144 episodes

Your designs are beautiful, but you’re struggling with the business of your interior design business. Join successful interior design business owner, Michelle Lynne, of ML Interiors Group each Monday morning as she shares the processes she has found useful in growing her own 7-figure design firm, interviews industry related guests, and brings her own team of designers on for lively conversations. If you aren’t happy with the performance of your interior design business, are tired of trading your time for money, and know you were made for more, this show is for you.

Designed for the Creative Mind Michelle Lynne

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Your designs are beautiful, but you’re struggling with the business of your interior design business. Join successful interior design business owner, Michelle Lynne, of ML Interiors Group each Monday morning as she shares the processes she has found useful in growing her own 7-figure design firm, interviews industry related guests, and brings her own team of designers on for lively conversations. If you aren’t happy with the performance of your interior design business, are tired of trading your time for money, and know you were made for more, this show is for you.

    144. Breaking Free: Empowering Women Through Financial Literacy with Audrey Fraust

    144. Breaking Free: Empowering Women Through Financial Literacy with Audrey Fraust

    In this episode of the podcast, we welcome Audrey Faust, a business coach with over 25 years of experience as an accountant and a fractional CFO, specializing in empowering women small business owners.

     Audrey shares her approach of combining extensive financial expertise with Certified Neuro Coaching Techniques to help women entrepreneurs refine their mindset and introduce new strategies for sustainable, profitable growth. They discuss the importance of understanding and transforming money mindsets, revealing how our subconscious beliefs about money can influence our financial success.

     

    We also dive into practical strategies for integrating mindset transformation with financial strategies, emphasizing the importance of mindset in driving growth and profitability. Audrey shares her process of identifying and reprogramming subconscious beliefs, highlighting the impact it can have on revenue and decision-making.

     

    We also explore common struggles faced by small business owners, such as undercharging for services and avoiding looking at financial numbers and we stress the significance of regularly reviewing financial statements and understanding the story they tell about your business's performance.

     

    Audrey discusses her two-fold business approach, offering both coaching services and fractional CFO services for multi-seven figure businesses. She explains her focus on teaching clients to read and understand their financials, regardless of their business's size or stage. The conversation concludes with insights into managing debt in business, highlighting the importance of leveraging debt strategically to fuel growth and avoid unnecessary financial stress. 

     

     

    Audrey Faust is a financial coach who specializes in empowering women small business owners to take control of their finances. With over 25 years of experience as an accountant and fractional CFO, she helps women build their own wealth and achieve financial stability.

    To learn more about her work and get free resources to help you on your financial journey go to https://www.audreyfaustconsulting.com/free-resources 

     

     

    Get more info about our year-long mentorship and coaching program: https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/business-bakery  

    Text UPDATES to 855-784-8299 for business tips, encouragement, and all our DFCM updates.

    SIMPLIFY YOUR MARKETING, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Sidemark is an all-new, all-in-one software that organizes sales, marketing, and business services all in one convenient location. Join mysidemark.com to help grow your interior design business.

    Stay in touch with Michelle

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    Get clarity on your next best step today! https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/reviewguide

    Have ideas or suggestions or want to be considered as a guest on the show? Contact me! https://www.DesignedForTheCreativeMind.com/contact

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    • 45 min
    143. Don't Leave Your Money on the Table with Jaime Brown

    143. Don't Leave Your Money on the Table with Jaime Brown

    Welcome back to another episode of Design for the Creative Mind! I'm thrilled to introduce our guest for today, Jaime Brown, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Studio Designer. Jaime has a wealth of experience working with design firms of all sizes, helping them tackle their business challenges and implement design-specific software into their workflows. She's here to share some invaluable insights with us today.

     

     Jaime breaks down the benefits of integrated systems, emphasizing the seamless combination of project management and accounting functionalities. By eliminating the need for manual data transfers between different software, integrated systems save time and reduce errors. One key feature Jaime discusses is item-level profitability tracking, allowing designers to analyze the profitability of each product or service. This granular insight enables designers to make informed pricing decisions and ensure they're adequately compensated for their work.

