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Episode 79: Ethics and Bad Taste

Interior Design Business Academy Podcast Episode 79 Ethics and Bad Taste

What do you do when you get into a design job and discover that you don’t want to put your name on it because the client’s taste is so bad?

You won’t be in the design industry long before one of these situations comes up, so it’s important that you know how to handle it. In this episode of Interior Design Business, I’m sharing three ethical solutions to working with a client with bad taste. All of these options will protect you and your reputation as a designer while also treating your clients fairly, so you can use whichever solution feels best to you or try out all three over time! 

As we say here at the Interior Design Business Academy, you have to hold your shape, which is to stand by your work and aesthetic. I know we’re in the business of people-pleasing, but remember that people-pleasing won’t always serve you. If that’s something you struggle with, don’t miss this episode.

Topics We Cover in This Episode: 

  • What to do when your client is standing by design choices that you don’t agree with 
  • How to say no to something you don’t want to put your name on 
  • Protecting yourself in your letter of agreement going forward 
  • The importance of having boundaries in your contract 
  • Being realistic about what kind of client you’re working with 
  • How to avoid bad client design choices reflecting on you 
  • When and how to back out of a job 
  • Why you can’t always be a people-pleaser 

When you’re dealing with a client with bad taste who doesn’t want to accept your design choices, it can feel like you’re trapped in an impossible situation. Don’t panic; I’ve been there, and I made it out okay! Follow any of the simple solutions in this episode, and you’ll never have to stress about this design nightmare again. 
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Episode 77: Is My Design Fee Enough?

Episode 78: Client Asking for Resources?

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