98 episodes

They're not that hot, or that young - but hosts Rebecca Plumb (Studio Plumb) and Shaun Crha (Wrensted Interiors) spill the tea every week on how a new generation of interior designers run their business. Join a community exploring the emotional, practical, and humorous side of the interior design business.

Hot Young Designers Club Hot Young Designers Club

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

They're not that hot, or that young - but hosts Rebecca Plumb (Studio Plumb) and Shaun Crha (Wrensted Interiors) spill the tea every week on how a new generation of interior designers run their business. Join a community exploring the emotional, practical, and humorous side of the interior design business.

    BONUS: Hot Young Designers: Client Welcome Guide

    BONUS: Hot Young Designers: Client Welcome Guide

    In this episode, we discuss how having a Client Welcome Guide will not only offer clarity to your new clients, but it will also elevate your professionalism. Our Client Welcome Guide will help you onboard new clients in a productive and positive way!
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Avoiding messy communication with your new clientsHow having redundancies and over-communicating can help avoid confusionOffering a general roadmap of project phases and milestones Giving the client a proper list of who to contact and howWhy this is a great place for rules and reminders about financesHaving a high touch experience with your new clients


    Mentioned:

    Client Welcome Guide

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website

    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon

    • 8 min
    Acquiring Clients without Instagram

    Acquiring Clients without Instagram

    You’ve been told you can grow your business with Instagram and other social media platforms, but it feels like a drag. You spend time and energy on your posts, yet you don’t see results. We feel your pain! Today, we share other strategies you can use to get more eyes on your business!
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Feeling frustrated by the lack of engagement on social media Why it’s normal to have a slowdown at the beginning of the yearAlways talking to people about what you do Being specific about the type of work you are looking forGetting out of the shell you are always in Giving away time and energy but not expecting immediate resultsWhy you need to give people multiple clear pathways to contact youHaving a strong understanding of each of your servicesOur newsletter goals and strategies

    Mentioned:
    Flodesk

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website
    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon 

    • 43 min
    A Conversation with Linda Hayslett

    A Conversation with Linda Hayslett

    How do you handle problematic contractors? How long are you spending at the client's home during the initial meeting? How comfortable are you being firm and stern with contractors and clients? We chat about this and more, with Linda Hayslett of LH.Designs.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Her past careers in marketing and salesPrevious misconceptions about interior designers Going to school for interior design and getting experience working with different designersWaiting to get the projects she really wantsHow she is able to keep her client meetings under 15 meetingsHer process of deciding what jobs she will takeHoning your instincts as a new designerWhy people should hire a designer before hiring a contractor


    Mentioned:

    Linda’s IG

    LH.Designs website

    This Game Room Has a Hidden Bar and Doubles as a Library

    This Outdoor Space Featuring Swinging Chairs and AstroTurf is an Entertainer’s Dream

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website

    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to talk to clients about money

    How to talk to clients about money

    Today we talk about the elephant in the room that becomes huge and awkward, when no one acknowledges it. That elephant’s name is “money.” In this episode,we are sharing ways you can have honest and comfortable conversations with your clients when it’s time to talk about their budget.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Our personal money stories from the pastShowing lack of confidence in money conversationsThe types of budget related, questions you should bring up to clientsWhy price is only a factor in the absence of valueRipping off the bandaid in less personal interactionsHaving your own minimum standards for your businessHow to react when payments are late or when they bounce

    Mentioned:

    Hiring & Recruiting Guide

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website

    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon 

    • 54 min
    BONUS: Hiring & Recruiting Guide

    BONUS: Hiring & Recruiting Guide

    In this episode we discuss why having a recruiting process in place will help you get past hiring hurdles. The Hiring & Recruiting Guide will guide you through the whole recruiting process so you can better grow your team and grow your business. 
    In this episode, Rebecca and Shaun talk about:
    The two main positions that business owners hire for in the industryGetting the right information during interviewsOffering the position to the candidate What you need for new hire onboardingGetting to know your new employees

    Mentioned:

    Hiring & Recruiting Guide

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website

    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon

    • 11 min
    A Hot Young Holiday

    A Hot Young Holiday

    Today’s episode is all about reflecting, reviewing, and accessing the year 2022. We chat about the things we need to stop doing, some of our fondest memories, business and personal wins, and what is to come in 2023. Have a Happy New Year, Hotties!
    In this episode, we talk about:
    Planning too much versus not planning enoughNeeding a monthly newsletter and delegating more tasksThe growing community of Hotties and the motivation it bringsHow having an office is a great reason to keep pushing forwardWhat type of book keeper is the bestFiguring out the best website platform to useOur specific goals for 2023Adapting to feedback from our loyal podcast listenersExciting plans for the podcast in 2023

    Our links:
    Subscribe and leave a review - Apple Podcasts
    Like, Comment, & Follow - Hot Young Designers Club Instagram
    Rebecca’s Instagram 
    Shaun’s Instagram
    For more information - Check out the website

    Become a “Hottie” member - Support us on Patreon

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

KatieKinHouston ,

Excellent resource for new designers

All of the info that I wondered about that other designers were hesitant to share. I have learned so much and purchased the budget calculator for my business. It has been such an asset! Thank you so much for this wealth of information!

Archerbarch ,

My favorite design podcast

Sean and Rebecca are fun and FUNNY. They’ve got great chemistry and always keep it real. My go-to when I’m looking for motivation and advice with a side of snark☺️

Symmetry Designs ,

Where have you been all my life!

I am just learning about your fantastic podcast. It’s a trip listening to it now 2 years after the pandemic started because it’s like a trip down memory lane. How soon we forget how disruptive the pandemic was on our businesses and we are still feeling the effects. I’ve been in business about 16 years and am a big fan of design business podcasts, as I’m always learning something new. Your podcast has definitely become one of my top favorites! I love your energy, insight and all the fantastic guests you have on. I’m in Northern California (San Jose) and hopefully our paths will cross at some point.

Caitlin
@symmetrydesigns

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