial investment

You should think about the initial investment and manage finances accordingly. Even if initially you may not need to make big investment, but still you should budget for basic cost such as

  • Company registration – Rs. 25000.00 one time
  • Trade license –Rs. 2500.00 per year
  • Logo design – Rs. 3000.00 one time
  • Visiting cards and stationeries Rs. 2000.00 recurring
  • Domain registration and web hosting – Rs. 5000 per year
  • Website development Rs. 25000 – one time
  • Telephone lines – Rs. 2000.00 one time and monthly bills
  • Internet subscription – Rs. 2000 one time and monthly bills

So that’s pretty much the basic that you need, except office setup that we’re discussing below.

Office Setup

Depending on the team size, you may start even in a 300-500 square feet office space. You may rent it out and it need not to be in a high rise commercial complex in the beginning unless you have won some contracts. Rent out the office space as per your need and design it with minimalist approach to keep the costs low. Make sure that the monthly rent of the office space is not huge, so plan according to your budget. Design simple desks, bring in good office chairs, do some minor design and art work on your own (you are interior designer, show the creativity).

Company registration

When you are doing a business, you have to make it an entity and you need to register a company. There are various options in India for company registration from one Man Company to limited liability partnership and private limited. You may even start a proprietorship or partnership firm. Apart from registering the company, you have to obtain PAN number in the name of the firm, service tax registration, shop and establishment license from local municipality etc. You have to open a bank account as well in the name of your business.

How to promote interior designing business in India

Every business requires promotion because unless you promote your business, how would you find customers?  If you want to sustain and grow your interior designing business, you have to be smart with the sales and marketing. Have to find innovative ideas to promote your business so that you never run out of work and grow fast.

Here in this section, we will be talking about how to promote interior designing business in India.

Are you a professional Interior Designer and want to promote your business? Every Service and Business requires promotion to get to the customers, and grow more and more everyday. Every business has their own niche market, and targeted customers. The Interior Design business is no exception. Let us see a few tips to help that will help the interior designing start ups to promote your Interior Design services in India. Continue reading How to Start and Promote Interior Design Business in India

Key Elements of Interior Design and Interior Decoration

Interior Designing is basically a process where, a professional Interior Designer utilises his designing to create wonders at your rooms or the entire house. A Professional Interior designer uses several decorating elements like furniture, colours, textures, lightnings, and other things into consideration, while decorate your rooms to make it look gorgeous. Interior Designs can be of two types, Structural and Decorative.

Structural Design
Structural design involves the making of room’s or the space’s layout, to ensure it looks good, and all the space is utilized properly.

Decorative Design
Decorative design is based on the structural layout. This is to ensure the layout, or the structure is being decorated to make it look good. As the name suggest, this process is to decorate your room such as the wall colours, furniture, mouldings and panelling.

Design Elements
There are many design elements that are used in the overall interior design process. Design elements includes the colour of the walls, the curtains, cushion covers, bedsheets and etc. Even the curtain and the bed sheet’s fabric is also considered under the design elements.

Theme and Styles
There are various theme and styles for interior designing. These theme and style will help you to decide how, and what elements should be used in the design. Theme could be like elegant, modern, retro, classic, and etc.

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Interior Designers and Decorators are the professional who have studied the art of Interior Design, and they know what exactly will suit your rooms, and what designs can match your personality. They can use all of the above to decorate your rooms, and turn it into a wonderful palace.

How to do Home Shifting and Relocation in India

Home shifting and relocation in India involves lots of small tasks which are quite hectic too. Since you are going to shift your home, you have to make sure that you are not leaving anything that is important behind.

In order to make sure that you only pack and move stuff that you will be using in your new home, you should create a packing list for home shifting. A Packing list for home shifting is basically a document, where you will mention each and every details about what you will pack and move, and what you will not. This document will guide you, and will also ensure you a hassle free packing and relocation. Continue reading How to do Home Shifting and Relocation in India

How to Grow Your Business in 2012 with ServiceSutra

Are you a Service Provider? Are you willing to offer great quality services to your customers at an affordable price? If your answer is yes, then what do you think is stopping you? Prospects, right? Well ServiceSutra can help you get lots of customer who are looking for services that you offer. Yes you get it right, but in order to get those referrals, you must offer top quality services and go that extra mile to delight the customers that we refer to you. Check out these tips below to understand how you can grow your business.