     

    We talk about the importance of setting pricing boundaries and tracking project hours diligently and the value of data-driven decision-making, urging designers to leverage tools like time tracking reports to optimize their pricing strategies and project estimates. . While numbers may not be the most glamorous aspect of design, they're essential for maximizing profitability and ensuring long-term success. So, don't shy away from diving into the numbers and analyzing your business metrics—it's the key to unlocking your full potential as a creative entrepreneur.

     

    Jaime is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Studio Designer. Over the last 5 years, Jaime has specialized in working with small to large-sized design firms to help solve and improve their business challenges. By helping to implement design-specific software into their daily processes, Jaime helps interior design business owners grow and scale their firm, improve their firm's productivity and gain stronger financial insights to succeed.

     

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    Get more info about our year-long mentorship and coaching program: https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/business-bakery  

    Text BESTIE to 855-784-8299 for business tips, encouragement, and all our DFCM updates.

     

    SIMPLIFY YOUR MARKETING, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Sidemark is an all-new, all-in-one software that organizes sales, marketing, and business services all in one convenient location. Join mysidemark.com to help grow your interior design business.



    Stay in touch with Michelle

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designedforthecreativemind/ 

    Join our Free Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/idbizlaunchpad 

    Get clarity on your next best step today! https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/reviewguide

     

    Have ideas or suggestions or want to be considered as a guest on the show? Contact me! https://www.DesignedForTheCreativeMind.com/contact

     

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    • 41 min
    142. The Numbers You Want to Pay Attention to with LoriAnn Kuntz

    142. The Numbers You Want to Pay Attention to with LoriAnn Kuntz

     

    Welcome back to the Design for the Creative Mind podcast! Today, we've got an awesome guest, LoriAnn Coons from Profit Priority, a boutique accounting and fractional CFO firm. LoriAnn's mission is to help creatives feel confident about their finances and grow their profits.  She realized early on that traditional accounting practices didn't align with her values of helping businesses thrive year-round, not just during tax season.

     

     

    Get ready to take notes because we dive into what numbers you should be paying attention in your business, and why tracking those numbers matter. We also chat about how staying on top of your finances is key to driving growth and being able to make crucial decisions in your business. LaurieAnn also talks about why you should hire a bookkeeper for your business and emphasizes why it's so crucial to finding someone who is familiar with your industry to support your business. 

     

    I hope you enjoy this episode!

     

    Get more info about our year-long mentorship and coaching program: https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/business-bakery  

    Text UPDATES to 855-784-8299 for business tips, encouragement, and all our DFCM updates.

    SIMPLIFY YOUR MARKETING, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Sidemark is an all-new, all-in-one software that organizes sales, marketing, and business services all in one convenient location. Join mysidemark.com to help grow your interior design business.

    Stay in touch with Michelle

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designedforthecreativemind/ 

    Join our Free Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/idbizlaunchpad 

    Get clarity on your next best step today! https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/reviewguide

    Have ideas or suggestions or want to be considered as a guest on the show? Contact me! https://www.DesignedForTheCreativeMind.com/contact

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    LoriAnn is the owner and CEO of Profit Priority, a boutique accounting and fractional CFO firm helping creatives go from unsure to unstoppable when thinking about their finances. Whether you are just starting out or you have been in business for years, our mission is to help creatives feel peace about their numbers while growing their profit and confidence. Business aside, LoriAnn is really just a midwest gal obsessed with traveling, reading, iced coffees and spending time on the farm with her two little kiddos.

