After finishing my bachelors in interior design I did some freelance residential projects, as well as contracted with a couple of design firms. One of these firms needed a second designer on hand for a “Design on a budget” consult. This was a floor plan rearrange and some FF&E recommendations all done digitally after the initial consult for around $250. It was a total steal and the firm was looking to phase the option out because they consistently lost money on it.
While the lead designer was consulting, I was taking measurements of the space, within earshot:
Client: I want to match [expensive furniture brand] but don’t want to pay more than [big box superstore] pricing. I want to make sure I’m getting a real design, not something done by an intern.
…she was my age, and I’d been a practicing designer for two years at this point. The lead designer gave me the job, and the client required so many revisions that she quickly moved from “Design on a budget” to a substantially more expensive hourly design fee than if she’d just hired us for a full design in the first place.