Join ServiceSutra
Consider joining ServiceSutra. Registration for Service Providers is simple, but your account must be verified and approved by our verification team, before we send your referrals. Our verification team not only verifies the information, but also setup a detailed profile for your business so that potential customers can read and understand your expertise and experience to take a decision.

Communicate Sharply and Promptly
Sharp and prompt communication helps your prospective customer understand you better. Answer them in detail; educate them about all of their queries, advantages and disadvantages etc so they can make a good decision. It also creates a good impression on your prospect. Never avoid their calls or delay in responding. Always speak politely, try to help them and stick to your promises. (Read Why Never Say No to a Customer)

Ask for Feedback
On every project, make sure you ask for the feedback of the customer. If in case there is any small or unavoidable issue, take responsibility, and try to compensate that in best way you can. Always take feedback positively and try to improve your quality of services, communication and anything that is to be improved. Today getting a few new customer is not a big deal given the possibilities of promoting your services on the Internet, but retaining them for repeat orders and referrals is a challenge that you can win by offering great services and customer support.

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Tips for Interior Designing and Decoration of your Home

Interior designing involves lots of planning and creativity. You’ll have to decide so many things, that to all at a time, in order to make you rooms and the house as a totality look beautiful. Right from choosing right colours for the wall, to furniture and their designs, lighting and other decorating elements, you’ll have to choose all of them. If you are planning to decorate your house by yourself, then planning becomes even more important, as everything needs to compliment each other and must be perfect. Let us see a few tips that will help you in Interior decoration of your home.

Decorating Style and Theme
Before you start decorating your rooms, its very vital for you decide the theme or the style in which you are will be decorating your rooms. If you have any style or a theme in mind, things will be quite easier for you then. For example- the theme for your bedroom could be romantic, or floral and for your kids room, it could be bright and based on the cartoon themes such as superheroes (for boys), or Barbies(for girls). So, it is vital to choose a theme according to the rooms, and their utility. Themes could be urban, modern, elegant, classy and etc, depending on your taste, space and the budget.

You may also like to go for mix-and-match themes for your home interiors. You may try mixing a couple of theme, and doing it just the way you like. So, it all depends on you your choice and creativity.

Choosing a Colours Scheme
Colours are a very important part of decorating a room as they can make, or break the entire decoration. So, choosing the right colour for each and every element is very vital for interior designing. There are various colour shades available in the market, sop you can choose any of them. You can also take opinion from an Interior Designer, or your family members.

Other Decorating Elements
Decorative elements like flowerpots, paintings, lights, antiques and etc, are equally important. Without decorative items, any house would look very empty and boring. But, you must make sure that those decorative items should go well with the theme of the room.

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These tips will definitely help you in planning and decorating your home, but still you should always take opinions and recommendations from your family members, and Local Interior Designers. They may suggest you better decorative ideas. And the interior designers are the bet option because, they know about the latest Interior Designing trends.

You may also like check this post: Interior Designing and Decoration for Kitchen

How to do packing for hassle free moving and shifting in India

Packing and moving is a common phenomena, you can neither ignore it, nor embrace it at ease. Yes, its tough to relocate to a new home, but it isn’t impossible to make it a bit hassle free. All you need to do is keep calm, and plan it on! Just plan properly before you pack and move to a new destination/home.

Among everything else, how to do packing is probably one of the most important questions you can ask when shifting and relocating your goods. How to do packing with the kind of packing materials you have and ensure it can be transported safely without damaging anything is really important.

It’s common for us to do packing of some of the items like kitchen utensil etc of our own and claim that we have done the packing of most common items and there are not much items. We hope we make such claims, movers will quote us a little us. May be true to some extent, but don’t forget that packing that you have done is not of any standard (most likely) and you will be responsible for any damage if happens.

Ask yourself several times if you have packed it right, most likely movers will take your words for it, but that’s not that right way to do it. If you want to pack yourself to save the costs, then rather learn how to do packing and then do it like a professional.

In this post I am going to share some amazing tips that should answer your query about how to do packing like a professional movers does and shift your household goods without any hassle.
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DIY Packing and Moving Tips for Hassle free Relocation

Home shifting is a very complicated activity, especially when you have dropped the idea of hiring a professional packing and moving agency. But if you have decided to do it all by yourself instead of hiring a packer-mover service, then you have to be prepared to brace loads of hassles and other complicated issues such as, lack in coordination with the transporter, insurance agency, inconvenience in arranging packing materials and what not. Continue reading DIY Packing and Moving Tips for Hassle free Relocation