    • 42 min
    141. Episode Title: Get Everything You Want by Being Yourself & Loving What You Do With Melissa Galt

    141. Episode Title: Get Everything You Want by Being Yourself & Loving What You Do With Melissa Galt

    Welcome back to Designed For The Creative Mind! In this podcast episode, I chat with Melissa Galt, an accomplished business coach with three decades of experience in leading a successful residential firm. Melissa, known as the "tough love coach," brings practical advice to help interior designers earn more with less stress and love their business.

    It is so important to have a business coach, and we dive into why it's crucial for designers to find the right coach who aligns with their needs. Melissa shares her journey from running her own design firm for 30 years to transitioning into coaching, where she helps designers unleash their creativity and streamline their business operations.

    Melissa's coaching style focuses on individualized approaches, with an arsenal of tools and strategies tailored to each designer's unique needs. She emphasizes the importance of resonance and flexibility in coaching, ensuring that designers find their one-of-a-kind fit and enjoy their business journey 

     

    Melissa has an inherent understanding of business that most only dream of. Since launching her coaching business in 2009, Melissa has coached thousands of professionals (such as interior designers, architects, builders, and founders in the home furnishings industry) around the world, helping them to realize a level of success they had only dreamed of and to fall back in love with the business.

     

    Get more info about our year-long mentorship and coaching program: https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/business-bakery  

    Text UPDATES to 855-784-8299 for business tips, encouragement, and all our DFCM updates.

    SIMPLIFY YOUR MARKETING, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Sidemark is an all-new, all-in-one software that organizes sales, marketing, and business services all in one convenient location. Join mysidemark.com to help grow your interior design business.

    Stay in touch with Michelle

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designedforthecreativemind/ 

    Join our Free Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/idbizlaunchpad 

    Get clarity on your next best step today! https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/reviewguide

    Have ideas or suggestions or want to be considered as a guest on the show? Contact me! https://www.DesignedForTheCreativeMind.com/contact

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    • 43 min
    140. Using 3D Renders to Close More Projects and Increase Profits with Fernando Duque

    140. Using 3D Renders to Close More Projects and Increase Profits with Fernando Duque

     

    Welcome to another episode of "Design for the Creative Mind" with your host, Michelle Lynne,  Today, we've got a jam-packed episode with not one, not two, but three amazing guests joining us. Let's give a warm welcome to Monica and Fabian Rivas from Enliven Interiors, based out of vibrant Las Vegas, Nevada. These two have been making waves in the design world, being featured in top publications like AD, Apartment Therapy, and Homes and Gardens. And that's just scratching the surface of their incredible journey. We're also thrilled to have Fernando Duque, the co-founder and CEO of Duke Renders, with us today. Fernando is a marketing genius, and you might have seen him at various conferences and events spreading his knowledge.

     

    Monica and Fabian's journey is a testament to passion and dedication. With Monica's background in interior design and Fabian's expertise in business and marketing, they make a dynamic duo. Their journey began in school, where they crossed paths while pursuing their respective passions. Fast forward to today, and they've built a thriving business together, combining their skills to create stunning spaces.

    But how did they connect with Fernando? Well, it all started with a podcast. Fabian came across Fernando's work and was immediately drawn to his innovative marketing strategies. They hit it off and realized they shared a vision for their businesses. Soon enough, they joined forces, and the rest is history.

    What makes Monica and Fabian's partnership unique is their ability to complement each other's strengths. While Monica thrives in the creative realm, Fabian brings his business acumen to the table. Together, they've created a winning formula that fuels their success.

    And let's not forget about the importance of renderings in their projects. With Monica's background in architectural gaming and their focus on hospitality and commercial spaces, renderings are a crucial part of their process. That's where Fernando and his team come in. Their collaboration has elevated the quality of their projects, providing clients with stunning visuals that bring their visions to life.

    But what about residential projects? While renderings are a staple for their hospitality and commercial work, they're gradually incorporating them into their residential projects as well. With Monica's talent for hand sketches, they've found a perfect balance between traditional and digital techniques.

    One of the keys to Monica and Fabian's success is their commitment to excellence. They've built their reputation on delivering top-notch service, and their clients have taken notice. With a focus on word-of-mouth referrals, they've organically grown their business and established themselves as industry leaders.

    At the heart of it all is their passion for creating meaningful experiences for their clients. Whether it's designing a luxury hotel or transforming a family home, Monica and Fabian pour their hearts into every project, ensuring that each space reflects the unique vision of their clients.

    And let's not forget about the importance of teamwork. With Lillian rounding out their team, they've created a supportive environment where creativity thrives. Lillian brings her own expertise to the table, contributing to their collective success.

     Monica, Fabian, and Fernando are a force to be reckoned with in the design world. Their passion, talent, and dedication shine through in everything they do, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them.

     

    Fernando is the co-founder of Duke Renders, your go-to for stunning 3D visualizations.    Duke Renders specializes in 100% photorealistic 3D rendering services, offering "do it for you" solutions perfect for interior designers seeking realistic and efficient visualizations.    They handle the entire rendering process, from concept to completion, reducing back and forth with clients, ensuring faster turnarounds, and guaranteeing you, your client and your contractors ar

    • 53 min
    139. Social Media vs Google: Which One Do You Choose?

    139. Social Media vs Google: Which One Do You Choose?

    Welcome back to the podcast,  I'd like to introduce you to Daniela Furtado today. She helms a digital marketing agency in Toronto. Her team uses search engines to help businesses quintuple their website traffic and triple their sales inquiries.

    The agency specializes in the design and build industry. So, she's definitely on the right podcast. Outside of the agency, Daniela also teaches courses and she writes about marketing. Daniela takes the best of what she's learned over the years and passes on the most meaningful parts through her team, clients, and students.

    So, whether it's in a meeting room, a classroom, or on a stage, Daniela is on a mission to make search engine marketing less boring, less technical, and mysterious, and instead, give it simplicity, creativity, and humor.

    In this episode we dive into what exactly it means to have a search marketing strategy for your business. what things you can do now getting started creating a strategic marketing plan, and what it looks like to work with an agency to help you with your search engine marketing. We also touch on how to know which marketing platform is right for your business, and if social media is actually where your BUYERS are. 

     

    Daniela Furtado is a consultant, speaker and writer on how to make businesses easy to find online. She runs the agency, Findable Digital Marketing. Connect with her here https://www.findabledigitalmarketing.com/

     

    Get more info about our year-long mentorship and coaching program: https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/business-bakery  

    Text UPDATES to 855-784-8299 for business tips, encouragement, and all our DFCM updates.

    SIMPLIFY YOUR MARKETING, SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE. Sidemark is an all-new, all-in-one software that organizes sales, marketing, and business services all in one convenient location. Join mysidemark.com to help grow your interior design business.

    Stay in touch with Michelle

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designedforthecreativemind/ 

    Join our Free Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/idbizlaunchpad 

    Get clarity on your next best step today! https://www.designedforthecreativemind.com/reviewguide

    Have ideas or suggestions or want to be considered as a guest on the show? Contact me! https://www.DesignedForTheCreativeMind.com/contact

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

mrs_hawkins ,

Always just what I need!

I got the honor to hear Michelle during Design Week and became obsessed! She’s exactly what I needed to be encouraged and grow in my business. Every time I listen to a podcast, she seems to validate my thinking! I am so thankful that Michelle is sharing her gift to help other designers like myself thrive!

bekahconant ,

Real, valuable advise and fun to listen to!

I have been a listener of DFTCM for over a year now and always enjoy listening to Michelle’s business advise for running a design business. She’s real, authentic and enjoyable to listen to! I highly recommend this podcast! Perfect for the drive to/from a site visit. 😉

Wingnut4772 ,

Michelle is the Real Deal!

Genuine and down to Earth - just like I like my interior design business podcast hosts. Entertaining AND educational? Yes, please! - Darla Powell, Designed by Wingnut Social

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